These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 77 cities in Colorado from most to least diverse.

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

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

How we determined the most diverse cities in Colorado 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 Colorado.

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 77 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 3,178 (Aurora) to 8,869 (Berthoud).

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 Berthoud was the least diverse city.

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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Colorado For 2019

Aurora, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 357,323

HHI: 3,178
% White: 45.6%
% African American: 15.3%
% Asian: 5.9%
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: 28,799

HHI: 3,898
% White: 57.8%
% African American: 8.8%
% Asian: 3.9%
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: 678,467

HHI: 3,907
% White: 53.6%
% African American: 9.2%
% Asian: 3.5%
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.

Commerce City, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 52,905

HHI: 4,168
% White: 44.6%
% African American: 3.9%
% Asian: 1.8%
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.

Glendale, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,027

HHI: 4,199
% White: 60.1%
% African American: 7.5%
% Asian: 5.9%
More on Glendale: PhotosData

Fort Morgan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,251

HHI: 4,241
% White: 44.8%
% African American: 6.0%
% Asian: 1.0%
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.

La Junta, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,900

HHI: 4,308
% White: 46.2%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 2.2%
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

6
/10

Population: 9,675

HHI: 4,380
% White: 41.7%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 1.4%
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.

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,018

HHI: 4,434
% White: 50.9%
% African American: 2.7%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Sheridan: PhotosData

Avon, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,503

HHI: 4,435
% White: 41.5%
% African American: 3.2%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Avon: PhotosData

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. Berthoud
  2. Cherry Hills Village
  3. Estes Park

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Colorado For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Aurora, CO 357,323 3,178
2 Fountain, CO 28,799 3,898
3 Denver, CO 678,467 3,907
4 Commerce City, CO 52,905 4,168
5 Glendale, CO 5,027 4,199
6 Fort Morgan, CO 11,251 4,241
7 La Junta, CO 6,900 4,308
8 Alamosa, CO 9,675 4,380
9 Sheridan, CO 6,018 4,434
10 Avon, CO 6,503 4,435
11 Brighton, CO 38,016 4,441
12 Thornton, CO 132,310 4,461
13 Evans, CO 19,967 4,475
14 Trinidad, CO 8,054 4,525
15 Pueblo, CO 109,122 4,543
16 Greeley, CO 100,760 4,585
17 Edgewater, CO 5,299 4,612
18 Lochbuie, CO 5,675 4,628
19 Northglenn, CO 38,473 4,727
20 Federal Heights, CO 12,449 4,749
21 Fort Lupton, CO 7,829 4,773
22 Lamar, CO 7,627 4,832
23 Cortez, CO 8,579 4,879
24 Carbondale, CO 6,632 4,881
25 Brush, CO 5,406 5,022
26 Westminster, CO 111,895 5,042
27 Colorado Springs, CO 450,000 5,094
28 Longmont, CO 91,730 5,257
29 Gypsum, CO 6,926 5,291
30 Lakewood, CO 151,411 5,436
31 Rifle, CO 9,526 5,568
32 Glenwood Springs, CO 9,850 5,570
33 Superior, CO 12,879 5,593
34 Sterling, CO 13,961 5,703
35 Montrose, CO 18,918 5,884
36 Delta, CO 8,739 5,936
37 Wheat Ridge, CO 31,162 5,991
38 Monument, CO 6,760 6,023
39 Lafayette, CO 27,440 6,059
40 Lone Tree, CO 13,430 6,143
41 Salida, CO 5,565 6,164
42 Englewood, CO 33,155 6,191
43 Broomfield, CO 64,283 6,216
44 Firestone, CO 12,282 6,248
45 Craig, CO 8,903 6,397
46 Grand Junction, CO 60,882 6,428
47 Milliken, CO 6,362 6,454
48 Frederick, CO 11,397 6,488
49 Greenwood Village, CO 15,397 6,527
50 Durango, CO 17,986 6,548
51 Fort Collins, CO 159,150 6,655
52 Centennial, CO 108,448 6,661
53 Littleton, CO 45,848 6,670
54 John, CO 14,386 6,672
55 Boulder, CO 106,271 6,681
56 Arvada, CO 115,320 6,684
57 Fruita, CO 13,039 6,746
58 Gunnison, CO 6,250 6,787
59 Parker, CO 51,125 6,818
60 Wellington, CO 7,941 6,857
61 Erie, CO 22,019 6,909
62 Castle Rock, CO 57,274 7,197
63 Loveland, CO 74,125 7,280
64 Golden, CO 20,365 7,368
65 Eagle, CO 6,711 7,385
66 Aspen, CO 7,097 7,393
67 Castle Pines, CO 10,623 7,520
68 Louisville, CO 20,319 7,535
69 Cañon City, CO 16,298 7,550
70 Windsor, CO 23,386 7,705
71 Steamboat Springs, CO 12,520 7,793
72 Vail, CO 5,425 7,889
73 Manitou Springs, CO 5,263 8,175
74 Woodland Park, CO 7,287 8,315
75 Estes Park, CO 6,248 8,396
76 Cherry Hills Village, CO 6,542 8,519
77 Berthoud, CO 6,018 8,869

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.

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