Most Diverse Cities In Georgia For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Georgia.


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Georgia for 2020:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Georgia? According to the most Census data, 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Georgia For 2020

Lilburn, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,561

HHI: 2,477
% White: 29.9%
% African American: 16.2%
% Asian: 21.0%
More on Lilburn: PhotosData

Duluth, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,239

HHI: 2,605
% White: 35.7%
% African American: 23.9%
% Asian: 23.8%
More on Duluth: PhotosData

Duluth is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is a suburb of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, Duluth had a population of 26,600, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population to be 29,331 as of 2016.

Hapeville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,581

HHI: 2,764
% White: 27.7%
% African American: 39.3%
% Asian: 2.9%
More on Hapeville: PhotosData

Hapeville is a city in Fulton County, Georgia, United States, located adjacent to the city of Atlanta. The population was 6,373 at the 2010 census. It is named for Dr. Samuel Hape, one of the area's original landowners and its first mayor.

Lawrenceville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,401

HHI: 2,818
% White: 33.8%
% African American: 31.7%
% Asian: 5.9%
More on Lawrenceville: PhotosData

Lawrenceville is a city in and the county seat of Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is a suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lawrenceville was 28,546. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city population to be 30,493. Lawrenceville has six ZIP codes, and it is part of the 678404 telephone area code, which is used throughout metropolitan Atlanta.

Chamblee, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,748

HHI: 2,951
% White: 34.1%
% African American: 15.8%
% Asian: 8.2%
More on Chamblee: PhotosData

Chamblee is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,892 at the 2010 census.

Norcross, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,369

HHI: 3,137
% White: 23.3%
% African American: 17.2%
% Asian: 11.0%
More on Norcross: PhotosData

Norcross is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 9,116, while in 2015 the estimated population was 16,634. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville combined statistical area.

Forest Park, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 19,483

HHI: 3,166
% White: 16.9%
% African American: 44.0%
% Asian: 5.8%
More on Forest Park: PhotosData

Forest Park is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. It is located approximately nine miles south of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 18,468.

Smyrna, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 55,976

HHI: 3,232
% White: 46.0%
% African American: 29.3%
% Asian: 7.7%
More on Smyrna: PhotosData

Smyrna is a city northwest of the neighborhoods of Atlanta. It is in the inner ring of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 51,271. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population in 2013 to be 53,438. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, which is included in the Atlanta-Athens-Clarke-Sandy Springs CSA. Smyrna grew by 28% between the years 2000 and 2012. It is historically one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Georgia, and one of the most densely populated cities in the metro area.

Morrow, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,238

HHI: 3,242
% White: 8.6%
% African American: 42.6%
% Asian: 34.2%
More on Morrow: PhotosData

Morrow is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,445 at the 2010 census, up from 4,882 in 2000. It is the home of Clayton State University.

Garden City, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,936

HHI: 3,248
% White: 36.4%
% African American: 38.5%
% Asian: 2.2%
More on Garden City: PhotosData

Garden City is a city in Chatham County, Georgia, United States, located just northwest of Savannah. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 8,794. Part industrial and part residential, the city is home to much of the heavy industry in Chatham County and is adjacent to the Port of Savannah, the flagship operation of the Georgia Ports Authority.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Georgia for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 2,477 (Lilburn) to 7,888 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Union City
  3. Dahlonega

