These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas


We used data and science to determine the 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 61 cities in Arkansas from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Hope (Photos)
  2. Warren (Photos)
  3. Springdale (Photos)
  4. Little Rock (Photos)
  5. Jacksonville (Photos)
  6. North Little Rock (Photos)
  7. Fort Smith (Photos)
  8. Osceola (Photos)
  9. Magnolia (Photos)
  10. El Dorado (Photos)

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas

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 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 61 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 3473 (Hope) to 9351 (Pocahontas).

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 Pocahontas was the least diverse city.

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.

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1. Hope

Hope, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,001
HHI: 3,473
% White: 31.67%
% African American: 43.78%
% Asian: 0.0%

2. Warren

Warren, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,852
HHI: 3,577
% White: 38.86%
% African American: 41.05%
% Asian: 0.0%

3. Springdale

Springdale, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,088
HHI: 3,875
% White: 50.06%
% African American: 2.18%
% Asian: 2.13%

4. Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 196,943
HHI: 3,963
% White: 47.06%
% African American: 41.16%
% Asian: 3.09%

5. Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,726
HHI: 4,089
% White: 53.46%
% African American: 34.12%
% Asian: 1.73%

6. North Little Rock

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,538
HHI: 4,171
% White: 48.27%
% African American: 42.34%
% Asian: 0.75%

7. Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,603
HHI: 4,298
% White: 62.09%
% African American: 8.77%
% Asian: 5.75%

8. Osceola

Osceola, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,424
HHI: 4,342
% White: 41.07%
% African American: 51.32%
% Asian: 1.01%

9. Magnolia

Magnolia, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,690
HHI: 4,435
% White: 51.97%
% African American: 41.51%
% Asian: 1.44%

10. El Dorado

El Dorado, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,480
HHI: 4,475
% White: 44.32%
% African American: 50.01%
% Asian: 0.61%

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. Pocahontas
  2. Heber Springs
  3. Mountain Home

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas

City Rank HHI Population
Hope 1 3,473 10,001
Warren 2 3,577 5,852
Springdale 3 3,875 75,088
Little Rock 4 3,963 196,943
Jacksonville 5 4,089 28,726
North Little Rock 6 4,171 65,538
Fort Smith 7 4,298 87,603
Osceola 8 4,342 7,424
Magnolia 9 4,435 11,690
El Dorado 10 4,475 18,480
De Queen 11 4,579 6,678
Camden 12 4,605 11,683
Crossett 13 4,643 5,333
Siloam Springs 14 4,659 15,832
Stuttgart 15 4,667 9,195
Monticello 16 4,704 9,793
Blytheville 17 4,764 15,090
Forrest City 18 4,785 14,999
Wynne 19 4,800 8,242
Texarkana 20 4,811 30,127
Marion 21 4,901 12,328
Rogers 22 4,911 60,384
Malvern 23 4,958 10,770
Arkadelphia 24 4,972 10,721
Berryville 25 5,024 5,339
Newport 26 5,033 7,782
Lowell 27 5,038 8,011
West Memphis 28 5,156 25,544
Hot Springs 29 5,193 35,539
Clarksville 30 5,210 9,338
Morrilton 31 5,356 6,746
Jonesboro 32 5,501 71,576
Maumelle 33 5,542 17,695
Sherwood 34 5,603 30,210
Bentonville 35 5,646 40,368
Conway 36 5,862 63,555
Van Buren 37 5,892 22,992
Russellville 38 5,945 28,738
Helena-West Helena 39 6,268 11,546
Pine Bluff 40 6,286 46,228
Fayetteville 41 6,327 79,037
Batesville 42 6,376 10,479
White Hall 43 6,677 5,319
Centerton 44 6,856 10,764
Benton 45 7,126 32,725
Bryant 46 7,259 19,162
Searcy 47 7,377 23,782
Trumann 48 7,461 7,179
Beebe 49 7,651 7,851
Farmington 50 7,833 6,336
Alma 51 7,969 5,537
Greenbrier 52 7,995 5,090
Cabot 53 8,234 25,102
Harrison 54 8,310 13,131
Paragould 55 8,781 27,228
Mena 56 8,797 5,692
Greenwood 57 8,811 9,283
Pea Ridge 58 8,874 5,046
Mountain Home 59 8,965 12,309
Heber Springs 60 9,125 7,187
Pocahontas 61 9,351 6,516

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