These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 57 cities in Arizona from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona 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 Arizona.

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 57 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 2857 (Winslow) to 9320 (Somerton).

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 Somerton was the least diverse city.

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.

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1. Winslow

Winslow, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,539
HHI: 2,857
% White: 26.52%
% African American: 4.08%
% Asian: 0.0%

2. Holbrook

Holbrook, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,011
HHI: 3,357
% White: 49.83%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 2.87%

3. Coolidge

Coolidge, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,073
HHI: 3,667
% White: 41.18%
% African American: 4.56%
% Asian: 0.34%

4. Avondale

Avondale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,631
HHI: 3,727
% White: 32.78%
% African American: 10.37%
% Asian: 3.49%

5. Page

Page, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,532
HHI: 3,764
% White: 46.02%
% African American: 0.31%
% Asian: 0.0%

6. Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,555,324
HHI: 3,774
% White: 44.38%
% African American: 6.47%
% Asian: 3.42%

7. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,629
HHI: 3,851
% White: 54.65%
% African American: 9.3%
% Asian: 4.42%

8. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 239,943
HHI: 3,865
% White: 49.36%
% African American: 5.86%
% Asian: 3.96%

9. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,473
HHI: 3,868
% White: 55.99%
% African American: 10.59%
% Asian: 3.97%

10. Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 527,586
HHI: 3,926
% White: 45.5%
% African American: 4.6%
% Asian: 2.85%

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. Somerton
  2. San Luis
  3. Nogales

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona

City Rank HHI Population
Winslow 1 2,857 9,539
Holbrook 2 3,357 5,011
Coolidge 3 3,667 12,073
Avondale 4 3,727 80,631
Page 5 3,764 7,532
Phoenix 6 3,774 1,555,324
Goodyear 7 3,851 72,629
Glendale 8 3,865 239,943
Maricopa 9 3,868 45,473
Tucson 10 3,926 527,586
Casa Grande 11 3,998 51,571
El Mirage 12 4,003 33,937
Sierra Vista 13 4,034 44,381
Tempe 14 4,053 174,708
Florence 15 4,087 26,221
Chandler 16 4,114 242,131
Globe 17 4,340 7,369
Eloy 18 4,435 17,128
Flagstaff 19 4,495 69,270
Yuma 20 4,657 93,704
Safford 21 4,667 9,616
Sahuarita 22 4,689 27,780
Youn 23 4,770 6,563
Mesa 24 4,791 470,456
Bisbee 25 4,879 5,330
Guadalupe 26 4,929 6,172
Marana 27 4,990 40,221
Peoria 28 5,224 158,677
Douglas 29 5,331 16,764
Surprise 30 5,336 127,492
Gilbert 31 5,344 226,832
Camp Verde 32 5,373 11,096
Cottonwood 33 5,586 11,598
Bullhead City 34 5,713 39,653
Queen Creek 35 6,164 30,849
Prescott Valley 36 6,261 41,070
Apache Junction 37 6,500 37,775
Kingman 38 6,505 28,586
South Tucson 39 6,507 5,627
Show Low 40 6,598 10,875
Oro Valley 41 6,684 42,379
Scottsdale 42 6,711 234,495
Tolleson 43 6,773 6,985
Sedona 44 6,773 10,209
Lake Havasu City 45 6,873 53,058
Litchfield Park 46 7,021 5,449
Chino Valley 47 7,203 11,015
Paradise Valley 48 7,441 13,833
Payson 49 7,528 15,297
Wickenburg 50 7,554 6,766
Prescott 51 7,817 41,090
Cave Creek 52 8,301 5,275
Fountain Hills 53 8,359 23,863
Snowflake 54 8,576 5,643
Nogales 55 8,776 20,355
San Luis 56 9,123 31,118
Somerton 57 9,320 14,866

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