These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Idaho For 2018


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

Join HomeSnacks


Most Diverse Cities In ID

Click to enlarge. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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 Idaho 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 32 cities in Idaho from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Rupert (Photos)
  2. Caldwell (Photos)
  3. Burley (Photos)
  4. Jerome
  5. Weiser (Photos)
  6. Hailey (Photos)
  7. Payette
  8. Nampa (Photos)
  9. Blackfoot (Photos)
  10. Mountain Home (Photos)

Rupert took the number one over all spot for diversity in Idaho.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Idaho 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 Idaho or the worst places to live in Idaho.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Idaho 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 Idaho.

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 32 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 4870 (Rupert) to 8743 (Eagle).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Idaho 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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,702
HHI: 4,870
% White: 55.03%
% African American: 0.04%
% Asian: 0.09%

2. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,288
HHI: 4,891
% White: 59.86%
% African American: 0.48%
% Asian: 0.78%

3. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,382
HHI: 4,984
% White: 60.06%
% African American: 0.34%
% Asian: 0.61%

4. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,140
HHI: 5,064
% White: 61.68%
% African American: 0.11%
% Asian: 0.27%

5. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
HHI: 5,395
% White: 66.58%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.82%

6. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,058
HHI: 5,646
% White: 69.22%
% African American: 0.06%
% Asian: 0.56%

7. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,402
HHI: 5,687
% White: 70.37%
% African American: 0.22%
% Asian: 0.16%

8. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,896
HHI: 5,750
% White: 72.11%
% African American: 0.54%
% Asian: 0.73%

9. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,878
HHI: 5,985
% White: 74.49%
% African American: 0.31%
% Asian: 2.81%

10. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,823
HHI: 6,512
% White: 79.89%
% African American: 2.03%
% Asian: 2.84%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Idaho

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

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

  1. Eagle
  2. Sandpoint
  3. Hayden

For more Idaho reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Idaho

City Rank HHI Population
Rupert 1 4,870 5,702
Caldwell 2 4,891 50,288
Burley 3 4,984 10,382
Jerome 4 5,064 11,140
Weiser 5 5,395 5,350
Hailey 6 5,646 8,058
Payette 7 5,687 7,402
Nampa 8 5,750 87,896
Blackfoot 9 5,985 11,878
Mountain Home 10 6,512 13,823
Twin Falls 11 6,519 46,623
Boise City 12 6,931 218,677
Idaho Falls 13 7,007 58,933
Garden City 14 7,222 11,423
Chubbuck 15 7,262 14,326
Pocatello 16 7,397 54,592
Middleton 17 7,489 6,416
Emmett 18 7,542 6,590
Moscow 19 7,639 24,855
Star 20 7,790 7,255
Ammon 21 7,830 14,767
Meridian 22 7,847 88,247
Preston 23 7,941 5,252
Rexburg 24 7,984 27,114
Kuna 25 8,080 17,015
Post Falls 26 8,133 30,157
Coeur D’Alene 27 8,139 47,842
Rathdrum 28 8,240 7,357
Lewiston 29 8,462 32,484
Hayden 30 8,523 13,916
Sandpoint 31 8,526 7,698
Eagle 32 8,743 22,711

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Facebook Discussion