Top 15 Best US Cities for Black And Asian Dating

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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.

Note: This is one of our earliest articles on ABC. This article has now been updated with data through the 2015 census and much more specific census data around BMAW couples and AMBW couples.

Top 15 Best US Cities for Black and Asian Dating

15. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area
riversideRiverside 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
las vegasIn 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
299628-002The 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
atlantaAtlanta 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
vallejoLocated 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 yorkNew 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
San JoseThe 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
StocktonStockton, 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
MiamiWhile 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 angelesLos 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
honoluluWhile 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
sacramentoWith 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
seattleSeattle 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
sandiegoSan 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
san-franciscoThe 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.

Top 15 Metros For Black and Asian Dating 2015

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Seattle may have high interracial marriage rates and blacks live in proximity to Asians, but because the mainstream culture is not very “urban” and is rather Euro-centric, most Asians don’t aspire to date or marry blacks. Also, the socio-economic status difference between the two races in this city can be a hinderance to anything beyond dating for fun. Personally I have not seem that many Blasian couples here and our daughter is often stared at weirdly by whites and Asians alike.

    • BoddhisatvaK,

      Thanks for the additional insight on Seattle. I lived in Seattle for a few years as well and your comments mostly match my experience there as well. When I lived there, most all of the Blasian couples I knew or saw there lived south of Seattle in the stretch from Renton to Federal Way which I think still counts in the Seattle metropolitan statistical area (MSA). The Seattle MSA has the 7th largest population of Blasians in the US with a little over 5,000 Blasians there, and according to census records, about half of the Seattle MSA Blasians are 17 or younger, so Blasian couples must be hiding somewhere there.

      Only one place in your comments that I may differ with you slightly. I think your statement that most Asians don’t aspire to date or marry Blacks applies to most cities in America, not just Seattle. In my experience, Asians come mainly in two varieties around this question – a) Asians who are open to dating Blacks, but not going out of their way to do so OR b) Asians who are not really open to dating Blacks and will avoid doing so in pretty much all circumstances. Granted there is a 3rd variety of Asians who grew up in either highly urbanized or majority Black places and these Asians are open to dating Blacks and will seek out Blacks to date, but I think this is only 10% or less of all “dating age” Asians from my experience at least. Mainly I see the first two types of Asians – open to dating Blacks vs. not open to dating Blacks. From my time in Seattle, I would say that Asians there were pretty open to dating Blacks for the most part – maybe not as open as Asians I met in Southern California, but a lot more open than Asians I met in Texas. It’s possible also that somewhat in line with your comments, my higher economic bracket gave me a skewed view of people’s willingness to date Blacks.

      Anyway, thanks for the insightful comment and thanks for visiting the ABC blog.

      • Hello.
        That makes sense. I live on the eastside and occassionally go to Seattle City proper. I am aware more Blasian couples may exist in the “South End”. They may seem invisible because I suspect the Asians in these couples are probably more Southeast Asian than East Asian and some of the Blasian children may not have apparent Asian features or look “Hispanic” instead of “obviously Blasian”. I pointed out the socioeconomic gap because as a Seattle local it is quite obvious, but I didn’t want to apply the same observations to the whole US. Most of the interracial relationships are black/white and Asian/white. It’s funny to have grown up with girls that were so into “black culture” but most of them ended up with Asians or whites. I’m happy to have defied some of the cultural expectations on me…I like how your theories don’t fall into stereotypes and are easy to relate to. I look forward to more of your well-written and informative pieces!

    • Let them stare! They’re obviously pissed because your daughter is beautiful and is raised by awesome parents – which would be you and your significant other.

      Why not start a group or blog directed towards Blasian couples and giving tips on how black and Asians can meet? You would be a great help!

