The 10 Tennessee Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee is 116,563 - at 1.7% of the total population of Tennessee.

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

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

  1. Collierville
  2. Brentwood
  3. Franklin
  4. Farragut
  5. Germantown
  6. Smyrna
  7. Collegedale
  8. Murfreesboro
  9. Nashville
  10. Mount Juliet

Which city in Tennessee had the largest Asian population? Collierville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Tennessee for 2021. 9.26% of Collierville identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Tennessee For 2021

Collierville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 50,086
% Asian: 9.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,639
Percent Change Since 2010: 71.37%
More on Collierville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,407
% Asian: 7.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,098
Percent Change Since 2010: 152.69%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 77,939
% Asian: 6.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,293
Percent Change Since 2010: 128.24%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farragut, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,631
% Asian: 6.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,427
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.17%
More on Farragut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Germantown, TN

Source: City Of Germantwon
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,193
% Asian: 5.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,163
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.65%
More on Germantown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Smyrna, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 49,552
% Asian: 4.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,448
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.71%
More on Smyrna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collegedale, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,275
% Asian: 4.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 550
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.72%
More on Collegedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 136,366
% Asian: 3.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,978
Percent Change Since 2010: 55.17%
More on Murfreesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nashville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 663,750
% Asian: 3.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,225
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.43%
More on Nashville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Juliet, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 34,377
% Asian: 3.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,246
Percent Change Since 2010: 213.85%
More on Mount Juliet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 9.3% 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. Collierville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while La Follette was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. La Follette
  2. Covington
  3. Brownsville

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Collierville 9.26% 50,086
2 Brentwood 7.31% 42,407
3 Franklin 6.79% 77,939
4 Farragut 6.31% 22,631
5 Germantown 5.52% 39,193
6 Smyrna 4.94% 49,552
7 Collegedale 4.88% 11,275
8 Murfreesboro 3.65% 136,366
9 Nashville 3.65% 663,750
10 Mount Juliet 3.62% 34,377
11 Rockwood 3.54% 5,423
12 Nolensville 3.5% 8,390
13 Bartlett 3.48% 59,102
14 Oak Ridge 3.01% 29,037
15 Lakeland 2.97% 12,606
16 La Vergne 2.84% 35,411
17 Johnson City 2.76% 66,515
18 Chattanooga 2.66% 179,690
19 Lebanon 2.61% 33,159
20 Gallatin 2.49% 38,156
21 Clarksville 2.47% 152,934
22 Goodlettsville 2.42% 16,870
23 Cleveland 2.28% 44,595
24 Cookeville 2.25% 33,454
25 Munford 2.06% 6,034
26 Lawrenceburg 1.97% 10,877
27 Spring Hill 1.89% 39,711
28 White House 1.87% 11,843
29 Millington 1.8% 10,645
30 Tullahoma 1.8% 19,852
31 Knoxville 1.77% 186,173
32 Dayton 1.77% 7,344
33 Alcoa 1.73% 9,561
34 Memphis 1.71% 651,932
35 Maryville 1.71% 28,974
36 Signal Mountain 1.63% 8,539
37 Sweetwater 1.6% 5,873
38 Dyersburg 1.56% 16,476
39 Hendersonville 1.44% 57,083
40 Jackson 1.42% 66,870
41 Henderson 1.22% 6,289
42 Arlington 1.22% 11,697
43 Kingsport 1.21% 53,376
44 Milan 1.2% 7,672
45 Lenoir City 1.15% 9,162
46 Greenbrier 1.1% 6,818
47 Kingston 1.1% 5,927
48 Millersville 1.07% 6,350
49 East Ridge 1.04% 21,168
50 Red Bank 0.99% 11,745
51 Morristown 0.94% 29,782
52 Manchester 0.91% 10,721
53 Springfield 0.89% 17,092
54 Athens 0.82% 13,851
55 Dickson 0.82% 15,447
56 Elizabethton 0.81% 13,577
57 Mcminnville 0.77% 13,695
58 Jefferson City 0.74% 8,237
59 Savannah 0.62% 6,947
60 Sevierville 0.53% 16,743
61 Atoka 0.51% 9,241
62 Bristol 0.5% 26,852
63 Winchester 0.48% 8,706
64 Newport 0.44% 6,848
65 Columbia 0.43% 38,380
66 Ripley 0.42% 7,947
67 Mckenzie 0.41% 5,328
68 Portland 0.4% 12,729
69 Harriman 0.38% 6,126
70 Crossville 0.33% 11,545
71 Greeneville 0.33% 14,942
72 Lexington 0.32% 7,848
73 Bolivar 0.32% 5,031
74 Clinton 0.31% 9,964
75 Martin 0.31% 10,635
76 Oakland 0.25% 7,893
77 Hartsville/trousdale County 0.24% 10,231
78 Mount Carmel 0.23% 5,293
79 Lewisburg 0.19% 11,910
80 Church Hill 0.18% 6,667
81 Paris 0.18% 10,043
82 Fairview 0.16% 8,762
83 Soddy-Daisy 0.12% 13,398
84 Union City 0.1% 10,424
85 Pulaski 0.05% 7,643
86 Loudon 0.02% 5,747
87 Erwin 0.0% 5,921
88 Humboldt 0.0% 8,169
89 Pigeon Forge 0.0% 6,229
90 Shelbyville 0.0% 21,591
91 Fayetteville 0.0% 7,034
92 Brownsville 0.0% 9,647
93 Covington 0.0% 8,857
94 La Follette 0.0% 6,857

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