The 10 West Virginia Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

We used data and science to determine the cities in West Virginia 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 West 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 West Virginia is 14,319 - at 0.8% of the total population of West 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 West Virginia? Which cities and towns in West Virginia have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

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

  1. Morgantown
  2. Bridgeport
  3. South Charleston
  4. Charles Town
  5. Charleston
  6. Beckley
  7. Elkins
  8. Vienna
  9. Huntington
  10. Dunbar

Which city in West Virginia had the largest Asian population? Morgantown took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in West Virginia for 2021. 3.44% of Morgantown identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In West Virginia For 2021

Morgantown, WV

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Population: 30,712
% Asian: 3.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,058
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.19%
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Bridgeport, WV

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Population: 8,556
% Asian: 3.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 286
Percent Change Since 2010: 186.0%
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South Charleston, WV

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Population: 12,475
% Asian: 2.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 327
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.93%
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Charles Town, WV

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Population: 5,943
% Asian: 2.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 127
Percent Change Since 2010: 1714.29%
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Charleston, WV

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Population: 48,006
% Asian: 2.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,014
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.5%
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Beckley, WV

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Population: 16,452
% Asian: 2.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 330
Percent Change Since 2010: -22.17%
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Elkins, WV

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Population: 7,072
% Asian: 1.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 138
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.47%
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Vienna, WV

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Population: 10,348
% Asian: 1.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 198
Percent Change Since 2010: 125.0%
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Huntington, WV

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Population: 46,667
% Asian: 1.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 750
Percent Change Since 2010: 68.54%
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Population: 7,333
% Asian: 1.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 113
Percent Change Since 2010: 370.83%
More on Dunbar: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Cities In West 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 West 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 27 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.4% 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. Morgantown took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Keyser was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Keyser
  2. Oak Hill
  3. Nitro

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In West Virginia

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Morgantown 3.44% 30,712
2 Bridgeport 3.34% 8,556
3 South Charleston 2.62% 12,475
4 Charles Town 2.14% 5,943
5 Charleston 2.11% 48,006
6 Beckley 2.01% 16,452
7 Elkins 1.95% 7,072
8 Vienna 1.91% 10,348
9 Huntington 1.61% 46,667
10 Dunbar 1.54% 7,333
11 Martinsburg 1.28% 17,475
12 Grafton 1.03% 5,061
13 Fairmont 0.82% 18,458
14 Princeton 0.74% 5,831
15 Wheeling 0.74% 27,062
16 Weirton 0.63% 18,670
17 Hurricane 0.62% 6,482
18 Buckhannon 0.51% 5,486
19 Parkersburg 0.39% 30,021
20 St. Albans 0.32% 10,270
21 Clarksburg 0.3% 15,553
22 Moundsville 0.11% 8,486
23 Bluefield 0.08% 9,889
24 New Martinsville 0.0% 5,162
25 Nitro 0.0% 5,997
26 Oak Hill 0.0% 8,336
27 Keyser 0.0% 5,050

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