These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 57 cities in Arizona from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Arizona for 2019:

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

How we determined the most diverse cities in Arizona for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 2,907 (Winslow) to 9,395 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Arizona For 2019

Winslow, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 9,517

HHI: 2,907
% White: 25.2%
% African American: 3.6%
% 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

6
/10

Population: 5,005

HHI: 3,163
% White: 46.1%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 2.0%
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.

Avondale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 81,590

HHI: 3,710
% White: 32.8%
% African American: 10.1%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Avondale: PhotosData

Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,221

HHI: 3,721
% White: 42.1%
% African American: 4.4%
% 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: 1,574,421

HHI: 3,743
% White: 43.3%
% African American: 6.6%
% Asian: 3.5%
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.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,248

HHI: 3,797
% White: 54.4%
% African American: 10.1%
% Asian: 4.3%
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.

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 241,543

HHI: 3,811
% White: 48.6%
% African American: 5.9%
% Asian: 4.3%
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.

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 74,953

HHI: 3,846
% White: 54.6%
% African American: 8.7%
% 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.

Casa Grande, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 52,501

HHI: 3,847
% White: 45.0%
% African American: 4.2%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Casa Grande: PhotosData

Casa Grande is a city in Pinal County, approximately halfway between Phoenix and Tucson in the U.S. state of Arizona. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 48,571. It is named after the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, which is actually located in Coolidge. “Casa Grande” is Spanish for “big house”.

Tucson, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 530,905

HHI: 3,901
% White: 44.9%
% African American: 4.6%
% Asian: 3.0%
More on Tucson: PhotosData

Tucson is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is located 108 miles southeast of Phoenix and 60mi north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.

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

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Winslow, AZ 9,517 2,907
2 Holbrook, AZ 5,005 3,163
3 Avondale, AZ 81,590 3,710
4 Coolidge, AZ 12,221 3,721
5 Phoenix, AZ 1,574,421 3,743
6 Maricopa, AZ 46,248 3,797
7 Glendale, AZ 241,543 3,811
8 Goodyear, AZ 74,953 3,846
9 Casa Grande, AZ 52,501 3,847
10 Tucson, AZ 530,905 3,901
11 El Mirage, AZ 34,400 3,903
12 Tempe, AZ 178,339 3,961
13 Florence, AZ 26,066 3,964
14 Page, AZ 7,515 4,010
15 Sierra Vista, AZ 43,585 4,052
16 Chandler, AZ 245,160 4,090
17 Eloy, AZ 17,537 4,170
18 Globe, AZ 7,341 4,368
19 Safford, AZ 9,662 4,515
20 Flagstaff, AZ 69,903 4,607
21 Youn, AZ 6,625 4,619
22 Sahuarita, AZ 28,257 4,640
23 Yuma, AZ 93,851 4,653
24 Mesa, AZ 479,317 4,699
25 Guadalupe, AZ 6,270 4,748
26 Marana, AZ 41,720 4,754
27 Bisbee, AZ 5,261 5,257
28 Camp Verde, AZ 11,091 5,291
29 Surprise, AZ 129,534 5,327
30 Gilbert, AZ 232,176 5,352
31 Peoria, AZ 161,383 5,389
32 Bullhead City, AZ 39,824 5,423
33 Cottonwood, AZ 11,634 5,608
34 Douglas, AZ 16,576 5,660
35 Show Low, AZ 10,860 5,898
36 Prescott Valley, AZ 41,995 6,178
37 Queen Creek, AZ 33,298 6,196
38 Litchfield Park, AZ 5,686 6,217
39 South Tucson, AZ 5,624 6,255
40 Kingman, AZ 28,855 6,322
41 Oro Valley, AZ 42,889 6,357
42 Apache Junction, AZ 38,452 6,437
43 Scottsdale, AZ 239,283 6,697
44 Tolleson, AZ 7,052 6,761
45 Chino Valley, AZ 11,155 6,771
46 Lake Havasu City, AZ 53,463 6,913
47 Sedona, AZ 10,246 7,067
48 Paradise Valley, AZ 13,961 7,255
49 Wickenburg, AZ 6,906 7,262
50 Prescott, AZ 41,468 7,698
51 Payson, AZ 15,338 7,707
52 Snowflake, AZ 5,668 8,158
53 Fountain Hills, AZ 24,047 8,495
54 Cave Creek, AZ 5,423 8,567
55 Nogales, AZ 20,233 8,889
56 San Luis, AZ 31,509 9,277
57 Somerton, AZ 15,508 9,395

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.

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