These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Kansas


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

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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 Kansas 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 59 cities in Kansas from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Kansas City (Photos)
  2. Junction City (Photos)
  3. Garden City (Photos)
  4. Wichita (Photos)
  5. Liberal (Photos)
  6. Dodge City (Photos)
  7. Ulysses (Photos)
  8. Emporia (Photos)
  9. Topeka (Photos)
  10. Leavenworth (Photos)

Kansas City took the number one over all spot for diversity in Kansas.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Kansas ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Kansas

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 Kansas.

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 59 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 3034 (Kansas City) to 8887 (Prairie Village).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Kansas 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. Kansas City

Kansas City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 148,855
HHI: 3,034
% White: 39.46%
% African American: 25.15%
% Asian: 3.65%

2. Junction City

Junction City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,823
HHI: 3,652
% White: 55.11%
% African American: 19.63%
% Asian: 3.55%

3. Garden City

Garden City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,007
HHI: 4,191
% White: 40.07%
% African American: 2.74%
% Asian: 5.29%

4. Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 387,147
HHI: 4,448
% White: 63.47%
% African American: 11.21%
% Asian: 4.99%

5. Liberal

Liberal, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,819
HHI: 4,556
% White: 32.23%
% African American: 3.93%
% Asian: 3.24%

6. Dodge City

Dodge City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,045
HHI: 4,739
% White: 34.48%
% African American: 2.81%
% Asian: 1.6%

7. Ulysses

Ulysses, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,022
HHI: 4,933
% White: 45.52%
% African American: 0.02%
% Asian: 0.0%

8. Emporia

Emporia, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,739
HHI: 4,939
% White: 64.94%
% African American: 3.0%
% Asian: 2.68%

9. Topeka

Topeka, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,672
HHI: 5,104
% White: 69.23%
% African American: 9.66%
% Asian: 1.28%

10. Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,861
HHI: 5,134
% White: 69.48%
% African American: 14.35%
% Asian: 2.32%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Kansas

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

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

  1. Prairie Village
  2. Abilene
  3. Mulvane

For more Kansas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Kansas

City Rank HHI Population
Kansas City 1 3,034 148,855
Junction City 2 3,652 24,823
Garden City 3 4,191 27,007
Wichita 4 4,448 387,147
Liberal 5 4,556 20,819
Dodge City 6 4,739 28,045
Ulysses 7 4,933 6,022
Emporia 8 4,939 24,739
Topeka 9 5,104 127,672
Leavenworth 10 5,134 35,861
Independence 11 5,500 9,179
Arkansas City 12 5,625 12,253
Coffeyville 13 5,651 9,921
Great Bend 14 6,012 15,850
Olathe 15 6,038 131,508
Mission 16 6,055 9,481
Roeland Park 17 6,082 6,819
De Soto 18 6,094 5,941
Lawrence 19 6,100 91,305
Lansing 20 6,161 11,623
Manhattan 21 6,251 55,769
Newton 22 6,265 19,139
Winfield 23 6,324 12,286
Overland Park 24 6,366 181,464
Bonner Springs 25 6,423 7,498
Salina 26 6,433 47,840
Lenexa 27 6,510 50,412
Merriam 28 6,547 11,232
Park City 29 6,592 7,290
Hutchinson 30 6,624 41,808
Bel Aire 31 6,649 7,059
Shawnee 32 6,718 64,125
Parsons 33 6,758 10,223
Pittsburg 34 7,017 20,382
Gardner 35 7,076 20,466
Wellington 36 7,092 7,997
Atchison 37 7,302 10,858
Derby 38 7,518 23,731
Eudora 39 7,722 6,276
Pratt 40 7,782 6,887
Andover 41 7,801 12,293
Iola 42 7,857 5,602
Chanute 43 7,908 9,217
Ottawa 44 7,922 12,487
Haysville 45 7,981 11,234
Fort Scott 46 8,068 7,893
El Dorado 47 8,085 12,910
Hays 48 8,121 20,992
Mcpherson 49 8,223 13,212
Concordia 50 8,312 5,289
Paola 51 8,318 5,570
Leawood 52 8,330 33,339
Augusta 53 8,334 9,242
Colby 54 8,341 5,450
Valley Center 55 8,402 6,586
Spring Hill 56 8,615 5,739
Mulvane 57 8,663 5,607
Abilene 58 8,794 6,671
Prairie Village 59 8,887 21,814

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