      • I don’t think that blacks and Asians not meeting is a problem; indeed they do and they do a lot. The game changer would be to make that initial move to catalyze a relationship. My personal belief is that in order to increase the ratio of Blasian couples, some myths have to be dispelled in the minds of these individuals. I believe that requires an individual to be more open-minded and a critical thinker than the general population at this moment is. This is important because we are bombarded with exaggerated and outright false images in the media every day, and it takes an independent mind and a brave spirit to fight these images. Another factor to consider is how much a person allows their family to interfere with his or her personal choices. Often, the individuals ending up in Blasian unions are the types who dare to defy familial pressure to date within their race. All in all it seems like those who will never date interracially, never will; and those who may consider it, there is hope if they feel their decision can be supported. How to assist in supportint these individuals/ couples is a question I ask myself. Beyond doing so individually, is there a way to do this on a larger scale. Blogs like this and Lily Lee’s youtube channel may already be paving the way; perhaps more formal effort is needed, as in training and education around the issues of stereotyping and cross-cultural interpersonal communications in schools and other community outlets. But perhaps the bare fact that Blasian children are growing into adults who will occupy all arenas of society (and I personally hope that many of them will be in publicly respectable or high-profile fields such as government, law, higher education, and media) will help to popularize and normalize Blasian relationships. It is my hope that Blasian individuals in prominent positions speak out about their mixed heritage so that this process can be expedited.

    • Yeah, this is very true…I’m up in Seattle, and alot of the asian sistas outside the hood (and are from the suburbs that aren’t urban) ain’t dating black men, because their families acculturate them to either marry asian or white. And with most asian sisters from this group, work in all white settings, the chances are almost 90% they will kick it with white men exclusively, or actively hold off other suitors for a potential white man. You usually see more blasian relations in the hood, mixed-income suburbs like Kent, Renton or Federal Way or blue collar cities to the immediate north and south of Seattle in Everett or Tacoma…and not the other way around.

    • Houston would be in the top 30 on this list, but not the top 15. Houston is also the top ranked city in Texas for Asian and Black dating. While Houston is in the top 20 in the US for number of Blasians and percent of Asians in relationships with Blacks, Houston doesn’t do as well in other statistics such as Asians living near Blacks, concentration of Blasians, or Blasian relationships relative to Whasian relationships. The methodology looks at relative performance across 10 different statistics, so it comes down to other cities scoring better across a larger number of statistics compared to Houston. All the same, top 30 and best in Texas is respectable. Vietnamese, East Indian, and Chinese are the largest Asian groups found in Houston along with decent numbers of Filipinos and Pakistanis.

      Thanks for the question and thanks for visiting Asian Black Couples.

  2. I know there are a lot of Black men marrying Asian women a good friend of mine married an Asian women they have four beautiful children they live in Japan. I Japan more excepting of Blasian couple? Just curious.

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for the question. This is covered in part in the prior post, Top Asian Countries for Blasian Couple Relationships. With the understanding that all foreigners (Blacks included) make up less than 1.5% of Japan’s population, on a comparative basis, Japan is one of the better Asian countries for Blacks and Blasian couples to live in as long as they can deal with the high cost of living in places like Tokyo, and the Japanese versus foreigner (all foreigners) bias that naturally occurs when Japanese are nearly 99% of the country’s population. Particularly in the larger Japanese cities, there seems to have always been a subset of Japanese women who are very open to dating and marrying Black men. Many Blasian couples who live in Japan report net, net positive experiences from living there despite the economic challenges. That said, as can happen in any Asian country, Blasian couples can and will encounter occasional race bias, ignorance, and stupidity, although the classic Japanese politeness often keeps these situations from escalating. All things considered, compared to some of their neighboring countries like South Korea, most Blacks and Blasian couples seem to report better overall experiences in Japan.

      Thanks for visiting Asian Black Couples.

  3. Just glad to see the conversation rolling. Here in Atlanta,GA we have local Meetup group called Red Bridge Society Afro Asian. It is quickly growing in local member and on social media. It’s just a down to earth group of active Afro-Asian individuals, couples, families that exchange culture and life experiences. Its a fun group to hang out. Definitely not a hookup group. We are in no competition to win the largest growing demographic. It just seems to be going in that direction. In the end, we all want the same things…to be respected for who we are as individuals.

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