These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Delaware For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Delaware.


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Delaware for 2019:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Delaware? According to the most Census data, 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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Delaware for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 3,538 (Dover) to 5,400 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Delaware For 2019

Dover, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,109

HHI: 3,538
% White: 42.1%
% African American: 40.8%
% Asian: 2.9%
More on Dover: PhotosData

Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,002

HHI: 3,639
% White: 48.5%
% African American: 15.3%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Georg: Data

Seaford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,447

HHI: 3,886
% White: 51.8%
% African American: 32.6%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Seaford: PhotosData

Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,364

HHI: 4,128
% White: 57.4%
% African American: 23.7%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on New Castle: PhotosData

New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.

Wilmington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 71,276

HHI: 4,194
% White: 28.3%
% African American: 57.2%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Wilmington: PhotosData

Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

Milford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,645

HHI: 4,216
% White: 59.8%
% African American: 21.1%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Milford: PhotosData

Milford is a city in Kent and Sussex counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,559.

Middl, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,754

HHI: 4,301
% White: 58.7%
% African American: 27.8%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Middl: PhotosData

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,276

HHI: 4,580
% White: 61.7%
% African American: 26.3%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Smyrna: PhotosData

Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

Elsmere, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,097

HHI: 5,061
% White: 67.1%
% African American: 10.2%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Elsmere: PhotosData

Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington’s western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131.

Newark, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 33,243

HHI: 5,400
% White: 72.0%
% African American: 9.3%
% Asian: 9.0%
More on Newark: PhotosData

Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.

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. Elsmere
  3. Smyrna

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Delaware For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Dover, DE 37,109 3,538
2 Georg, DE 7,002 3,639
3 Seaford, DE 7,447 3,886
4 New Castle, DE 5,364 4,128
5 Wilmington, DE 71,276 4,194
6 Milford, DE 10,645 4,216
7 Middl, DE 20,754 4,301
8 Smyrna, DE 11,276 4,580
9 Elsmere, DE 6,097 5,061
10 Newark, DE 33,243 5,400

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