The 10 Michigan Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Michigan with the largest Asian population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Michigan with the largest Asian population.

Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise "most of the minority". We're not totally sure that's a term, but it's an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a "minority of the minority", generally. But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Michigan is 310,420 - at 3.1% of the total population of Michigan.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups -- Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across Michigan? Which cities and towns in Michigan have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

Here are the cities in Michigan with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Hamtramck
  2. Troy
  3. Novi
  4. Auburn Hills
  5. Ann Arbor
  6. Farmington
  7. Springfield
  8. Farmington Hills
  9. Rochester Hills
  10. East Lansing

Which city in Michigan had the largest Asian population? Hamtramck took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Michigan for 2021. 25.99% of Hamtramck identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Michigan ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in Michigan or the most diverse places in Michigan.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Michigan For 2021

Hamtramck, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,822
% Asian: 25.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,672
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.16%
More on Hamtramck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troy, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 83,989
% Asian: 25.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 21,469
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.39%
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Novi, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 60,014
% Asian: 23.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,306
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.44%
More on Novi: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,572
% Asian: 17.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,091
Percent Change Since 2010: 125.03%
More on Auburn Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 120,735
% Asian: 16.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,270
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.34%
More on Ann Arbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,563
% Asian: 14.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,572
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.79%
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,193
% Asian: 14.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 738
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.6%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 81,214
% Asian: 14.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,429
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.16%
More on Farmington Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester Hills, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 74,206
% Asian: 12.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,295
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.54%
More on Rochester Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Lansing, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,729
% Asian: 12.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,082
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.61%
More on East Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Michigan With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Michigan.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 144 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 26.0% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Hamtramck took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Flushing was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Michigan ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Asian Populations Across Michigan

If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Michigan according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Michigan:

  1. Flushing
  2. Richmond
  3. Belding

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Michigan

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Hamtramck 25.99% 21,822
2 Troy 25.56% 83,989
3 Novi 23.84% 60,014
4 Auburn Hills 17.36% 23,572
5 Ann Arbor 16.79% 120,735
6 Farmington 14.88% 10,563
7 Springfield 14.21% 5,193
8 Farmington Hills 14.07% 81,214
9 Rochester Hills 12.53% 74,206
10 East Lansing 12.48% 48,729
11 Houghton 10.38% 7,870
12 Warren 9.33% 134,797
13 Kentwood 8.66% 51,693
14 Sterling Heights 7.67% 132,476
15 Wixom 7.39% 13,902
16 St. Joseph 6.45% 8,316
17 Madison Heights 5.78% 30,120
18 Northville 4.96% 6,007
19 Rochester 4.67% 13,162
20 Westland 4.62% 81,938
21 Lansing 4.41% 117,159
22 Royal Oak 4.08% 59,195
23 Midland 3.99% 41,920
24 Southgate 3.96% 29,165
25 Center Line 3.91% 8,260
26 Birmingham 3.83% 21,201
27 Saline 3.68% 9,251
28 Battle Creek 3.56% 51,316
29 Mount Pleasant 3.27% 25,629
30 Livonia 3.21% 94,249
31 Wyoming 3.2% 75,702
32 Woodhaven 3.12% 12,518
33 Portage 2.92% 48,774
34 Mason 2.52% 8,487
35 Hastings 2.5% 7,311
36 Grosse Pointe Park 2.49% 11,153
37 Grand Rapids 2.43% 198,401
38 Ypsilanti 2.4% 20,828
39 Walker 2.4% 24,816
40 Dearborn 2.38% 94,701
41 Beverly Hills 2.34% 10,387
42 Southfield 2.32% 73,174
43 Grand Blanc 2.3% 7,905
44 Harper Woods 2.22% 13,895
45 Holland 2.11% 33,402
46 Huntington Woods 2.07% 6,322
47 Fraser 2.07% 14,580
48 Kalamazoo 2.03% 76,019
49 Howell 2.01% 9,580
50 Zeeland 2.01% 5,572
51 Grosse Pointe Woods 1.97% 15,498
52 Brighton 1.96% 7,649
53 South Lyon 1.91% 11,788
54 Clawson 1.86% 11,971
55 Pontiac 1.82% 59,955
56 Garden City 1.69% 26,683
57 Dearborn Heights 1.67% 55,857
58 Detroit 1.66% 674,841
59 Oak Park 1.63% 29,726
60 Walled Lake 1.63% 7,173
61 Swartz Creek 1.63% 5,535
62 Melvindale 1.62% 10,348
63 Port Huron 1.61% 29,025
64 Coldwater 1.59% 12,241
65 Big Rapids 1.58% 10,355
66 Roseville 1.57% 47,400
67 St. Clair 1.56% 5,327
68 Three Rivers 1.53% 7,659
69 Romulus 1.47% 23,527
70 Taylor 1.47% 61,379
71 Marshall 1.46% 6,998
72 Grandville 1.37% 15,942
73 Hazel Park 1.36% 16,525
74 Ferndale 1.27% 20,137
75 Burton 1.26% 28,654
76 Berkley 1.24% 15,372
77 Hudsonville 1.09% 7,366
78 Grosse Pointe Farms 1.06% 9,168
79 East Grand Rapids 1.02% 11,759
80 Traverse City 1.0% 15,570
81 Plymouth 0.93% 9,124
82 Norton Shores 0.92% 24,467
83 Jackson 0.91% 32,673
84 Dowagiac 0.91% 5,743
85 Hillsdale 0.9% 8,097
86 Niles 0.9% 11,211
87 Allen Park 0.88% 27,216
88 Wayne 0.84% 16,976
89 Eastpointe 0.84% 32,443
90 St. Louis 0.79% 7,189
91 Trenton 0.79% 18,295
92 Monroe 0.68% 19,775
93 Ishpeming 0.67% 6,464
94 Iron Mountain 0.66% 7,369
95 Escanaba 0.64% 12,251
96 St. Clair Shores 0.64% 59,528
97 Lapeer 0.61% 8,676
98 Wyandotte 0.59% 25,044
99 Alma 0.59% 8,976
100 Bay City 0.59% 33,167

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