These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Kentucky.


Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky

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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 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Kentucky for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 3,781 (Radcliff) to 9,588 (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.

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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Kentucky For 2019

Radcliff, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,718

HHI: 3,781
% White: 53.8%
% African American: 27.5%
% Asian: 2.2%
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: 7,426

HHI: 3,808
% White: 55.3%
% African American: 21.4%
% Asian: 0.4%
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: 15,701

HHI: 4,505
% White: 37.8%
% African American: 55.2%
% Asian: 0.5%
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

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 31,741

HHI: 4,633
% White: 60.8%
% African American: 30.0%
% Asian: 1.2%
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: 615,478

HHI: 4,991
% White: 66.5%
% African American: 22.9%
% Asian: 2.5%
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.

Mayfield, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,936

HHI: 5,308
% White: 70.1%
% African American: 14.0%
% 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.

Bowling Green, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 64,302

HHI: 5,350
% White: 71.3%
% African American: 13.6%
% Asian: 4.9%
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

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 315,109

HHI: 5,423
% White: 71.8%
% African American: 14.3%
% 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.

Shelbyville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,318

HHI: 5,459
% White: 71.7%
% African American: 11.2%
% Asian: 0.8%
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.

Paducah, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,879

HHI: 5,556
% White: 70.8%
% African American: 23.0%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Paducah: PhotosData

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio Rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population was 24,864 in 2015, down from 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city’s downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Radcliff, KY 22,718 3,781
2 Oak Grove, KY 7,426 3,808
3 Shively, KY 15,701 4,505
4 Hopkinsville, KY 31,741 4,633
5 Louisville, KY 615,478 4,991
6 Mayfield, KY 9,936 5,308
7 Bowling Green, KY 64,302 5,350
8 Lexington, KY 315,109 5,423
9 Shelbyville, KY 15,318 5,459
10 Paducah, KY 24,879 5,556
11 Vine Grove, KY 5,793 5,604
12 Lebanon, KY 5,584 5,627
13 Elizabethtown, KY 29,794 5,728
14 Frankfort, KY 27,453 5,765
15 Lyndon, KY 11,394 5,884
16 Russellville, KY 7,015 5,911
17 Douglass Hills, KY 5,677 6,037
18 Franklin, KY 8,675 6,208
19 Jeffersontown, KY 27,406 6,282
20 Middletown, KY 7,817 6,383
21 Paris, KY 9,807 6,384
22 Covington, KY 40,578 6,424
23 Versailles, KY 9,132 6,430
24 Danville, KY 16,657 6,488
25 Madisonville, KY 19,303 6,605
26 Bardstown, KY 13,034 6,677
27 St. Matthews, KY 17,993 6,855
28 Newport, KY 15,219 6,897
29 Henderson, KY 28,859 6,900
30 La Grange, KY 8,620 6,907
31 Campbellsville, KY 11,364 6,981
32 Glasgow, KY 14,318 7,030
33 Murray, KY 18,900 7,033
34 Wilmore, KY 6,226 7,106
35 Maysville, KY 8,804 7,115
36 Central City, KY 5,841 7,121
37 Georgetown, KY 32,142 7,155
38 Owensboro, KY 58,791 7,183
39 Union, KY 5,751 7,292
40 Richmond, KY 33,993 7,356
41 Elsmere, KY 8,555 7,361
42 Princeton, KY 6,173 7,377
43 Florence, KY 31,603 7,388
44 Winchester, KY 18,364 7,511
45 Harrodsburg, KY 8,351 7,583
46 Mount Sterling, KY 7,139 7,630
47 Erlanger, KY 18,674 7,736
48 Cynthiana, KY 6,328 7,779
49 Monticello, KY 6,120 7,791
50 Nicholasville, KY 29,547 7,813
51 Fort Mitchell, KY 8,239 7,868
52 Morehead, KY 7,663 7,908
53 Berea, KY 14,927 8,070
54 Williamsburg, KY 5,261 8,186
55 Middlesborough, KY 9,709 8,235
56 Pikeville, KY 7,065 8,271
57 Somerset, KY 11,334 8,296
58 Highland Heights, KY 7,128 8,448
59 Leitchfield, KY 6,826 8,456
60 Hillview, KY 8,913 8,514
61 Ashland, KY 21,035 8,547
62 Fort Wright, KY 5,718 8,553
63 Taylor Mill, KY 6,739 8,686
64 Independence, KY 26,772 8,743
65 Shepherdsville, KY 12,006 8,802
66 Lawrenceburg, KY 11,087 8,823
67 Fort Thomas, KY 16,254 8,827
68 Hazard, KY 5,250 8,827
69 Bellevue, KY 5,838 8,895
70 Dayton, KY 5,378 8,913
71 London, KY 8,000 9,000
72 Alexandria, KY 9,022 9,047
73 Mount Washington, KY 14,285 9,059
74 Flatwoods, KY 7,274 9,272
75 Edgewood, KY 8,688 9,326
76 Corbin, KY 7,315 9,419
77 Villa Hills, KY 7,397 9,498
78 Cold Spring, KY 6,283 9,588

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.

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