Top 10 Most Asian U.S. States

Name the states with the highest percentage of people who report their race as Asian.
2019 estimates. U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey.
Based on self-identification. Not counting people who identify as being of two or more races.
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Last updated: September 18, 2020
First submittedOctober 29, 2016
Times taken35,243
Average score70.0%
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State
38.7
Hawaii
14.8
California
9.6
New Jersey
9.0
Washington
8.6
New York
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State
8.5
Nevada
6.9
Massachusetts
6.6
Virginia
6.4
Maryland
6.0
Alaska
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Level 83
Aug 20, 2017
Oh yeah, Alaska. Got all the other ones easily. Being a former Virginia resident probably helped. My hometown turned in to one of the biggest K-towns in the country after I left.
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2017
Kal, I keep trying to catch up with you on this thing! I happen to live in your hometown!!
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Level 83
Jan 2, 2018
Eat a plate of Honey Pig bulgogi for me.
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Level 64
Aug 20, 2017
On most quizzes there seems to be a pattern, but I didn't notice one here. I mean four of the five Pacific States are here, but other than that I can't find one.
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Level 54
Aug 22, 2017
Perhaps it's the states with high population cities compared to the rest of their population since those immigrating would likely choose major cities to move to. That explains Massachusetts (Boston), New York (New York City), and, surprisingly enough, Alaska, where Anchorage residents make up more than 40% of the state's population (though it's still a pitiful 300,000 or so).
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Level 54
Aug 22, 2017
(And if someone wants to make that a quiz, I'd be happy.)
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Level 59
Aug 31, 2019
(2 Years Later) I think I can do that!
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Level 59
Sep 1, 2019
(And the very next day...) Jetpunk features a quiz about the largest city in each state, now it is going to look like I just am being a copycat. Very convenient for getting good data though!
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2017
Dc, Boston, NYC + Pacific Coast. That's usually the pattern. Sometimes with the addition of Chicago.
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Level 72
Jan 2, 2018
My thinking was -- besides the Pacific states, which are simply closest -- that most immigrants came through New York City, and most of those settled nearby, so that gives us New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and that a lot of international people work in and around DC, which gives us Maryland and Virginia.
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Level 73
Jan 4, 2018
Most immigrants come through New York? Not since the closing of Ellis Island. Since airplane travel became popular immigrants arrive in the US through anywhere. The pattern is explained by chain migration and institutions that support immigrants or actively encouraged settlers like Alaska and Hawaii.
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2018
I didn't say "come," I said "came." I was talking historically (yes, including the decades that Ellis Island was open), because those historical settlement patterns still affect demographics today. And I think it's fair to say that, excluding the Pacific states, more immigrants entered the US through New York City than any other single place.
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Level 77
Nov 29, 2020
Also, there were several periods in our history when Chinese, Japanese, and other Asians were banned from immigrating to the US. The top five ports for immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries were New York - by far the most - followed by Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. But most coastal as well as Mexican and Canadian border states had smaller ports of entry, too.
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Level 65
May 9, 2022
Sure most immigrants historically came through Ellis Island, but most immigrants were also European, no? I don't imagine there were many Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipinos coming in through Ellis Island. Maybe Indians or Persians, but I'm still not even sure of that.
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Level 70
Nov 29, 2020
Unrelated but also kinda related, I made a quiz on the largest ethnic groups of Asian-Americans. If you enjoyed this quiz, I recommend you try mine here!
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Level 71
Aug 21, 2017
My basic thought was the more liberal states in the north east. I wasn't entirely wrong...
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Level 37
Aug 21, 2017
Wasn't the least bit surprised, though Nevada threw me for a loop.
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Level 59
Aug 22, 2017
I live in Delaware and can tell you there aren't many Asians on the Eastern Shore of Maryland...I'm sure it's a different story with all of the government offices and more populated areas in Western Maryland.
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2017
Probably Metro DC too?
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2017
I think s/he meant "Central Maryland" rather than western. The counties usually considered to be "Western Maryland" are basically a mountainous version of the eastern shore and are very rural/ agricultural. I would presume most of the Asian population is in Central Maryland, which includes DC, Baltimore, and the huge metro area that encompasses both cities.
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2020
When I got to 9, I tried D.C. because I couldn't come up with number ten.
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Level 59
Jan 3, 2018
Question: I've noticed that usage in the US of the term "Asian" sometimes means people from the east of Asia (e.g. China, Japan, Korea etc). Is that what's meant by Asian on this quiz, or does it mean anyone from the whole continent of Asia?
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Level 83
Jan 3, 2018
The instructions indicate that the data depends on self-identification. So, probably a bit of both. And you are correct about the inconsistent usage of the term.
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Level 66
Dec 3, 2018
In the UK the term "Asian" is more often used to refer to someone from the Indian Subcontinent. Of course it will be based on self-identification, but what the options are on the form will influence how people describe themselves.
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Level 31
Nov 29, 2020
I live in the UK and that’s not rlly trye
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Level 87
Jan 15, 2019
It's the new US term for the Orient, leaving out the other way of Asia. Go figure.
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Level 20
Jan 3, 2018
Gah, only got a few (not spoiling them). Not surprised to see ****** on the list.
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Level 27
Jan 4, 2018
How the hell did I get 7/10 (average)? I'm British and have absolutely no idea where Asians live in USA, I was purely guessing.
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Level 32
Nov 4, 2018
I thought New Hampshire would Be Here despite Seeing A lot Of Japanese Korean Filipinos And Thai's
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Level 72
Sep 22, 2021
Uh... Do you know what the word "despite" means?
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Level 32
Nov 4, 2018
Guys check our my quizzes pls
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Level 55
Jan 16, 2019
I typed in NYC instead of New York.... *palmface*
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Level 44
Aug 14, 2021
I use NYC as a short-cut for New York on these quizzes.
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Level 51
Nov 11, 2020
And you typed in palmface instead of facepalm lol
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Level 77
Nov 29, 2020
Maybe out of frustration she banged her face into a palm tree. :)
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2020
lol
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2020
Got 9/10. Missed Alaska.
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Level 36
Oct 5, 2021
tip, I guessed the most populated states then the ones closest to asia
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Level 70
Sep 6, 2022
Can't believe Indiana is not one of them.