Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Arizona.


Most Diverse Cities In Arizona

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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 Arizona 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 58 cities in Arizona from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Arizona for 2020:

  1. Winslow (Photos)
  2. Holbrook (Photos)
  3. Maricopa (Photos)
  4. Coolidge (Photos)
  5. Phoenix (Photos)
  6. Glendale (Photos)
  7. Avondale (Photos)
  8. El Mirage (Photos)
  9. Tempe (Photos)
  10. Goodyear (Photos)

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Arizona 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Arizona For 2020

Winslow, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 9,505

HHI: 2,954
% White: 25.8%
% African American: 3.7%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Winslow: PhotosData

Winslow is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,655.

Holbrook, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,037

HHI: 3,188
% White: 46.9%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Holbrook: PhotosData

Holbrook is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 5,053. The city is the county seat of Navajo County.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,314

HHI: 3,586
% White: 51.7%
% African American: 11.0%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Maricopa: PhotosData

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,503

HHI: 3,606
% White: 40.7%
% African American: 6.4%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Coolidge: PhotosData

Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city's population is 11,825.

Phoenix, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,610,071

HHI: 3,726
% White: 43.0%
% African American: 6.5%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Phoenix: PhotosData

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. With 1,615,017 people, Phoenix is the fifth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 245,514

HHI: 3,729
% White: 47.7%
% African American: 6.5%
% Asian: 4.6%
More on Glendale: PhotosData

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.

Avondale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 83,392

HHI: 3,730
% White: 32.0%
% African American: 9.8%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Avondale: PhotosData

El Mirage, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,004

HHI: 3,831
% White: 39.9%
% African American: 8.4%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on El Mirage: PhotosData

Tempe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 183,652

HHI: 3,853
% White: 56.8%
% African American: 6.2%
% Asian: 8.8%
More on Tempe: PhotosData

Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 77,476

HHI: 3,879
% White: 54.8%
% African American: 8.3%
% Asian: 4.7%
More on Goodyear: PhotosData

Goodyear is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a suburb of Phoenix and is in the Phoenix metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000. The July 1, 2015, MAG population estimate was 79,003.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Arizona for 2020

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 Arizona.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2014-2018 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 58 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 2,954 (Winslow) to 9,404 (San Luis).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Winslow took the distinction of being the most diverse, while San Luis was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Arizona 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.

There You Have It - Diversity Across Arizona

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Arizona:

  1. San Luis
  2. Somerton
  3. Nogales

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Winslow, AZ 9,505 2,954
2 Holbrook, AZ 5,037 3,188
3 Maricopa, AZ 47,314 3,586
4 Coolidge, AZ 12,503 3,606
5 Phoenix, AZ 1,610,071 3,726
6 Glendale, AZ 245,514 3,729
7 Avondale, AZ 83,392 3,730
8 El Mirage, AZ 35,004 3,831
9 Tempe, AZ 183,652 3,853
10 Goodyear, AZ 77,476 3,879
11 Casa Grande, AZ 54,316 3,888
12 Tucson, AZ 539,216 3,889
13 Florence, AZ 26,350 3,899
14 Eloy, AZ 18,083 3,973
15 Sierra Vista, AZ 43,550 3,985
16 Page, AZ 7,547 4,040
17 Chandler, AZ 248,631 4,046
18 Globe, AZ 7,346 4,053
19 Youn, AZ 6,747 4,264
20 Flagstaff, AZ 71,202 4,566
21 Safford, AZ 9,735 4,609
22 Sahuarita, AZ 28,949 4,627
23 Mesa, AZ 491,194 4,652
24 Yuma, AZ 95,573 4,673
25 Marana, AZ 43,606 4,756
26 Camp Verde, AZ 11,169 5,032
27 Gilbert, AZ 237,484 5,195
28 Bisbee, AZ 5,231 5,195
29 Peoria, AZ 164,572 5,211
30 Surprise, AZ 132,904 5,264
31 Guadalupe, AZ 6,405 5,277
32 Thatcher, AZ 5,030 5,440
33 Bullhead City, AZ 40,024 5,558
34 Show Low, AZ 11,014 5,981
35 Prescott Valley, AZ 43,198 5,995
36 Douglas, AZ 16,453 6,023
37 South Tucson, AZ 5,666 6,054
38 Queen Creek, AZ 36,053 6,105
39 Litchfield Park, AZ 5,899 6,273
40 Oro Valley, AZ 43,815 6,324
41 Kingman, AZ 29,244 6,331
42 Apache Junction, AZ 39,674 6,386
43 Cottonwood, AZ 11,826 6,387
44 Chino Valley, AZ 11,376 6,447
45 Scottsdale, AZ 246,026 6,590
46 Wickenburg, AZ 7,021 6,685
47 Tolleson, AZ 7,184 6,732
48 Lake Havasu City, AZ 53,952 6,742
49 Snowflake, AZ 5,724 6,908
50 Sedona, AZ 10,315 7,261
51 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,215 7,342
52 Prescott, AZ 42,068 7,487
53 Payson, AZ 15,439 7,767
54 Fountain Hills, AZ 24,490 8,463
55 Cave Creek, AZ 5,569 8,492
56 Nogales, AZ 20,288 8,968
57 Somerton, AZ 15,932 9,210
58 San Luis, AZ 32,279 9,404

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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