The 10 Rhode Island Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

We used data and science to determine the cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is 35,401 - at 3.3% of the total population of Rhode Island.

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

Here are the cities in Rhode Island with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Cranston
  2. Providence
  3. Woonsocket
  4. Warwick
  5. East Providence
  6. Pawtucket
  7. Newport
  8. Central Falls

Which city in Rhode Island had the largest Asian population? Cranston took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Rhode Island for 2021. 6.05% of Cranston identify as Asian.

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

To see where Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island or the most diverse places in Rhode Island.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Rhode Island For 2021

Cranston, RI

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Population: 81,254
% Asian: 6.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,917
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.07%
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Providence, RI

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Population: 179,494
% Asian: 5.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,568
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.86%
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Woonsocket, RI

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Population: 41,603
% Asian: 5.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,416
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.41%
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Warwick, RI

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Population: 80,993
% Asian: 3.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,445
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.19%
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East Providence, RI

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Population: 47,483
% Asian: 2.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,332
Percent Change Since 2010: 181.61%
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Pawtucket, RI

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Population: 71,844
% Asian: 2.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,698
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.31%
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Newport, RI

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Population: 24,663
% Asian: 1.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 482
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.62%
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Central Falls, RI

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Population: 19,429
% Asian: 0.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 126
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.51%
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How We Determined The Cities In Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 19,000 people. That left us with 8 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 6.1% to 0.6%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

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

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

  1. Central Falls
  2. Newport
  3. Pawtucket

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Rhode Island

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Cranston 6.05% 81,254
2 Providence 5.89% 179,494
3 Woonsocket 5.81% 41,603
4 Warwick 3.02% 80,993
5 East Providence 2.81% 47,483
6 Pawtucket 2.36% 71,844
7 Newport 1.95% 24,663
8 Central Falls 0.65% 19,429

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