These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Idaho


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

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

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

Caldwell 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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Idaho

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 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 31 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 4882 (Caldwell) to 8633 (Sandpoint).

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

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1. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,149
HHI: 4,882
% White: 59.71%
% African American: 0.46%
% Asian: 0.91%

2. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,601
HHI: 4,916
% White: 55.79%
% African American: 0.04%
% Asian: 0.09%

3. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,100
HHI: 4,978
% White: 60.22%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.27%

4. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,245
HHI: 5,296
% White: 64.93%
% African American: 0.29%
% Asian: 0.5%

5. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,362
HHI: 5,367
% White: 66.67%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.9%

6. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,428
HHI: 5,606
% White: 70.36%
% African American: 0.27%
% Asian: 0.11%

7. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,002
HHI: 5,651
% White: 69.17%
% African American: 0.07%
% Asian: 0.57%

8. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,203
HHI: 5,748
% White: 72.14%
% African American: 0.61%
% Asian: 0.96%

9. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,843
HHI: 5,976
% White: 74.53%
% African American: 0.49%
% Asian: 1.78%

10. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,804
HHI: 6,454
% White: 79.48%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 3.06%

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. Sandpoint
  2. Lewiston
  3. Eagle

For more Idaho reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Idaho

City Rank HHI Population
Caldwell 1 4,882 49,149
Rupert 2 4,916 5,601
Jerome 3 4,978 11,100
Burley 4 5,296 10,245
Weiser 5 5,367 5,362
Payette 6 5,606 7,428
Hailey 7 5,651 8,002
Nampa 8 5,748 86,203
Blackfoot 9 5,976 11,843
Mountain Home 10 6,454 13,804
Twin Falls 11 6,558 45,984
Idaho Falls 12 7,036 58,374
Boise City 13 7,071 214,196
Garden City 14 7,193 11,313
Middleton 15 7,216 6,145
Emmett 16 7,336 6,548
Pocatello 17 7,381 54,549
Meridian 18 7,522 84,018
Chubbuck 19 7,574 14,224
Moscow 20 7,725 24,688
Kuna 21 7,810 16,557
Ammon 22 7,982 14,469
Rathdrum 23 7,984 7,174
Star 24 8,102 6,768
Rexburg 25 8,246 26,723
Preston 26 8,286 5,190
Post Falls 27 8,317 29,320
Hayden 28 8,456 13,749
Eagle 29 8,515 21,863
Lewiston 30 8,532 32,284
Sandpoint 31 8,633 7,571

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