These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Indiana For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Indiana.


Most Diverse Cities In Indiana

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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 Indiana 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 121 cities in Indiana from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Indiana? According to the most Census data, Hammond took the number one over all spot for diversity in Indiana.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Indiana 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Indiana for 2019

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 Indiana.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 121 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 3,329 (Hammond) to 9,671 (Bargersville).

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

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

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Indiana For 2019

Hammond, IN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 77,827

HHI: 3,329
% White: 39.3%
% African American: 21.0%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Hammond: PhotosData

Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. First settled in the mid-19th century, it is one of the oldest cities of northern Lake County. As of the 2010 United States census, it is also the largest in population: the 2010 population was 80,830, replacing Gary as the most populous city in Lake County. From north to south, Hammond runs from Lake Michigan down to the Little Calumet River; from east to west along its southern border, it runs from the Illinois state line to Cline Avenue. The city is traversed by numerous railroads and expressways, including the South Shore Line, Borman Expressway, and Indiana Toll Road.

Merrillville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,183

HHI: 3,543
% White: 36.0%
% African American: 45.0%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Merrillville: PhotosData

Merrillville is a town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana. The population was 35,246 at the 2010 census. Merrillville is located in the east-central portion of Lake County, in the Chicago metropolitan area. On January 1, 2015, Merrillville became the most populated town in Indiana, as Fishers in Hamilton County was converted from a town to a city.

South Bend, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 101,928

HHI: 3,809
% White: 53.9%
% African American: 26.0%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on South Bend: PhotosData

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 318,586 and Combined Statistical Area of 721,296. It is the fourth-largest city in Indiana, serving as the economic and cultural hub of Northern Indiana. The highly ranked University of Notre Dame is located just to the north in unincorporated Notre Dame, Indiana and is an integral contributor to the region’s economy.

Lawrence, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,081

HHI: 3,948
% White: 55.1%
% African American: 27.3%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Lawrence: PhotosData

Lawrence is a city in Marion County, Indiana, United States. It is one of four “excluded cities” in Marion County. The city is home to Fort Benjamin Harrison within Fort Harrison State Park. The population was 46,001 at the 2010 census. The city is also adjacent to the east side of Indianapolis.

Elkhart, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 52,662

HHI: 3,966
% White: 56.6%
% African American: 14.8%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Elkhart: PhotosData

Elkhart is a city in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. The city is located 15 miles east of South Bend, Indiana, 110 miles east of Chicago, Illinois, and 150 miles north of Indianapolis, Indiana. Elkhart has the larger population of the two principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area, in a region commonly known as Michiana. The population was 50,949 at the 2010 census. Despite the shared name, it is not the county seat of Elkhart County; that position is held by the city of Goshen, located about 10 miles southeast of Elkhart.

Indianapolis, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 853,431

HHI: 4,023
% White: 55.9%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 3.0%
More on Indianapolis: PhotosData

Indianapolis is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. It is in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States. With an estimated population of 855,164 in 2016, Indianapolis is the second most populous city in the Midwest and 15th most populous in the U.S. The city is the economic and cultural center of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, home to 2 million people, the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with 2.38 million inhabitants. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

Speedway, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,229

HHI: 4,192
% White: 60.1%
% African American: 21.4%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Speedway: PhotosData

Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,812 at the 2010 census. Speedway is home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; it is an enclave of Indianapolis.

Michigan City, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 31,352

HHI: 4,450
% White: 59.9%
% African American: 28.4%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Michigan City: PhotosData

Michigan City is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. It is one of the two principal cities of the Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City Combined Statistical Area.

East Chicago, IN

Overall SnackAbility

2
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Population: 28,728

HHI: 4,572
% White: 6.5%
% African American: 35.7%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on East Chicago: PhotosData

East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,698 at the 2010 census. It is the home of Marktown, Clayton Mark’s planned worker community.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,157

HHI: 4,769
% White: 60.5%
% African American: 3.2%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Lake Station: Data

Lake Station is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,572 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Indiana

