The 10 Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin is 160,706 - at 2.8% of the total population of Wisconsin.

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

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

  1. Sheboygan
  2. Wausau
  3. Brookfield
  4. Weston
  5. Madison
  6. Onalaska
  7. Oak Creek
  8. Appleton
  9. Greendale
  10. Hobart

Which city in Wisconsin had the largest Asian population? Sheboygan took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Wisconsin for 2021. 11.71% of Sheboygan identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Wisconsin For 2021

Sheboygan, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,327
% Asian: 11.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,658
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.85%
More on Sheboygan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wausau, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 38,735
% Asian: 11.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,510
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.7%
More on Wausau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brookfield, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,358
% Asian: 11.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,389
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.66%
More on Brookfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,110
% Asian: 9.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,486
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.88%
More on Weston: Real Estate | Data

Madison, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 254,977
% Asian: 8.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,762
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.2%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Onalaska, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,662
% Asian: 8.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,552
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.29%
More on Onalaska: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Creek, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 36,066
% Asian: 7.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,660
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.06%
More on Oak Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Appleton, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 74,139
% Asian: 7.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,436
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.16%
More on Appleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greendale, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,176
% Asian: 6.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 973
Percent Change Since 2010: 175.64%
More on Greendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hobart, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,053
% Asian: 6.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 617
Percent Change Since 2010: 3147.37%
More on Hobart: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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 136 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 11.7% 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. Sheboygan took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Milton was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Milton
  2. Prairie du Chien
  3. Berlin

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Sheboygan 11.71% 48,327
2 Wausau 11.64% 38,735
3 Brookfield 11.44% 38,358
4 Weston 9.83% 15,110
5 Madison 8.93% 254,977
6 Onalaska 8.32% 18,662
7 Oak Creek 7.38% 36,066
8 Appleton 7.33% 74,139
9 Greendale 6.86% 14,176
10 Hobart 6.82% 9,053
11 Cottage Grove 6.79% 7,020
12 Sun Prairie 6.7% 33,321
13 Holmen 6.48% 9,854
14 Franklin 6.23% 36,064
15 Manitowoc 5.98% 32,702
16 Rothschild 5.86% 5,287
17 Eau Claire 5.46% 68,187
18 Glendale 5.45% 12,943
19 Brown Deer 5.37% 11,965
20 Shorewood 5.21% 13,290
21 Menomonee Falls 5.19% 37,160
22 Whitefish Bay 5.17% 13,972
23 Fitchburg 5.12% 29,450
24 New Berlin 5.09% 39,718
25 Germa 4.98% 20,166
26 Stevens Point 4.93% 26,229
27 Fox Point 4.87% 6,650
28 Greenfield 4.84% 37,099
29 Bellevue 4.73% 15,701
30 Middleton 4.57% 19,487
31 Sussex 4.53% 10,833
32 Milwaukee 4.24% 594,548
33 Wisconsin Rapids 4.19% 17,770
34 Green Bay 4.19% 104,777
35 Wauwatosa 4.03% 47,971
36 Ashwaubenon 4.02% 17,149
37 La Crosse 4.01% 51,666
38 Elm Grove 3.67% 6,153
39 Pewaukee 3.66% 8,164
40 Kimberly 3.59% 6,770
41 Altoona 3.49% 7,625
42 Verona 3.45% 13,004
43 Marshfield 3.4% 18,222
44 Plover 3.4% 12,803
45 Mount Pleasant 3.37% 26,928
46 Oshkosh 3.35% 66,773
47 Menomonie 3.21% 16,408
48 Deforest 3.2% 10,179
49 Kronenwetter 3.18% 7,796
50 De Pere 3.14% 24,903
51 Mequon 3.05% 24,144
52 Pewaukee 3.03% 14,431
53 Delavan 2.95% 8,303
54 Waukesha 2.81% 72,412
55 Howard 2.72% 19,658
56 Menasha 2.72% 18,114
57 West Allis 2.68% 60,025
58 Platteville 2.66% 12,264
59 Hales Corners 2.55% 7,646
60 Sparta 2.36% 9,717
61 Richfield 2.33% 11,690
62 New London 2.25% 6,879
63 Grafton 2.21% 11,646
64 St. Francis 2.0% 9,549
65 Lake Hallie 1.98% 6,667
66 Kenosha 1.97% 99,688
67 Whitewater 1.88% 14,722
68 Sheboygan Falls 1.86% 7,893
69 Hartland 1.86% 9,268
70 Superior 1.85% 26,223
71 Neenah 1.83% 25,967
72 Richland Center 1.77% 5,019
73 Cedarburg 1.73% 11,527
74 Edgerton 1.71% 5,550
75 Sturtevant 1.71% 6,606
76 Fond Du Lac 1.68% 42,909
77 Pleasant Prairie 1.62% 20,832
78 River Falls 1.61% 15,638
79 Caledonia 1.52% 25,120
80 Waunakee 1.49% 13,730
81 Janesville 1.48% 64,245
82 Beloit 1.47% 36,836
83 Monona 1.45% 8,122
84 Lake Geneva 1.37% 7,894
85 Little Chute 1.37% 11,484
86 Chippewa Falls 1.35% 14,101
87 Waupun 1.34% 11,276
88 Rice Lake 1.28% 8,367
89 Fort Atkinson 1.17% 12,443
90 Ripon 1.13% 7,781
91 Elkhorn 1.13% 9,925
92 Mcfarland 1.12% 8,650
93 Two Rivers 1.12% 11,154
94 Sturgeon Bay 1.07% 8,885
95 Allouez 1.04% 13,882
96 Tomah 0.95% 9,383
97 Cudahy 0.94% 18,271
98 Port Washington 0.94% 11,761
99 Muskego 0.91% 24,946
100 Racine 0.86% 77,081

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