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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 Illinois 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 335 cities in Illinois from most to least diverse.
So what city is the most diverse in Illinois? According to the most Census data, Glendale Heights took the number one over all spot for diversity in Illinois.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Illinois 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 Illinois For 2020
% White: 33.7%
% African American: 7.2%
% Asian: 22.6%
More on Glendale Heights: Data
Glendale Heights is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 34,208 at the 2010 census. It is best known nationally as the hometown of Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan, but known more locally for its ethnically diverse population. The town elected Dupage County's first Asian mayor in 1995.
% White: 31.7%
% African American: 25.2%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on North Chicago: Data
North Chicago is a city in Lake County, Illinois, United States, and a suburb of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 32,574 at the 2010 census.
Chicago or ), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.
% White: 29.2%
% African American: 28.9%
% Asian: 3.3%
More on Berkeley: Data
Berkeley is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Incorporated in 1924, the population at the 2010 census was 5,209.
% White: 47.1%
% African American: 10.0%
% Asian: 10.6%
More on Round Lake: Data
Round Lake is a northern suburb of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 18,289.
Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, is a city predominantly in Kane County and DuPage County, with portions extending into Kendall and Will counties. It is in the outer region of Chicago metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the second most populous city in the state, and the 114th most populous city in the country. The population was 197,899 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to have increased to 199,963 by July 2013.
How we determined the most diverse cities in Illinois 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 Illinois.
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 335 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 2,702 (Glendale Heights) to 9,948 (Staunton).
Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Glendale Heights took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Staunton was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Illinois 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 Illinois
If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across Illinois, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Illinois:
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