Most Diverse Cities In Colorado For 2020


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Colorado

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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 Colorado 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 78 cities in Colorado from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Colorado for 2020:

  1. Aurora (Photos)
  2. Fountain (Photos)
  3. Denver (Photos)
  4. Avon (Photos)
  5. Fort Morgan (Photos)
  6. Commerce City (Photos)
  7. La Junta (Photos)
  8. Alamosa (Photos)
  9. Glendale (Photos)
  10. Evans (Photos)

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

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

Aurora, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 363,550

HHI: 3,122
% White: 45.0%
% African American: 15.4%
% Asian: 6.3%
More on Aurora: PhotosData

Aurora is a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado, spanning Arapahoe and Adams counties, with the extreme southeastern portion of the city extending into Douglas County. Aurora is one of the principal cities of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city's population was 325,078 in the 2010 census, which made it the third most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 54th most populous city in the United States.

Fountain, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,339

HHI: 3,644
% White: 53.8%
% African American: 9.8%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Fountain: PhotosData

The City of Fountain is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 25,846.

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 693,417

HHI: 3,906
% White: 53.7%
% African American: 9.0%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Denver: PhotosData

Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12mi east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

Avon, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,529

HHI: 3,946
% White: 45.7%
% African American: 5.7%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Avon: PhotosData

Fort Morgan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,309

HHI: 4,155
% White: 42.0%
% African American: 6.7%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Fort Morgan: PhotosData

Fort Morgan is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Morgan County, Colorado, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 10,844 in 2005.

Commerce City, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 54,795

HHI: 4,179
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 4.0%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Commerce City: PhotosData

The City of Commerce City is a Home Rule Municipality located in Adams County, Colorado, United States. Commerce City is a northern suburb of Denver and as of 2013 is the 18th most populous municipality in Colorado. The city population was 45,913 at the 2010 United States Census, a population increase of 118.7% in the ten years since the 2000 census.

La Junta, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,914

HHI: 4,316
% White: 46.7%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on La Junta: PhotosData

La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 7,077 at the 2010 United States Census. La Junta is located on the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado east of Pueblo.

Alamosa, CO

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,780

HHI: 4,321
% White: 41.4%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Alamosa: PhotosData

Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,780 at the 2010 United States Census. The city is the commercial center of the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado, and is the home of Adams State University.

Glendale, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,170

HHI: 4,341
% White: 62.0%
% African American: 7.6%
% Asian: 5.7%
More on Glendale: PhotosData

Evans, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,393

HHI: 4,341
% White: 48.8%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Evans: PhotosData

The City of Evans is a Home Rule Municipality located in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,514 at the 2000 census, and estimated at 18,842 as of July 1, 2008, by the Census Bureau.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Colorado 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 Colorado.

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 78 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 3,122 (Aurora) to 8,790 (Cherry Hills Village).

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

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

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

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

  1. Cherry Hills Village
  2. Woodland Park
  3. Berthoud

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Colorado For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Aurora, CO 363,550 3,122
2 Fountain, CO 29,339 3,644
3 Denver, CO 693,417 3,906
4 Avon, CO 6,529 3,946
5 Fort Morgan, CO 11,309 4,155
6 Commerce City, CO 54,795 4,179
7 La Junta, CO 6,914 4,316
8 Alamosa, CO 9,780 4,321
9 Glendale, CO 5,170 4,341
10 Evans, CO 20,393 4,341
11 Brighton, CO 39,054 4,422
12 Trinidad, CO 8,043 4,441
13 Thornton, CO 134,588 4,448
14 Pueblo, CO 109,985 4,516
15 Greeley, CO 103,773 4,592
16 Lochbuie, CO 6,036 4,596
17 Edgewater, CO 5,334 4,599
18 Northglenn, CO 38,918 4,685
19 Fort Lupton, CO 8,022 4,742
20 Federal Heights, CO 12,645 4,766
21 Carbondale, CO 6,712 4,803
22 Lamar, CO 7,606 4,845
23 Cortez, CO 8,637 4,852
24 Sheridan, CO 6,056 4,921
25 Gypsum, CO 7,079 5,032
26 Westminster, CO 112,747 5,046
27 Colorado Springs, CO 457,502 5,089
28 Longmont, CO 93,244 5,285
29 Lakewood, CO 153,522 5,367
30 Dacono, CO 5,243 5,385
31 Rifle, CO 9,600 5,411
32 Brush, CO 5,386 5,447
33 Glenwood Springs, CO 9,894 5,467
34 Superior, CO 13,014 5,536
35 Sterling, CO 13,775 5,723
36 Delta, CO 8,768 5,769
37 Lone Tree, CO 14,209 5,802
38 Milliken, CO 6,773 5,851
39 Firestone, CO 13,109 5,884
40 Wheat Ridge, CO 31,323 6,036
41 Salida, CO 5,642 6,045
42 Montrose, CO 19,096 6,056
43 Broomfield, CO 66,120 6,146
44 Englewood, CO 33,820 6,202
45 Monument, CO 7,065 6,227
46 Lafayette, CO 28,002 6,259
47 Eaton, CO 5,148 6,283
48 John, CO 14,278 6,352
49 Craig, CO 8,888 6,356
50 Frederick, CO 12,138 6,443
51 Parker, CO 52,563 6,478
52 Boulder, CO 107,360 6,508
53 Centennial, CO 109,505 6,515
54 Grand Junction, CO 61,479 6,516
55 Littleton, CO 47,035 6,541
56 Fort Collins, CO 162,511 6,558
57 Fruita, CO 13,145 6,559
58 Arvada, CO 117,251 6,590
59 Greenwood Village, CO 15,677 6,621
60 Wellington, CO 8,571 6,683
61 Durango, CO 18,321 6,691
62 Erie, CO 22,965 6,935
63 Eagle, CO 6,816 6,937
64 Castle Rock, CO 59,680 7,160
65 Aspen, CO 7,234 7,227
66 Gunnison, CO 6,322 7,239
67 Loveland, CO 75,395 7,324
68 Golden, CO 20,798 7,343
69 Louisville, CO 20,705 7,445
70 Windsor, CO 25,232 7,573
71 Castle Pines, CO 10,573 7,672
72 Estes Park, CO 6,297 7,697
73 Steamboat Springs, CO 12,777 7,802
74 Vail, CO 5,469 8,185
75 Manitou Springs, CO 5,280 8,359
76 Berthoud, CO 6,518 8,376
77 Woodland Park, CO 7,421 8,680
78 Cherry Hills Village, CO 6,600 8,790

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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.

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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