These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alaska


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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Alaska

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 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 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 2943 (Kodiak) to 7069 (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: 6,293
HHI: 2,943
% White: 34.64%
% African American: 0.02%
% Asian: 38.53%

2. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,193
HHI: 3,566
% White: 56.46%
% African American: 8.47%
% Asian: 4.64%

3. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,197
HHI: 3,636
% White: 55.96%
% African American: 0.68%
% Asian: 11.8%

4. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 299,107
HHI: 3,933
% White: 60.33%
% African American: 5.53%
% Asian: 8.7%

5. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,370
HHI: 4,136
% White: 25.48%
% African American: 2.1%
% Asian: 2.53%

6. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,943
HHI: 4,295
% White: 62.69%
% African American: 1.08%
% Asian: 5.8%

7. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,531
HHI: 4,626
% White: 66.02%
% African American: 1.24%
% Asian: 6.24%

8. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,449
HHI: 5,414
% White: 72.2%
% African American: 2.05%
% Asian: 1.38%

9. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,676
HHI: 5,895
% White: 75.76%
% African American: 2.67%
% Asian: 1.72%

10. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,463
HHI: 6,096
% White: 76.74%
% African American: 0.36%
% Asian: 0.79%

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. Kenai
  3. Wasilla

For more Alaska reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Alaska

City Rank HHI Population
Kodiak 1 2,943 6,293
Fairbanks 2 3,566 32,193
Ketchikan 3 3,636 8,197
Anchorage 4 3,933 299,107
Bethel 5 4,136 6,370
Sitka 6 4,295 8,943
Juneau 7 4,626 32,531
Palmer 8 5,414 6,449
Wasilla 9 5,895 8,676
Kenai 10 6,096 7,463
Homer 11 7,069 5,324

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