The 10 Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is 433,115 - at 3.4% of the total population of Pennsylvania.

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

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

  1. Lansdale
  2. Franklin Park
  3. State College
  4. Downin
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Whitehall
  7. Baldwin
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Fox Chapel
  10. Collegeville

Which city in Pennsylvania had the largest Asian population? Lansdale took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Pennsylvania for 2021. 14.79% of Lansdale identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Pennsylvania For 2021

Lansdale, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,675
% Asian: 14.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,466
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.29%
More on Lansdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,589
% Asian: 12.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,817
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.58%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

State College, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 42,275
% Asian: 10.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,614
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.35%
More on State College: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,926
% Asian: 8.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 638
Percent Change Since 2010: 217.41%
More on Downin: Real Estate | Data

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,579,075
% Asian: 7.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 113,484
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.65%
More on Philadelphia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Whitehall, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,517
% Asian: 6.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 942
Percent Change Since 2010: 119.07%
More on Whitehall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Baldwin, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,752
% Asian: 6.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,243
Percent Change Since 2010: 745.58%
More on Baldwin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 302,205
% Asian: 5.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,507
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.98%
More on Pittsburgh: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Chapel, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,121
% Asian: 5.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 293
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.0%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collegeville, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,152
% Asian: 5.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 287
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.48%
More on Collegeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 185 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 14.8% 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. Lansdale took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Blakely was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Blakely
  2. Sunbury
  3. Shillington

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Lansdale 14.79% 16,675
2 Franklin Park 12.45% 14,589
3 State College 10.91% 42,275
4 Downin 8.05% 7,926
5 Philadelphia 7.19% 1,579,075
6 Whitehall 6.97% 13,517
7 Baldwin 6.29% 19,752
8 Pittsburgh 5.79% 302,205
9 Fox Chapel 5.72% 5,121
10 Collegeville 5.57% 5,152
11 Souderton 5.29% 6,962
12 Swarthmore 5.25% 6,318
13 Norwood 5.18% 5,893
14 Media 5.01% 5,487
15 Camp Hill 4.71% 7,911
16 Scranton 4.67% 77,054
17 Harrisburg 4.58% 49,209
18 Castle Shannon 4.52% 8,213
19 Lancaster 4.38% 59,433
20 Brentwood 4.34% 9,386
21 Dunmore 4.2% 13,111
22 South Williamsport 4.15% 6,150
23 Middl 3.83% 9,315
24 Moosic 3.83% 5,767
25 Helle 3.81% 5,831
26 Palmyra 3.73% 7,536
27 Ambler 3.71% 6,489
28 Norri 3.52% 34,443
29 Emmaus 3.35% 11,391
30 East Stroudsburg 3.18% 10,333
31 Wyomissing 3.08% 10,473
32 Elizabet 3.06% 11,469
33 Pleasant Hills 3.02% 8,113
34 Bethlehem 3.02% 75,461
35 Lansdowne 3.02% 10,638
36 Jefferson Hills 2.96% 11,200
37 Indiana 2.94% 13,346
38 Millersville 2.91% 8,322
39 Lewisburg 2.9% 5,723
40 Allentown 2.82% 120,915
41 Erie 2.81% 97,263
42 Easton 2.75% 27,122
43 New Kensington 2.71% 12,468
44 Huntingdon 2.59% 6,977
45 Stroudsburg 2.51% 5,499
46 Clifton Heights 2.49% 6,696
47 Morrisville 2.4% 8,573
48 West Chester 2.38% 20,034
49 Wilkes-Barre 2.31% 40,867
50 Carbondale 2.28% 8,471
51 Edinboro 2.28% 5,794
52 Phoenixville 2.21% 16,895
53 Mckees Rocks 2.2% 5,919
54 Carlisle 2.17% 19,153
55 Conshohocken 2.15% 8,029
56 Sharon Hill 2.13% 5,684
57 Hermitage 2.08% 15,693
58 Lehighton 2.07% 5,304
59 Doyle 2.03% 8,286
60 Bloomsburg 2.0% 14,085
61 Wilson 1.99% 7,797
62 Quake 1.89% 8,827
63 Wilkinsburg 1.88% 15,485
64 Carnegie 1.76% 7,883
65 Ridley Park 1.72% 7,048
66 Selinsgrove 1.7% 5,927
67 Gettysburg 1.65% 7,689
68 Bristol 1.56% 9,605
69 Dormont 1.53% 8,373
70 Folcroft 1.49% 6,627
71 Shippensburg 1.48% 5,663
72 Lititz 1.46% 9,335
73 Kingston 1.41% 12,873
74 Oakmont 1.39% 6,480
75 Hollidaysburg 1.37% 5,701
76 Collingdale 1.35% 8,791
77 Birdsboro 1.33% 5,131
78 York 1.32% 44,022
79 Brookhaven 1.27% 8,038
80 Washington 1.25% 13,532
81 Beaver Falls 1.23% 8,464
82 New Holland 1.23% 5,457
83 Olyphant 1.22% 5,064
84 Williamsport 1.22% 28,562
85 Swissvale 1.21% 8,760
86 New Cumberland 1.2% 7,309
87 Chambersburg 1.19% 20,832
88 Perkasie 1.18% 8,550
89 Lock Haven 1.18% 9,247
90 Munhall 1.16% 11,121
91 Sayre 1.16% 5,450
92 Hanover 1.15% 15,609
93 Punxsutawney 1.13% 5,770
94 Grove City 1.11% 7,945
95 Northampton 1.08% 9,847
96 Clarion 1.08% 5,580
97 Sharon 1.07% 13,227
98 Darby 1.07% 10,695
99 Titusville 1.04% 5,264
100 Lebanon 1.04% 25,793

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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