These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arizona


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 58 cities in Arizona from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona

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 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 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 2998 (Winslow) to 9359 (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.

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: 9,530
HHI: 2,998
% White: 28.39%
% African American: 3.2%
% Asian: 0.0%

2. Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,514,208
HHI: 3,788
% White: 44.97%
% African American: 6.57%
% Asian: 3.28%

3. Avondale

Avondale, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 78,872
HHI: 3,862
% White: 32.08%
% African American: 9.33%
% Asian: 3.9%

4. Coolidge

Coolidge, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,973
HHI: 3,872
% White: 45.24%
% African American: 4.53%
% Asian: 0.38%

5. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,880
HHI: 3,913
% White: 55.44%
% African American: 9.16%
% Asian: 4.74%

6. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,844
HHI: 3,936
% White: 49.97%
% African American: 5.29%
% Asian: 3.99%

7. Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 528,374
HHI: 3,946
% White: 45.84%
% African American: 4.63%
% Asian: 2.78%

8. Florence

Florence, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,770
HHI: 3,975
% White: 50.75%
% African American: 5.78%
% Asian: 0.75%

9. Page

Page, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,429
HHI: 3,983
% White: 51.1%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.0%

10. Buckeye

Buckeye, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,165
HHI: 4,029
% White: 52.43%
% African American: 8.07%
% Asian: 1.26%

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. Cave Creek

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona

City Rank HHI Population
Winslow 1 2,998 9,530
Phoenix 2 3,788 1,514,208
Avondale 3 3,862 78,872
Coolidge 4 3,872 11,973
Goodyear 5 3,913 72,880
Glendale 6 3,936 234,844
Tucson 7 3,946 528,374
Florence 8 3,975 30,770
Page 9 3,983 7,429
Buckeye 10 4,029 57,165
Casa Grande 11 4,048 49,796
Sierra Vista 12 4,056 44,892
El Mirage 13 4,076 33,010
Maricopa 14 4,080 45,748
Chandler 15 4,084 250,202
Tempe 16 4,149 169,816
Globe 17 4,335 7,430
Eloy 18 4,425 16,954
Flagstaff 19 4,478 68,375
Sahuarita 20 4,498 25,430
Yuma 21 4,630 93,812
Safford 22 4,645 9,636
Guadalupe 23 4,692 6,012
Bisbee 24 4,712 5,415
Mesa 25 4,826 458,860
Youn 26 4,903 6,405
Douglas 27 4,938 16,911
Marana 28 4,973 38,280
Gilbert 29 5,288 230,781
Camp Verde 30 5,347 11,008
Peoria 31 5,348 163,664
Surprise 32 5,391 123,813
Cottonwood 33 5,697 11,493
Bullhead City 34 5,930 39,424
Queen Creek 35 6,105 30,143
Kingman 36 6,296 28,511
Benson 37 6,360 5,013
Prescott Valley 38 6,400 40,258
Litchfield Park 39 6,413 5,253
Sedona 40 6,528 10,204
Apache Junction 41 6,577 36,586
Show Low 42 6,620 10,768
Scottsdale 43 6,713 227,471
Tolleson 44 6,787 6,806
South Tucson 45 6,800 5,686
Lake Havasu City 46 6,850 53,010
Oro Valley 47 6,862 41,965
Paradise Valley 48 7,293 13,477
Chino Valley 49 7,407 10,961
Prescott 50 7,620 40,700
Payson 51 7,655 15,248
Wickenburg 52 7,692 6,620
Fountain Hills 53 8,490 23,322
Snowflake 54 8,532 5,604
Nogales 55 8,624 20,601
Cave Creek 56 8,679 5,122
Somerton 57 9,145 14,845
San Luis 58 9,359 30,658

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