These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado


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 75 cities in Colorado from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

You can also check out the whitest places in Colorado for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Colorado

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 2011-2015 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 75 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 3249 (Aurora) to 8851 (Estes Park).

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 Estes Park 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: 345,867
HHI: 3,249
% White: 46.33%
% African American: 15.29%
% Asian: 5.21%

2. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 649,654
HHI: 3,882
% White: 53.1%
% African American: 9.38%
% Asian: 3.46%

3. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,912
HHI: 4,063
% White: 46.19%
% African American: 4.65%
% Asian: 1.05%

4. Commerce City

Commerce City, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,346
HHI: 4,202
% White: 45.81%
% African American: 4.2%
% Asian: 1.65%

5. Fountain

Fountain, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,062
HHI: 4,248
% White: 61.8%
% African American: 11.46%
% Asian: 2.61%

6. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,037
HHI: 4,255
% White: 38.56%
% African American: 1.64%
% Asian: 4.34%

7. La Junta

La Junta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,018
HHI: 4,368
% White: 44.77%
% African American: 0.13%
% Asian: 1.23%

8. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,592
HHI: 4,411
% White: 45.43%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 1.15%

9. Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,377
HHI: 4,424
% White: 48.33%
% African American: 4.36%
% Asian: 0.87%

10. Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,470
HHI: 4,507
% White: 43.16%
% African American: 2.15%
% Asian: 0.81%

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. Estes Park
  2. Vail
  3. Woodland Park

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Colorado

City Rank HHI Population
Aurora 1 3,249 345,867
Denver 2 3,882 649,654
Sheridan 3 4,063 5,912
Commerce City 4 4,202 50,346
Fountain 5 4,248 27,062
Federal Heights 6 4,255 12,037
La Junta 7 4,368 7,018
Alamosa 8 4,411 9,592
Fort Morgan 9 4,424 11,377
Trinidad 10 4,507 8,470
Brighton 11 4,532 35,582
Pueblo 12 4,552 108,073
Thornton 13 4,554 127,688
Brush 14 4,632 5,488
Evans 15 4,646 20,308
Greeley 16 4,658 97,074
Lochbuie 17 4,749 5,222
Fort Lupton 18 4,771 7,669
Avon 19 4,793 6,414
Gypsum 20 4,795 6,685
Northglenn 21 4,924 37,754
Carbondale 22 4,927 6,516
Edgewater 23 4,991 5,237
Lamar 24 5,049 7,744
Cortez 25 5,129 8,571
Westminster 26 5,152 110,598
Colorado Springs 27 5,175 442,040
Longmont 28 5,209 89,814
Milliken 29 5,414 5,975
Lakewood 30 5,511 147,836
Glenwood Springs 31 5,710 9,756
Sterling 32 5,717 14,046
Wheat Ridge 33 5,782 30,863
Superior 34 5,786 12,815
Englewood 35 5,909 31,877
Rifle 36 5,924 9,451
Lafayette 37 5,937 26,430
Montrose 38 6,063 18,970
Lone Tree 39 6,150 12,462
Broomfield 40 6,293 60,699
Durango 41 6,474 17,486
Craig 42 6,549 8,983
Delta 43 6,557 8,779
Grand Junction 44 6,580 59,945
Firestone 45 6,615 11,255
Gunnison 46 6,687 5,955
Arvada 47 6,713 111,658
Fort Collins 48 6,746 153,292
Monument 49 6,792 6,252
Erie 50 6,816 19,948
Centennial 51 6,825 106,604
Salida 52 6,854 5,373
Boulder 53 6,899 103,919
Golden 54 6,915 19,780
Littleton 55 6,916 44,553
Wellington 56 6,930 6,934
Eagle 57 6,942 6,553
Greenwood Village 58 6,965 14,920
Parker 59 6,988 47,342
Fruita 60 7,014 12,750
John 61 7,058 12,818
Castle Rock 62 7,198 52,143
Frederick 63 7,272 10,186
Aspen 64 7,299 6,740
Loveland 65 7,328 71,755
Louisville 66 7,426 19,548
Windsor 67 7,550 20,455
Castle Pines 68 7,731 10,399
Manitou Springs 69 7,763 5,211
Cherry Hills Village 70 7,771 6,329
Steamboat Springs 71 7,900 12,148
Berthoud 72 8,584 5,497
Woodland Park 73 8,639 7,155
Vail 74 8,673 5,321
Estes Park 75 8,851 6,103

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