These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2018


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
  2. Oakland Park (Photos)
  3. Margate (Photos)
  4. Orlando (Photos)
  5. Tamarac
  6. Pembroke Pines
  7. West Palm Beach (Photos)
  8. Sanford (Photos)
  9. Mascotte (Photos)
  10. Winter Garden (Photos)

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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in Florida or the worst places to live in Florida.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 2982 (Sunrise) to 9530 (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


Population: 91,177
HHI: 2,982
% White: 32.47%
% African American: 33.22%
% Asian: 3.6%

2. Oakland Park

Oakland Park, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,660
HHI: 3,020
% White: 38.26%
% African American: 26.36%
% Asian: 3.5%

3. Margate

Margate, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,245
HHI: 3,026
% White: 41.39%
% African American: 26.04%
% Asian: 4.59%

4. Orlando

Orlando, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 263,306
HHI: 3,045
% White: 39.02%
% African American: 25.49%
% Asian: 3.69%

5. Tamarac


Population: 63,747
HHI: 3,147
% White: 40.67%
% African American: 26.22%
% Asian: 2.35%

6. Pembroke Pines


Population: 164,753
HHI: 3,185
% White: 31.44%
% African American: 18.59%
% Asian: 5.33%

7. West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,978
HHI: 3,194
% White: 40.3%
% African American: 32.29%
% Asian: 2.77%

8. Sanford

Sanford, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,039
HHI: 3,211
% White: 44.37%
% African American: 25.08%
% Asian: 3.17%

9. Mascotte

Mascotte, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
HHI: 3,233
% White: 35.63%
% African American: 8.22%
% Asian: 0.34%

10. Winter Garden

Winter Garden, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,219
HHI: 3,237
% White: 48.29%
% African American: 14.49%
% Asian: 7.7%

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. Gulf Breeze
  3. Hialeah Gardens

For more Florida reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Florida

City Rank HHI Population
Sunrise 1 2,982 91,177
Oakland Park 2 3,020 43,660
Margate 3 3,026 56,245
Orlando 4 3,045 263,306
Tamarac 5 3,147 63,747
Pembroke Pines 6 3,185 164,753
West Palm Beach 7 3,194 104,978
Sanford 8 3,211 57,039
Mascotte 9 3,233 5,350
Winter Garden 10 3,237 39,219
Coral Springs 11 3,240 127,673
Greenacres 12 3,248 39,190
Tampa 13 3,257 361,477
Lake Worth 14 3,314 36,838
North Miami Beach 15 3,326 43,722
Avon Park 16 3,344 10,052
Haines City 17 3,362 22,138
Apopka 18 3,374 47,023
Plantation 19 3,375 90,878
Fort Pierce 20 3,422 43,883
Arcadia 21 3,423 7,761
Miramar 22 3,428 133,741
Pompano Beach 23 3,432 106,004
Hollywood 24 3,435 148,114
Ocoee 25 3,437 41,393
Royal Palm Beach 26 3,443 36,829
Live Oak 27 3,473 6,921
Fort Myers 28 3,487 71,051
Hallandale Beach 29 3,511 38,951
Groveland 30 3,531 10,643
Miami Shores 31 3,538 10,772
Cocoa 32 3,583 17,558
Dania Beach 33 3,583 31,046
Deerfield Beach 34 3,592 78,642
Clewiston 35 3,598 7,343
Fort Lauderdale 36 3,609 175,153
Davie 37 3,622 98,717
South Miami 38 3,702 12,207
West Park 39 3,766 14,884
Boynton Beach 40 3,768 72,748
North Lauderdale 41 3,783 43,087
Clermont 42 3,790 31,171
Lake Park 43 3,802 8,457
Dade City 44 3,813 6,782
Coconut Creek 45 3,835 57,731
Altamonte Springs 46 3,846 42,557
Jacksonville 47 3,850 856,616
Temple Terrace 48 3,868 25,654
Pembroke Park 49 3,880 6,259
Plant City 50 3,883 36,830
Palmetto Bay 51 3,896 24,522
Gainesville 52 3,911 128,610
Tallahassee 53 3,956 188,466
Cooper City 54 3,974 34,364
Southwest Ranches 55 3,982 7,745
Winter Haven 56 3,987 36,669
Fort Meade 57 3,992 5,883
Pinecrest 58 4,043 19,272
Daytona Beach 59 4,047 64,105
Lantana 60 4,074 11,016
Leesburg 61 4,077 21,570
Port St. Lucie 62 4,079 175,652
Lake Wales 63 4,094 15,206
Deltona 64 4,095 87,387
Weston 65 4,102 68,893
South Bay 66 4,136 5,026
Delray Beach 67 4,140 65,044
Cutler Bay 68 4,143 44,002
Okeechobee 69 4,173 5,582
Palm Springs 70 4,175 23,592
St. Cloud 71 4,199 44,198
Lake City 72 4,244 12,137
Wellington 73 4,282 61,371
Palatka 74 4,306 10,407
Homestead 75 4,308 65,688
Marianna 76 4,315 9,157
Pahokee 77 4,320 6,022
North Miami 78 4,326 62,158
Ocala 79 4,343 57,873
Lakeland 80 4,351 102,714
Bartow 81 4,358 18,501
Belle Glade 82 4,364 18,855
Bay Harbor Islands 83 4,377 5,885
Sunny Isles Beach 84 4,428 21,937
Miami Beach 85 4,430 91,784
Marathon 86 4,447 8,701
Pensacola 87 4,477 53,250
North Bay Village 88 4,477 7,861
Perry 89 4,486 7,039
Bradenton 90 4,505 52,985
Minneola 91 4,505 10,371
Palm Bay 92 4,516 106,573
Florida City 93 4,525 12,076
St. Petersburg 94 4,549 253,585
Coral Gables 95 4,549 50,533
Deland 96 4,549 29,442
Oviedo 97 4,555 37,545
Callaway 98 4,583 14,942
Sebring 99 4,608 10,423
Casselberry 100 4,616 26,649

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