These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alaska For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Alaska.


Most Diverse Cities In Alaska

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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 Alaska 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 11 cities in Alaska from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Alaska for 2019:

  1. Kodiak (Photos)
  2. Ketchikan (Photos)
  3. Fairbanks (Photos)
  4. Anchorage (Photos)
  5. Sitka (Photos)
  6. Bethel (Photos)
  7. Juneau (Photos)
  8. Kenai (Photos)
  9. Palmer (Photos)
  10. Wasilla (Photos)

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

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

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 11 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 2,757 (Kodiak) to 6,840 (Homer).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alaska 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 Alaska For 2019

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,168

HHI: 2,757
% White: 34.5%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 35.6%
More on Kodiak: PhotosData

Kodiak is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline. The population was 6,130 as of the 2010 census. 2014 estimates put the population at 6,304.

Ketchikan, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,195

HHI: 3,639
% White: 56.0%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 12.0%
More on Ketchikan: PhotosData

Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state, and tenth-most populous community when census-designated places are included.

Fairbanks, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,853

HHI: 3,668
% White: 57.5%
% African American: 7.6%
% Asian: 4.9%
More on Fairbanks: PhotosData

Fairbanks is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.

Anchorage, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 298,225

HHI: 3,811
% White: 59.2%
% African American: 5.2%
% Asian: 9.2%
More on Anchorage: PhotosData

Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the U.S. state of Alaska. With an estimated 298,192 residents in 2016, it is Alaska’s most populous city and contains more than 40 percent of the state’s total population; among the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in its most populous city. All together, the Anchorage metropolitan area, which combines Anchorage with the neighboring Matanuska-Susitna Borough, had a population of 401,635 in 2016, which accounts for more than half of the state’s population.

Sitka, AK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,810

HHI: 4,254
% White: 62.4%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 6.7%
More on Sitka: PhotosData

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles and a total area of 4,811.4 square miles ; however, it is the smallest of Alaska’s boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the “city” of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,408

HHI: 4,297
% White: 23.0%
% African American: 1.8%
% Asian: 2.2%
More on Bethel: PhotosData

Bethel is a city located near the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, approximately 400 miles west of Anchorage, in the Bethel Census Area. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the main port on the Kuskokwim River and is an administrative and transportation hub for the 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Juneau, AK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,434

HHI: 4,551
% White: 65.4%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 6.7%
More on Juneau: PhotosData

The City and Borough of Juneau, commonly known as Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, and it is the second largest city in the United States by area. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality, which is larger by area than both Rhode Island and Delaware.

Kenai, AK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,634

HHI: 5,267
% White: 70.8%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Kenai: PhotosData

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 7,100 as of the 2010 census.

Palmer, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,773

HHI: 5,470
% White: 72.7%
% African American: 3.2%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Palmer: PhotosData

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,296

HHI: 6,006
% White: 76.6%
% African American: 1.4%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Wasilla: PhotosData

Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 7,831 at the 2010 census. Estimates in 2013 put the population at roughly 8,621. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Alaska

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Alaska:

  1. Homer
  2. Wasilla
  3. Palmer

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alaska For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Kodiak, AK 6,168 2,757
2 Ketchikan, AK 8,195 3,639
3 Fairbanks, AK 31,853 3,668
4 Anchorage, AK 298,225 3,811
5 Sitka, AK 8,810 4,254
6 Bethel, AK 6,408 4,297
7 Juneau, AK 32,434 4,551
8 Kenai, AK 7,634 5,267
9 Palmer, AK 6,773 5,470
10 Wasilla, AK 9,296 6,006
11 Homer, AK 5,510 6,840

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