These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In California For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in California.


Most Diverse Cities In California

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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 California 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 428 cities in California from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Vallejo (Photos)
  2. Suisun City (Photos)
  3. Oakland (Photos)
  4. Fairfield (Photos)
  5. Sacramento (Photos)
  6. Pinole (Photos)
  7. Elk Grove (Photos)
  8. Marina (Photos)
  9. Antioch (Photos)
  10. San Leandro (Photos)

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

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

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 428 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 2,213 (Vallejo) to 9,752 (Parlier).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Vallejo took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Parlier was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in California 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 California For 2019

Vallejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 120,599

HHI: 2,213
% White: 24.2%
% African American: 20.5%
% Asian: 23.1%
More on Vallejo: PhotosData

Vallejo oh; Spanish: ) is a waterfront city in Solano County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Vallejo is geographically the closest North Bay city to the inner East Bay, so it is sometimes mistakenly associated with that region. The population was 115,942 at the 2010 census. It is the tenth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the largest in Solano County. Vallejo sits on the northeastern shore of San Pablo Bay, 30 miles north of San Francisco, the northwestern shore of the Carquinez Strait and the southern end of the Napa River, 15 miles south of Napa. The city is named after General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a native Californio, leading proponent of California’s statehood, and one of the first members of the California State Senate; the neighboring city of Benicia is named for his wife, Francisca Benicia Carrillo de Vallejo.

Suisun City, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,280

HHI: 2,232
% White: 28.3%
% African American: 20.7%
% Asian: 19.4%
More on Suisun City: PhotosData

Suisun City is a city in Solano County, California, United States. The population was 28,111 at the 2010 census. The city takes its name from the adjacent Suisun Bay, which in turn is named for the Suisunes, an indigenous tribe of the area.

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 417,442

HHI: 2,306
% White: 27.3%
% African American: 23.6%
% Asian: 15.8%
More on Oakland: PhotosData

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 419,267 as of 2015, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. The city was incorporated in 1852.

Fairfield, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 112,790

HHI: 2,416
% White: 31.9%
% African American: 14.0%
% Asian: 16.9%
More on Fairfield: PhotosData

Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Solano County, California, in the North Bay sub-region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is generally considered the midpoint between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento, approximately 40 miles from the city center of both cities, approximately 40 miles from the city center of Oakland, less than 19 miles from Napa Valley, 16 miles from the Carquinez Bridge, and 14 miles from the Benicia Bridge. Fairfield was founded in 1856 by clippership captain Robert H. Waterman, and named after his former hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut.

Sacramento, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 489,650

HHI: 2,431
% White: 33.1%
% African American: 13.1%
% Asian: 18.4%
More on Sacramento: PhotosData

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. It is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s expansive Central Valley, known as the Sacramento Valley. Its estimated 2016 population of 493,025 makes it the sixth-largest city in California, the fastest-growing big city in the state, and the 35th largest city in the United States. Sacramento is the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which includes seven counties with a 2010 population of 2,414,783. Its metropolitan area is the fourth largest in California after the Greater Los Angeles area, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Diego metropolitan area, and is the 27th largest in the United States. In 2002, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University conducted for Time magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City”.

Pinole, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,191

HHI: 2,476
% White: 33.3%
% African American: 9.5%
% Asian: 24.6%
More on Pinole: PhotosData

Pinole is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 18,390 at the 2010 census.

Elk Grove, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 166,228

HHI: 2,494
% White: 34.8%
% African American: 10.5%
% Asian: 28.1%
More on Elk Grove: PhotosData

Elk Grove is a city in Sacramento County, California, located just south of the state capital of Sacramento. It is part of the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2015, the population of the city was estimated at 167,965. The second-largest city in Sacramento County, Elk Grove was the fastest growing city in the U.S. between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005.

Marina, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,227

HHI: 2,499
% White: 35.8%
% African American: 7.2%
% Asian: 17.8%
More on Marina: PhotosData

Marina is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2013 population at 20,370. Marina is located along the central coast of California, 8 miles west of Salinas, and 8 miles north of Monterey. Marina is also connected to Monterey, California by California State Route 1, which also connects it with Santa Cruz, California, after driving for about 35 miles. Marina is at an elevation of 43 feet. Marina was incorporated in 1975 and is the newest city on the Monterey Peninsula. The city includes part of the California State University, Monterey Bay campus, the UCMBEST branch research center of UC Santa Cruz, and the Veterans Transition Center. In 2012, Marina was named one of the 100 Best Community for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance. The Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital, built in 1941 to provide healthcare for U.S. Army horses and mules, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. This is the first such official recognition on old Fort Ord.

Antioch, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 110,026

HHI: 2,524
% White: 29.7%
% African American: 19.7%
% Asian: 10.7%
More on Antioch: PhotosData

Antioch is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area along the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, it is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland. The city’s population was 102,372 at the 2010 census and estimated to be 110,542 in 2015.

