These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alaska For 2018

We used data and science to determine the 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’s a look at the top ten:

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Alaska 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 Alaska.

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 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 2978 (Kodiak) to 6836 (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.

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1. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,272
HHI: 2,978
% White: 34.69%
% African American: 0.02%
% Asian: 39.32%

2. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,189
HHI: 3,630
% White: 56.09%
% African American: 0.71%
% Asian: 12.26%

3. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,578
HHI: 3,732
% White: 58.11%
% African American: 7.98%
% Asian: 4.73%

4. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 299,321
HHI: 3,880
% White: 59.84%
% African American: 5.31%
% Asian: 8.8%

5. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,365
HHI: 4,169
% White: 23.38%
% African American: 2.03%
% Asian: 2.07%

6. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,921
HHI: 4,203
% White: 62.15%
% African American: 2.19%
% Asian: 6.78%

7. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,524
HHI: 4,585
% White: 65.66%
% African American: 1.12%
% Asian: 6.49%

8. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,572
HHI: 5,436
% White: 72.34%
% African American: 2.04%
% Asian: 1.49%

9. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,551
HHI: 5,763
% White: 74.6%
% African American: 0.32%
% Asian: 1.85%

10. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,972
HHI: 5,904
% White: 75.88%
% African American: 2.17%
% Asian: 2.42%

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. Kenai

For more Alaska reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alaska

City Rank HHI Population
Kodiak 1 2,978 6,272
Ketchikan 2 3,630 8,189
Fairbanks 3 3,732 32,578
Anchorage 4 3,880 299,321
Bethel 5 4,169 6,365
Sitka 6 4,203 8,921
Juneau 7 4,585 32,524
Palmer 8 5,436 6,572
Kenai 9 5,763 7,551
Wasilla 10 5,904 8,972
Homer 11 6,836 5,418

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