Most Diverse Cities In Alabama For 2020


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in Alabama.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Alabama.


Most Diverse Cities In Alabama

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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 Alabama 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 104 cities in Alabama from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Alabama for 2020:

  1. Irondale (Photos)
  2. Tarrant (Photos)
  3. Phenix City (Photos)
  4. Russellville (Photos)
  5. Gadsden (Photos)
  6. Huntsville (Photos)
  7. Chickasaw (Photos)
  8. Tuscaloosa (Photos)
  9. Decatur (Photos)
  10. Troy (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in Alabama? According to the most Census data, Irondale took the number one over all spot for diversity in Alabama.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Alabama 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 Alabama For 2020

Irondale, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,474

HHI: 3,850
% White: 47.0%
% African American: 39.4%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Irondale: PhotosData

Irondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is a suburb of Birmingham, northeast of Homewood and Mountain Brook. At the 2010 census the population was 12,349. The setting of the book Fried Green Tomatoes, by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based on the town and the landmark Irondale Cafe, known as The Whistle-Stop Cafe in the book & film. Irondale is also the location of Catholic radio/television broadcaster EWTN. The city's annual Whistle-Stop Festival attracts thousands to its eclectic mix of art, food and music.

Tarrant, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,212

HHI: 3,941
% White: 29.9%
% African American: 54.1%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Tarrant: PhotosData

Tarrant is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, southeast of Fultondale. At the 2010 census the population was 6,397. It is home to the ABC Coke plant owned by the Drummond Company, "the largest single producer of foundry coke in the U.S.".

Phenix City, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 36,641

HHI: 4,023
% White: 45.7%
% African American: 43.4%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Phenix City: PhotosData

Phenix City is a city in Lee and Russell counties in the State of Alabama, and the county seat of Russell County. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 32,822.

Russellville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,711

HHI: 4,098
% White: 49.2%
% African American: 9.5%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Russellville: PhotosData

Russellville is a city in Franklin County in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 9,830, up from 8,971 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County.

Gadsden, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 35,624

HHI: 4,295
% White: 54.8%
% African American: 35.3%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Gadsden: PhotosData

Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is located on the Coosa River about 56 miles northeast of Birmingham and 90 miles southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is the primary city of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 103,931. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 36,856, with an estimated population of 35,837 in 2016. Gadsden and Rome, Georgia, are the largest cities in the triangular area defined by the Interstate highways between Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga.

Huntsville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 193,663

HHI: 4,312
% White: 57.9%
% African American: 30.3%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Huntsville: PhotosData

Huntsville is a city located primarily in Madison County in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County. The city extends west into neighboring Limestone County. Huntsville's population was 180,105 as of the 2010 census. Huntsville is the third-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the five-county Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL Combined Statistical Area, which at the 2013 census estimate had a total population of 683,871. The Huntsville Metropolitan Area's population was 417,593 in 2010 to become the 2nd largest in Alabama. Huntsville metro's population reached 441,000 by 2014.

Chickasaw, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,837

HHI: 4,340
% White: 48.8%
% African American: 44.1%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Chickasaw: PhotosData

Chickasaw is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census the population is 6,106, a decline from 6,364 in 2000. It is included in the Mobile metropolitan statistical area.

Tuscaloosa, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 98,881

HHI: 4,370
% White: 49.3%
% African American: 43.9%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Tuscaloosa: PhotosData

Tuscaloosa is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama. Located on the Black Warrior River at the Atlantic Seaboard fall line of the Piedmont, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with an estimated population of 99,543 in 2016.

Decatur, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,617

HHI: 4,404
% White: 60.9%
% African American: 22.5%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Decatur: PhotosData

Decatur is a city in Morgan and Limestone counties in the State of Alabama. The city, affectionately known as "The River City", is located in Northern Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, along the Tennessee River. It is the largest city and county seat of Morgan County. The population in 2010 census was 55,683.

Troy, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,141

HHI: 4,415
% White: 53.2%
% African American: 39.6%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Troy: PhotosData

Troy is a city in Pike County, Alabama, United States. The city is the county seat of Pike County. It was formally incorporated on February 4, 1843.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Alabama 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 Alabama.

