Today, we’re going to look at the most Asian states in America.
The Asian population makes up about 5% of the total US population, and their percentage of the US population has increased since the 1980s. Asians started immigrating in large numbers during the 19th century, however, US laws largely curtailed Asian immigration until the 1940s.
After the US changed its immigration laws to make entry easier, a much larger new wave of immigration from Asia began.
The census determines asian as countries such as China, Japan and Korea as well as the Pacific Islands like Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. And India is considered to be south asia.
We’re going to talk about the US states with the largest asian populations, talk about famous asian americans, and reference a handful of asian stereotypes.
Asia is the most populous continent, with its inhabitants accounting for 60% of the world’s population. The world’s two most populated countries, China and India, together make up 36% of the world’s population.
Okay, we’re all set to explore America’s most asian states.
For exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on. Or, if you’re interested in reading something else, check out:
How We Determined The Most Asian States in The US
When we analyze what it’s like to live in a certain place, we simply look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2017-2021 American Community Survey for a detailed breakdown of race by state.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002 which has the breakdown of people by Hispanic/latino and race.
We looked at the percentage of the population of each state that identified as non-Hispanic/latino, asian.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 50 in terms of that percentage with the state having the highest overall percentage being named the “State In America with the Largest Asian population” — Hawaii.
The “least Asian” state according to the data? That would be West Virginia.
Here’s a look at the top ten states with the largest asian population in America.
We begin our tour of the most asian states in America in….Alaska. In Alaska, the Asian population is 6% – and Alaska has the 6th fastest growing asian population in the USA.
In comparison, Montana is .7% asian. There are only 7,262 asians in the whole tate of montana. In Wyoming, the Asian population is only .75%, but only 842 asian americans moved to wyoming in the last ten years.
Kodiak has by far the largest asian population at 35%. Ketchikan is 12% asian, and anchorage is 9% asian. In some parts of Anchorage, sushi is as omnipresent as pizza. There are more Pacific Islanders per capita in Anchorage than in any other county in the U.S., except in Hawaii.
Asians came to Alaska in the late 1700s to help with fishing jobs and to work in Alaskan gold mines. Today, Filipinos represent 54% of Alaska’s total Asian population, and are 2.7% of Alaska’s total population.
Moving on, we come to the next most asian state in America, Maryland. In Maryland, the Asian population is 6.18%, and growing by about .1% each year.
DC suburb Rockville has a 20% asian population. College Park, home to the university of Maryland, is 15% asian.
I couldn’t find any notable Asians who were born in Maryland, but famous Asians who may have been to Maryland for a ping pong tournament at some point in their lives may include Xu Xin, Wayne Liqin and Fan Zhengdong.
Moving on, we come to our next most asian state in the US…Virginia. In the state of virginia, the asian population makes up about 6.17% of the state’s demographics. The asian population here has increased by about 1% in the last ten years.
Herndon, Fairfax and Vienna have the state’s biggest asian populations. In these cities, the asian population is between 17 and 14 percent. In Annandale, the Vietnamese population is 10%, which is why Virginia natives call it Asiandale.
Being so close to washington DC, it begs the question – how many asian politicians have made it to congress or the senate? In fact, there have been about 50 total, including Mazie Horino from Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
Tulsi Gabbard is Samoan, and India native Bobby Jindal (like spindle). was governor of Illinois for a while.
The guy from Fantasy Island isn’t from Virginia, nor is he asian. He’s french.
Okay, so Asians aren’t necessarily breaking down the doors in DC, but it brings up another question: Which jobs to Asian Americans do the most? According to the bureau of labor statistics, asians are most likely to be in the computer sciences, scientists, pharmacists, engineers and doctors.
As such, Asians far outpace the income levels of all Americans, earning an average of $80,000 a year what the?
Where’s our next most asian state in America? That would be in Massachusetts. Here in Massachusetts, the Asian population is 6.25%, which is 1.1% higher than it was 10 years ago.
Quincy, Malden, Lowell and Cambridge all have the largest asian populations here. In Quincy, the Asian population is 28%. In Cambridge, it’s 16%.
Now, of course, Cambridge is home to Harvard University, pretty much the most prestigious university in the USA.
Famous Asians from Massachusetts include ping pong players Harry Guo and Wayne Ha, as well as Hello Kitty.
Back to the map we go, we come to our next most asian state in America, Nevada. Here, in the hot and deserty landscape, the Asian population is 7.9%. In fact, the asian population in Nevada is the 5th fastest growing in the US
Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb, is 8% Asian. Las Vegas is 6.5% asian, and Reno is 6.2% asian.
One modern stereotype is that asians gamble more than any other race. In fact, some of poker’s biggest stars are asian. Indonesia’s John Juanda is probably the most successful of all, having won $24 million in tournaments. Taiwan native Kitty Kuo is likely the most well known female asian poker player.
Both live in Las Vegas.
Research shows Asians in the U.S. have a disproportionate number of pathological gamblers as compared to the general American population. especially with games of skill, including mahjong, at which asians believe they can outthink their opponents.
Let’s look up the next most asian state in the USA, where we’ll stop in…New York. Here in the Empire State, 8.28% of the population is Asian. New York’s asian population has also increased by more than a percentage point in the last ten years.
