These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 76 cities in Colorado from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

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 best places to live in Colorado or the worst places to live in Colorado.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Colorado For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 76 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 3221 (Aurora) to 8897 (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.

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1. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 351,131
HHI: 3,221
% White: 46.14%
% African American: 15.4%
% Asian: 5.39%

2. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 663,303
HHI: 3,899
% White: 53.36%
% African American: 9.4%
% Asian: 3.4%

3. Fountain

Fountain, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,817
HHI: 4,050
% White: 59.27%
% African American: 10.81%
% Asian: 2.97%

4. Commerce City

Commerce City, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,731
HHI: 4,241
% White: 46.28%
% African American: 3.09%
% Asian: 1.75%

5. Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,346
HHI: 4,274
% White: 48.03%
% African American: 6.03%
% Asian: 0.96%

6. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,965
HHI: 4,351
% White: 51.3%
% African American: 1.78%
% Asian: 1.19%

7. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,671
HHI: 4,376
% White: 44.82%
% African American: 2.49%
% Asian: 1.23%

8. La Junta

La Junta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,978
HHI: 4,402
% White: 49.2%
% African American: 0.32%
% Asian: 2.08%

9. Thornton

Thornton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,511
HHI: 4,480
% White: 58.23%
% African American: 1.42%
% Asian: 5.2%

10. Brighton

Brighton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,307
HHI: 4,496
% White: 54.32%
% African American: 2.12%
% Asian: 1.92%

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. Woodland Park
  3. Estes Park

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Colorado

City Rank HHI Population
Aurora 1 3,221 351,131
Denver 2 3,899 663,303
Fountain 3 4,050 27,817
Commerce City 4 4,241 51,731
Fort Morgan 5 4,274 11,346
Sheridan 6 4,351 5,965
Alamosa 7 4,376 9,671
La Junta 8 4,402 6,978
Thornton 9 4,480 130,511
Brighton 10 4,496 36,307
Pueblo 11 4,536 108,385
Trinidad 12 4,546 8,280
Federal Heights 13 4,561 12,173
Avon 14 4,583 6,444
Lochbuie 15 4,587 5,367
Evans 16 4,587 20,767
Greeley 17 4,601 98,975
Edgewater 18 4,669 5,278
Carbondale 19 4,775 6,571
Brush 20 4,777 5,458
Fort Lupton 21 4,781 7,814
Cortez 22 4,905 8,683
Northglenn 23 4,910 38,128
Lamar 24 5,006 7,662
Gypsum 25 5,017 6,729
Colorado Springs 26 5,132 448,759
Westminster 27 5,182 111,770
Longmont 28 5,287 90,719
Superior 29 5,372 12,928
Lakewood 30 5,456 149,793
Glenwood Springs 31 5,537 9,806
Milliken 32 5,661 6,157
Sterling 33 5,698 13,976
Wheat Ridge 34 5,938 31,044
Montrose 35 5,938 19,016
Rifle 36 5,939 9,488
Lafayette 37 6,081 27,053
Lone Tree 38 6,140 12,808
Englewood 39 6,144 32,523
Broomfield 40 6,285 62,449
Delta 41 6,344 8,813
Monument 42 6,357 6,346
Craig 43 6,424 8,913
Grand Junction 44 6,474 60,630
Durango 45 6,503 17,817
Fort Collins 46 6,676 157,251
Eagle 47 6,691 6,603
Gunnison 48 6,699 6,086
Firestone 49 6,719 11,709
Greenwood Village 50 6,720 15,208
Centennial 51 6,744 107,862
Arvada 52 6,744 113,532
Boulder 53 6,755 105,420
John 54 6,766 14,379
Fruita 55 6,803 12,790
Littleton 56 6,845 45,072
Wellington 57 6,918 7,409
Parker 58 6,977 48,442
Frederick 59 6,992 10,791
Golden 60 7,102 20,268
Erie 61 7,169 20,801
Castle Rock 62 7,176 53,789
Loveland 63 7,271 73,360
Salida 64 7,285 5,430
Aspen 65 7,330 6,788
Louisville 66 7,468 19,972
Manitou Springs 67 7,652 5,217
Cañon City 68 7,679 16,445
Castle Pines 69 7,717 10,389
Steamboat Springs 70 7,795 12,336
Windsor 71 7,916 21,154
Cherry Hills Village 72 8,037 6,414
Vail 73 8,059 5,363
Estes Park 74 8,668 6,230
Woodland Park 75 8,848 7,180
Berthoud 76 8,897 5,766

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