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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in North Dakota 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 Dakota is 10,876 - at 1.4% of the total population of North Dakota.

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

Here are the cities in North Dakota with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Fargo
  2. Grand Forks
  3. West Fargo
  4. Minot
  5. Valley City
  6. Dickinson
  7. Devils Lake
  8. Williston
  9. Bismarck
  10. Mandan

Which city in North Dakota had the largest Asian population? Fargo took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in North Dakota for 2021. 3.4% of Fargo identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In North Dakota For 2021

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 121,889
% Asian: 3.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,146
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.33%
More on Fargo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grand Forks, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 56,500
% Asian: 3.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,859
Percent Change Since 2010: 94.25%
More on Grand Forks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,397
% Asian: 2.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 868
Percent Change Since 2010: 220.3%
More on West Fargo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,261
% Asian: 2.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,104
Percent Change Since 2010: 145.88%
More on Minot: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Valley City, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,460
% Asian: 1.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 109
Percent Change Since 2010: -27.81%
More on Valley City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dickinson, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,882
% Asian: 1.49%
# Of Asian Residents: 340
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.14%
More on Dickinson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Devils Lake, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,344
% Asian: 1.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 88
Percent Change Since 2010: 417.65%
More on Devils Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,250
% Asian: 1.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 308
Percent Change Since 2010: 258.14%
More on Williston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 72,777
% Asian: 0.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 670
Percent Change Since 2010: 155.73%
More on Bismarck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,301
% Asian: 0.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 191
Percent Change Since 2010: 193.85%
More on Mandan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In North Dakota 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 Dakota.

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 6,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.4% to 0.5%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Fargo took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Jamestown was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Jamestown
  2. Wahpeton
  3. Mandan

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In North Dakota

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Fargo 3.4% 121,889
2 Grand Forks 3.29% 56,500
3 West Fargo 2.45% 35,397
4 Minot 2.29% 48,261
5 Valley City 1.69% 6,460
6 Dickinson 1.49% 22,882
7 Devils Lake 1.2% 7,344
8 Williston 1.13% 27,250
9 Bismarck 0.92% 72,777
10 Mandan 0.86% 22,301
11 Wahpeton 0.77% 7,802
12 Jamestown 0.5% 15,289

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