San Leandro, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 89,910

HHI: 2,539
% White: 23.4%
% African American: 11.1%
% Asian: 33.1%
More on San Leandro: PhotosData

San Leandro is a suburban city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, between Oakland to the northwest and Hayward to the southeast.

There You Have It – Diversity Across California

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in California:

  1. Parlier
  2. Mendota
  3. Huron

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In California For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Vallejo, CA 120,599 2,213
2 Suisun City, CA 29,280 2,232
3 Oakland, CA 417,442 2,306
4 Fairfield, CA 112,790 2,416
5 Sacramento, CA 489,650 2,431
6 Pinole, CA 19,191 2,476
7 Elk Grove, CA 166,228 2,494
8 Marina, CA 21,227 2,499
9 Antioch, CA 110,026 2,524
10 San Leandro, CA 89,910 2,539
11 Loma Linda, CA 23,961 2,590
12 Pittsburg, CA 69,449 2,599
13 American Canyon, CA 20,341 2,601
14 Signal Hill, CA 11,508 2,646
15 Gardena, CA 60,096 2,680
16 Hayward, CA 156,917 2,711
17 Carson, CA 92,927 2,719
18 Richmond, CA 108,853 2,726
19 Newark, CA 45,554 2,757
20 Lakewood, CA 81,106 2,811
21 Stockton, CA 304,358 2,813
22 San Bruno, CA 43,105 2,844
23 Eastvale, CA 59,733 2,849
24 Chino Hills, CA 78,025 2,875
25 Pasadena, CA 141,231 2,877
26 Lathrop, CA 21,050 2,918
27 Long Beach, CA 470,489 2,929
28 Seaside, CA 34,259 2,948
29 San Jose, CA 1,023,031 2,955
30 California City, CA 13,495 2,960
31 Tracy, CA 87,613 2,960
32 Emeryville, CA 11,524 2,975
33 Alameda, CA 78,246 3,015
34 Fullerton, CA 139,976 3,023
35 Lancaster, CA 160,113 3,025
36 South Pasadena, CA 25,974 3,038
37 Cypress, CA 49,108 3,038
38 San Mateo, CA 103,500 3,041
39 Hercules, CA 25,260 3,045
40 Artesia, CA 16,853 3,049
41 Buena Park, CA 83,020 3,054
42 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 174,573 3,067
43 South San Francisco, CA 67,120 3,076
44 San Diego, CA 1,390,966 3,079
45 San Francisco, CA 864,263 3,089
46 Torrance, CA 147,190 3,099
47 Culver City, CA 39,432 3,106
48 Tustin, CA 80,007 3,107
49 Barstow, CA 23,609 3,143
50 Santa Clara, CA 124,635 3,144
51 Albany, CA 19,682 3,156
52 La Palma, CA 15,814 3,160
53 Yuba City, CA 66,229 3,166
54 Lomita, CA 20,707 3,170
55 Rancho Cordova, CA 70,785 3,185
56 Lemon Grove, CA 26,645 3,202
57 Oakley, CA 39,950 3,206
58 La Mirada, CA 49,162 3,218
59 Los Alamitos, CA 11,639 3,224
60 Monrovia, CA 37,138 3,233
61 El Cerrito, CA 24,982 3,245
62 Brea, CA 41,921 3,298
63 Mountain View, CA 80,076 3,299
64 Duarte, CA 21,832 3,315
65 Dublin, CA 57,022 3,319
66 Garden Grove, CA 174,812 3,348
67 Sunnyvale, CA 151,565 3,369
68 Banning, CA 30,824 3,385
69 West Sacramento, CA 52,206 3,387
70 Los Angeles, CA 3,949,776 3,389
71 Fresno, CA 519,037 3,391
72 Corona, CA 163,585 3,407
73 Placentia, CA 52,294 3,418
74 Redwood City, CA 84,368 3,429
75 Claremont, CA 35,949 3,435
76 Murrieta, CA 110,043 3,442
77 Westminster, CA 91,785 3,445
78 Lemoore, CA 25,525 3,479
79 San Dimas, CA 34,334 3,483
80 Manteca, CA 75,314 3,490
81 Susanville, CA 15,286 3,512
82 Beaumont, CA 43,641 3,523
83 Union City, CA 74,354 3,525
84 Santa Clarita, CA 209,489 3,525
85 Fountain Valley, CA 56,640 3,528
86 Vacaville, CA 96,918 3,530
87 Upland, CA 76,155 3,531
88 Pacifica, CA 39,141 3,545
89 Concord, CA 128,160 3,552
90 Chino, CA 85,609 3,559
91 Highland, CA 54,704 3,564
92 Campbell, CA 41,164 3,572
93 Brentwood, CA 58,828 3,579
94 Stanton, CA 38,648 3,582
95 Redlands, CA 70,765 3,586
96 Berkeley, CA 120,179 3,588
97 Irvine, CA 256,877 3,591
98 San Ramon, CA 75,048 3,612
99 San Marcos, CA 93,493 3,628
100 Millbrae, CA 22,738 3,636

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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