These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Georgia For 2018


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

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Georgia 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 Georgia.

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 128 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 2470 (Lilburn) to 8036 (Fort Oglethorpe).

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 Fort Oglethorpe 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: Wikipedia

Population: 12,481
HHI: 2,470
% White: 33.05%
% African American: 18.05%
% Asian: 20.7%

2. Duluth

Duluth, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,681
HHI: 2,803
% White: 39.53%
% African American: 21.62%
% Asian: 25.87%

3. Forest Park

Forest Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,156
HHI: 2,847
% White: 16.82%
% African American: 39.32%
% Asian: 10.01%

4. Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,127
HHI: 2,972
% White: 36.12%
% African American: 33.58%
% Asian: 4.67%

5. Chamblee

Chamblee, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,862
HHI: 2,975
% White: 34.12%
% African American: 15.41%
% Asian: 8.35%

6. Morrow

Morrow, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,069
HHI: 3,017
% White: 17.09%
% African American: 39.81%
% Asian: 33.1%

7. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,293
HHI: 3,193
% White: 23.48%
% African American: 16.92%
% Asian: 10.46%

8. Smyrna

Smyrna, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,788
HHI: 3,278
% White: 45.02%
% African American: 31.42%
% Asian: 6.73%

9. Snellville

Snellville, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,395
HHI: 3,381
% White: 44.06%
% African American: 34.92%
% Asian: 4.12%

10. Folkston

Folkston, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,210
HHI: 3,417
% White: 33.76%
% African American: 44.26%
% Asian: 0.67%

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. Fort Oglethorpe
  2. LaFayette
  3. Dahlonega

For more Georgia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Georgia

City Rank HHI Population
Lilburn 1 2,470 12,481
Duluth 2 2,803 28,681
Forest Park 3 2,847 19,156
Lawrenceville 4 2,972 30,127
Chamblee 5 2,975 27,862
Morrow 6 3,017 7,069
Norcross 7 3,193 16,293
Smyrna 8 3,278 54,788
Snellville 9 3,381 19,395
Folkston 10 3,417 5,210
Grovetown 11 3,419 12,848
Hinesville 12 3,427 34,127
Gainesville 13 3,431 37,906
Cairo 14 3,447 9,708
Hapeville 15 3,448 6,658
Garden City 16 3,496 8,889
Marietta 17 3,499 59,714
Peachtree Corners 18 3,527 41,268
Palmetto 19 3,541 5,087
Stockbridge 20 3,639 27,692
Rome 21 3,715 36,340
Moultrie 22 3,722 14,457
Cedartown 23 3,773 9,752
Columbus 24 3,791 200,303
Carrollton 25 3,795 25,960
Johns Creek 26 3,796 82,930
Fayetteville 27 3,813 16,780
Doraville 28 3,820 10,348
Warner Robins 29 3,830 73,265
Kennesaw 30 3,831 32,669
Buford 31 3,834 13,927
Newnan 32 3,844 35,642
Tifton 33 3,846 16,691
Port Wentworth 34 3,848 7,052
Dacula 35 3,848 5,053
Eastman 36 3,865 5,315
Hampton 37 3,866 7,281
Acworth 38 3,905 21,824
Suwanee 39 3,905 18,001
Vidalia 40 3,916 10,674
Sandy Springs 41 3,918 102,212
Jesup 42 3,920 10,145
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 43 3,979 120,813
Loganville 44 3,980 11,072
Villa Rica 45 3,998 14,755
Brookhaven 46 4,007 51,567
Powder Springs 47 4,015 14,596
Lagrange 48 4,054 30,535
Dalton 49 4,073 33,653
Atlanta 50 4,117 456,378
Sugar Hill 51 4,118 20,889
Clarkston 52 4,146 12,594
Alpharetta 53 4,147 63,013
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 54 4,151 11,882
Locust Grove 55 4,163 5,742
Dallas 56 4,182 12,622
Douglas 57 4,186 11,742
Valdosta 58 4,238 56,717
Covington 59 4,261 13,667
Canton 60 4,264 25,022
Tyrone 61 4,265 7,121
Savannah 62 4,270 144,717
Statesboro 63 4,277 30,597
Perry 64 4,313 15,293
Brunswick 65 4,319 15,997
Milledgeville 66 4,327 19,146
Dunwoody 67 4,344 48,128
Griffin 68 4,344 22,875
Swainsboro 69 4,354 7,504
Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 70 4,382 196,784
Austell 71 4,387 7,056
Glennville 72 4,409 5,137
Waycross 73 4,436 14,188
Calhoun 74 4,452 16,139
Adel 75 4,470 5,304
Mcdonough 76 4,480 23,086
Conyers 77 4,498 15,682
Pooler 78 4,530 22,131
Centerville 79 4,552 7,576
Roswell 80 4,626 93,968
Fitzgerald 81 4,632 9,006
Thomasville 82 4,699 18,706
Americus 83 4,748 16,185
Barnesville 84 4,749 6,611
Thomaston 85 4,759 8,976
Kingsland 86 4,767 16,411
Eatonton 87 4,804 6,496
Cartersville 88 4,810 20,169
Rincon 89 4,813 9,690
Douglasville 90 4,836 32,317
Monroe 91 4,843 13,253
Sandersville 92 4,908 5,776
Cordele 93 4,942 11,015
Cumming 94 4,945 5,740
Hawkinsville 95 4,946 5,504
Decatur 96 4,946 21,210
Winder 97 5,007 15,148
Thomson 98 5,029 6,699
Bainbridge 99 5,081 12,492
Milton 100 5,112 36,755

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