These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Connecticut


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

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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 Connecticut 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 21 cities in Connecticut from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. New Haven (Photos)
  2. Bridgeport (Photos)
  3. Waterbury (Photos)
  4. New London (Photos)
  5. Stamford (Photos)
  6. Hartford (Photos)
  7. West Haven (Photos)
  8. New Britain (Photos)
  9. Norwalk (Photos)
  10. Danbury (Photos)

New Haven took the number one over all spot for diversity in Connecticut.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Connecticut ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Connecticut

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 Connecticut.

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 21 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 2855 (New Haven) to 7984 (Shelton).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Connecticut 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. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,612
HHI: 2,855
% White: 31.29%
% African American: 32.48%
% Asian: 5.09%

2. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 147,340
HHI: 3,110
% White: 21.28%
% African American: 33.11%
% Asian: 3.39%

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,551
HHI: 3,246
% White: 40.58%
% African American: 18.56%
% Asian: 2.18%

4. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,423
HHI: 3,381
% White: 47.39%
% African American: 15.48%
% Asian: 3.14%

5. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 126,592
HHI: 3,437
% White: 50.02%
% African American: 13.78%
% Asian: 8.7%

6. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,795
HHI: 3,442
% White: 15.44%
% African American: 35.16%
% Asian: 2.61%

7. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,189
HHI: 3,585
% White: 52.38%
% African American: 19.92%
% Asian: 3.92%

8. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,988
HHI: 3,711
% White: 44.62%
% African American: 9.82%
% Asian: 2.89%

9. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,701
HHI: 3,842
% White: 54.95%
% African American: 14.4%
% Asian: 4.54%

10. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,476
HHI: 3,901
% White: 54.46%
% African American: 5.74%
% Asian: 5.97%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Connecticut

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

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

  1. Shelton
  2. Milford
  3. Torrington

For more Connecticut reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Connecticut

City Rank HHI Population
New Haven 1 2,855 130,612
Bridgeport 2 3,110 147,340
Waterbury 3 3,246 109,551
New London 4 3,381 27,423
Stamford 5 3,437 126,592
Hartford 6 3,442 124,795
West Haven 7 3,585 55,189
New Britain 8 3,711 72,988
Norwalk 9 3,842 87,701
Danbury 10 3,901 83,476
Norwich 11 3,958 40,254
Groton 12 4,267 9,305
Meriden 13 4,510 60,439
Derby 14 4,764 12,796
Ansonia 15 4,856 19,035
Middletown 16 5,172 47,218
Naugatuck 17 6,131 31,722
Bristol 18 6,578 60,554
Torrington 19 7,208 35,493
Milford 20 7,356 51,643
Shelton 21 7,984 40,783

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