The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina is 306,140 - at 2.9% of the total population of North Carolina.

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

Here are the cities in North Carolina with the largest Asian population in 2022:

  1. Morrisville
  2. Cary
  3. Chapel Hill
  4. Harrisburg
  5. Apex
  6. Conover
  7. Oak Ridge
  8. Carrboro
  9. High Point
  10. Hickory

Which city in North Carolina had the largest Asian population? Morrisville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in North Carolina for 2022. 39.3% of Morrisville identify as Asian.

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

To see where North Carolina 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 North Carolina or the most diverse places in North Carolina.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In North Carolina For 2022

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9
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Population: 27,582
% Asian: 39.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,841
Percent Change Since 2010: 146.78%
More on Morrisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
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9.5
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Population: 169,177
% Asian: 19.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 33,543
Percent Change Since 2010: 125.8%
More on Cary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cary, NC

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9
/10

Population: 61,912
% Asian: 13.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,161
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.43%
More on Chapel Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chapel Hill, NC

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7
/10

Population: 16,073
% Asian: 10.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,649
Percent Change Since 2010: 158.87%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harrisburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 55,220
% Asian: 8.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,805
Percent Change Since 2010: 102.66%
More on Apex: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Apex, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 8,488
% Asian: 8.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 685
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.81%
More on Conover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Conover, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 6,979
% Asian: 7.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 547
Percent Change Since 2010: 507.78%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,254
% Asian: 7.28%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,547
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.48%
More on Carrboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 112,434
% Asian: 7.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,089
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.16%
More on High Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 41,067
% Asian: 6.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,817
Percent Change Since 2010: 202.58%
More on Hickory: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hickory, NC

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 39.3% 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. Morrisville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Bessemer City was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina

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

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

  1. Bessemer City
  2. Nashville
  3. Roxboro

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In North Carolina

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Morrisville 39.3% 27,582
2 Cary 19.83% 169,177
3 Chapel Hill 13.18% 61,912
4 Harrisburg 10.26% 16,073
5 Apex 8.7% 55,220
6 Conover 8.07% 8,488
7 Oak Ridge 7.84% 6,979
8 Carrboro 7.28% 21,254
9 High Point 7.19% 112,434
10 Hickory 6.86% 41,067
11 Pineville 6.62% 8,923
12 Charlotte 6.59% 873,570
13 New Bern 5.9% 29,985
14 Concord 5.68% 94,147
15 Greensboro 5.43% 294,395
16 Durham 5.32% 276,341
17 Archdale 5.19% 11,738
18 Mooresville 5.17% 38,498
19 Clemmons 4.98% 20,574
20 Raleigh 4.84% 469,698
21 Holly Springs 4.83% 36,595
22 Stallings 4.82% 15,781
23 Weddington 4.3% 11,000
24 Wesley Chapel 4.29% 9,287
25 Mount Holly 4.26% 15,947
26 Waxhaw 4.11% 16,165
27 Huntersville 4.05% 57,288
28 Elon 4.04% 11,941
29 Woodfin 4.02% 6,689
30 Marion 4.0% 7,853
31 Hillsborough 3.91% 7,162
32 Knightdale 3.7% 16,798
33 Mint Hill 3.52% 27,258
34 Matthews 3.44% 32,682
35 Southern Pines 3.42% 14,347
36 Wadesboro 3.39% 5,273
37 Belmont 3.38% 12,292
38 Fletcher 3.37% 8,287
39 Statesville 3.32% 27,114
40 Burlington 3.01% 54,534
41 Morganton 3.0% 16,517
42 Fayetteville 2.93% 211,201
43 Summerfield 2.89% 11,283
44 Havelock 2.86% 19,927
45 Jacksonville 2.8% 74,313
46 Spring Lake 2.71% 12,093
47 Lexington 2.68% 18,970
48 Indian Trail 2.53% 39,644
49 Winston-Salem 2.46% 245,787
50 Mills River 2.45% 7,319
51 Greenville 2.38% 92,826
52 Pinehurst 2.38% 16,382
53 Goldsboro 2.26% 34,610
54 Morehead City 2.24% 9,495
55 Clinton 2.18% 8,480
56 Eden 2.15% 14,986
57 Kannapolis 2.13% 49,788
58 Mebane 2.08% 15,564
59 Sanford 2.06% 29,758
60 Trinity 1.84% 6,619
61 Cornelius 1.79% 29,836
62 Williamston 1.77% 5,251
63 Garner 1.74% 30,345
64 Kernersville 1.68% 24,876
65 Davidson 1.58% 12,920
66 Boone 1.57% 19,466
67 Hope Mills 1.57% 15,972
68 Newton 1.56% 13,106
69 Gastonia 1.55% 76,635
70 Asheville 1.49% 92,328
71 Forest City 1.47% 7,150
72 Rocky Mount 1.47% 54,330
73 Roanoke Rapids 1.46% 14,562
74 Winterville 1.43% 10,062
75 Wake Forest 1.42% 44,068
76 Asheboro 1.4% 25,877
77 Fuquay-Varina 1.4% 29,110
78 Laurinburg 1.4% 15,118
79 Kings Mountain 1.38% 10,885
80 Elizabeth City 1.28% 17,725
81 Kill Devil Hills 1.26% 7,249
82 Hendersonville 1.18% 14,020
83 Whiteville 1.18% 5,348
84 Wilmington 1.17% 122,162
85 Hamlet 1.16% 6,366
86 Rockingham 1.06% 8,771
87 Thomasville 1.05% 26,834
88 Leland 1.0% 21,903
89 Salisbury 1.0% 33,961
90 Albemarle 0.99% 16,073
91 Sawmills 0.98% 5,201
92 Lumberton 0.98% 20,704
93 Henderson 0.94% 15,127
94 Smithfield 0.91% 12,697
95 Gibsonville 0.83% 7,232
96 Oxford 0.83% 8,812
97 Wilson 0.74% 49,310
98 Clayton 0.68% 23,179
99 Monroe 0.63% 35,339
100 Waynesville 0.62% 10,145
101 Kinston 0.61% 20,173
102 Shelby 0.6% 20,046
103 Mount Airy 0.54% 10,213
104 Dunn 0.49% 9,738
105 Wendell 0.44% 7,962
106 Lewisville 0.43% 14,030
107 Butner 0.36% 7,779
108 Lenoir 0.33% 17,909
109 Black Mountain 0.17% 8,177
110 Tarboro 0.17% 10,806
111 Reidsville 0.14% 13,928
112 King 0.14% 6,980
113 Cherryville 0.13% 6,018
114 Graham 0.13% 15,168
115 Carolina Beach 0.13% 6,324
116 Oak Island 0.12% 8,118
117 Lincolnton 0.09% 11,099
118 Siler City 0.09% 8,159
119 Brevard 0.04% 7,841
120 Unionville 0.01% 7,089
121 Aberdeen 0.01% 7,862
122 Washington 0.01% 9,555
123 Selma 0.0% 6,950
124 Roxboro 0.0% 8,323
125 Nashville 0.0% 5,521
126 Bessemer City 0.0% 5,536

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

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