There is a common misperception that Asians do not like Blacks when it comes to romantic relationships. This is far from true for many Asians and there are many successful Black and Asian relationships. Yes, some Asians with zero or limited real life experience with Black people will not date Black people often based on negative media portrayals they see and hear related to Black people. However the same is true with some White people, some Hispanic people, and even some Black people who will not date Black people. As more Asian people have really awesome relationships with Black people and as more successful Blacks re-write the old and tired negative stereotypes about Black people, Asians and Blacks are becoming the new power couples. Asian and Black couples are currently the 3rd fastest growing interracial couple combination in the US.
This list of Top 15 Best US Cities for Black and Asian Dating is especially designed with Blacks in mind and considers ten different statistics about Asian and Black dating, marriages, Blasians, and neighborhood patterns to arrive at this list. Some of the best US cities for White and Asian dating (maybe a future blog post) will overlap with this list, but many cities will not. Also while this list will apply to both BMAW and AMBW dating, with BMAW relationships outnumbering AMBW relationships by 7 to 1, the statistics will naturally be more descriptive about BMAW relationships. All of the statistics in this post are from the 2010 US census.
Top 15 Best US Cities for Black and Asian Dating
15. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area
Riverside is in the heart of the Inland Empire, 60 miles to the east of LA. Riverside metro is 9% Black and 6.5% Asian with nearly 2 times the concentration of Blasians as the average US city. Riverside is in the top 10 US cities by number of Blasians, and in the top 4 cities for percent of Asians in relationships with Blacks. Filipinos and Chinese are the largest Asian groups in Riverside.
14. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metro Area
In the anything goes city of Las Vegas, Blacks and Asians have been marrying since the 1970s when the legendary Redd Foxx met both of his two Asian wives in Vegas. Blacks are 12% and Asians are 9.4% of Vegas and there are nearly 3 times the concentration of Blasians in Vegas as the average US city. Asians in Vegas date Blacks at one of the highest rates in the US. Filipinos are the largest Asian group in Las Vegas with over 5 times the concentration of Filipinos as the average US city. Vegas also has a sizeable Chinese population.
13. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area
The DC metro area has 9.3% Asians and has the 5th largest Blasian population in the US. Washington DC is also the best place in the US in terms of having the highest number of both successful Blacks and successful Asians. DC has large groups of East Indians, Chinese, and Koreans.
12. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area
Atlanta is well known as a haven for successful Black men and women. It’s less well known that Asians are about 5% of Atlanta’s metro population and that Atlanta is number 6 in terms of Blasian population. The percentage of Atlanta’s Asians in relationships with Blacks is the highest in the country and Atlanta also scores high in Blasian couples relative to white and Asian couples. East Indians, Koreans, and Vietnamese are the largest Asian groups in Atlanta.
11. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA Metro Area
Located in the northeastern section of the Bay area, Vallejo is the most diverse city in the US with 25% Asians, 23% Blacks, and 22% Hispanics. Second only to Honolulu, Vallejo has the second highest concentration of Blasians in the country at over 6 times the US average and is in the top 10 for having the most numbers of Blacks and Asians living in the same neighborhoods. Filipinos are the largest Asian group in Vallejo with Filipinos making up nearly 11% of Vallejo which is the second highest concentration of Filipinos anywhere in the US.
10. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area
New York has more Blasians than any other city in the US at nearly 30,000 Blasians, and more than twice as many as Los Angeles which is #2 for number of Blasians. New York, similar to DC, also ranks high for having large numbers of both successful Blacks and successful Asians. Metro New York is 10% Asian which is double the US average and Chinese and East Indians are the largest Asian groups there.
9. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area
The high tech San Jose metro area has the smallest percentage of Blacks of any city on this list with only 3.3% Blacks, however the Blacks that live there are surrounded by Asians everyday as San Jose has one of the highest concentration of Asians in the US at 32% Asian. San Jose metro is also commonly viewed as being one of the most accepting cities in the US for interracial relationships. Chinese, Vietnamese, and East Indians are the largest Asian groups there, but at 32% Asians, every major Asian group is found at much higher concentration levels in San Jose than the US averages.
8. Stockton, CA Metro Area
Stockton, located 50 miles south of Sacramento, has 9% Blacks and 15% Asians along with one of the highest concentration of Blasians in the country at nearly 3 times the national average. Stockton also ranks high in Blacks and Asians living in the same neighborhoods. Filipinos and Cambodians are the largest Asian groups found here with Stockton having the fourth highest concentration of Filipinos in the US.
7. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area
While Miami does not have as many Asians as other cities on this list with Asians only representing 2.3% of the Miami metro population, the Asians in Miami have produced the 3rd largest population of Blasians in the country. Miami is also the top city for number of Blasian kids compared to Whasian kids. East Indians and Chinese are the largest Asian populations there, and Miami has the largest percentage (7%) of Asians who previously lived in the Caribbean and hence are more accustomed to Blacks.
6. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area
Los Angeles metro has about 8% Black and 15% Asian and is generally viewed as one of the most accepting places for interracial dating. LA has the second highest number of Blasians in the country at 14,000 Blasians accounting for 28% of California’s 50,000 Blasians. Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, and Vietnamese are the largest Asian groups found in Los Angeles.
5. Honolulu, HI Metro Area
While Honolulu only has 3.5% Blacks, with 53% Asians it has more Asians than any other large city in the US. Honolulu also has the highest concentration of Blasians in the country at 6.5 times the national average. Japanese and Filipinos are the largest Asian groups here and Honolulu is the number 1 place to find both Japanese and Filipinos in the US.
4. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA Metro Area
With one of the country’s Black and Asian power couples leading the city as mayor, Kevin Johnson and his Korean wife, Michelle Rhee, Sacramento is one of the best places in the country for Black and Asian couples. Sacramento, California’s state capital, has 9% Blacks, 13% Asians, and nearly 3 times the concentrations of Blasians as the US average. Filipinos, Chinese, and Hmong are the largest Asian groups in Sacramento.
3. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area
Seattle has been known as one of the top places for Blacks dating interracially for a long time. With 7% Blacks, and 12% Asians, Seattle has the 7th largest population of Blasians in the US. Also Seattle Blacks are relatively more likely to live near Asians than most cities in the US. Chinese and Filipinos are the largest Asian groups in Seattle along with sizeable Vietnamese, East Indian, and Korean populations.
2. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area
San Diego is well known as one of the most laid back and accepting cities in the US. San Diego metro has 6% Blacks, 11% Asians, and the 8th largest population of Blasians in the country. While San Diego also has a large number of White and Asian couples, the percent of San Diego Asians in Blasian relationships is one of the highest in the country. Filipinos are the largest Asian group in San Diego along with sizable Chinese and Vietnamese populations.
1. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area
The very progressive San Francisco / Oakland metro area is the number one place for Blacks to date Asians. With 10% Blacks and 24% Asians, the metro area has the fourth largest population of Blasians, as well as one of the largest concentration of Blasians at nearly 3 times the US average. Chinese and Filipinos are the largest Asian groups in the San Fran / Oakland metro area, with all of the major Asian groups being found here in much larger concentrations than the US averages.
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