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

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

  1. Bargersville
  2. Salem
  3. Linton

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Indiana For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Hammond, IN 77,827 3,329
2 Merrillville, IN 35,183 3,543
3 South Bend, IN 101,928 3,809
4 Lawrence, IN 48,081 3,948
5 Elkhart, IN 52,662 3,966
6 Indianapolis, IN 853,431 4,023
7 Speedway, IN 12,229 4,192
8 Michigan City, IN 31,352 4,450
9 East Chicago, IN 28,728 4,572
10 Lake Station, IN 12,157 4,769
11 Goshen, IN 33,583 4,888
12 West Lafayette, IN 45,110 4,937
13 Griffith, IN 16,468 4,965
14 Fort Wayne, IN 262,450 4,987
15 Westville, IN 6,659 5,136
16 Portage, IN 36,849 5,227
17 Logansport, IN 18,169 5,296
18 Winfield, IN 5,395 5,453
19 Frankfort, IN 16,226 5,674
20 Huntingburg, IN 6,633 5,689
21 Plymouth, IN 10,011 5,763
22 Marion, IN 28,490 5,800
23 Lafayette, IN 72,174 5,938
24 Jeffersonville, IN 46,840 5,959
25 Anderson, IN 54,986 6,019
26 Munster, IN 23,005 6,082
27 Highland, IN 22,938 6,154
28 Schererville, IN 28,778 6,165
29 Avon, IN 16,479 6,236
30 Hobart, IN 28,573 6,238
31 Bloomington, IN 83,636 6,280
32 Columbus, IN 46,926 6,394
33 Dyer, IN 16,077 6,479
34 Evansville, IN 119,806 6,566
35 Gary, IN 77,416 6,611
36 Mishawaka, IN 48,582 6,611
37 Warsaw, IN 14,797 6,664
38 Plainfield, IN 31,012 6,684
39 Mccordsville, IN 6,116 6,707
40 Terre Haute, IN 60,691 6,732
41 Carmel, IN 88,595 6,732
42 Muncie, IN 69,237 6,740
43 Washington, IN 11,999 6,775
44 Seymour, IN 19,225 6,775
45 Kokomo, IN 57,941 6,835
46 Richmond, IN 35,819 6,837
47 Crown Point, IN 28,952 6,873
48 Whitestown, IN 6,487 6,928
49 Monticello, IN 5,298 6,938
50 Clarksville, IN 21,228 6,940
51 Greenwood, IN 55,459 6,977
52 La Porte, IN 21,825 6,980
53 New Albany, IN 36,548 6,984
54 Cumberland, IN 5,566 6,985
55 Peru, IN 11,510 7,210
56 Charlestown, IN 8,079 7,492
57 Hunte, IN 6,857 7,497
58 Noblesville, IN 59,807 7,526
59 Valparaiso, IN 32,501 7,530
60 Shelbyville, IN 19,034 7,531
61 Crawfordsville, IN 16,075 7,576
62 Beech Grove, IN 14,943 7,600
63 Westfield, IN 35,956 7,622
64 Madison, IN 11,920 7,622
65 Princeton, IN 8,573 7,665
66 Winona Lake, IN 5,140 7,676
67 St. John, IN 16,391 7,701
68 Chesterton, IN 14,052 7,757
69 Gas City, IN 5,920 7,785
70 Portland, IN 6,068 7,920
71 Vincennes, IN 17,944 8,004
72 Zionsville, IN 25,810 8,034
73 Decatur, IN 9,502 8,060
74 Nappanee, IN 6,927 8,097
75 North Manchester, IN 6,152 8,106
76 Rensselaer, IN 5,631 8,112
77 Greencastle, IN 10,426 8,119
78 Brownsburg, IN 24,625 8,124
79 Jasper, IN 15,716 8,166
80 New Whiteland, IN 5,881 8,311
81 New Haven, IN 15,895 8,330
82 Angola, IN 8,636 8,368
83 Cedar Lake, IN 12,024 8,403
84 Sellersburg, IN 8,806 8,404
85 Boonville, IN 6,379 8,434
86 Lowell, IN 9,502 8,463
87 Mount Vernon, IN 6,548 8,561
88 Kendallville, IN 9,592 8,569
89 Columbia City, IN 9,057 8,584
90 Rushville, IN 6,160 8,627
91 Huntington, IN 17,214 8,647
92 Ellettsville, IN 6,542 8,669
93 Tipton, IN 5,151 8,741
94 Lebanon, IN 15,710 8,742
95 Greensburg, IN 12,056 8,758
96 Winchester, IN 5,061 8,764
97 Bluffton, IN 9,823 8,868
98 Connersville, IN 13,022 8,888
99 Franklin, IN 24,489 8,901
100 Bedford, IN 13,292 8,923

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