These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Connecticut For 2018


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. Hartford (Photos)
  5. Stamford (Photos)
  6. New London (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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in Connecticut or the worst places to live in Connecticut.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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 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 2876 (New Haven) to 7848 (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: 130,405
HHI: 2,876
% White: 30.8%
% African American: 32.95%
% Asian: 4.63%

2. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 147,022
HHI: 3,114
% White: 21.73%
% African American: 33.0%
% Asian: 3.1%

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,211
HHI: 3,242
% White: 39.42%
% African American: 18.2%
% Asian: 2.29%

4. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,320
HHI: 3,415
% White: 15.46%
% African American: 35.04%
% Asian: 2.77%

5. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,410
HHI: 3,432
% White: 49.65%
% African American: 13.99%
% Asian: 8.04%

6. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,218
HHI: 3,485
% White: 47.27%
% African American: 13.84%
% Asian: 1.94%

7. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,972
HHI: 3,561
% White: 52.51%
% African American: 19.42%
% Asian: 4.03%

8. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,876
HHI: 3,689
% White: 43.72%
% African American: 10.26%
% Asian: 2.94%

9. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,930
HHI: 3,698
% White: 53.15%
% African American: 14.6%
% Asian: 5.34%

10. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,890
HHI: 3,851
% White: 53.92%
% African American: 5.78%
% Asian: 6.05%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Connecticut

City Rank HHI Population
New Haven 1 2,876 130,405
Bridgeport 2 3,114 147,022
Waterbury 3 3,242 109,211
Hartford 4 3,415 124,320
Stamford 5 3,432 127,410
New London 6 3,485 27,218
West Haven 7 3,561 54,972
New Britain 8 3,689 72,876
Norwalk 9 3,698 87,930
Danbury 10 3,851 83,890
Norwich 11 4,171 40,057
Groton 12 4,453 9,240
Ansonia 13 4,488 18,950
Derby 14 4,605 12,755
Meriden 15 4,681 60,203
Middletown 16 5,138 46,933
Naugatuck 17 6,060 31,625
Bristol 18 6,348 60,437
Torrington 19 6,824 35,227
Milford 20 7,209 52,005
Shelton 21 7,848 40,979

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