The 10 Oregon Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Oregon 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 Oregon 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 Oregon is 178,412 - at 4.3% of the total population of Oregon.

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

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

  1. Happy Valley
  2. Beaverton
  3. Hillsboro
  4. Corvallis
  5. Tigard
  6. Portland
  7. West Linn
  8. Lake Oswego
  9. Talent
  10. Troutdale

Which city in Oregon had the largest Asian population? Happy Valley took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Oregon for 2021. 19.38% of Happy Valley identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Oregon For 2021

Happy Valley, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,971
% Asian: 19.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,065
Percent Change Since 2010: 179.77%
More on Happy Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beaverton, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 97,861
% Asian: 12.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,509
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.3%
More on Beaverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 106,543
% Asian: 12.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,102
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.69%
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corvallis, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 58,028
% Asian: 9.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,673
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.52%
More on Corvallis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tigard, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 53,312
% Asian: 8.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,318
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.84%
More on Tigard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 645,291
% Asian: 8.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 52,253
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.56%
More on Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Linn, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 26,656
% Asian: 6.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,706
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.66%
More on West Linn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 39,127
% Asian: 6.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,358
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.08%
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Talent, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,503
% Asian: 5.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 367
Percent Change Since 2010: 370.51%
More on Talent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troutdale, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,466
% Asian: 5.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 878
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.49%
More on Troutdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 73 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 19.4% 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. Happy Valley took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Eagle Point was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Eagle Point
  2. Silverton
  3. Umatilla

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Oregon

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Happy Valley 19.38% 20,971
2 Beaverton 12.78% 97,861
3 Hillsboro 12.3% 106,543
4 Corvallis 9.78% 58,028
5 Tigard 8.1% 53,312
6 Portland 8.1% 645,291
7 West Linn 6.4% 26,656
8 Lake Oswego 6.03% 39,127
9 Talent 5.64% 6,503
10 Troutdale 5.33% 16,466
11 Gresham 4.51% 110,494
12 Eugene 4.38% 168,302
13 Monmouth 4.3% 10,282
14 Wilsonville 4.25% 24,073
15 Tualatin 3.48% 27,527
16 Sheridan 3.41% 6,122
17 Milwaukie 3.33% 21,009
18 Sherwood 3.31% 19,625
19 North Bend 3.08% 9,652
20 Lincoln City 2.84% 8,826
21 Cornelius 2.7% 12,638
22 Forest Grove 2.53% 24,457
23 Salem 2.43% 169,259
24 Sandy 2.29% 11,070
25 Fairview 2.22% 9,363
26 Newberg 2.11% 23,396
27 Canby 2.01% 17,695
28 Scappoose 1.95% 7,270
29 Ashland 1.87% 21,056
30 Florence 1.85% 8,921
31 Keizer 1.77% 38,980
32 Bend 1.69% 93,917
33 Newport 1.69% 10,559
34 Pendleton 1.67% 16,733
35 Springfield 1.63% 62,077
36 Albany 1.53% 53,521
37 Gladstone 1.5% 12,170
38 Medford 1.48% 81,145
39 Dallas 1.41% 16,168
40 Roseburg 1.28% 23,083
41 Hood River 1.26% 7,715
42 Mcminnville 1.23% 34,010
43 Lebanon 1.22% 16,870
44 Madras 1.2% 6,777
45 Oregon City 1.18% 36,492
46 Seaside 1.13% 6,737
47 Grants Pass 1.11% 37,545
48 St. Helens 1.1% 13,559
49 Central Point 1.09% 18,376
50 Ontario 1.04% 10,966
51 Sweet Home 1.02% 9,619
52 Coos Bay 1.02% 16,229
53 The Dalles 1.02% 15,448
54 La Grande 0.95% 13,310
55 Stayton 0.85% 8,130
56 Baker City 0.81% 9,752
57 Sutherlin 0.81% 8,033
58 Astoria 0.76% 9,836
59 Woodburn 0.75% 25,738
60 Molalla 0.72% 9,155
61 Brookings 0.72% 6,431
62 Klamath Falls 0.67% 21,335
63 Junction City 0.56% 6,053
64 Cottage Grove 0.54% 10,182
65 Milton-Freewater 0.54% 7,037
66 Prineville 0.47% 10,035
67 Redmond 0.46% 30,167
68 Hermiston 0.38% 17,423
69 Independence 0.38% 9,842
70 Winston 0.31% 5,416
71 Umatilla 0.15% 7,162
72 Silverton 0.02% 10,242
73 Eagle Point 0.0% 9,154

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