These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Georgia


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

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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 Georgia 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 126 cities in Georgia from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Lilburn (Photos)
  2. Morrow (Photos)
  3. Forest Park (Photos)
  4. Duluth (Photos)
  5. Lawrenceville (Photos)
  6. Chamblee (Photos)
  7. Norcross (Photos)
  8. Hapeville (Photos)
  9. Smyrna (Photos)
  10. Grovetown (Photos)

Lilburn took the number one over all spot for diversity in Georgia.

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Georgia

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 Georgia.

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 126 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 2532 (Lilburn) to 7892 (LaFayette).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Georgia 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. Lilburn

Lilburn, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,372
HHI: 2,532
% White: 35.05%
% African American: 16.56%
% Asian: 21.69%

2. Morrow

Morrow, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,982
HHI: 2,709
% White: 23.13%
% African American: 35.06%
% Asian: 29.66%

3. Forest Park

Forest Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,953
HHI: 2,884
% White: 18.12%
% African American: 36.94%
% Asian: 10.01%

4. Duluth

Duluth, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,294
HHI: 2,938
% White: 42.32%
% African American: 22.08%
% Asian: 23.66%

5. Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,738
HHI: 3,079
% White: 37.69%
% African American: 34.79%
% Asian: 3.47%

6. Chamblee

Chamblee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,654
HHI: 3,080
% White: 35.8%
% African American: 13.69%
% Asian: 7.53%

7. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,103
HHI: 3,229
% White: 19.56%
% African American: 18.42%
% Asian: 11.51%

8. Hapeville

Hapeville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,649
HHI: 3,237
% White: 31.06%
% African American: 40.97%
% Asian: 0.96%

9. Smyrna

Smyrna, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,829
HHI: 3,280
% White: 45.14%
% African American: 31.39%
% Asian: 7.3%

10. Grovetown

Grovetown, Georgia

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,521
HHI: 3,339
% White: 43.97%
% African American: 33.54%
% Asian: 1.07%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Georgia

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

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

  1. LaFayette
  2. Fort Oglethorpe
  3. Bremen

For more Georgia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Georgia

City Rank HHI Population
Lilburn 1 2,532 12,372
Morrow 2 2,709 6,982
Forest Park 3 2,884 18,953
Duluth 4 2,938 28,294
Lawrenceville 5 3,079 29,738
Chamblee 6 3,080 27,654
Norcross 7 3,229 16,103
Hapeville 8 3,237 6,649
Smyrna 9 3,280 53,829
Grovetown 10 3,339 12,521
Hinesville 11 3,347 34,287
Folkston 12 3,359 5,313
Gainesville 13 3,389 37,115
Cedartown 14 3,392 9,781
Garden City 15 3,404 8,966
Doraville 16 3,459 10,650
Marietta 17 3,480 58,906
Peachtree Corners 18 3,515 39,910
Dallas 19 3,563 12,363
Cairo 20 3,603 9,759
Snellville 21 3,643 19,199
Stockbridge 22 3,661 27,328
Rome 23 3,770 36,278
Port Wentworth 24 3,772 6,619
Buford 25 3,806 13,244
Kennesaw 26 3,813 32,186
Columbus 27 3,818 200,285
Moultrie 28 3,828 14,474
Acworth 29 3,855 21,512
Warner Robins 30 3,859 72,520
Newnan 31 3,861 35,224
Suwanee 32 3,862 17,291
Tifton 33 3,868 16,656
Johns Creek 34 3,895 82,203
Carrollton 35 3,900 25,515
Eastman 36 3,913 5,375
Hampton 37 3,934 7,188
Powder Springs 38 3,960 14,462
Villa Rica 39 3,965 14,435
Sandy Springs 40 3,992 100,691
Dalton 41 3,993 33,496
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 42 4,003 119,684
Brookhaven 43 4,018 50,812
Fayetteville 44 4,024 16,500
Lagrange 45 4,029 30,356
Vidalia 46 4,041 10,627
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 47 4,104 11,914
Valdosta 48 4,140 56,504
Covington 49 4,146 13,507
Atlanta 50 4,147 448,901
Centerville 51 4,152 7,519
Sugar Hill 52 4,156 20,323
Locust Grove 53 4,161 5,666
Jesup 54 4,167 10,163
Clarkston 55 4,193 11,990
Savannah 56 4,256 142,919
Statesboro 57 4,270 30,059
Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 58 4,316 196,635
Perry 59 4,318 14,991
Griffin 60 4,319 23,312
Adel 61 4,341 5,281
Swainsboro 62 4,343 7,456
Milledgeville 63 4,364 18,971
Brunswick 64 4,392 15,794
Austell 65 4,396 6,994
Mcdonough 66 4,399 22,830
Dunwoody 67 4,404 47,727
Calhoun 68 4,427 15,948
Alpharetta 69 4,429 62,054
Glennville 70 4,467 5,150
Conyers 71 4,480 15,577
Douglas 72 4,489 11,750
Canton 73 4,495 24,305
Waycross 74 4,499 14,258
Fitzgerald 75 4,513 9,032
Douglasville 76 4,513 31,917
Tyrone 77 4,553 7,081
Monroe 78 4,557 13,476
Pooler 79 4,563 21,400
Roswell 80 4,597 93,471
Cumming 81 4,607 5,588
Thomasville 82 4,681 18,612
Richmond Hill 83 4,707 10,872
Americus 84 4,739 16,345
Barnesville 85 4,793 6,609
Loganville 86 4,835 10,855
Bainbridge 87 4,878 12,576
Eatonton 88 4,902 6,486
Hawkinsville 89 4,915 5,546
Cordele 90 4,949 11,140
Milton 91 4,966 35,799
Thomaston 92 5,028 9,032
Cartersville 93 5,031 19,964
Dublin 94 5,034 16,181
Kingsland 95 5,039 16,239
Sandersville 96 5,050 5,831
Winder 97 5,179 14,928
Decatur 98 5,183 20,605
Rincon 99 5,208 9,487
Commerce 100 5,258 6,575

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