Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas For 2020


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas

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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 Arkansas 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 64 cities in Arkansas from most to least diverse.

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Arkansas 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 Arkansas For 2020

Hope, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,847

HHI: 3,470
% White: 34.1%
% African American: 43.4%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Hope: PhotosData

Hope is a city in Hempstead County in southwestern Arkansas, United States. Hope is the county seat of Hempstead County and the principal city of the Hope Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Hempstead and Nevada counties. As of the 2010 census the population was 10,095, and in 2015 the population was estimated at 9,891.

Warren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,704

HHI: 3,580
% White: 39.8%
% African American: 39.7%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Warren: PhotosData

Warren is a city in and the county seat of Bradley County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,003.

Springdale, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 78,690

HHI: 3,758
% White: 48.7%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Springdale: PhotosData

Springdale is the fourth-largest city in Arkansas. It is located in both Washington and Benton counties in Northwest Arkansas. Located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains, Springdale has long been an important industrial city for the region. In addition to several trucking companies, the city is home to the world headquarters of Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producing company. Originally named Shiloh, the city changed its name to Springdale when applying for a post office in 1872. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 69,797 at the 2010 Census.

Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 198,135

HHI: 3,890
% White: 45.7%
% African American: 41.6%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Little Rock: PhotosData

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named "la petite roche" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bnard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 193,524 at the 2010 census. The six county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 75th in terms of population in the United States with 724,385 residents according to the 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Jacksonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,588

HHI: 3,979
% White: 49.9%
% African American: 37.6%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Jacksonville: PhotosData

Fort Smith, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 87,639

HHI: 4,132
% White: 60.2%
% African American: 9.8%
% Asian: 5.9%
More on Fort Smith: PhotosData

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 87,443 In 2012, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

North Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 66,282

HHI: 4,140
% White: 46.1%
% African American: 44.4%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on North Little Rock: PhotosData

North Little Rock is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in the central part of the state. The population was 62,304 at the 2010 census. North Little Rock, along with Little Rock and Conway, anchors the six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is further included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area with 902,443 residents.

Magnolia, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,573

HHI: 4,269
% White: 48.4%
% African American: 43.7%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Magnolia: PhotosData

Magnolia is a city in Columbia County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 11,577. The city is the county seat of Columbia County.

Siloam Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,567

HHI: 4,307
% White: 60.7%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 2.2%
More on Siloam Springs: PhotosData

Siloam Springs is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The city shares a border on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line with the city of West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, which is within the Cherokee Nation territory. The town was founded in 1882 and was characterized by the purported healing powers of the spring water feeding Sager Creek and trading with nearby Native American tribes. John Brown University was founded in 1919 as a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in the city. Today, Siloam Springs is known for its efforts to preserve and revitalize the city's historic downtown and as a promoter of the arts via Sager Creek Arts Center and the JBU art gallery. The community is located on the western edge of the growing Northwest Arkansas metropolitan area and has had a population increase of 47% to 15,039 between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

El Dorado, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,129

HHI: 4,330
% White: 44.6%
% African American: 48.1%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on El Dorado: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 64 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 3,470 (Hope) to 9,753 (Cherokee Village).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas

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

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

  1. Cherokee Village
  2. Mountain Home
  3. Walnut Ridge

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Hope, AR 9,847 3,470
2 Warren, AR 5,704 3,580
3 Springdale, AR 78,690 3,758
4 Little Rock, AR 198,135 3,890
5 Jacksonville, AR 28,588 3,979
6 Fort Smith, AR 87,639 4,132
7 North Little Rock, AR 66,282 4,140
8 Magnolia, AR 11,573 4,269
9 Siloam Springs, AR 16,567 4,307
10 El Dorado, AR 18,129 4,330
11 Osceola, AR 7,049 4,411
12 Crossett, AR 5,075 4,460
13 Marion, AR 12,447 4,486
14 Clarksville, AR 9,512 4,494
15 Texarkana, AR 30,104 4,575
16 Arkadelphia, AR 10,611 4,613
17 Monticello, AR 9,580 4,656
18 Rogers, AR 64,947 4,674
19 De Queen, AR 6,612 4,675
20 Camden, AR 11,152 4,682
21 West Memphis, AR 25,009 4,717
22 Blytheville, AR 14,298 4,841
23 Malvern, AR 10,853 4,877
24 Stuttgart, AR 8,866 4,924
25 Wynne, AR 8,017 4,991
26 Hot Springs, AR 36,969 5,094
27 Morrilton, AR 6,640 5,134
28 White Hall, AR 5,158 5,140
29 Jonesboro, AR 74,710 5,202
30 Lowell, AR 8,926 5,233
31 Bentonville, AR 46,857 5,276
32 Newport, AR 7,695 5,281
33 Sherwood, AR 30,812 5,374
34 Berryville, AR 5,421 5,539
35 Conway, AR 65,069 5,593
36 Forrest City, AR 14,475 5,703
37 Russellville, AR 29,244 5,704
38 Van Buren, AR 23,296 5,728
39 Maumelle, AR 18,053 5,864
40 Fayetteville, AR 83,736 5,996
41 Helena-West Helena, AR 10,965 6,173
42 Centerton, AR 13,252 6,180
43 Pine Bluff, AR 43,840 6,309
44 Batesville, AR 10,642 6,348
45 Searcy, AR 23,853 6,547
46 Bryant, AR 19,944 6,781
47 Benton, AR 34,873 6,816
48 Trumann, AR 7,089 7,223
49 Cabot, AR 26,176 7,627
50 Alma, AR 5,688 7,966
51 Pea Ridge, AR 5,485 8,213
52 Greenbrier, AR 5,370 8,222
53 Beebe, AR 8,055 8,317
54 Heber Springs, AR 7,047 8,373
55 Prairie Grove, AR 5,493 8,419
56 Farmington, AR 6,810 8,467
57 Pocahontas, AR 6,506 8,485
58 Paragould, AR 28,296 8,513
59 Mena, AR 5,597 8,602
60 Greenwood, AR 9,357 8,641
61 Harrison, AR 13,069 8,757
62 Walnut Ridge, AR 5,125 8,937
63 Mountain Home, AR 12,303 9,124
64 Cherokee Village, AR 5,067 9,753

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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.

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