New Hyde Park is a third Asian, Manorhaven is 20% asian, and Ithaca New York is 18% asian. Two of these cities are in Long Island, hence the nickname among New Yorkers, Wong Island.
Now, getting around in New York can be a real pain, especially if you actually drive a car, which is why a lot of people in the New York City area take public transportation.
One modern stereotype of asians is that they can’t drive. Well, according to the american council of science and health, outside of eskimos, which drive…sled dogs? Asian Americans are the least likely to be involved in a deadly car accident. And, according to the auto insurance industry, Asian drivers pay about 10% less than any other race.
So, next time you see a bad asian driver, perhaps it’s an anomaly.
And while driving, what types of music do asians prefer? Pop, by a large margin. And specifically, K-Pop, a genre originating in South Korea, which is heavily influenced by styles and genres from ALL OVER the world. HOT or High five of Teenagers was the original korean boy band to start this trend.
Famous asians from New York include pool player Jeanette Lee, actress Lucy Liu, and Norah Jones. She’s Indian.
Asians have contributed a great part to the American society. That’s a far cry from how Asians were treated in America during World War II, when more than a hundred thousand Japanese Americans in the United States were forcibly relocated and incarcerated in concentration camps. It was a very sad time in America, and served as the plot for the novel, Farewell to Manzanar.
Where’s our next most asian state in America? That would be in Washington. Here, in the evergreen state, 8% of the population is Asian, which is a 1.1% increase over the last ten years.
Cities with the largest Asian populations in Washington include Redmond, Bellevue and Newcastle. In Redmond, the Asian population makes up 34% – or more than 1 in 3 residents.
A recent article credits a plentiful supply of high-tech jobs and good schools for the main reason Redmond has a high Asian population. Redmond is home to Microsoft, and Nintendo, and as we saw earlier, Asians have a high number of computer related careers.
Seattle’s asian population is 15%.
In fact, of Washington’s top ten most asian states, all have more than a 20% asian population.
Besides coding and designing video games, are asians likely to hike and explore Washington’s beautiful outdoors? Not likely. According to the US Census, of all major races in America, Asians are the least likely demographic to explore the outdoors in terms of recreation. Instead, they are by far more likely to play video games and spend time on their computers.
Famous Asians from Washington include actress Diana Lee, civil rights leader and human rights activist Karen Narasaki, and Pikachu. There are no notable ping pong players from Washington.
We’re going to visit our next most Asian state….New Jersey. Right next door to New York, New Jersey has a much higher asian population than in New York, at 9.4%, and growing. Factually, New Jersey has the fastest growing asian population in america.
Palisades Park, Fort lee and Leonia all have Asian populations over 40%. Palisades Park has a 60% Asian population. Koreatown in Palisades Park has one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic Korean enclaves outside of Korea.
Palisades Park’s Koreatown has the highest density of ethnic Koreans in the Western Hemisphere and the home of both the highest Korean-American density of any US city.
For the last 20 years, a substantial number of Korean Americans have settled in Bergen County, New Jersey, just over the George Washington Bridge.
1 in 4 residents in Somerset County New Jersey are Asian.
And according to the New York times, young professionals from South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka are becoming very politically active.
Moving on, we come to our second most asian state in the US – California. There is a very large jump between New Jersey and California. Here in the Golden State, the asian population is 14% and growing.
Monterey Park, a Los Angeles suburb, is 67% asian. Cupertino, home to Apple, is 66% asian.
Many Los Angeles and San Francisco suburbs have asian populations over 50%. San Francisco, home of Bruce Lee, is 33% Asian.
In fact, it’s hard to go anywhere in the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco regions without seeing asian markets, nail salons, and of course, food.
It’s the opinion of this channel that the Golden Dragon Restaurant on Broadway in Korea town has the best dim sum in the whole world. Well at least in the LA area. On a Sunday, you can get dim sum and then ride your bike up the hill and catch a Dodger game.
Additionally, the best baked lobster rolls in San Francisco are at Sushi Yoshizumi. They’re the shiznit.
Americans were asked what their favorite Asian food dishes are. They were satay, sushi, chicken curry, Tom Yum, dim sum and laksa.
And where is our most Asian state in America?
If you guessed Hawaii, you’re right, mister. Hawaii has far more Asians than any other state – at 37%. Hawaii is actually becoming less Asian over time, as residents are leaving Hawaii and moving to places like California. Hawaii has lost 1.5% of its asians since 2010.
Most of the larger cities in Hawaii are at least half Asian. Honolulu is 53% Asian.
Most early Asian settlers to the US went to Hawaii. Many of these early immigrants moved to the islands as laborers to work on the pineapple, coconut, and sugarcane plantations. A few years back, Filinpinos passed Japanese residents to become the largest asian population in Hawaii.
And Of course, Hawaii is about halfway between the US and Asia.
Hawaii is known for surfing. Are there any famous asian surfers to come out of Hawaii? Yes there are: Duke Kahanamoku was born in Hawaii, and he’s supposedly like the 7th most famous surfer ever.
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Okay, so that’s it – our most asian states in America.
Hopefully you learned something today like I did.
And we’ll guess that Hawaii is still the most asian state for the next several years.
Here’s a quick look at the least Asian states on the list:
- West Virginia
For more reading, check out:
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