The 10 New Jersey Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey is 834,073 - at 9.4% of the total population of New Jersey.

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

Here are the cities in New Jersey with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Palisades Park
  2. Englewood Cliffs
  3. Fort Lee
  4. Closter
  5. Leonia
  6. Edgewater
  7. Cresskill
  8. Ridgefield
  9. Norwood
  10. Paramus

Which city in New Jersey had the largest Asian population? Palisades Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in New Jersey for 2021. 58.19% of Palisades Park identify as Asian.

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

To see where New Jersey 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 New Jersey or the most diverse places in New Jersey.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In New Jersey For 2021

Palisades Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,604
% Asian: 58.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,990
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.05%
More on Palisades Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,371
% Asian: 42.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,301
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.18%
More on Englewood Cliffs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Lee, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 37,430
% Asian: 42.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,865
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.86%
More on Fort Lee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Closter, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,565
% Asian: 41.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,546
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.01%
More on Closter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leonia, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,086
% Asian: 39.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,603
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.48%
More on Leonia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewater, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,403
% Asian: 38.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,718
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.8%
More on Edgewater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cresskill, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,699
% Asian: 30.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,680
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.92%
More on Cresskill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ridgefield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,227
% Asian: 29.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,360
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.71%
More on Ridgefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norwood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,812
% Asian: 28.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,653
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.24%
More on Norwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paramus, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,503
% Asian: 28.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,459
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.25%
More on Paramus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

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 186 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 58.2% 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. Palisades Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Paulsboro was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Jersey 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 New Jersey

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

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

  1. Paulsboro
  2. Point Pleasant
  3. Beachwood

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Jersey

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Palisades Park 58.19% 20,604
2 Englewood Cliffs 42.84% 5,371
3 Fort Lee 42.39% 37,430
4 Closter 41.4% 8,565
5 Leonia 39.65% 9,086
6 Edgewater 38.04% 12,403
7 Cresskill 30.81% 8,699
8 Ridgefield 29.93% 11,227
9 Norwood 28.44% 5,812
10 Paramus 28.14% 26,503
11 Tenafly 27.76% 14,632
12 Little Ferry 25.84% 10,782
13 Secaucus 25.35% 20,125
14 Bergenfield 25.28% 27,373
15 Jersey City 24.89% 261,940
16 River Edge 24.03% 11,500
17 Old Tappan 21.66% 5,914
18 Harrison 21.14% 17,213
19 Carteret 20.16% 23,589
20 East Rutherford 17.47% 9,584
21 Rutherford 17.3% 18,398
22 New Milford 16.95% 16,545
23 Metuchen 16.93% 14,048
24 Maywood 16.92% 9,661
25 Oradell 16.78% 8,141
26 Cliffside Park 16.5% 25,126
27 Atlantic City 16.48% 37,999
28 Dumont 16.45% 17,624
29 Raritan 15.99% 7,865
30 Ridgewood 15.54% 25,179
31 Watchung 15.32% 6,039
32 Sayreville 15.09% 44,292
33 South Plainfield 14.56% 23,956
34 New Providence 14.46% 13,049
35 Hasbrouck Heights 14.43% 12,082
36 Montvale 14.42% 8,489
37 Highland Park 13.87% 13,883
38 Wood-Ridge 13.21% 8,769
39 Ridgefield Park 12.41% 12,922
40 Somerville 12.4% 12,085
41 Emerson 12.22% 7,596
42 Fair Lawn 12.04% 33,017
43 Glen Rock 11.73% 11,780
44 Bellmawr 11.37% 11,398
45 Upper Saddle River 11.33% 8,227
46 Hackensack 11.25% 44,339
47 Allendale 11.0% 6,765
48 Carlstadt 10.65% 6,178
49 Boonton 10.34% 8,398
50 Rockaway 9.85% 6,384
51 Ventnor City 9.82% 10,095
52 Bayonne 9.76% 65,091
53 Lodi 9.74% 24,430
54 New Brunswick 9.74% 55,960
55 Englewood 9.74% 28,353
56 Westwood 9.65% 11,115
57 Hoboken 9.62% 53,193
58 Clifton 9.53% 85,204
59 North Caldwell 9.28% 6,615
60 Chatham 9.27% 8,816
61 Florham Park 9.0% 11,623
62 Summit 8.99% 21,913
63 Hillsdale 8.9% 10,346
64 Roselle Park 8.73% 13,581
65 Elmwood Park 8.43% 20,059
66 Guttenberg 8.37% 11,317
67 Tinton Falls 8.26% 17,632
68 Wharton 8.19% 6,474
69 Eato 7.93% 12,214
70 Bogota 7.86% 8,360
71 Ramsey 7.77% 14,940
72 Jamesburg 7.33% 5,921
73 Dunellen 7.23% 7,252
74 Roseland 7.16% 5,834
75 Westfield 7.01% 29,877
76 Fairview 6.98% 14,258
77 Glen Ridge 6.82% 7,584
78 Matawan 6.68% 8,747
79 Madison 6.62% 16,377
80 Waldwick 6.51% 9,986
81 Kinnelon 6.48% 10,054
82 Mountainside 6.4% 6,826
83 Wallington 6.35% 11,540
84 Middlesex 6.35% 13,662
85 Fanwood 6.32% 7,660
86 North Arlington 6.28% 15,677
87 Linwood 6.19% 6,742
88 Pompton Lakes 6.15% 11,029
89 Franklin Lakes 6.13% 10,946
90 Stratford 6.07% 6,971
91 Totowa 5.97% 10,828
92 Oakland 5.91% 12,972
93 Gloucester City 5.78% 11,248
94 Morristown 5.75% 18,909
95 West New York 5.7% 52,662
96 Caldwell 5.63% 7,969
97 Somers Point 5.63% 10,321
98 Absecon 5.49% 8,362
99 Woodland Park 5.37% 12,547
100 Brigantine 5.36% 8,832

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