The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington is 625,682 - at 8.5% of the total population of Washington.

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

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

  1. Redmond
  2. Bellevue
  3. Newcastle
  4. Sammamish
  5. Tukwila
  6. Renton
  7. Issaquah
  8. Kent
  9. Mukilteo
  10. Mercer Island

Which city in Washington had the largest Asian population? Redmond took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Washington for 2021. 36.38% of Redmond identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Washington For 2021

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,558
% Asian: 36.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,847
Percent Change Since 2010: 96.84%
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 144,403
% Asian: 35.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 51,559
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.25%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,750
% Asian: 32.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,864
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.58%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 64,674
% Asian: 31.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,503
Percent Change Since 2010: 143.97%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,196
% Asian: 24.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,985
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.89%
More on Tukwila: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 101,484
% Asian: 24.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.08%
More on Renton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Issaquah, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 37,965
% Asian: 23.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,790
Percent Change Since 2010: 92.81%
More on Issaquah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 131,118
% Asian: 20.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,853
Percent Change Since 2010: 121.98%
More on Kent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mukilteo, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,336
% Asian: 19.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,204
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.6%
More on Mukilteo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,675
% Asian: 19.28%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,949
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.42%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 36.4% to 0.2%.

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

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

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

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

  1. Quincy
  2. Woodland
  3. Sunnyside

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Washington

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Redmond 36.38% 65,558
2 Bellevue 35.7% 144,403
3 Newcastle 32.89% 11,750
4 Sammamish 31.7% 64,674
5 Tukwila 24.68% 20,196
6 Renton 24.07% 101,484
7 Issaquah 23.15% 37,965
8 Kent 20.48% 131,118
9 Mukilteo 19.7% 21,336
10 Mercer Island 19.28% 25,675
11 Mill Creek 19.03% 20,553
12 Lynnwood 17.95% 38,143
13 Bothell 17.13% 45,749
14 Shoreline 15.49% 56,267
15 Seattle 15.32% 724,305
16 Pacific 15.04% 7,215
17 Kirkland 14.36% 89,438
18 Fife 14.21% 10,096
19 Seatac 14.05% 29,019
20 Mountlake Terrace 13.48% 21,210
21 Kenmore 12.95% 22,724
22 Burien 12.85% 51,477
23 Federal Way 12.56% 96,526
24 Covington 12.43% 20,825
25 Pullman 12.04% 33,598
26 Des Moines 11.62% 31,734
27 Auburn 11.41% 80,134
28 Snoqualmie 11.32% 13,480
29 Woodinville 10.84% 12,383
30 Oak Harbor 10.64% 23,089
31 University Place 10.53% 33,326
32 Everett 9.15% 109,766
33 Tacoma 8.64% 212,869
34 Lakewood 8.57% 60,111
35 Lacey 8.51% 49,248
36 Camas 8.08% 23,200
37 Normandy Park 8.05% 6,670
38 Edmonds 8.02% 42,040
39 Lake Forest Park 7.74% 13,430
40 Brier 7.13% 6,843
41 Olympia 6.97% 51,534
42 Steilacoom 6.85% 6,303
43 Maple Valley 6.42% 26,352
44 Port Orchard 6.4% 14,062
45 Gig Harbor 6.11% 9,854
46 Marysville 6.1% 68,633
47 Bellingham 5.92% 88,764
48 Dupont 5.83% 9,435
49 Bremerton 5.78% 40,631
50 Airway Heights 5.67% 8,560
51 Vancouver 5.45% 180,556
52 Ferndale 5.23% 14,043
53 Fircrest 5.22% 6,795
54 Puyallup 5.1% 40,991
55 Milton 4.45% 7,715
56 Richland 4.27% 56,399
57 Ocean Shores 4.1% 5,975
58 Duvall 4.04% 7,901
59 Arlington 4.03% 19,483
60 Poulsbo 3.91% 10,602
61 Lake Stevens 3.77% 32,487
62 Sequim 3.67% 7,248
63 Washougal 3.53% 15,769
64 Liberty Lake 3.52% 9,836
65 Bonney Lake 3.47% 20,707
66 Burlington 3.4% 8,881
67 Edgewood 3.36% 11,264
68 Tumwater 3.06% 22,974
69 Bainbridge Island 2.99% 24,486
70 Mount Vernon 2.96% 35,026
71 Cheney 2.95% 12,165
72 Snohomish 2.86% 9,976
73 Spokane 2.69% 217,353
74 Monroe 2.59% 18,865
75 Ellensburg 2.58% 20,167
76 North Bend 2.52% 6,983
77 Anacortes 2.47% 16,977
78 Lynden 2.44% 14,281
79 Port Angeles 2.44% 19,832
80 Kennewick 2.29% 81,479
81 Walla Walla 2.27% 32,793
82 Prosser 2.26% 6,202
83 Port Townsend 2.2% 9,551
84 Sumner 2.14% 10,053
85 Pasco 2.12% 72,899
86 College Place 1.98% 9,182
87 Longview 1.82% 37,520
88 Moses Lake 1.65% 23,056
89 Centralia 1.64% 17,216
90 Ephrata 1.56% 8,072
91 West Richland 1.56% 14,495
92 Spokane Valley 1.51% 97,562
93 Clarkston 1.45% 7,381
94 Aberdeen 1.44% 16,456
95 Kelso 1.42% 12,123
96 Stanwood 1.34% 7,068
97 Sedro-Woolley 1.3% 11,739
98 Othello 1.3% 8,100
99 Yakima 1.27% 93,413
100 Yelm 1.17% 8,985

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