The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in Washington 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 Washington is 656,578 - at 8.7% 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 2022:

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

Which city in Washington had the largest Asian population? Bellevue took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Washington for 2022. 37.43% of Bellevue 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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 146,145
% Asian: 37.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 54,699
Percent Change Since 2010: 77.43%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,959
% Asian: 36.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,953
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.97%
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,078
% Asian: 34.12%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,121
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.6%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 65,265
% Asian: 32.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 21,524
Percent Change Since 2010: 156.12%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,265
% Asian: 26.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,289
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.78%
More on Tukwila: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 38,707
% Asian: 24.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,506
Percent Change Since 2010: 108.51%
More on Issaquah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Issaquah, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 101,871
% Asian: 23.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,206
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.84%
More on Renton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 130,038
% Asian: 21.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 28,065
Percent Change Since 2010: 132.0%
More on Kent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,820
% Asian: 19.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,086
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.47%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,750
% Asian: 18.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,923
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.76%
More on Mill Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mill Creek, WA

Source: City Of Mill Creek

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 6,000 people. That left us with 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 37.4% 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. Bellevue took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Sunnyside 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.

Summary: 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. Sunnyside
  2. Quincy
  3. Toppenish

For more Washington reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Washington

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Bellevue 37.43% 146,145
2 Redmond 36.72% 67,959
3 Newcastle 34.12% 12,078
4 Sammamish 32.98% 65,265
5 Tukwila 26.1% 20,265
6 Issaquah 24.56% 38,707
7 Renton 23.76% 101,871
8 Kent 21.58% 130,038
9 Mercer Island 19.7% 25,820
10 Mill Creek 18.91% 20,750
11 Lynnwood 17.86% 38,538
12 Mukilteo 17.64% 21,414
13 Bothell 17.17% 46,386
14 Seattle 16.19% 741,251
15 Fife 15.29% 10,345
16 Kirkland 15.28% 91,146
17 Shoreline 15.23% 56,835
18 Kenmore 14.04% 22,969
19 Federal Way 13.92% 96,812
20 Snoqualmie 13.23% 13,550
21 Burien 13.2% 51,588
22 Pacific 13.06% 7,122
23 Woodinville 12.25% 13,038
24 Pullman 12.07% 33,974
25 Des Moines 11.83% 31,983
26 Seatac 11.72% 29,102
27 Auburn 11.56% 80,914
28 Covington 10.59% 21,131
29 University Place 10.54% 33,661
30 Lacey 9.94% 50,827
31 Oak Harbor 9.8% 23,358
32 Fircrest 9.59% 6,844
33 Camas 9.54% 24,043
34 Mountlake Terrace 9.5% 21,328
35 Everett 9.42% 110,840
36 Edmonds 9.29% 42,347
37 Tacoma 8.58% 215,766
38 Milton 8.48% 8,211
39 Brier 8.32% 6,899
40 Maple Valley 8.27% 26,739
41 Lakewood 7.65% 60,564
42 Marysville 7.52% 69,629
43 Dupont 7.37% 9,514
44 Olympia 7.34% 52,290
45 Lake Forest Park 6.86% 13,455
46 Duvall 6.69% 7,979
47 Edgewood 6.21% 12,010
48 Puyallup 5.94% 41,666
49 Bellingham 5.91% 90,821
50 Normandy Park 5.86% 6,643
51 Gig Harbor 5.85% 10,280
52 Vancouver 5.54% 182,792
53 Richland 5.27% 57,353
54 Bremerton 5.27% 41,258
55 Steilacoom 5.0% 6,366
56 Airway Heights 4.9% 8,885
57 Lake Stevens 4.53% 33,470
58 Monroe 4.51% 19,403
59 Arlington 4.51% 19,947
60 Ferndale 4.44% 14,591
61 North Bend 4.22% 7,161
62 Port Orchard 3.97% 14,303
63 Poulsbo 3.37% 10,869
64 Cheney 3.32% 12,455
65 Tumwater 3.31% 23,390
66 Snohomish 3.24% 10,141
67 Ocean Shores 3.2% 6,196
68 Sequim 3.13% 7,441
69 Bainbridge Island 2.94% 24,859
70 Clarkston 2.92% 7,435
71 Bonney Lake 2.81% 21,247
72 Anacortes 2.76% 17,231
73 Spokane 2.68% 219,185
74 Walla Walla 2.66% 32,951
75 Mount Vernon 2.64% 35,502
76 Washougal 2.56% 15,927
77 Burlington 2.44% 9,085
78 Kennewick 2.35% 82,633
79 College Place 2.27% 9,311
80 Prosser 2.19% 6,288
81 Ellensburg 1.99% 20,679
82 Lynden 1.99% 14,700
83 Liberty Lake 1.97% 10,381
84 Port Angeles 1.95% 20,071
85 Pasco 1.88% 74,266
86 Selah 1.86% 7,957
87 Orting 1.68% 8,267
88 Hoquiam 1.65% 8,570
89 Longview 1.63% 37,914
90 Ephrata 1.57% 8,081
91 Port Townsend 1.56% 9,710
92 Spokane Valley 1.49% 99,275
93 Sedro-Woolley 1.38% 11,919
94 Sumner 1.24% 10,246
95 Othello 1.2% 8,241
96 West Richland 1.2% 14,842
97 Battle Ground 1.12% 20,931
98 Moses Lake 1.11% 23,442
99 Yelm 1.07% 9,262
100 Aberdeen 1.03% 16,571
101 Stanwood 1.01% 7,228
102 Enumclaw 0.99% 12,062
103 Union Gap 0.92% 6,167
104 Yakima 0.92% 93,829
105 Chehalis 0.78% 7,607
106 Kelso 0.72% 12,237
107 Centralia 0.71% 17,473
108 Wenatchee 0.7% 34,249
109 Shelton 0.68% 10,467
110 East Wenatchee 0.66% 14,012
111 Grandview 0.43% 11,075
112 Woodland 0.31% 6,223
113 Toppenish 0.28% 8,872
114 Quincy 0.09% 7,815
115 Sunnyside 0.0% 16,703

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

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