The 10 Montana Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


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

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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 Montana is 8,527 - at 0.8% of the total population of Montana.

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

Here are the cities in Montana with the largest Asian population in 2022:

  1. Missoula
  2. Bozeman
  3. Lewistown
  4. Kalispell
  5. Laurel
  6. Billings
  7. Great Falls
  8. Helena
  9. Havre
  10. Miles City

Which city in Montana had the largest Asian population? Missoula took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Montana for 2022. 2.03% of Missoula identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Montana For 2022

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Population: 74,994
% Asian: 2.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,520
Percent Change Since 2010: 92.89%
More on Missoula: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Missoula, MT

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8.5
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Population: 48,330
% Asian: 2.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 973
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.0%
More on Bozeman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bozeman, MT

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6
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Population: 5,923
% Asian: 1.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.93%
More on Lewistown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lewistown, MT

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7
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Population: 23,935
% Asian: 1.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 297
Percent Change Since 2010: 194.06%
More on Kalispell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kalispell, MT

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6
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Population: 6,797
% Asian: 1.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 75
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel, MT

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8
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Population: 109,705
% Asian: 0.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 962
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.0%
More on Billings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Billings, MT

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6
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Population: 58,717
% Asian: 0.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 489
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.79%
More on Great Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Great Falls, MT

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8
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Population: 32,655
% Asian: 0.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 267
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.95%
More on Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helena, MT

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7
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Population: 9,739
% Asian: 0.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 68
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.48%
More on Havre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Havre, MT

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8
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Population: 8,372
% Asian: 0.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 55
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Miles City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Miles City, MT

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Montana With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 Montana.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 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 15 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 2.0% 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. Missoula took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Sidney was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana 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.

Summary: Asian Populations Across Montana

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

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

  1. Sidney
  2. Belgrade
  3. Livingston

For more Montana reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Montana

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Missoula 2.03% 74,994
2 Bozeman 2.01% 48,330
3 Lewistown 1.6% 5,923
4 Kalispell 1.24% 23,935
5 Laurel 1.1% 6,797
6 Billings 0.88% 109,705
7 Great Falls 0.83% 58,717
8 Helena 0.82% 32,655
9 Havre 0.7% 9,739
10 Miles City 0.66% 8,372
11 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 0.56% 9,153
12 Whitefish 0.47% 8,032
13 Livingston 0.22% 7,696
14 Belgrade 0.14% 9,184
15 Sidney 0.0% 6,351

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Montana with the largest Asian population.

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