Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 219 cities in Florida from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Florida? According to the most Census data, 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Florida For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 93,199

HHI: 2,947
% White: 28.3%
% African American: 34.3%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Sunrise: Data

Orlando, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 275,690

HHI: 2,975
% White: 37.3%
% African American: 24.3%
% Asian: 4.1%
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.

Margate, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 57,427

HHI: 2,988
% White: 38.7%
% African American: 28.0%
% Asian: 3.9%
More on Margate: PhotosData

Oakland Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 44,339

HHI: 3,004
% White: 37.1%
% African American: 26.6%
% Asian: 3.2%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 64,748

HHI: 3,024
% White: 36.4%
% African American: 28.9%
% Asian: 3.1%
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

5
/10

Population: 58,862

HHI: 3,030
% White: 40.7%
% African American: 26.2%
% Asian: 4.2%
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: 131,151

HHI: 3,071
% White: 42.9%
% African American: 20.9%
% Asian: 5.2%
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.

West Palm Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 108,365

HHI: 3,139
% White: 37.7%
% African American: 33.7%
% 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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 168,260

HHI: 3,171
% White: 29.6%
% African American: 20.2%
% Asian: 4.8%
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.

Miami Shores, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,676

HHI: 3,177
% White: 39.1%
% African American: 13.7%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Miami Shores: PhotosData

Miami Shores is a village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Florida for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 219 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 2,947 (Sunrise) to 9,445 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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 For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Sunrise, FL 93,199 2,947
2 Orlando, FL 275,690 2,975
3 Margate, FL 57,427 2,988
4 Oakland Park, FL 44,339 3,004
5 Tamarac, FL 64,748 3,024
6 Sanford, FL 58,862 3,030
7 Coral Springs, FL 131,151 3,071
8 West Palm Beach, FL 108,365 3,139
9 Pembroke Pines, FL 168,260 3,171
10 Miami Shores, FL 10,676 3,177
11 Plantation, FL 92,775 3,185
12 Tampa, FL 376,345 3,191
13 Live Oak, FL 6,888 3,208
14 Greenacres, FL 40,224 3,245
15 Fort Pierce, FL 44,833 3,263
16 North Miami Beach, FL 45,069 3,275
17 Miramar, FL 138,168 3,285
18 Apopka, FL 50,529 3,294
19 Winter Garden, FL 42,263 3,313
20 Ocoee, FL 44,829 3,320
21 Hollywood, FL 151,056 3,329
22 Pompano Beach, FL 108,855 3,338
23 Haines City, FL 23,400 3,339
24 Avon Park, FL 10,386 3,345
25 Dania Beach, FL 31,810 3,347
26 Groveland, FL 12,465 3,384
27 Royal Palm Beach, FL 38,344 3,390
28 Temple Terrace, FL 26,062 3,396
29 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,472 3,418
30 Mascotte, FL 5,552 3,453
31 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,854 3,481
32 Fort Myers, FL 76,591 3,484
33 Fort Lauderdale, FL 178,783 3,556
34 Davie, FL 103,132 3,570
35 Arcadia, FL 7,943 3,593
36 Lake Worth, FL 37,728 3,618
37 Altamonte Springs, FL 43,426 3,632
38 Boynton Beach, FL 75,720 3,643
39 Pembroke Park, FL 6,625 3,649
40 Cocoa, FL 18,053 3,656
41 Dade City, FL 6,966 3,659
42 North Lauderdale, FL 43,829 3,674
43 Leesburg, FL 22,243 3,727
44 Jacksonville, FL 878,907 3,732
45 South Miami, FL 12,202 3,735
46 Plant City, FL 38,119 3,770
47 Coconut Creek, FL 59,997 3,790
48 Lake Alfred, FL 5,565 3,805
49 Gainesville, FL 130,790 3,866
50 Lake Park, FL 8,505 3,874
51 Tallahassee, FL 190,180 3,909
52 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,564 3,920
53 Lantana, FL 11,405 3,924
54 South Bay, FL 5,116 3,930
55 Cooper City, FL 35,376 3,942
56 Fort Meade, FL 6,013 3,946
57 Clewiston, FL 7,663 3,947
58 West Park, FL 14,924 3,966
59 Winter Haven, FL 39,615 3,979
60 Daytona Beach, FL 66,520 3,983
61 Delray Beach, FL 67,353 3,989
62 St. Cloud, FL 49,108 3,993
63 Bartow, FL 19,063 3,995
64 Deltona, FL 89,186 4,010
65 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,880 4,019
66 Pinecrest, FL 19,446 4,021
67 Port St. Lucie, FL 183,762 4,030
68 Lake Wales, FL 15,735 4,068
69 Lake City, FL 11,977 4,074
70 Callaway, FL 15,182 4,088
71 Casselberry, FL 27,573 4,126
72 Palatka, FL 10,320 4,130
73 Weston, FL 70,220 4,142
74 Clermont, FL 33,520 4,222
75 Lakeland, FL 105,958 4,232
76 Wellington, FL 63,681 4,233
77 Palmetto, FL 13,490 4,261
78 Okeechobee, FL 5,638 4,270
79 Eustis, FL 20,264 4,283
80 Sebring, FL 10,636 4,284
81 Pensacola, FL 52,562 4,285
82 Cutler Bay, FL 44,801 4,305
83 Palm Bay, FL 110,271 4,306
84 Palm Springs, FL 24,675 4,331
85 Marathon, FL 8,737 4,336
86 Kenneth City, FL 5,017 4,343
87 Ocala, FL 58,598 4,356
88 Minneola, FL 11,058 4,384
89 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,171 4,412
90 Labelle, FL 5,075 4,423
91 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,938 4,440
92 Key West, FL 25,085 4,442
93 Bradenton, FL 55,059 4,463
94 Maitland, FL 17,622 4,473
95 North Miami, FL 61,435 4,475
96 Pahokee, FL 6,167 4,486
97 St. Petersburg, FL 259,041 4,499
98 Oviedo, FL 39,599 4,505
99 Belle Glade, FL 19,358 4,506
100 Miami Beach, FL 91,826 4,520

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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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