The Most and Least Diverse Cities In Florida


We used data and science to determine which cities in Florida are ethno-racial meccas… and deserts.

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of Florida where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 217 cities in Florida from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Sunrise (Photos)
  2. Orlando (Photos)
  3. Oakland Park (Photos)
  4. Margate (Photos)
  5. Pembroke Pines
  6. West Palm Beach (Photos)
  7. Sanford (Photos)
  8. Coral Springs (Photos)
  9. Tampa (Photos)
  10. Tamarac

Sunrise took the number one over all spot for diversity in Florida.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Florida ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

You can also check out the whitest places in Florida for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Florida

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 Florida.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2011-2015 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 217 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 2996 (Sunrise) to 9392 (Sanibel).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Sunrise took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Sanibel was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Florida ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

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1. Sunrise

Sunrise, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 89,942
HHI: 2,996
% White: 33.55%
% African American: 31.49%
% Asian: 3.78%

2. Orlando

Orlando, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 256,738
HHI: 3,059
% White: 39.13%
% African American: 26.02%
% Asian: 3.36%

3. Oakland Park

Oakland Park, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,347
HHI: 3,077
% White: 40.39%
% African American: 26.8%
% Asian: 3.34%

4. Margate

Margate, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,678
HHI: 3,126
% White: 43.8%
% African American: 25.57%
% Asian: 4.65%

5. Pembroke Pines

Source: Google Maps

Households: 162,243
HHI: 3,179
% White: 30.88%
% African American: 18.73%
% Asian: 5.49%

6. West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 103,588
HHI: 3,198
% White: 40.79%
% African American: 31.09%
% Asian: 2.78%

7. Sanford

Sanford, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,170
HHI: 3,242
% White: 45.18%
% African American: 25.62%
% Asian: 3.53%

8. Coral Springs

Coral Springs, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 126,673
HHI: 3,242
% White: 46.13%
% African American: 20.41%
% Asian: 4.43%

9. Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 355,603
HHI: 3,267
% White: 46.14%
% African American: 23.9%
% Asian: 3.73%

10. Tamarac

Source: Google Maps

Households: 63,227
HHI: 3,270
% White: 42.93%
% African American: 26.68%
% Asian: 1.81%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Florida

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across Florida, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Florida:

  1. Sanibel
  2. Hialeah Gardens
  3. Hialeah

For more Florida reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Florida

City Rank HHI Population
Sunrise 1 2,996 89,942
Orlando 2 3,059 256,738
Oakland Park 3 3,077 43,347
Margate 4 3,126 55,678
Pembroke Pines 5 3,179 162,243
West Palm Beach 6 3,198 103,588
Sanford 7 3,242 56,170
Coral Springs 8 3,242 126,673
Tampa 9 3,267 355,603
Tamarac 10 3,270 63,227
Greenacres 11 3,290 38,840
Avon Park 12 3,297 9,974
North Miami Beach 13 3,309 43,489
Miami Shores 14 3,321 10,784
Apopka 15 3,327 45,801
Groveland 16 3,353 9,931
Lake Worth 17 3,377 36,403
Royal Palm Beach 18 3,406 36,175
Miramar 19 3,415 131,384
Arcadia 20 3,444 7,704
Hollywood 21 3,449 146,791
Haines City 22 3,450 21,624
Winter Garden 23 3,497 37,955
Fort Myers 24 3,512 68,472
Plantation 25 3,524 89,904
Pompano Beach 26 3,542 104,741
Cocoa 27 3,549 17,339
Ocoee 28 3,560 39,884
South Miami 29 3,562 12,156
Fort Pierce 30 3,573 43,267
Hallandale Beach 31 3,574 38,725
Live Oak 32 3,574 6,920
Dania Beach 33 3,671 30,878
Fort Lauderdale 34 3,677 173,570
Palmetto Bay 35 3,746 24,443
Lake Wales 36 3,765 14,929
Davie 37 3,789 97,372
Deerfield Beach 38 3,806 78,227
Clewiston 39 3,820 7,240
Cutler Bay 40 3,833 43,474
West Park 41 3,834 14,779
Lake Park 42 3,836 8,376
Temple Terrace 43 3,836 25,354
Boynton Beach 44 3,837 71,530
North Lauderdale 45 3,842 42,853
Altamonte Springs 46 3,844 42,218
Gainesville 47 3,881 127,559
Jacksonville 48 3,891 846,951
Palm Springs 49 3,903 21,832
Plant City 50 3,908 36,382
Clermont 51 3,944 30,319
Cooper City 52 3,948 33,382
Coconut Creek 53 3,953 56,816
Lantana 54 3,957 10,910
Tallahassee 55 3,968 187,024
Fort Meade 56 4,024 5,824
Quincy 57 4,044 7,947
Port St. Lucie 58 4,050 172,054
Dade City 59 4,074 6,655
Leesburg 60 4,078 21,209
Southwest Ranches 61 4,083 7,676
Daytona Beach 62 4,087 62,726
Pinecrest 63 4,094 19,174
Deltona 64 4,126 86,418
Bay Harbor Islands 65 4,127 5,921
Mascotte 66 4,131 5,267
North Miami 67 4,140 62,042
Weston 68 4,145 68,423
Lake City 69 4,166 12,082
Pembroke Park 70 4,172 6,244
Winter Haven 71 4,185 35,835
St. Cloud 72 4,205 41,502
Delray Beach 73 4,231 63,939
Ocala 74 4,287 57,209
Deland 75 4,305 28,524
Belle Glade 76 4,314 17,950
Homestead 77 4,349 64,676
Palatka 78 4,354 10,414
Marathon 79 4,355 8,563
Lake Alfred 80 4,373 5,213
Wellington 81 4,389 60,155
Pahokee 82 4,396 6,003
Lakeland 83 4,415 101,302
Sunny Isles Beach 84 4,418 21,837
Miami Beach 85 4,427 91,564
Bradenton 86 4,430 51,811
Palmetto 87 4,470 12,973
Florida City 88 4,482 12,024
Bartow 89 4,486 18,094
Kissimmee 90 4,503 65,422
Perry 91 4,513 7,058
Coral Gables 92 4,526 50,059
Palm Bay 93 4,536 105,212
Marianna 94 4,546 8,860
St. Petersburg 95 4,599 250,713
North Bay Village 96 4,608 7,689
Starke 97 4,617 5,401
Pensacola 98 4,617 52,752
Casselberry 99 4,646 26,663
Sebring 100 4,653 10,371

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