These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Iowa For 2018


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

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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 Iowa 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 82 cities in Iowa from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Storm Lake
  2. Denison (Photos)
  3. Perry (Photos)
  4. Marshalltown (Photos)
  5. Des Moines (Photos)
  6. Sioux City (Photos)
  7. Fairfield (Photos)
  8. Waterloo (Photos)
  9. Coralville (Photos)
  10. Davenport (Photos)

Storm Lake took the number one over all spot for diversity in Iowa.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Iowa 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 Iowa or the worst places to live in Iowa.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Iowa 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 Iowa.

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 82 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 3297 (Storm Lake) to 9815 (Vinton).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Iowa 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. Storm Lake


Population: 10,768
HHI: 3,297
% White: 40.45%
% African American: 4.58%
% Asian: 14.96%

2. Denison

Denison, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,326
HHI: 4,479
% White: 48.51%
% African American: 2.43%
% Asian: 0.37%

3. Perry

Perry, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,876
HHI: 4,773
% White: 58.49%
% African American: 2.17%
% Asian: 1.32%

4. Marshalltown

Marshalltown, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,637
HHI: 4,838
% White: 63.62%
% African American: 1.52%
% Asian: 4.43%

5. Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 212,859
HHI: 4,904
% White: 67.76%
% African American: 10.74%
% Asian: 5.49%

6. Sioux City

Sioux City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,666
HHI: 5,379
% White: 70.8%
% African American: 3.61%
% Asian: 3.13%

7. Fairfield

Fairfield, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,942
HHI: 5,440
% White: 72.49%
% African American: 10.03%
% Asian: 6.37%

8. Waterloo

Waterloo, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,357
HHI: 5,574
% White: 72.66%
% African American: 15.64%
% Asian: 1.93%

9. Coralville

Coralville, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,078
HHI: 5,696
% White: 73.9%
% African American: 11.31%
% Asian: 9.19%

10. Davenport

Davenport, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 102,305
HHI: 5,844
% White: 75.08%
% African American: 11.3%
% Asian: 2.17%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Iowa

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

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

  1. Vinton
  2. Manchester
  3. Algona

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Iowa

City Rank HHI Population
Storm Lake 1 3,297 10,768
Denison 2 4,479 8,326
Perry 3 4,773 7,876
Marshalltown 4 4,838 27,637
Des Moines 5 4,904 212,859
Sioux City 6 5,379 82,666
Fairfield 7 5,440 9,942
Waterloo 8 5,574 68,357
Coralville 9 5,696 20,078
Davenport 10 5,844 102,305
Iowa City 11 5,911 72,385
Muscatine 12 5,968 23,909
Mount Pleasant 13 6,517 8,491
Ottumwa 14 6,573 24,709
Ames 15 6,683 64,073
Hiawatha 16 6,867 7,160
West Des Moines 17 6,880 61,624
Estherville 18 7,172 6,027
Cedar Rapids 19 7,191 129,537
Clive 20 7,207 17,022
Sioux Center 21 7,259 7,370
Pleasant Hill 22 7,293 9,406
North Liberty 23 7,302 16,984
Council Bluffs 24 7,329 62,326
Burlington 25 7,373 25,492
Bettendorf 26 7,374 35,048
Fort Dodge 27 7,378 24,626
Anamosa 28 7,509 5,459
Shenandoah 29 7,514 5,030
Keokuk 30 7,528 10,628
Urbandale 31 7,630 41,578
Webster City 32 7,648 7,825
Washington 33 7,691 7,368
Grinnell 34 7,733 9,112
Charles City 35 7,790 7,496
Fort Madison 36 7,857 10,769
Waukee 37 7,918 16,955
Dubuque 38 7,940 58,535
Clinton 39 7,963 26,148
Iowa Falls 40 8,038 5,176
Orange City 41 8,156 6,153
Asbury 42 8,173 5,201
Mason City 43 8,216 27,546
Johnston 44 8,266 19,491
Harlan 45 8,280 5,008
Le Mars 46 8,299 9,826
Clarinda 47 8,335 5,431
Cedar Falls 48 8,356 40,828
Eldridge 49 8,438 6,122
Red Oak 50 8,442 5,547
Ankeny 51 8,456 53,413
Clear Lake 52 8,470 7,644
Maquoketa 53 8,516 6,025
Altoona 54 8,531 16,692
Sheldon 55 8,552 5,015
Marion 56 8,562 37,198
Bondurant 57 8,582 5,079
Oskaloosa 58 8,598 11,538
Cherokee 59 8,606 5,113
Waverly 60 8,615 10,049
Pella 61 8,660 10,280
Spencer 62 8,682 11,172
Creston 63 8,688 7,877
Oelwein 64 8,708 6,195
Knoxville 65 8,737 7,236
Carroll 66 8,745 9,990
De Witt 67 8,824 5,264
Boone 68 8,840 12,609
Indianola 69 8,849 15,343
Centerville 70 8,867 5,404
Decorah 71 8,897 7,985
Atlantic 72 8,924 6,817
Independence 73 8,987 6,005
Grimes 74 8,998 10,422
Winterset 75 9,008 5,158
Nevada 76 9,010 6,796
Newton 77 9,055 15,090
Norwalk 78 9,230 9,944
Glenwood 79 9,320 5,233
Algona 80 9,434 5,496
Manchester 81 9,638 5,083
Vinton 82 9,815 5,166

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