These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alabama For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 103 cities in Alabama from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Alabama? According to the most Census data, Tarrant 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Alabama 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 Alabama.

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 103 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 3,787 (Tarrant) to 9,302 (Orange Beach).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Tarrant took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Orange Beach 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Alabama For 2019

Tarrant, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,238

HHI: 3,787
% White: 33.0%
% African American: 51.1%
% Asian: 1.3%
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.”.

Irondale, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,453

HHI: 3,798
% White: 49.2%
% African American: 35.2%
% Asian: 1.2%
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.

Russellville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,715

HHI: 4,087
% White: 48.3%
% African American: 9.4%
% 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.

Phenix City, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,870

HHI: 4,091
% White: 46.3%
% African American: 43.7%
% Asian: 0.8%
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.

Anniston, AL

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 22,097

HHI: 4,311
% White: 44.1%
% African American: 48.4%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Anniston: PhotosData

Anniston is a city in Calhoun County in the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 23,106. According to 2013 Census estimates, the city had a population of 22,666. The city is the county seat of Calhoun County and one of two urban centers/principal cities of and included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Daleville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,138

HHI: 4,329
% White: 60.9%
% African American: 21.3%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Daleville: PhotosData

Daleville is a city in Dale County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 5,295, up from 4,653 in 2000. It is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s nickname is “Gateway to Fort Rucker”, as this U.S. Army post is located just north of town. Cairns Army Airfield is located to the south of Daleville on the road to nearby Clayhatchee.

Opelika, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 29,372

HHI: 4,372
% White: 50.0%
% African American: 43.1%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Opelika: PhotosData

Opelika is a city in and the county seat of Lee County in the east central part of the State of Alabama. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. According to the 2013 Census Estimate, the population of Opelika was 28,635. The Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA with a population of 150,933 which, along with the Columbus, Georgia metropolitan area and Macon County, Alabama, comprises the greater Greater Columbus, Georgia, a region home to 501,649 residents.

Huntsville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 190,501

HHI: 4,404
% White: 58.5%
% African American: 30.6%
% Asian: 2.6%
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.

Gadsden, AL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 35,832

HHI: 4,409
% White: 56.3%
% African American: 34.7%
% Asian: 0.9%
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.

Tuscaloosa, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 97,373

HHI: 4,411
% White: 49.5%
% African American: 44.1%
% Asian: 2.5%
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.

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. Tuskegee

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alabama For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Tarrant, AL 6,238 3,787
2 Irondale, AL 12,453 3,798
3 Russellville, AL 9,715 4,087
4 Phenix City, AL 36,870 4,091
5 Anniston, AL 22,097 4,311
6 Daleville, AL 5,138 4,329
7 Opelika, AL 29,372 4,372
8 Huntsville, AL 190,501 4,404
9 Gadsden, AL 35,832 4,409
10 Tuscaloosa, AL 97,373 4,411
11 Troy, AL 19,010 4,413
12 Mobile, AL 192,085 4,426
13 Talladega, AL 15,747 4,430
14 Eufaula, AL 12,467 4,450
15 Chickasaw, AL 5,889 4,465
16 Roanoke, AL 5,925 4,469
17 Decatur, AL 54,844 4,488
18 Atmore, AL 9,969 4,539
19 Valley, AL 9,331 4,555
20 Ozark, AL 14,546 4,557
21 Alexander City, AL 14,705 4,574
22 Brewton, AL 5,279 4,615
23 Bay Minette, AL 8,990 4,626
24 Montgomery, AL 200,761 4,637
25 Greenville, AL 7,766 4,653
26 Sylacauga, AL 12,492 4,702
27 Dothan, AL 67,784 4,759
28 Enterprise, AL 27,776 4,774
29 Lanett, AL 6,341 4,832
30 Wetumpka, AL 7,799 4,854
31 Pleasant Grove, AL 10,224 4,905
32 Monroeville, AL 6,072 4,950
33 Demopolis, AL 6,999 5,028
34 Pike Road, AL 8,417 5,033
35 Calera, AL 13,216 5,102
36 Montevallo, AL 6,626 5,131
37 Hueytown, AL 15,698 5,137
38 Auburn, AL 61,462 5,142
39 Madison, AL 47,079 5,200
40 Hoover, AL 84,150 5,206
41 Clanton, AL 8,701 5,245
42 Center Point, AL 16,564 5,247
43 Albertville, AL 21,342 5,279
44 Oneonta, AL 6,585 5,304
45 Millbrook, AL 14,994 5,319
46 Tuscumbia, AL 8,452 5,338
47 Athens, AL 24,735 5,353
48 Attalla, AL 5,884 5,390
49 Bessemer, AL 26,697 5,435
50 Fultondale, AL 9,012 5,447
51 Alabaster, AL 32,567 5,453
52 Northport, AL 24,708 5,469
53 Andalusia, AL 8,918 5,557
54 Sheffield, AL 9,007 5,579
55 Birmingham, AL 212,265 5,621
56 Jacksonville, AL 12,731 5,640
57 Pelham, AL 22,941 5,706
58 Oxford, AL 21,231 5,741
59 Prattville, AL 35,286 5,745
60 Lincoln, AL 6,544 5,745
61 Fort Payne, AL 14,017 5,763
62 Leeds, AL 11,847 5,846
63 Florence, AL 39,824 6,024
64 Clay, AL 9,685 6,127
65 Helena, AL 17,928 6,222
66 Homewood, AL 25,678 6,315
67 Daphne, AL 24,685 6,377
68 Foley, AL 17,315 6,429
69 Jasper, AL 13,854 6,449
70 Pinson, AL 7,563 6,493
71 Opp, AL 6,580 6,550
72 Rainbow City, AL 9,560 6,576
73 Selma, AL 19,176 6,720
74 Saraland, AL 14,026 6,797
75 Guntersville, AL 8,333 6,863
76 Spanish Fort, AL 8,017 6,972
77 Muscle Shoals, AL 13,701 7,005
78 Pell City, AL 13,465 7,044
79 Gardendale, AL 13,799 7,129
80 Moody, AL 12,585 7,150
81 Midfield, AL 5,174 7,153
82 Boaz, AL 9,580 7,231
83 Scottsboro, AL 14,584 7,403
84 Smiths Station, AL 5,311 7,582
85 Hartselle, AL 14,395 7,599
86 Fairhope, AL 19,561 7,733
87 Prichard, AL 22,063 7,738
88 Hamilton, AL 6,718 7,770
89 Satsuma, AL 6,145 7,783
90 Vestavia Hills, AL 34,003 7,848
91 Trussville, AL 21,145 7,908
92 Cullman, AL 15,111 7,986
93 Chelsea, AL 12,199 8,044
94 Robertsdale, AL 5,853 8,096
95 Rainsville, AL 5,012 8,225
96 Fairfield, AL 10,850 8,445
97 Glencoe, AL 5,116 8,550
98 Gulf Shores, AL 11,358 8,902
99 Southside, AL 8,679 8,980
100 Arab, AL 8,200 9,005

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.

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