These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In America


We used science and data to determine which cities in the US have the largest racial diversity.

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Most Diverse Cities In America

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In America

We decided to look at racial diversity across America using the 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 actual categories 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 only cities with greater than 100,000 people. That left us with 307 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by taking the percent of each of the above for the state, squaring them, and then adding it together. This left us with scores ranging from 2237 (Vallejo, CA) to 9441 (Surprisingly, East Los Angeles, CA).

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In America

Rank City State Population HHI
1 Vallejo California 118,995 2,237
2 Oakland California 408,073 2,327
3 Jersey City New Jersey 259,651 2,387
4 Fairfield California 109,468 2,428
5 Sacramento California 480,566 2,439
6 Elk Grove California 161,084 2,566
7 New York New York 8,426,743 2,577
8 Antioch California 107,501 2,602
9 Richmond California 107,597 2,664
10 Hayward California 152,401 2,697
11 Killeen Texas 136,378 2,733
12 Spring Valley Nevada 186,632 2,785
13 Stockton California 299,722 2,807
14 Irving Texas 228,776 2,854
15 New Haven Connecticut 130,612 2,855
16 Pasadena California 139,899 2,872
17 Chicago Illinois 2,717,534 2,877
18 Long Beach California 470,237 2,885
19 North Las Vegas Nevada 226,860 2,887
20 Enterprise Nevada 125,498 2,902
21 Kent Washington 124,292 2,941
22 San Jose California 1,000,860 2,952
23 Garland Texas 234,213 2,971
24 Pearland Texas 101,725 3,030
25 Boston Massachusetts 650,281 3,031
26 Kansas City Kansas 148,855 3,034
27 Arlington Texas 379,716 3,038
28 Lancaster California 159,774 3,042
29 Orlando Florida 256,738 3,059
30 Fullerton California 138,976 3,061
31 Rancho Cucamonga California 171,858 3,080
32 San Diego California 1,359,791 3,087
33 San Francisco California 840,763 3,100
34 Santa Clara California 121,374 3,106
35 Bridgeport Connecticut 147,340 3,110
36 Houston Texas 2,217,706 3,130
37 Providence Rhode Island 178,680 3,130
38 Grand Prairie Texas 183,500 3,135
39 Torrance California 147,589 3,144
40 Mesquite Texas 143,584 3,151
41 Rochester New York 210,745 3,163
42 Carrollton Texas 127,279 3,165
43 Milwaukee Wisconsin 599,498 3,171
44 Pembroke Pines Florida 162,243 3,179
45 San Mateo California 101,335 3,185
46 Dallas Texas 1,260,688 3,195
47 Paradise Nevada 226,957 3,197
48 West Palm Beach Florida 103,588 3,198
49 Fort Worth Texas 796,614 3,201
50 Yonkers New York 199,435 3,228

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