The 10 Nebraska Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 47,539 - at 2.5% of the total population of Nebraska.

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

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

  1. Lincoln
  2. Crete
  3. Omaha
  4. Bellevue
  5. South Sioux City
  6. Papillion
  7. Ralston
  8. Kearney
  9. Norfolk
  10. La Vista

Which city in Nebraska had the largest Asian population? Lincoln took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Nebraska for 2022. 4.62% of Lincoln identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Nebraska For 2022

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Population: 286,388
% Asian: 4.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.35%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln, NE

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6
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Population: 7,013
% Asian: 4.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 322
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Crete: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crete, NE

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6
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Population: 479,529
% Asian: 3.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,815
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.16%
More on Omaha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Omaha, NE

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7.5
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Population: 63,970
% Asian: 3.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,957
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.67%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellevue, NE

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5
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Population: 12,867
% Asian: 3.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 391
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.91%
More on South Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Sioux City, NE

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9
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Population: 24,310
% Asian: 3.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 735
Percent Change Since 2010: 97.05%
More on Papillion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Papillion, NE

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8.5
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Population: 7,305
% Asian: 2.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 161
Percent Change Since 2010: 419.35%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ralston, NE

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7
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Population: 33,783
% Asian: 2.09%
# Of Asian Residents: 705
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.6%
More on Kearney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kearney, NE

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7
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Population: 24,410
% Asian: 1.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 450
Percent Change Since 2010: 202.01%
More on Norfolk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norfolk, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 17,081
% Asian: 1.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 292
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.04%
More on La Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Vista, NE

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 4.6% 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. Lincoln took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Schuyler was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Schuyler
  2. Blair
  3. York

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Nebraska

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Lincoln 4.62% 286,388
2 Crete 4.59% 7,013
3 Omaha 3.92% 479,529
4 Bellevue 3.06% 63,970
5 South Sioux City 3.04% 12,867
6 Papillion 3.02% 24,310
7 Ralston 2.2% 7,305
8 Kearney 2.09% 33,783
9 Norfolk 1.84% 24,410
10 La Vista 1.71% 17,081
11 Hastings 1.32% 24,878
12 Grand Island 1.3% 51,250
13 Lexington 1.21% 10,069
14 Wayne 1.07% 5,603
15 Sidney 0.99% 6,451
16 Alliance 0.96% 8,139
17 Beatrice 0.91% 12,282
18 North Platte 0.85% 23,734
19 Scottsbluff 0.83% 14,660
20 Chadron 0.78% 5,482
21 Columbus 0.72% 23,291
22 Fremont 0.68% 26,362
23 Seward 0.61% 7,210
24 Gering 0.57% 8,179
25 Plattsmouth 0.46% 6,453
26 Nebraska City 0.44% 7,270
27 Holdrege 0.33% 5,406
28 Mccook 0.11% 7,555
29 York 0.09% 7,810
30 Blair 0.08% 7,830
31 Schuyler 0.0% 6,269

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

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