The 10 Nevada Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

We used data and science to determine the cities in Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Nevada is 237,588 - at 8.0% of the total population of Nevada.

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

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

  1. Henderson
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Reno
  4. North Las Vegas
  5. Sparks
  6. Fallon
  7. Mesquite
  8. Carson City
  9. Elko
  10. Fernley

Which city in Nevada had the largest Asian population? Henderson took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Nevada for 2021. 8.08% of Henderson identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Nevada For 2021

Henderson, NV

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Population: 300,116
% Asian: 8.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,259
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.72%
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Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 634,773
% Asian: 6.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 42,474
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.01%
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Reno, NV

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Population: 246,500
% Asian: 6.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 16,020
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.33%
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North Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 241,369
% Asian: 6.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,023
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.14%
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Sparks, NV

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Population: 100,589
% Asian: 5.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,636
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.7%
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Fallon, NV

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Population: 8,430
% Asian: 5.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 471
Percent Change Since 2010: -26.52%
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Mesquite, NV

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Population: 18,446
% Asian: 2.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 521
Percent Change Since 2010: 229.75%
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Carson City, NV

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Population: 54,773
% Asian: 2.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,435
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.75%
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Elko, NV

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Population: 20,304
% Asian: 2.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 416
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.23%
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Fernley, NV

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Population: 20,068
% Asian: 1.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 321
Percent Change Since 2010: -46.77%
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How We Determined The Cities In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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 7,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.1% 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. Henderson took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Winnemucca was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Winnemucca
  2. Boulder City
  3. Fernley

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Nevada

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Henderson 8.08% 300,116
2 Las Vegas 6.69% 634,773
3 Reno 6.5% 246,500
4 North Las Vegas 6.22% 241,369
5 Sparks 5.6% 100,589
6 Fallon 5.59% 8,430
7 Mesquite 2.82% 18,446
8 Carson City 2.62% 54,773
9 Elko 2.05% 20,304
10 Fernley 1.6% 20,068
11 Boulder City 1.58% 15,840
12 Winnemucca 0.0% 7,762

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