These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alabama


We used data and science to determine the 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 105 cities in Alabama from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Daleville (Photos)
  2. Russellville (Photos)
  3. Tarrant (Photos)
  4. Phenix City (Photos)
  5. Irondale (Photos)
  6. Eufaula (Photos)
  7. Opelika (Photos)
  8. Talladega (Photos)
  9. Gadsden (Photos)
  10. Tuscaloosa (Photos)

Daleville 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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Alabama

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 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 105 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 4012 (Daleville) to 9060 (Mountain Brook).

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

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.

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1. Daleville

Daleville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,188
HHI: 4,012
% White: 56.94%
% African American: 25.44%
% Asian: 2.47%

2. Russellville

Russellville, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,824
HHI: 4,043
% White: 48.16%
% African American: 9.83%
% Asian: 0.0%

3. Tarrant

Tarrant, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,278
HHI: 4,043
% White: 35.36%
% African American: 52.44%
% Asian: 0.72%

4. Phenix City

Phenix City, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,639
HHI: 4,086
% White: 45.39%
% African American: 44.52%
% Asian: 1.16%

5. Irondale

Irondale, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,398
HHI: 4,171
% White: 54.26%
% African American: 34.03%
% Asian: 2.09%

6. Eufaula

Eufaula, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,809
HHI: 4,240
% White: 45.84%
% African American: 45.78%
% Asian: 0.66%

7. Opelika

Opelika, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,544
HHI: 4,284
% White: 52.4%
% African American: 38.78%
% Asian: 1.16%

8. Talladega

Talladega, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,931
HHI: 4,344
% White: 45.97%
% African American: 46.97%
% Asian: 1.25%

9. Gadsden

Gadsden, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,455
HHI: 4,346
% White: 55.01%
% African American: 35.79%
% Asian: 0.95%

10. Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,865
HHI: 4,366
% White: 50.25%
% African American: 42.7%
% Asian: 2.6%

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. Mountain Brook
  2. Southside
  3. Tuskegee

For more Alabama reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alabama

City Rank HHI Population
Daleville 1 4,012 5,188
Russellville 2 4,043 9,824
Tarrant 3 4,043 6,278
Phenix City 4 4,086 36,639
Irondale 5 4,171 12,398
Eufaula 6 4,240 12,809
Opelika 7 4,284 28,544
Talladega 8 4,344 15,931
Gadsden 9 4,346 36,455
Tuscaloosa 10 4,366 94,865
Anniston 11 4,407 22,626
Huntsville 12 4,416 185,594
Mobile 13 4,457 194,669
Decatur 14 4,487 55,598
Alexander City 15 4,551 14,787
Chickasaw 16 4,553 6,005
Atmore 17 4,558 10,072
Troy 18 4,577 18,696
Montgomery 19 4,597 202,967
Roanoke 20 4,616 6,013
Oneonta 21 4,640 6,633
Demopolis 22 4,658 7,249
Sylacauga 23 4,691 12,749
Brewton 24 4,704 5,424
Ozark 25 4,734 14,786
Fultondale 26 4,752 8,733
Greenville 27 4,817 7,912
Dothan 28 4,837 67,708
Valley 29 4,855 9,444
Enterprise 30 4,863 27,785
Pleasant Grove 31 4,887 10,270
Monroeville 32 4,925 6,265
Childersburg 33 4,966 5,105
Montevallo 34 4,994 6,549
Jackson 35 4,995 5,055
Bay Minette 36 5,017 8,843
Calera 37 5,027 12,593
Center Point 38 5,056 16,797
Andalusia 39 5,159 9,058
Fort Payne 40 5,239 14,112
Auburn 41 5,259 58,693
Hoover 42 5,333 83,547
Madison 43 5,344 45,590
Lanett 44 5,367 6,457
Clanton 45 5,393 8,715
Athens 46 5,420 23,938
Hueytown 47 5,481 15,894
Alabaster 48 5,487 31,905
Bessemer 49 5,499 27,043
Sheffield 50 5,552 9,074
Albertville 51 5,624 21,406
Millbrook 52 5,650 14,983
Northport 53 5,651 24,339
Tallassee 54 5,684 5,380
Birmingham 55 5,728 212,211
Foley 56 5,729 16,345
Prattville 57 5,735 34,706
Wetumpka 58 5,803 7,406
Leeds 59 5,821 11,881
Lincoln 60 5,825 6,391
Jacksonville 61 5,840 12,372
Attalla 62 5,853 5,965
Florence 63 5,976 39,855
Pike Road 64 5,983 7,178
Homewood 65 6,019 25,535
Boaz 66 6,021 9,673
Oxford 67 6,050 21,243
Jasper 68 6,071 14,186
Clay 69 6,184 9,682
Pelham 70 6,239 22,346
Tuscumbia 71 6,265 8,537
Pinson 72 6,309 7,448
Muscle Shoals 73 6,365 13,492
Smiths Station 74 6,570 5,165
Daphne 75 6,589 23,559
Selma 76 6,596 19,987
Saraland 77 6,609 13,715
Helena 78 6,646 17,589
Pell City 79 6,674 13,312
Guntersville 80 6,786 8,326
Opp 81 6,837 6,665
Gardendale 82 7,160 13,763
Robertsdale 83 7,213 5,656
Prichard 84 7,327 22,439
Midfield 85 7,382 5,284
Moody 86 7,399 12,292
Spanish Fort 87 7,656 7,578
Hamilton 88 7,679 6,814
Rainbow City 89 7,685 9,608
Scottsboro 90 7,705 14,775
Fairhope 91 7,731 17,309
Chelsea 92 7,737 11,386
Vestavia Hills 93 7,785 34,116
Hartselle 94 7,854 14,455
Satsuma 95 7,875 6,152
Gulf Shores 96 7,977 10,703
Trussville 97 7,986 20,351
Cullman 98 8,108 15,014
Fairfield 99 8,220 10,987
Orange Beach 100 8,277 5,682

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