The 10 Minnesota Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota is 266,436 - at 4.8% of the total population of Minnesota.

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 Minnesota? Which cities and towns in Minnesota have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

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

  1. St. Paul
  2. Brooklyn Park
  3. Little Canada
  4. Brooklyn Center
  5. Falcon Heights
  6. Maplewood
  7. North St. Paul
  8. Eden Prairie
  9. Worthington
  10. Shakopee

Which city in Minnesota had the largest Asian population? St. Paul took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Minnesota for 2021. 18.63% of St. Paul identify as Asian.

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

To see where Minnesota 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 Minnesota or the most diverse places in Minnesota.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Minnesota For 2021

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 304,547
% Asian: 18.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 56,744
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.26%
More on St. Paul: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brooklyn Park, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 80,068
% Asian: 18.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,842
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.23%
More on Brooklyn Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,451
% Asian: 16.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,699
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.54%
More on Little Canada: Real Estate | Data

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,849
% Asian: 16.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,010
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.28%
More on Brooklyn Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falcon Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,571
% Asian: 15.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 857
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.76%
More on Falcon Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maplewood, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,545
% Asian: 14.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,877
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.48%
More on Maplewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,406
% Asian: 12.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,554
Percent Change Since 2010: 137.25%
More on North St. Paul: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eden Prairie, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 64,179
% Asian: 11.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,436
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.96%
More on Eden Prairie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worthington, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,105
% Asian: 10.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,386
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.13%
More on Worthington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shakopee, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 40,731
% Asian: 9.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,068
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.78%
More on Shakopee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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 138 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 18.6% 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. St. Paul took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Wyoming was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota

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

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Glencoe
  3. Litchfield

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % Asian Population
1 St. Paul 18.63% 304,547
2 Brooklyn Park 18.54% 80,068
3 Little Canada 16.26% 10,451
4 Brooklyn Center 16.24% 30,849
5 Falcon Heights 15.38% 5,571
6 Maplewood 14.5% 40,545
7 North St. Paul 12.53% 12,406
8 Eden Prairie 11.59% 64,179
9 Worthington 10.58% 13,105
10 Shakopee 9.99% 40,731
11 Woodbury 9.73% 69,906
12 Plymouth 9.64% 78,134
13 St. Paul Park 9.3% 5,356
14 Oakdale 9.21% 27,963
15 Shoreview 9.19% 26,791
16 Mounds View 8.74% 13,094
17 Blaine 8.55% 64,114
18 Roseville 8.53% 36,026
19 Savage 8.52% 31,254
20 Eagan 8.36% 66,379
21 Hopkins 7.95% 18,382
22 Vadnais Heights 7.93% 13,444
23 Edina 7.57% 51,746
24 Rochester 7.23% 115,557
25 Rogers 7.22% 12,971
26 Richfield 6.86% 36,063
27 Cottage Grove 6.82% 36,602
28 Columbia Heights 6.52% 20,118
29 Arden Hills 6.48% 10,293
30 Maple Grove 6.47% 70,627
31 Marshall 6.08% 13,651
32 Apple Valley 5.98% 52,889
33 Chanhassen 5.92% 25,657
34 Minneapolis 5.9% 420,324
35 Minnetonka 5.77% 53,025
36 Lakeville 5.73% 63,915
37 Fridley 5.62% 27,668
38 Corcoran 5.48% 5,911
39 Spring Lake Park 5.4% 6,535
40 Bloomington 5.31% 85,332
41 Ham Lake 5.23% 16,434
42 Austin 5.14% 25,114
43 Rosemount 5.0% 24,292
44 Oak Grove 5.0% 8,682
45 New Brighton 4.86% 22,556
46 West St. Paul 4.78% 19,779
47 Burnsville 4.72% 61,311
48 St. Anthony 4.56% 9,038
49 Prior Lake 4.51% 26,365
50 St. Louis Park 4.46% 48,677
51 Inver Grove Heights 4.32% 35,320
52 Waite Park 4.19% 7,692
53 Forest Lake 4.14% 20,004
54 Northfield 3.84% 20,347
55 Ramsey 3.8% 26,638
56 Cambridge 3.66% 8,774
57 Coon Rapids 3.45% 62,517
58 Chaska 3.45% 26,371
59 New Hope 3.45% 20,925
60 Crystal 3.43% 22,975
61 Albert Lea 3.36% 17,773
62 St. Cloud 3.35% 68,001
63 St. Peter 3.29% 11,854
64 Sartell 3.29% 18,005
65 Mankato 3.16% 42,093
66 Robbinsdale 3.08% 14,468
67 St. Michael 3.01% 17,586
68 Golden Valley 3.0% 21,566
69 Belle Plaine 2.97% 7,093
70 Morris 2.87% 5,334
71 Lino Lakes 2.84% 21,404
72 Crookston 2.76% 7,756
73 New Prague 2.73% 7,899
74 White Bear Lake 2.73% 25,673
75 Winona 2.66% 26,854
76 Hugo 2.36% 14,767
77 Faribault 2.11% 23,800
78 Andover 2.04% 32,733
79 Otsego 2.02% 16,763
80 Kasson 2.02% 6,350
81 Montevideo 1.98% 5,108
82 Mound 1.97% 9,480
83 South St. Paul 1.96% 20,194
84 Sauk Rapids 1.93% 13,703
85 Hibbing 1.85% 16,014
86 North Branch 1.81% 10,454
87 Champlin 1.73% 24,755
88 Moorhead 1.71% 42,939
89 Orono 1.7% 8,113
90 Minnetrista 1.65% 7,621
91 Farmington 1.64% 22,869
92 Jordan 1.64% 6,230
93 Willmar 1.63% 19,712
94 Lake City 1.6% 5,261
95 Duluth 1.58% 85,915
96 Mendota Heights 1.52% 11,289
97 Mahtomedi 1.49% 8,164
98 Lake Elmo 1.49% 8,969
99 Anoka 1.43% 17,471
100 East Bethel 1.41% 11,870

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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