These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Radcliff
  2. Oak Grove
  3. Shively (Photos)
  4. Hopkinsville (Photos)
  5. Louisville (Photos)
  6. Shelbyville
  7. Bowling Green (Photos)
  8. Mayfield (Photos)
  9. Vine Grove
  10. Lexington

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 best places to live in Kentucky or the worst places to live in Kentucky.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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 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 3833 (Radcliff) to 9558 (Edgewood).

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 Edgewood 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.

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1. Radcliff


Population: 22,806
HHI: 3,833
% White: 54.98%
% African American: 26.05%
% Asian: 2.22%

2. Oak Grove


Population: 7,487
HHI: 4,226
% White: 60.26%
% African American: 21.97%
% Asian: 1.51%

3. Shively

Shively, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,625
HHI: 4,310
% White: 38.63%
% African American: 52.8%
% Asian: 1.38%

4. Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,442
HHI: 4,559
% White: 60.65%
% African American: 28.94%
% Asian: 1.31%

5. Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 611,573
HHI: 5,052
% White: 67.1%
% African American: 22.65%
% Asian: 2.42%

6. Shelbyville


Population: 15,039
HHI: 5,215
% White: 69.91%
% African American: 10.26%
% Asian: 2.37%

7. Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,824
HHI: 5,345
% White: 71.12%
% African American: 14.63%
% Asian: 4.82%

8. Mayfield

Mayfield, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,078
HHI: 5,431
% White: 71.19%
% African American: 13.9%
% Asian: 0.27%

9. Vine Grove


Population: 5,680
HHI: 5,433
% White: 71.04%
% African American: 19.0%
% Asian: 2.57%

10. Lexington

Source: Public Domain

Population: 311,529
HHI: 5,474
% White: 72.12%
% African American: 14.39%
% Asian: 3.48%

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. Edgewood
  2. Villa Hills
  3. Cold Spring

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky

City Rank HHI Population
Radcliff 1 3,833 22,806
Oak Grove 2 4,226 7,487
Shively 3 4,310 15,625
Hopkinsville 4 4,559 32,442
Louisville 5 5,052 611,573
Shelbyville 6 5,215 15,039
Bowling Green 7 5,345 62,824
Mayfield 8 5,431 10,078
Vine Grove 9 5,433 5,680
Lexington 10 5,474 311,529
Lyndon 11 5,642 11,310
Frankfort 12 5,812 27,598
Paducah 13 5,863 25,010
Russellville 14 5,914 6,998
Elizabethtown 15 5,925 29,835
Lebanon 16 6,141 5,604
Franklin 17 6,215 8,706
Middletown 18 6,310 7,773
Douglass Hills 19 6,312 5,645
Paris 20 6,317 9,836
Versailles 21 6,320 9,091
Jeffersontown 22 6,392 27,395
Madisonville 23 6,500 19,615
Bardstown 24 6,565 13,026
Covington 25 6,598 40,766
Danville 26 6,686 16,645
La Grange 27 6,761 8,481
Henderson 28 6,827 28,870
Elsmere 29 6,853 8,488
Central City 30 6,870 5,895
Glasgow 31 6,930 14,338
St. Matthews 32 6,954 17,930
Maysville 33 6,974 8,883
Union 34 7,011 5,677
Murray 35 7,091 18,726
Newport 36 7,093 15,321
Campbellsville 37 7,150 11,329
Princeton 38 7,230 6,215
Owensboro 39 7,276 58,685
Georgetown 40 7,295 31,708
Richmond 41 7,450 33,583
Florence 42 7,521 31,735
Erlanger 43 7,542 18,565
Winchester 44 7,570 18,395
Wilmore 45 7,652 6,181
Harrodsburg 46 7,673 8,409
Mount Sterling 47 7,674 7,136
Fort Mitchell 48 7,745 8,245
Berea 49 7,772 14,667
Morehead 50 7,922 7,615
Cynthiana 51 7,923 6,376
Nicholasville 52 7,932 29,249
Middlesborough 53 8,045 9,842
Monticello 54 8,165 6,116
Leitchfield 55 8,165 6,850
Williamsburg 56 8,318 5,263
Highland Heights 57 8,324 7,136
Somerset 58 8,353 11,415
Pikeville 59 8,460 7,266
Ashland 60 8,505 21,294
Fort Wright 61 8,690 5,732
Shepherdsville 62 8,747 11,869
Lawrenceburg 63 8,761 11,081
London 64 8,801 8,111
Hazard 65 8,884 5,383
Corbin 66 8,911 7,306
Independence 67 9,001 26,317
Bellevue 68 9,001 5,879
Fort Thomas 69 9,002 16,317
Hillview 70 9,008 8,688
Flatwoods 71 9,045 7,358
Alexandria 72 9,064 8,878
Taylor Mill 73 9,082 6,719
Dayton 74 9,119 5,385
Mount Washington 75 9,141 14,088
Cold Spring 76 9,275 6,168
Villa Hills 77 9,483 7,404
Edgewood 78 9,558 8,703

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