The 10 Virginia Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


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

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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 Virginia is 564,706 - at 6.6% 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 2022:

  1. Fairfax
  2. Herndon
  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? Fairfax took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Virginia for 2022. 18.5% of Fairfax 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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,312
% Asian: 18.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,312
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.88%
More on Fairfax: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,577
% Asian: 17.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,350
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.67%
More on Herndon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,532
% Asian: 13.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,249
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.98%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vienna, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 44,395
% Asian: 12.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,532
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.7%
More on Blacksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blacksburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,548
% Asian: 11.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,982
Percent Change Since 2010: 100.61%
More on Manassas Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manassas Park, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,309
% Asian: 9.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,414
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.76%
More on Falls Church: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falls Church, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 53,731
% Asian: 8.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,717
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.85%
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Leesburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 47,217
% Asian: 7.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,313
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.96%
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Charlottesville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 450,882
% Asian: 6.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 31,447
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.51%
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Virginia Beach, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,034
% Asian: 6.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 997
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.05%
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Williamsburg, VA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Virginia With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 18.5% 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. Fairfax 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.

Summary: 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. Emporia
  3. Bristol

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Virginia

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Fairfax 18.5% 23,312
2 Herndon 17.7% 24,577
3 Vienna 13.6% 16,532
4 Blacksburg 12.46% 44,395
5 Manassas Park 11.29% 17,548
6 Falls Church 9.88% 14,309
7 Leesburg 8.78% 53,731
8 Charlottesville 7.02% 47,217
9 Virginia Beach 6.97% 450,882
10 Williamsburg 6.63% 15,034
11 Alexandria 6.63% 158,309
12 Manassas 5.57% 41,038
13 Lexington 5.02% 7,205
14 Purcellville 4.51% 10,063
15 Warrenton 4.24% 9,928
16 Fredericksburg 3.83% 29,059
17 Colonial Heights 3.68% 17,283
18 Norfolk 3.57% 244,300
19 Wytheville 3.57% 7,925
20 Harrisonburg 3.4% 53,558
21 Culpeper 3.33% 18,633
22 Chesapeake 3.32% 242,647
23 Roanoke 3.24% 99,122
24 Newport News 3.18% 179,582
25 South Boston 2.98% 7,676
26 Christiansburg 2.94% 22,482
27 Lynchburg 2.39% 80,970
28 Franklin 2.33% 8,015
29 Hampton 2.24% 135,169
30 Poquoson 2.23% 12,121
31 Suffolk 2.07% 91,383
32 Richmond 2.06% 229,233
33 Winchester 1.91% 27,912
34 Salem 1.81% 25,290
35 Big Stone Gap 1.71% 5,209
36 Waynesboro 1.7% 22,300
37 Radford 1.56% 17,833
38 Portsmouth 1.56% 94,961
39 Staunton 1.44% 24,660
40 Hopewell 1.37% 22,500
41 Front Royal 1.32% 15,214
42 Danville 1.26% 40,668
43 Ashland 1.23% 7,819
44 Covington 1.15% 5,653
45 Martinsville 1.15% 12,646
46 Strasburg 1.08% 6,643
47 Vinton 1.02% 8,102
48 Petersburg 1.0% 30,791
49 Farmville 0.97% 8,152
50 Marion 0.71% 5,646
51 Abingdon 0.71% 7,936
52 Pulaski 0.56% 8,744
53 Bridgewater 0.46% 6,090
54 Buena Vista 0.36% 6,477
55 Galax 0.34% 6,402
56 Smithfield 0.24% 8,492
57 Bristol 0.19% 17,059
58 Emporia 0.0% 5,408
59 Richlands 0.0% 5,311

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Virginia with the largest Asian population.

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