The 10 Virginia Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Virginia 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 Virginia is 536,076 - at 6.3% of the total population of Virginia.

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

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

  1. Herndon
  2. Fairfax
  3. Vienna
  4. Blacksburg
  5. Manassas Park
  6. Falls Church
  7. Leesburg
  8. Charlottesville
  9. Virginia Beach
  10. Williamsburg

Which city in Virginia had the largest Asian population? Herndon took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Virginia for 2021. 18.42% of Herndon identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Virginia For 2021

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,532
% Asian: 18.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,519
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.89%
More on Herndon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,531
% Asian: 17.17%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,040
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.81%
More on Fairfax: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vienna, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,489
% Asian: 14.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,416
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.19%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blacksburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 44,303
% Asian: 12.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,593
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.97%
More on Blacksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manassas Park, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,986
% Asian: 11.09%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,884
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.69%
More on Manassas Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falls Church, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,128
% Asian: 9.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,396
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.28%
More on Falls Church: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leesburg, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 52,994
% Asian: 7.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,153
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.05%
More on Leesburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charlottesville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 47,096
% Asian: 7.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,327
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.47%
More on Charlottesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Virginia Beach, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 450,201
% Asian: 6.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 29,610
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.41%
More on Virginia Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williamsburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,927
% Asian: 6.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 963
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.04%
More on Williamsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Virginia 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 Virginia.

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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 18.4% 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. Herndon took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Richlands was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Richlands
  2. Bristol
  3. Emporia

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Virginia

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Herndon 18.42% 24,532
2 Fairfax 17.17% 23,531
3 Vienna 14.65% 16,489
4 Blacksburg 12.62% 44,303
5 Manassas Park 11.09% 16,986
6 Falls Church 9.88% 14,128
7 Leesburg 7.84% 52,994
8 Charlottesville 7.06% 47,096
9 Virginia Beach 6.58% 450,201
10 Williamsburg 6.45% 14,927
11 Alexandria 5.78% 157,613
12 Manassas 5.14% 41,174
13 Purcellville 4.73% 9,897
14 Warrenton 4.36% 9,913
15 Colonial Heights 4.15% 17,428
16 Harrisonburg 3.82% 53,273
17 Norfolk 3.49% 244,601
18 Lexington 3.45% 7,241
19 Newport News 3.16% 179,673
20 Chesapeake 3.06% 239,982
21 Roanoke 2.94% 99,229
22 Christiansburg 2.76% 22,163
23 Fredericksburg 2.67% 28,622
24 Poquoson 2.47% 12,090
25 Lynchburg 2.44% 80,569
26 Hampton 2.42% 135,041
27 Richmond 2.09% 226,622
28 South Boston 2.07% 7,762
29 Winchester 2.06% 27,897
30 Culpeper 1.95% 18,342
31 Vinton 1.94% 8,083
32 Suffolk 1.9% 90,093
33 Buena Vista 1.9% 6,484
34 Salem 1.67% 25,317
35 Wytheville 1.62% 7,957
36 Radford 1.55% 17,691
37 Staunton 1.38% 24,432
38 Portsmouth 1.37% 95,097
39 Hopewell 1.37% 22,456
40 Farmville 1.33% 8,117
41 Franklin 1.26% 8,147
42 Big Stone Gap 1.18% 5,257
43 Danville 1.18% 41,070
44 Covington 1.16% 5,598
45 Ashland 1.08% 7,750
46 Waynesboro 1.08% 22,140
47 Abingdon 1.07% 7,960
48 Front Royal 1.02% 15,077
49 Martinsville 1.02% 12,852
50 Petersburg 0.9% 31,362
51 Marion 0.88% 5,706
52 Galax 0.64% 6,517
53 Bridgewater 0.5% 6,032
54 Pulaski 0.49% 8,799
55 Strasburg 0.48% 6,609
56 Smithfield 0.31% 8,367
57 Emporia 0.26% 5,442
58 Bristol 0.22% 16,912
59 Richlands 0.0% 5,368

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About Chris Kolmar

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