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Georgia For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Lilburn, GA 12,561 2,477
2 Duluth, GA 29,239 2,605
3 Hapeville, GA 6,581 2,764
4 Lawrenceville, GA 29,401 2,818
5 Chamblee, GA 28,748 2,951
6 Norcross, GA 16,369 3,137
7 Forest Park, GA 19,483 3,166
8 Smyrna, GA 55,976 3,232
9 Morrow, GA 7,238 3,242
10 Garden City, GA 8,936 3,248
11 Grovetown, GA 13,658 3,288
12 Hinesville, GA 33,258 3,305
13 Fayetteville, GA 17,349 3,336
14 Snellville, GA 19,631 3,364
15 Peachtree Corners, GA 42,463 3,385
16 Gainesville, GA 38,624 3,432
17 Cairo, GA 9,528 3,443
18 Marietta, GA 60,410 3,530
19 Cedartown, GA 9,930 3,583
20 Rome, GA 36,185 3,631
21 Villa Rica, GA 15,124 3,647
22 Johns Creek, GA 83,637 3,647
23 Moultrie, GA 14,109 3,661
24 Vidalia, GA 10,473 3,677
25 Port Wentworth, GA 7,946 3,682
26 Kennesaw, GA 33,700 3,687
27 Loganville, GA 11,665 3,731
28 Newnan, GA 37,818 3,733
29 Warner Robins, GA 74,762 3,735
30 Jesup, GA 9,814 3,742
31 Doraville, GA 10,471 3,759
32 Columbus, GA 196,670 3,770
33 Buford, GA 15,185 3,786
34 Austell, GA 7,276 3,847
35 Alpharetta, GA 64,672 3,849
36 Douglas, GA 11,556 3,851
37 Sugar Hill, GA 22,314 3,888
38 Carrollton, GA 26,397 3,896
39 Eastman, GA 5,209 3,898
40 Sandy Springs, GA 105,411 3,915
41 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance), GA 123,310 3,922
42 Palmetto, GA 5,089 3,949
43 Acworth, GA 22,336 3,965
44 Tifton, GA 16,603 3,971
45 Locust Grove, GA 6,540 3,974
46 Dalton, GA 33,458 4,050
47 Brookhaven, GA 53,140 4,053
48 Dacula, GA 5,644 4,055
49 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government, GA 10,767 4,067
50 Dunwoody, GA 49,016 4,070
51 Suwanee, GA 19,215 4,074
52 Covington, GA 13,844 4,091
53 Stockbridge, GA 28,648 4,091
54 Atlanta, GA 479,655 4,103
55 Lagrange, GA 30,412 4,104
56 Statesboro, GA 31,001 4,113
57 Brunswick, GA 16,034 4,127
58 Canton, GA 27,127 4,152
59 Dallas, GA 13,014 4,155
60 Hampton, GA 7,604 4,183
61 Powder Springs, GA 14,945 4,184
62 Savannah, GA 145,342 4,203
63 Clarkston, GA 12,762 4,229
64 Valdosta, GA 56,074 4,274
65 Adel, GA 5,290 4,313
66 Eatonton, GA 6,529 4,330
67 Centerville, GA 7,671 4,368
68 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance), GA 196,807 4,388
69 Kingsland, GA 16,784 4,449
70 Griffin, GA 22,725 4,458
71 Conyers, GA 15,882 4,459
72 Roswell, GA 94,257 4,488
73 Milledgeville, GA 18,813 4,525
74 Waycross, GA 13,836 4,528
75 Thomson, GA 6,603 4,557
76 Thomasville, GA 18,546 4,557
77 Cartersville, GA 20,467 4,587
78 Tyrone, GA 7,221 4,599
79 Thomaston, GA 8,802 4,601
80 Mcdonough, GA 24,102 4,608
81 Monroe, GA 13,370 4,610
82 Perry, GA 16,031 4,639
83 Calhoun, GA 16,708 4,671
84 Fitzgerald, GA 8,865 4,678
85 Glennville, GA 5,078 4,682
86 Pooler, GA 23,102 4,684
87 Barnesville, GA 6,608 4,735
88 Winder, GA 15,827 4,748
89 Douglasville, GA 33,210 4,755
90 Cumming, GA 6,027 4,761
91 Lovejoy, GA 6,484 4,784
92 Byron, GA 5,108 4,835
93 Bainbridge, GA 12,152 4,835
94 Decatur, GA 23,054 4,978
95 Swainsboro, GA 7,347 5,005
96 Sylvester, GA 5,926 5,014
97 Hawkinsville, GA 5,310 5,017
98 Commerce, GA 6,742 5,047
99 Milton, GA 38,171 5,077
100 Sandersville, GA 5,616 5,126

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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