The 10 Nebraska Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 45,303 - at 2.4% 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 2021:

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

Which city in Nebraska had the largest Asian population? Lincoln took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Nebraska for 2021. 4.57% 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 2021

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 283,839
% Asian: 4.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,974
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.61%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Omaha, NE

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Population: 475,862
% Asian: 3.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,096
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.75%
More on Omaha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 12,896
% Asian: 3.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 466
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.37%
More on South Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,324
% Asian: 2.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,537
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.97%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crete, NE

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Population: 7,043
% Asian: 2.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 183
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Crete: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Papillion, NE

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Population: 20,423
% Asian: 2.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 529
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.82%
More on Papillion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,078
% Asian: 2.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 360
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.57%
More on La Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,321
% Asian: 1.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 137
Percent Change Since 2010: 341.94%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norfolk, NE

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Population: 24,424
% Asian: 1.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 437
Percent Change Since 2010: 193.29%
More on Norfolk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kearney, NE

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Population: 33,464
% Asian: 1.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 583
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.19%
More on Kearney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 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 Plattsmouth 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.

There You Have It - 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. Plattsmouth
  2. Schuyler
  3. York

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Nebraska

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Lincoln 4.57% 283,839
2 Omaha 3.8% 475,862
3 South Sioux City 3.61% 12,896
4 Bellevue 2.88% 53,324
5 Crete 2.6% 7,043
6 Papillion 2.59% 20,423
7 La Vista 2.11% 17,078
8 Ralston 1.87% 7,321
9 Norfolk 1.79% 24,424
10 Kearney 1.74% 33,464
11 Alliance 1.34% 8,235
12 Grand Island 1.25% 51,147
13 North Platte 1.18% 23,892
14 Lexington 1.09% 10,097
15 Beatrice 1.07% 12,300
16 Hastings 1.06% 24,906
17 Sidney 0.84% 6,572
18 Chadron 0.82% 5,591
19 Scottsbluff 0.75% 14,737
20 Nebraska City 0.67% 7,273
21 Wayne 0.63% 5,557
22 Seward 0.6% 7,176
23 Columbus 0.58% 23,195
24 Fremont 0.35% 26,437
25 Gering 0.24% 8,254
26 Holdrege 0.22% 5,455
27 Blair 0.14% 7,781
28 Mccook 0.11% 7,587
29 York 0.08% 7,841
30 Schuyler 0.0% 6,284
31 Plattsmouth 0.0% 6,448

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