These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Delaware


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

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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 Delaware 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 10 cities in Delaware from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Dover (Photos)
  2. Georg (Photos)
  3. Milford (Photos)
  4. Seaford (Photos)
  5. Wilmington (Photos)
  6. Middl (Photos)
  7. New Castle (Photos)
  8. Elsmere (Photos)
  9. Smyrna (Photos)
  10. Newark (Photos)

Dover took the number one over all spot for diversity in Delaware.

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Delaware

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 Delaware.

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 10 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 3560 (Dover) to 6050 (Newark).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Delaware 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. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,144
HHI: 3,560
% White: 43.02%
% African American: 39.93%
% Asian: 2.88%

2. Georg

Georg, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,775
HHI: 3,836
% White: 37.0%
% African American: 10.04%
% Asian: 0.4%

3. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,993
HHI: 3,969
% White: 54.86%
% African American: 28.52%
% Asian: 1.86%

4. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,290
HHI: 3,992
% White: 48.94%
% African American: 38.38%
% Asian: 0.37%

5. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,549
HHI: 4,005
% White: 28.61%
% African American: 54.84%
% Asian: 1.38%

6. Middl

Middl, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,744
HHI: 4,381
% White: 59.73%
% African American: 27.46%
% Asian: 3.54%

7. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,371
HHI: 4,440
% White: 61.65%
% African American: 20.26%
% Asian: 0.74%

8. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,154
HHI: 4,912
% White: 64.8%
% African American: 6.78%
% Asian: 0.28%

9. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,904
HHI: 5,188
% White: 66.38%
% African American: 27.8%
% Asian: 0.84%

10. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,740
HHI: 6,050
% White: 76.75%
% African American: 8.54%
% Asian: 6.86%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Delaware

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

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

  1. Newark
  2. Smyrna
  3. Elsmere

For more Delaware reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Delaware

City Rank HHI Population
Dover 1 3,560 37,144
Georg 2 3,836 6,775
Milford 3 3,969 9,993
Seaford 4 3,992 7,290
Wilmington 5 4,005 71,549
Middl 6 4,381 19,744
New Castle 7 4,440 5,371
Elsmere 8 4,912 6,154
Smyrna 9 5,188 10,904
Newark 10 6,050 32,740

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