These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alabama For 2018


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

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 the best places to live in Alabama or the worst places to live in Alabama.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Alabama For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 3672 (Tarrant) to 9261 (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.

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1. Tarrant


Population: 6,271
HHI: 3,672
% White: 32.36%
% African American: 49.91%
% Asian: 1.05%

2. Irondale

Irondale, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,388
HHI: 3,993
% White: 51.95%
% African American: 34.94%
% Asian: 1.08%

3. Russellville


Population: 9,804
HHI: 4,049
% White: 48.25%
% African American: 8.36%
% Asian: 0.87%

4. Phenix City

Phenix City, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,990
HHI: 4,111
% White: 46.19%
% African American: 44.05%
% Asian: 1.05%

5. Opelika

Opelika, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,030
HHI: 4,337
% White: 51.15%
% African American: 41.26%
% Asian: 1.94%

6. Anniston

Anniston, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,441
HHI: 4,337
% White: 44.26%
% African American: 48.59%
% Asian: 1.86%

7. Eufaula

Eufaula, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,688
HHI: 4,380
% White: 43.03%
% African American: 49.97%
% Asian: 0.83%

8. Daleville

Daleville, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,160
HHI: 4,384
% White: 61.26%
% African American: 23.18%
% Asian: 3.04%

9. Alexander City

Alexander City, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,859
HHI: 4,391
% White: 53.85%
% African American: 38.25%
% Asian: 1.37%

10. Gadsden

Gadsden, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,235
HHI: 4,393
% White: 55.9%
% African American: 34.99%
% Asian: 0.7%

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. Arab

For more Alabama reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alabama

City Rank HHI Population
Tarrant 1 3,672 6,271
Irondale 2 3,993 12,388
Russellville 3 4,049 9,804
Phenix City 4 4,111 36,990
Opelika 5 4,337 29,030
Anniston 6 4,337 22,441
Eufaula 7 4,380 12,688
Daleville 8 4,384 5,160
Alexander City 9 4,391 14,859
Gadsden 10 4,393 36,235
Tuscaloosa 11 4,409 96,352
Huntsville 12 4,413 188,973
Talladega 13 4,421 15,793
Mobile 14 4,464 193,717
Decatur 15 4,466 55,419
Chickasaw 16 4,504 5,955
Atmore 17 4,513 10,067
Greenville 18 4,589 7,896
Roanoke 19 4,592 5,987
Troy 20 4,598 18,944
Montgomery 21 4,623 201,717
Ozark 22 4,699 14,721
Sylacauga 23 4,713 12,696
Oneonta 24 4,727 6,645
Brewton 25 4,779 5,435
Valley 26 4,782 9,439
Dothan 27 4,785 68,066
Bay Minette 28 4,816 9,019
Demopolis 29 4,853 7,167
Enterprise 30 4,866 28,025
Pleasant Grove 31 4,872 10,284
Jackson 32 5,013 5,002
Montevallo 33 5,031 6,633
Hueytown 34 5,049 15,797
Center Point 35 5,099 16,711
Calera 36 5,101 12,839
Monroeville 37 5,115 6,203
Auburn 38 5,160 60,318
Athens 39 5,184 24,461
Clanton 40 5,240 8,730
Lanett 41 5,247 6,454
Childersburg 42 5,265 5,062
Hoover 43 5,280 84,100
Pike Road 44 5,305 7,790
Wetumpka 45 5,314 7,654
Madison 46 5,373 46,396
Sheffield 47 5,389 9,067
Fort Payne 48 5,398 14,101
Fultondale 49 5,430 8,854
Leeds 50 5,449 11,701
Millbrook 51 5,475 15,045
Andalusia 52 5,498 9,042
Northport 53 5,532 24,544
Albertville 54 5,535 21,434
Bessemer 55 5,560 26,856
Jacksonville 56 5,573 12,827
Birmingham 57 5,664 212,424
Alabaster 58 5,716 32,269
Tuscumbia 59 5,727 8,506
Attalla 60 5,782 5,934
Lincoln 61 5,862 6,429
Oxford 62 5,868 21,202
Prattville 63 5,905 35,107
Pelham 64 5,943 22,596
Florence 65 5,976 39,938
Clay 66 6,040 9,659
Foley 67 6,098 16,741
Tallassee 68 6,161 5,657
Boaz 69 6,286 9,639
Homewood 70 6,329 25,652
Daphne 71 6,415 24,295
Jasper 72 6,421 14,137
Helena 73 6,442 17,630
Selma 74 6,481 19,650
Muscle Shoals 75 6,620 13,585
Opp 76 6,621 6,635
Midfield 77 6,784 5,260
Guntersville 78 6,802 8,360
Saraland 79 6,816 13,778
Pinson 80 6,919 7,451
Gardendale 81 7,032 13,750
Spanish Fort 82 7,089 7,825
Pell City 83 7,177 13,489
Moody 84 7,241 12,464
Satsuma 85 7,253 6,159
Robertsdale 86 7,321 5,776
Rainbow City 87 7,328 9,590
Smiths Station 88 7,387 5,235
Scottsboro 89 7,514 14,748
Hartselle 90 7,589 14,475
Prichard 91 7,594 22,340
Gulf Shores 92 7,689 11,252
Chelsea 93 7,734 11,706
Hamilton 94 7,737 6,784
Trussville 95 7,750 20,872
Fairhope 96 7,863 17,996
Vestavia Hills 97 8,017 34,243
Cullman 98 8,040 15,156
Glencoe 99 8,114 5,122
Fairfield 100 8,135 10,937

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