Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Kentucky.


Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky

Article continues below.

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 Kentucky 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 78 cities in Kentucky from most to least diverse.

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Kentucky 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Kentucky For 2020

Radcliff, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,693

HHI: 3,577
% White: 51.4%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Radcliff: PhotosData

Radcliff is a home rule-class city in Hardin County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 21,692 at the 2010 census, and in 2016 the estimated population was 22,490. It is included in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Metropolitan Area.

Oak Grove, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,411

HHI: 3,742
% White: 54.5%
% African American: 22.9%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Oak Grove: PhotosData

Oak Grove is a home rule-class city adjacent to the Fort Campbell army base in Christian County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 7,489 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. It is part of the Clarksville, Tennessee metropolitan area.

Shively, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,741

HHI: 4,362
% White: 41.6%
% African American: 51.0%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Shively: PhotosData

Shively is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States and a suburb of Louisville within the Louisville Metro government. As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 15,264, reflecting an increase of 107 from 15,157 in 2000.

Hopkinsville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 31,483

HHI: 4,686
% White: 61.1%
% African American: 30.4%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Hopkinsville: PhotosData

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 31,577.

Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 617,032

HHI: 4,908
% White: 65.8%
% African American: 23.2%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Louisville: PhotosData

Louisville LOO--vl or LUUV-l) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th-most populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being the state's second-largest city of Lexington. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,969

HHI: 5,169
% White: 69.6%
% African American: 15.9%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Vine Grove: Data

Shelbyville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,660

HHI: 5,214
% White: 69.7%
% African American: 10.7%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Shelbyville: PhotosData

Shelbyville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Shelby County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 14,045 at the 2010 census.

Bowling Green, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 65,731

HHI: 5,231
% White: 70.5%
% African American: 12.9%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on Bowling Green: PhotosData

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. As of 2016, its population of 65,234 made it the third most-populous city in the state after Louisville and Lexington; its metropolitan area had an estimated population of 165,732; and the combined statistical area it shares with Glasgow has an estimated population of 218,870.

Lexington, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 318,734

HHI: 5,361
% White: 71.3%
% African American: 14.2%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Lexington: PhotosData

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. With a mayor-alderman form of government, it is one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class; the other is the state's largest city of Louisville. In the 2016 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 318,449, anchoring a metropolitan area of 506,751 people and a combined statistical area of 723,849 people. Due to constant increases in population, Lexington suffers some of the worst traffic congestion in Kentucky, because two interstates bypass the city to the north and east, resulting in a lack of freeways going through the most populated areas of the city.

Mayfield, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,940

HHI: 5,466
% White: 71.6%
% African American: 12.8%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Mayfield: PhotosData

Mayfield is a home rule-class city in Graves County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 10,024 as of the 2010 U.S. census.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Kentucky for 2020

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 Kentucky.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2014-2018 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 78 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 3,577 (Radcliff) to 9,656 (Cold Spring).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Radcliff took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Cold Spring was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - Diversity Across Kentucky

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Kentucky:

  1. Cold Spring
  2. Villa Hills
  3. Corbin

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Radcliff, KY 22,693 3,577
2 Oak Grove, KY 7,411 3,742
3 Shively, KY 15,741 4,362
4 Hopkinsville, KY 31,483 4,686
5 Louisville, KY 617,032 4,908
6 Vine Grove, KY 5,969 5,169
7 Shelbyville, KY 15,660 5,214
8 Bowling Green, KY 65,731 5,231
9 Lexington, KY 318,734 5,361
10 Mayfield, KY 9,940 5,466
11 Paducah, KY 24,879 5,505
12 Lebanon, KY 5,621 5,657
13 Frankfort, KY 27,582 5,753
14 Elizabethtown, KY 29,474 5,908
15 Lyndon, KY 11,427 5,938
16 Jeffersontown, KY 28,178 6,110
17 Franklin, KY 8,762 6,153
18 Douglass Hills, KY 5,702 6,261
19 Russellville, KY 7,008 6,358
20 Covington, KY 40,552 6,383
21 Danville, KY 16,685 6,450
22 Versailles, KY 9,192 6,552
23 Paris, KY 9,874 6,567
24 Madisonville, KY 19,138 6,581
25 Middletown, KY 7,865 6,633
26 La Grange, KY 8,735 6,737
27 St. Matthews, KY 18,147 6,809
28 Henderson, KY 28,800 6,812
29 Newport, KY 15,152 6,896
30 Maysville, KY 8,797 6,984
31 Glasgow, KY 14,370 7,002
32 Campbellsville, KY 11,413 7,039
33 Bardstown, KY 13,042 7,060
34 Owensboro, KY 59,188 7,119
35 Georgetown, KY 32,902 7,119
36 Central City, KY 5,822 7,146
37 Wilmore, KY 6,299 7,239
38 Princeton, KY 6,157 7,257
39 Harrodsburg, KY 8,403 7,264
40 Murray, KY 19,037 7,319
41 Florence, KY 31,940 7,360
42 Elsmere, KY 8,570 7,371
43 Monticello, KY 6,088 7,425
44 Cynthiana, KY 6,348 7,452
45 Richmond, KY 34,566 7,464
46 Winchester, KY 18,413 7,586
47 Nicholasville, KY 29,977 7,714
48 Erlanger, KY 18,776 7,723
49 Fort Mitchell, KY 8,237 7,764
50 Union, KY 5,815 7,805
51 Berea, KY 15,188 7,821
52 Morehead, KY 7,674 7,836
53 Williamsburg, KY 5,269 7,889
54 Middlesborough, KY 9,583 8,007
55 Mount Sterling, KY 7,180 8,025
56 Highland Heights, KY 7,136 8,261
57 Somerset, KY 11,376 8,269
58 Pikeville, KY 6,967 8,275
59 Hazard, KY 5,170 8,375
60 Fort Wright, KY 5,724 8,397
61 Hillview, KY 8,987 8,441
62 Leitchfield, KY 6,784 8,502
63 Taylor Mill, KY 6,746 8,509
64 Ashland, KY 20,822 8,540
65 London, KY 8,020 8,566
66 Fort Thomas, KY 16,313 8,580
67 Shepherdsville, KY 12,117 8,647
68 Lawrenceburg, KY 11,272 8,688
69 Independence, KY 27,183 8,694
70 Bellevue, KY 5,828 8,863
71 Dayton, KY 5,422 8,866
72 Edgewood, KY 8,723 9,015
73 Mount Washington, KY 14,433 9,059
74 Flatwoods, KY 7,186 9,136
75 Alexandria, KY 9,211 9,192
76 Corbin, KY 7,194 9,366
77 Villa Hills, KY 7,410 9,590
78 Cold Spring, KY 6,319 9,656

How Is The Area In ?

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.