The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina is 290,525 - at 2.8% 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 2021:

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

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 2021. 41.32% 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 2021

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,280
% Asian: 41.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,858
Percent Change Since 2010: 147.17%
More on Morrisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cary, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 166,268
% Asian: 18.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 31,034
Percent Change Since 2010: 108.91%
More on Cary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Conover, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,452
% Asian: 15.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,273
Percent Change Since 2010: 254.6%
More on Conover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chapel Hill, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 60,998
% Asian: 12.9%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,866
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.53%
More on Chapel Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harrisburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,806
% Asian: 10.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,682
Percent Change Since 2010: 164.05%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,230
% Asian: 9.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,005
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.14%
More on Carrboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Apex, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 51,370
% Asian: 8.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,543
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.61%
More on Apex: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,901
% Asian: 8.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 562
Percent Change Since 2010: 524.44%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,510
% Asian: 7.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 910
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.87%
More on Archdale: Real Estate | Data

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 111,714
% Asian: 7.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,465
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.77%
More on High Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 41.3% 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 Oak Island 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.

There You Have It - 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. Oak Island
  2. Nashville
  3. Bessemer City

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Morrisville 41.32% 26,280
2 Cary 18.67% 166,268
3 Conover 15.06% 8,452
4 Chapel Hill 12.9% 60,998
5 Harrisburg 10.64% 15,806
6 Carrboro 9.44% 21,230
7 Apex 8.84% 51,370
8 Oak Ridge 8.14% 6,901
9 Archdale 7.91% 11,510
10 High Point 7.58% 111,714
11 Charlotte 6.49% 857,425
12 New Bern 5.93% 29,895
13 Pineville 5.92% 8,749
14 Mooresville 5.84% 37,835
15 Clemmons 5.42% 20,313
16 Durham 5.32% 269,702
17 Weddington 5.27% 10,794
18 Greensboro 4.98% 291,303
19 Hickory 4.97% 40,634
20 Concord 4.82% 91,980
21 Raleigh 4.58% 464,485
22 Mount Holly 4.26% 15,610
23 Matthews 3.94% 32,044
24 Lexington 3.84% 18,861
25 Fletcher 3.77% 8,117
26 Waxhaw 3.68% 15,237
27 Hillsborough 3.57% 7,115
28 Wesley Chapel 3.54% 8,974
29 Stallings 3.54% 15,554
30 Belmont 3.53% 12,054
31 Burlington 3.21% 53,063
32 Elon 3.07% 11,516
33 Jacksonville 2.97% 73,025
34 Mint Hill 2.95% 26,697
35 Holly Springs 2.8% 34,874
36 Huntersville 2.79% 55,980
37 Fayetteville 2.74% 210,432
38 Spring Lake 2.71% 12,119
39 Goldsboro 2.66% 34,647
40 Wadesboro 2.56% 5,305
41 Garner 2.53% 29,462
42 Greenville 2.51% 91,921
43 Winston-Salem 2.5% 244,115
44 Southern Pines 2.43% 14,022
45 Trinity 2.36% 6,579
46 Mebane 2.33% 14,952
47 Cornelius 2.31% 29,256
48 Morehead City 2.28% 9,413
49 Hope Mills 2.24% 15,769
50 Pinehurst 2.16% 16,050
51 Statesville 2.05% 26,685
52 Williamston 2.03% 5,312
53 Fuquay-Varina 2.03% 27,426
54 Havelock 1.98% 20,086
55 Hendersonville 1.97% 13,908
56 Woodfin 1.97% 6,612
57 Eden 1.96% 15,055
58 Indian Trail 1.91% 38,822
59 Gastonia 1.91% 75,887
60 Roanoke Rapids 1.89% 14,741
61 Leland 1.81% 20,294
62 Knightdale 1.79% 16,001
63 Kernersville 1.75% 24,576
64 Winterville 1.71% 9,645
65 Sanford 1.7% 29,456
66 Kings Mountain 1.69% 11,028
67 Asheville 1.66% 91,560
68 Summerfield 1.64% 11,151
69 Kill Devil Hills 1.64% 7,155
70 Kannapolis 1.6% 48,630
71 Newton 1.59% 13,059
72 Laurinburg 1.55% 15,119
73 Sawmills 1.51% 5,165
74 Wake Forest 1.44% 42,111
75 Mills River 1.42% 7,251
76 Henderson 1.42% 14,948
77 Butner 1.41% 7,727
78 Morganton 1.4% 16,481
79 Albemarle 1.36% 15,980
80 Wilmington 1.34% 120,194
81 Davidson 1.3% 12,735
82 Siler City 1.29% 8,078
83 Elizabeth City 1.25% 17,629
84 Lumberton 1.24% 20,928
85 Rocky Mount 1.23% 54,548
86 Hamlet 1.2% 6,331
87 Boone 1.16% 19,119
88 Wilson 1.15% 49,272
89 Clinton 1.12% 8,504
90 Kinston 1.1% 20,398
91 Black Mountain 1.09% 8,144
92 Rockingham 0.97% 8,865
93 Gibsonville 0.95% 7,127
94 Marion 0.87% 7,834
95 Thomasville 0.83% 26,784
96 Salisbury 0.81% 33,727
97 Whiteville 0.74% 5,386
98 Waynesville 0.73% 9,965
99 Clayton 0.71% 21,681
100 Mount Airy 0.69% 10,193

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