These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Florida.


Most Diverse Cities In Florida

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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.

So what city is the most diverse in Florida? According to the most Census data, Oakland Park 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Florida for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 2,961 (Oakland Park) to 9,418 (Sanibel).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Oakland Park 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Florida For 2019

Oakland Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 44,085

HHI: 2,961
% White: 37.2%
% African American: 27.1%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on Oakland Park: PhotosData

Oakland Park, officially the City of Oakland Park, is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 41,363, mainly due to annexation of North Andrews Gardens and Twin Lakes South. It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.

Orlando, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 269,414

HHI: 2,985
% White: 38.1%
% African American: 25.1%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Orlando: PhotosData

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,387,138, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 270,934, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state’s largest inland city.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 92,272

HHI: 2,995
% White: 30.0%
% African American: 34.9%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Sunrise: Data

Margate, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 57,045

HHI: 3,002
% White: 39.8%
% African American: 27.3%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Margate: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 64,262

HHI: 3,073
% White: 39.3%
% African American: 27.5%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Tamarac: Data

Tamarac is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 60,427. It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people according to the 2010 census.

Sanford, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 57,979

HHI: 3,126
% White: 43.1%
% African American: 25.2%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Sanford: PhotosData

Sanford is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Seminole County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 53,570.

Coral Springs, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 130,110

HHI: 3,142
% White: 44.3%
% African American: 20.7%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on Coral Springs: PhotosData

Coral Springs, officially the City of Coral Springs, is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 121,096. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 166,530

HHI: 3,165
% White: 30.4%
% African American: 19.1%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Pembroke Pines: Data

Pembroke Pines is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The city had a population of 154,750 as of the 2010 census, making it the second-most populous city in Broward County and the 11th-most populous in Florida. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.

West Palm Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 106,805

HHI: 3,166
% White: 38.7%
% African American: 33.5%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on West Palm Beach: PhotosData

West Palm Beach is a city in and the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is one of the three main cities in South Florida. The population was 100,343 at the 2010 census. The University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research estimates a 2016 population of 108,896, a 7.9% increase from 2010. It is the oldest municipality in the Miami metropolitan area, having been incorporated as a city two years before Miami in November 1894. Although West Palm Beach is located approximately 68 miles north of Downtown Miami, it is still considered a principal city within the Miami metropolitan area, due to the solid urbanization between both cities. The estimated population of the Miami metropolitan area, which includes all of Palm Beach County, was 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

Tampa, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 368,087

HHI: 3,201
% White: 45.0%
% African American: 22.8%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Tampa: PhotosData

Tampa is a major city in, and the county seat of, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. The city had a population of 335,709 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 377,165 in 2016.

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
  3. Hialeah Gardens

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Oakland Park, FL 44,085 2,961
2 Orlando, FL 269,414 2,985
3 Sunrise, FL 92,272 2,995
4 Margate, FL 57,045 3,002
5 Tamarac, FL 64,262 3,073
6 Sanford, FL 57,979 3,126
7 Coral Springs, FL 130,110 3,142
8 Pembroke Pines, FL 166,530 3,165
9 West Palm Beach, FL 106,805 3,166
10 Tampa, FL 368,087 3,201
11 Greenacres, FL 39,827 3,205
12 Ocoee, FL 43,194 3,237
13 Plantation, FL 92,126 3,255
14 Winter Garden, FL 40,799 3,274
15 North Miami Beach, FL 43,963 3,278
16 Fort Pierce, FL 44,248 3,292
17 Apopka, FL 48,682 3,318
18 Royal Palm Beach, FL 37,665 3,320
19 Avon Park, FL 10,152 3,348
20 Miami Shores, FL 10,756 3,351
21 Arcadia, FL 7,774 3,355
22 Hollywood, FL 149,750 3,371
23 Live Oak, FL 6,854 3,394
24 Pompano Beach, FL 107,542 3,411
25 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,285 3,414
26 Groveland, FL 11,461 3,419
27 Lake Worth, FL 37,354 3,419
28 Miramar, FL 136,415 3,426
29 Fort Myers, FL 73,712 3,444
30 Haines City, FL 22,826 3,469
31 Dania Beach, FL 31,526 3,496
32 Mascotte, FL 5,442 3,498
33 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,468 3,501
34 Fort Lauderdale, FL 177,175 3,603
35 Davie, FL 101,543 3,608
36 Cocoa, FL 17,748 3,664
37 Temple Terrace, FL 25,853 3,670
38 Plant City, FL 37,459 3,681
39 Boynton Beach, FL 74,483 3,712
40 North Lauderdale, FL 43,574 3,732
41 Dade City, FL 6,841 3,750
42 Altamonte Springs, FL 43,084 3,772
43 South Miami, FL 12,255 3,775
44 Jacksonville, FL 867,313 3,800
45 Coconut Creek, FL 59,154 3,811
46 Clermont, FL 32,217 3,826
47 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,679 3,833
48 Clewiston, FL 7,430 3,880
49 Lake Wales, FL 15,401 3,914
50 Gainesville, FL 129,394 3,916
51 Tallahassee, FL 188,463 3,936
52 Winter Haven, FL 38,663 3,937
53 Fort Meade, FL 5,938 3,951
54 Lantana, FL 11,240 3,962
55 West Park, FL 14,960 3,970
56 Pembroke Park, FL 6,491 3,988
57 Leesburg, FL 21,853 3,991
58 Daytona Beach, FL 65,339 4,028
59 Delray Beach, FL 66,453 4,029
60 Port St. Lucie, FL 178,778 4,033
61 Kenneth City, FL 5,052 4,038
62 St. Cloud, FL 46,624 4,039
63 Deltona, FL 88,005 4,046
64 South Bay, FL 5,092 4,079
65 Cooper City, FL 35,081 4,079
66 Wellington, FL 62,796 4,088
67 Weston, FL 69,802 4,094
68 Pinecrest, FL 19,441 4,122
69 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,820 4,135
70 Bartow, FL 18,705 4,141
71 Lake Park, FL 8,527 4,157
72 Lake City, FL 12,033 4,221
73 Cutler Bay, FL 44,721 4,227
74 Casselberry, FL 27,087 4,228
75 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,930 4,243
76 Palmetto, FL 13,363 4,263
77 Pahokee, FL 6,129 4,277
78 Palatka, FL 10,291 4,286
79 Minneola, FL 10,634 4,292
80 North Miami, FL 62,308 4,321
81 Pensacola, FL 52,689 4,329
82 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,175 4,331
83 Palm Bay, FL 107,802 4,350
84 Perry, FL 6,948 4,361
85 Ocala, FL 57,812 4,364
86 Palm Springs, FL 24,455 4,380
87 Lakeland, FL 104,165 4,386
88 Key West, FL 25,316 4,465
89 Belle Glade, FL 19,175 4,466
90 Sebring, FL 10,469 4,472
91 Marathon, FL 8,748 4,472
92 Okeechobee, FL 5,596 4,473
93 Marianna, FL 7,360 4,494
94 Miami Beach, FL 92,187 4,500
95 Callaway, FL 15,015 4,534
96 North Bay Village, FL 8,076 4,538
97 St. Petersburg, FL 256,031 4,563
98 Oviedo, FL 38,655 4,564
99 Bradenton, FL 53,654 4,574
100 Opa-Locka, FL 16,426 4,586

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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