These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Indiana


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 119 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. Lawrence (Photos)
  5. Indianapolis (Photos)
  6. Elkhart (Photos)
  7. East Chicago (Photos)
  8. Michigan City (Photos)
  9. Speedway (Photos)
  10. Goshen (Photos)

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Indiana

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 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 119 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 3301 (Hammond) to 9722 (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: 78,983
HHI: 3,301
% White: 39.33%
% African American: 21.37%
% Asian: 0.95%

2. Merrillville

Merrillville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,322
HHI: 3,485
% White: 37.63%
% African American: 42.61%
% Asian: 1.23%

3. South Bend

South Bend, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,590
HHI: 3,855
% White: 54.17%
% African American: 26.81%
% Asian: 1.42%

4. Lawrence

Lawrence, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 47,120
HHI: 4,086
% White: 57.19%
% African American: 25.08%
% Asian: 0.74%

5. Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 841,449
HHI: 4,145
% White: 57.24%
% African American: 27.64%
% Asian: 2.54%

6. Elkhart

Elkhart, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,354
HHI: 4,150
% White: 58.39%
% African American: 13.34%
% Asian: 1.64%

7. East Chicago

East Chicago, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,178
HHI: 4,186
% White: 9.4%
% African American: 39.86%
% Asian: 0.2%

8. Michigan City

Michigan City, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,412
HHI: 4,562
% White: 61.19%
% African American: 27.68%
% Asian: 0.99%

9. Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,100
HHI: 4,635
% White: 64.27%
% African American: 20.45%
% Asian: 2.17%

10. Goshen

Goshen, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,946
HHI: 4,652
% White: 61.43%
% African American: 4.44%
% Asian: 1.17%

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. Mooresville

For more Indiana reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Indiana

City Rank HHI Population
Hammond 1 3,301 78,983
Merrillville 2 3,485 35,322
South Bend 3 3,855 100,590
Lawrence 4 4,086 47,120
Indianapolis 5 4,145 841,449
Elkhart 6 4,150 52,354
East Chicago 7 4,186 29,178
Michigan City 8 4,562 31,412
Speedway 9 4,635 12,100
Goshen 10 4,652 32,946
Lake Station 11 4,859 12,268
Westville 12 4,897 7,065
Winfield 13 4,963 5,054
Fort Wayne 14 5,067 257,059
Griffith 15 5,162 16,643
West Lafayette 16 5,222 43,999
Logansport 17 5,313 17,716
Huntingburg 18 5,388 6,446
Portage 19 5,641 37,197
Frankfort 20 5,747 16,467
Plymouth 21 5,754 10,031
Marion 22 5,940 29,075
Lafayette 23 5,951 70,661
Jeffersonville 24 6,071 46,259
Highland 25 6,072 23,285
Anderson 26 6,143 55,630
Munster 27 6,166 23,250
Hobart 28 6,269 28,943
Schererville 29 6,304 28,987
Bloomington 30 6,323 82,813
Mccordsville 31 6,393 5,224
Avon 32 6,472 15,145
Dyer 33 6,570 16,257
Evansville 34 6,678 120,212
Terre Haute 35 6,724 61,061
Mishawaka 36 6,754 48,121
Carmel 37 6,760 85,367
Plainfield 38 6,764 29,710
Gary 39 6,778 78,483
Columbus 40 6,790 45,868
Cumberland 41 6,801 5,316
Fishers 42 6,811 83,177
Muncie 43 6,851 70,173
Warsaw 44 6,896 14,385
Richmond 45 6,900 36,291
Kokomo 46 6,951 58,054
Seymour 47 7,021 18,861
Charlestown 48 7,089 7,906
Chesterton 49 7,096 14,124
New Albany 50 7,117 36,582
Clarksville 51 7,153 21,627
Washington 52 7,182 11,874
La Porte 53 7,195 22,242
Greenwood 54 7,274 53,828
Crown Point 55 7,279 28,444
Valparaiso 56 7,301 32,123
Monticello 57 7,469 5,332
Shelbyville 58 7,535 19,250
Noblesville 59 7,571 58,013
Decatur 60 7,615 9,084
Peru 61 7,629 11,197
Princeton 62 7,721 8,618
St. John 63 7,737 15,789
Crawfordsville 64 7,819 15,982
Hunte 65 7,836 5,260
Westfield 66 7,855 33,744
Beech Grove 67 7,927 14,000
Vincennes 68 8,061 18,135
Gas City 69 8,083 6,046
Nappanee 70 8,143 6,650
Madison 71 8,168 12,054
Greencastle 72 8,243 10,314
Cedar Lake 73 8,258 11,757
Portland 74 8,266 6,201
Angola 75 8,352 8,615
Zionsville 76 8,354 25,072
New Haven 77 8,402 15,832
Columbia City 78 8,447 9,070
Brownsburg 79 8,473 23,484
Ellettsville 80 8,486 6,434
North Manchester 81 8,503 6,303
Kendallville 82 8,515 9,870
Franklin 83 8,535 24,090
Jasper 84 8,548 15,538
New Castle 85 8,597 17,755
Alexandria 86 8,640 5,074
New Whiteland 87 8,642 5,725
Boonville 88 8,650 6,213
Rushville 89 8,668 6,192
Huntington 90 8,682 17,231
Rensselaer 91 8,690 5,495
Brazil 92 8,714 8,028
Sellersburg 93 8,745 8,675
North Vernon 94 8,746 6,895
Greensburg 95 8,751 12,054
Lebanon 96 8,765 15,762
Greenfield 97 8,775 21,179
Mount Vernon 98 8,794 6,610
Bluffton 99 8,884 9,536
Rochester 100 8,890 6,123

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