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 104 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 3,850 (Irondale) to 9,339 (Orange Beach).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Irondale took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Orange Beach was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alabama 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 Alabama

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Alabama:

  1. Orange Beach
  2. Mountain Brook
  3. Southside

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alabama For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Irondale, AL 12,474 3,850
2 Tarrant, AL 6,212 3,941
3 Phenix City, AL 36,641 4,023
4 Russellville, AL 9,711 4,098
5 Gadsden, AL 35,624 4,295
6 Huntsville, AL 193,663 4,312
7 Chickasaw, AL 5,837 4,340
8 Tuscaloosa, AL 98,881 4,370
9 Decatur, AL 54,617 4,404
10 Troy, AL 19,141 4,415
11 Mobile, AL 191,485 4,421
12 Anniston, AL 21,924 4,435
13 Opelika, AL 29,798 4,436
14 Valley, AL 9,305 4,451
15 Talladega, AL 15,609 4,458
16 Roanoke, AL 5,941 4,460
17 Ozark, AL 14,456 4,461
18 Brewton, AL 5,263 4,472
19 Eufaula, AL 12,289 4,489
20 Bay Minette, AL 9,089 4,565
21 Enterprise, AL 27,859 4,600
22 Daleville, AL 5,113 4,615
23 Atmore, AL 9,746 4,653
24 Greenville, AL 7,714 4,654
25 Alexander City, AL 14,621 4,656
26 Montgomery, AL 200,156 4,657
27 Dothan, AL 67,872 4,717
28 Monroeville, AL 6,011 4,793
29 Lanett, AL 6,318 4,856
30 Hueytown, AL 15,583 4,864
31 Pike Road, AL 8,884 4,884
32 Fultondale, AL 9,097 4,890
33 Sylacauga, AL 12,397 4,924
34 Tuscumbia, AL 8,426 4,991
35 Demopolis, AL 6,918 4,999
36 Calera, AL 13,557 5,008
37 Pleasant Grove, AL 10,185 5,069
38 Montevallo, AL 6,654 5,099
39 Albertville, AL 21,460 5,113
40 Auburn, AL 62,996 5,179
41 Madison, AL 48,275 5,181
42 Millbrook, AL 15,160 5,199
43 Hoover, AL 84,480 5,199
44 Wetumpka, AL 8,117 5,226
45 Lincoln, AL 6,600 5,295
46 Center Point, AL 16,460 5,371
47 Athens, AL 25,176 5,391
48 Alabaster, AL 32,878 5,401
49 Sheffield, AL 8,986 5,405
50 Northport, AL 25,457 5,424
51 Clanton, AL 8,724 5,461
52 Birmingham, AL 212,021 5,500
53 Oxford, AL 21,208 5,516
54 Bessemer, AL 26,759 5,555
55 Andalusia, AL 8,864 5,561
56 Jacksonville, AL 12,654 5,640
57 Clay, AL 9,653 5,646
58 Pelham, AL 23,242 5,702
59 Prattville, AL 35,657 5,751
60 Fort Payne, AL 14,006 5,758
61 Attalla, AL 5,847 5,762
62 Pinson, AL 7,121 5,803
63 Florence, AL 40,104 5,808
64 Tallassee, AL 5,013 5,833
65 Oneonta, AL 6,575 5,846
66 Helena, AL 17,861 6,062
67 Foley, AL 17,818 6,098
68 Opp, AL 6,520 6,189
69 Jasper, AL 13,727 6,210
70 Daphne, AL 25,361 6,276
71 Leeds, AL 12,348 6,330
72 Homewood, AL 25,595 6,361
73 Rainbow City, AL 9,581 6,409
74 Saraland, AL 14,268 6,667
75 Midfield, AL 5,158 6,773
76 Selma, AL 18,804 6,861
77 Gardendale, AL 13,875 7,019
78 Muscle Shoals, AL 13,874 7,045
79 Guntersville, AL 8,377 7,080
80 Robertsdale, AL 6,521 7,110
81 Spanish Fort, AL 8,324 7,192
82 Smiths Station, AL 5,349 7,226
83 Pell City, AL 13,593 7,336
84 Satsuma, AL 6,151 7,464
85 Moody, AL 12,752 7,507
86 Hamilton, AL 6,664 7,580
87 Scottsboro, AL 14,527 7,589
88 Trussville, AL 21,721 7,704
89 Vestavia Hills, AL 34,163 7,735
90 Boaz, AL 9,553 7,746
91 Cullman, AL 15,558 7,770
92 Prichard, AL 21,927 7,857
93 Fairhope, AL 20,327 7,934
94 Hartselle, AL 14,405 7,993
95 Chelsea, AL 12,643 8,053
96 Rainsville, AL 5,018 8,153
97 Fairfield, AL 10,790 8,605
98 Arab, AL 8,234 8,909
99 Gulf Shores, AL 12,033 9,048
100 Glencoe, AL 5,120 9,104

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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.

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