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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 Hawaii 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 56 cities in Hawaii from most to least diverse.
So what city is the most diverse in Hawaii? According to the most Census data, Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) took the number one over all spot for diversity in Hawaii.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Hawaii 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 Hawaii For 2020
Wailuku is a census-designated place in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 15,313 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Maui County.
% White: 32.0%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 20.6%
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Laie is a census-designated place located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, lie means "ie leaf". The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census.
Kapolei is a master-planned community in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, on the island of Oahu. It is colloquially known as the "second city" of Oahu, in relation to Honolulu. Officially, it is a census-designated place within the consolidated city-county of Honolulu.
How we determined the most diverse cities in Hawaii 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 Hawaii.
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
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 56 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 2,056 (Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)) to 4,677 (Waipahu).
Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Waipahu was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii 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 Hawaii
If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across Hawaii, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Hawaii:
- Ewa Villages
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- 10 Worst Places To Live In Hawaii