These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 63 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 63 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 3,447 (Hope) to 9,121 (Mountain Home).

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 Mountain Home 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Arkansas For 2019

Hope, AR

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 9,923

HHI: 3,447
% White: 34.9%
% African American: 42.5%
% 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

4
/10

Population: 5,715

HHI: 3,559
% White: 38.1%
% African American: 40.9%
% 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

6
/10

Population: 77,252

HHI: 3,798
% White: 49.1%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 2.3%
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: 197,780

HHI: 3,911
% White: 46.2%
% African American: 41.4%
% Asian: 3.0%
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: 28,637

HHI: 3,934
% White: 49.8%
% African American: 37.0%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Jacksonville: PhotosData

Crossett, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,142

HHI: 4,073
% White: 45.2%
% African American: 43.7%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Crossett: PhotosData

North Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 66,144

HHI: 4,101
% White: 46.3%
% African American: 43.8%
% 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.

Fort Smith, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 87,537

HHI: 4,151
% White: 60.4%
% African American: 9.6%
% 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.

Magnolia, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,570

HHI: 4,286
% White: 50.1%
% African American: 42.0%
% 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.

El Dorado, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,201

HHI: 4,373
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 49.5%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on El Dorado: PhotosData

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. Mountain Home
  2. Greenwood
  3. Prairie Grove

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Hope, AR 9,923 3,447
2 Warren, AR 5,715 3,559
3 Springdale, AR 77,252 3,798
4 Little Rock, AR 197,780 3,911
5 Jacksonville, AR 28,637 3,934
6 Crossett, AR 5,142 4,073
7 North Little Rock, AR 66,144 4,101
8 Fort Smith, AR 87,537 4,151
9 Magnolia, AR 11,570 4,286
10 El Dorado, AR 18,201 4,373
11 Osceola, AR 7,160 4,442
12 De Queen, AR 6,623 4,495
13 Siloam Springs, AR 16,311 4,513
14 Marion, AR 12,467 4,532
15 Camden, AR 11,289 4,597
16 Texarkana, AR 30,120 4,607
17 Malvern, AR 10,830 4,608
18 Arkadelphia, AR 10,664 4,677
19 Rogers, AR 63,411 4,709
20 Monticello, AR 9,660 4,728
21 Stuttgart, AR 8,979 4,831
22 West Memphis, AR 25,152 4,846
23 Blytheville, AR 14,588 4,869
24 Clarksville, AR 9,448 4,886
25 Wynne, AR 8,095 4,987
26 Newport, AR 7,770 5,208
27 Morrilton, AR 6,663 5,236
28 Hot Springs, AR 36,780 5,245
29 Jonesboro, AR 73,581 5,267
30 Sherwood, AR 30,590 5,289
31 Lowell, AR 8,622 5,328
32 Forrest City, AR 14,691 5,520
33 Bentonville, AR 44,601 5,543
34 Van Buren, AR 23,135 5,671
35 Conway, AR 64,481 5,683
36 Berryville, AR 5,389 5,707
37 Russellville, AR 29,147 5,782
38 Maumelle, AR 17,967 6,117
39 Fayetteville, AR 81,889 6,138
40 Helena-West Helena, AR 11,210 6,164
41 White Hall, AR 5,213 6,209
42 Batesville, AR 10,568 6,288
43 Centerton, AR 12,178 6,319
44 Pine Bluff, AR 44,509 6,404
45 Searcy, AR 23,819 6,596
46 Benton, AR 34,034 6,800
47 Bryant, AR 19,607 6,885
48 Trumann, AR 7,103 7,173
49 Cabot, AR 25,732 7,944
50 Alma, AR 5,616 8,014
51 Beebe, AR 7,992 8,035
52 Farmington, AR 6,598 8,305
53 Harrison, AR 13,058 8,495
54 Heber Springs, AR 7,079 8,500
55 Mena, AR 5,612 8,554
56 Paragould, AR 27,815 8,640
57 Greenbrier, AR 5,271 8,703
58 Pea Ridge, AR 5,296 8,717
59 Pocahontas, AR 6,459 8,842
60 Walnut Ridge, AR 5,146 8,875
61 Prairie Grove, AR 5,187 8,898
62 Greenwood, AR 9,311 9,048
63 Mountain Home, AR 12,253 9,121

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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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