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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 Oregon is 184,235 - at 4.4% 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 2023:
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 2023. 19.76% 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 2023
% Asian: 19.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,631
Percent Change Since 2010: 218.72%
More on Happy Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 12.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,049
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.51%
More on Beaverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 11.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,513
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.57%
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 9.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,928
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.28%
More on Corvallis: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 9.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,027
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.46%
More on Tigard: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 8.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 54,599
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.42%
More on Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 8.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,329
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.05%
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 5.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 371
Percent Change Since 2010: 375.64%
More on Talent: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 5.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,421
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.3%
More on West Linn: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 4.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,479
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.37%
More on Gresham: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Oregon With The Largest Asian Population For 2023
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 2017-2021 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*
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 72 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 19.8% 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 Junction City 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.
Summary: 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:
- Junction City
- Eagle Point
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Table: Asian Population By City In Oregon