These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Indiana For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 120 cities in Indiana from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Hammond (Photos)
  2. Merrillville (Photos)
  3. South Bend (Photos)
  4. Elkhart (Photos)
  5. Indianapolis (Photos)
  6. Lawrence (Photos)
  7. Speedway (Photos)
  8. East Chicago (Photos)
  9. Michigan City (Photos)
  10. Griffith

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 the best places to live in Indiana or the worst places to live in Indiana.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Indiana 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 Indiana.

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 120 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 3317 (Hammond) to 9964 (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.

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1. Hammond

Hammond, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,349
HHI: 3,317
% White: 39.69%
% African American: 21.52%
% Asian: 1.01%

2. Merrillville

Merrillville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,268
HHI: 3,590
% White: 36.38%
% African American: 45.41%
% Asian: 1.28%

3. South Bend

South Bend, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,037
HHI: 3,785
% White: 53.48%
% African American: 26.43%
% Asian: 1.34%

4. Elkhart

Elkhart, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,378
HHI: 3,924
% White: 56.11%
% African American: 14.42%
% Asian: 1.69%

5. Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 846,674
HHI: 4,078
% White: 56.52%
% African American: 27.77%
% Asian: 2.81%

6. Lawrence

Lawrence, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,415
HHI: 4,096
% White: 56.69%
% African American: 27.39%
% Asian: 0.96%

7. Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,145
HHI: 4,313
% White: 61.05%
% African American: 21.8%
% Asian: 2.98%

8. East Chicago

East Chicago, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,961
HHI: 4,387
% White: 7.67%
% African American: 37.69%
% Asian: 0.2%

9. Michigan City

Michigan City, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,374
HHI: 4,407
% White: 59.79%
% African American: 27.66%
% Asian: 0.84%

10. Griffith


Population: 16,583
HHI: 4,772
% White: 65.61%
% African American: 13.95%
% Asian: 2.83%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Indiana

City Rank HHI Population
Hammond 1 3,317 78,349
Merrillville 2 3,590 35,268
South Bend 3 3,785 101,037
Elkhart 4 3,924 52,378
Indianapolis 5 4,078 846,674
Lawrence 6 4,096 47,415
Speedway 7 4,313 12,145
East Chicago 8 4,387 28,961
Michigan City 9 4,407 31,374
Griffith 10 4,772 16,583
Goshen 11 4,832 33,385
Westville 12 4,836 6,862
Lake Station 13 4,901 12,199
Winfield 14 4,999 5,233
Fort Wayne 15 5,042 260,954
West Lafayette 16 5,098 44,543
Logansport 17 5,320 17,924
Huntingburg 18 5,391 6,414
Portage 19 5,522 37,054
Plymouth 20 5,640 10,012
Frankfort 21 5,779 16,447
Marion 22 5,915 28,698
Lafayette 23 5,955 71,249
Jeffersonville 24 6,000 46,415
Munster 25 6,087 23,103
Anderson 26 6,110 55,342
Schererville 27 6,123 28,899
Hobart 28 6,213 28,693
Highland 29 6,253 23,107
Bloomington 30 6,312 83,093
Columbus 31 6,466 46,474
Evansville 32 6,558 120,156
Gary 33 6,672 77,858
Cumberland 34 6,719 5,422
Terre Haute 35 6,719 61,021
Dyer 36 6,785 16,133
Carmel 37 6,830 86,940
Warsaw 38 6,843 14,640
Richmond 39 6,850 36,082
Mishawaka 40 6,853 48,234
Muncie 41 6,854 69,583
Kokomo 42 6,886 58,075
Washington 43 6,907 11,941
Seymour 44 6,938 18,996
Crown Point 45 6,947 28,743
Plainfield 46 6,958 30,318
New Albany 47 7,017 36,622
Avon 48 7,062 15,712
Greenwood 49 7,137 54,564
Clarksville 50 7,183 21,812
La Porte 51 7,250 21,876
White 52 7,306 5,050
Mccordsville 53 7,321 5,924
Charlestown 54 7,331 7,990
Peru 55 7,334 11,415
Hunte 56 7,448 5,286
Shelbyville 57 7,456 19,083
Noblesville 58 7,540 58,719
Valparaiso 59 7,561 32,271
Monticello 60 7,582 5,312
Chesterton 61 7,627 13,912
Westfield 62 7,683 34,284
Crawfordsville 63 7,736 15,996
Beech Grove 64 7,736 14,319
Winona Lake 65 7,739 5,129
Princeton 66 7,771 8,617
Decatur 67 7,784 9,384
St. John 68 7,837 15,777
North Manchester 69 7,927 6,346
Nappanee 70 7,960 6,767
Brownsburg 71 8,010 24,072
Gas City 72 8,031 5,983
Rensselaer 73 8,059 5,359
Greencastle 74 8,060 10,413
Vincennes 75 8,120 18,098
Zionsville 76 8,149 25,709
Madison 77 8,163 12,045
Portland 78 8,176 6,225
Boonville 79 8,186 6,186
Cedar Lake 80 8,266 11,872
Kendallville 81 8,320 9,980
Angola 82 8,337 8,624
New Whiteland 83 8,433 5,814
Jasper 84 8,456 15,790
New Haven 85 8,466 15,677
Columbia City 86 8,586 9,324
New Castle 87 8,646 17,634
Lebanon 88 8,677 15,846
Rushville 89 8,691 6,267
Huntington 90 8,698 17,340
Sellersburg 91 8,717 8,722
Ellettsville 92 8,743 6,501
North Vernon 93 8,755 7,134
Mount Vernon 94 8,760 6,579
Brazil 95 8,761 8,105
Elwood 96 8,785 8,489
Franklin 97 8,810 24,021
Greenfield 98 8,814 21,380
Greensburg 99 8,854 12,107
Connersville 100 8,866 13,202

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