These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky


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 77 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. Mayfield (Photos)
  6. Shelbyville
  7. Lyndon (Photos)
  8. Bowling Green (Photos)
  9. Lexington-Fayette (Photos)
  10. Frankfort (Photos)

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky

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 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 77 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 3803 (Radcliff) to 9625 (Villa Hills).

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 Villa Hills 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

Source: Google Maps

Households: 22,913
HHI: 3,803
% White: 55.36%
% African American: 24.48%
% Asian: 2.94%

2. Oak Grove

Source: Google Maps

Households: 7,496
HHI: 4,294
% White: 61.89%
% African American: 18.06%
% Asian: 1.25%

3. Shively

Shively, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,570
HHI: 4,308
% White: 36.91%
% African American: 53.94%
% Asian: 1.18%

4. Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,483
HHI: 4,606
% White: 61.37%
% African American: 28.21%
% Asian: 1.27%

5. Mayfield

Mayfield, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,101
HHI: 5,053
% White: 67.84%
% African American: 15.99%
% Asian: 0.26%

6. Shelbyville

Source: Google Maps

Households: 14,782
HHI: 5,060
% White: 68.54%
% African American: 10.86%
% Asian: 2.37%

7. Lyndon

Lyndon, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,244
HHI: 5,327
% White: 71.26%
% African American: 11.69%
% Asian: 4.15%

8. Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,617
HHI: 5,465
% White: 72.07%
% African American: 14.21%
% Asian: 4.54%

9. Lexington-Fayette

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 308,306
HHI: 5,519
% White: 72.45%
% African American: 14.32%
% Asian: 3.51%

10. Frankfort

Frankfort, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,535
HHI: 5,735
% White: 73.64%
% African American: 16.71%
% Asian: 1.77%

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. Villa Hills
  2. Edgewood
  3. Flatwoods

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Kentucky

City Rank HHI Population
Radcliff 1 3,803 22,913
Oak Grove 2 4,294 7,496
Shively 3 4,308 15,570
Hopkinsville 4 4,606 32,483
Mayfield 5 5,053 10,101
Shelbyville 6 5,060 14,782
Lyndon 7 5,327 11,244
Bowling Green 8 5,465 61,617
Lexington-Fayette 9 5,519 308,306
Frankfort 10 5,735 27,535
Paducah 11 5,765 25,001
Vine Grove 12 5,825 5,534
Elizabethtown 13 5,917 29,657
Russellville 14 6,020 7,015
Lebanon 15 6,048 5,620
Franklin 16 6,075 8,643
Versailles 17 6,181 8,985
Jeffersontown 18 6,280 26,953
Paris 19 6,318 9,831
Madisonville 20 6,563 19,687
Covington 21 6,581 40,845
Danville 22 6,659 16,542
Bardstown 23 6,720 12,930
La Grange 24 6,739 8,387
Henderson 25 6,806 28,889
Murray 26 6,952 18,515
Middletown 27 6,976 7,788
Elsmere 28 6,980 8,489
Maysville 29 7,099 8,924
Central City 30 7,101 5,918
Campbellsville 31 7,103 10,983
Douglass Hills 32 7,114 5,592
Union 33 7,216 5,635
Newport 34 7,257 15,428
Glasgow 35 7,263 14,224
Owensboro 36 7,331 58,350
St. Matthews 37 7,340 17,837
Georgetown 38 7,348 30,968
Florence 39 7,351 31,428
Richmond 40 7,379 32,574
Harrodsburg 41 7,410 8,380
Princeton 42 7,412 6,251
Winchester 43 7,530 18,388
Mount Sterling 44 7,534 7,078
Fort Mitchell 45 7,616 8,247
Erlanger 46 7,760 18,510
London 47 7,840 8,090
Berea 48 7,970 14,454
Highland Heights 49 7,972 7,152
Nicholasville 50 8,041 28,843
Cynthiana 51 8,052 6,380
Middlesborough 52 8,066 9,934
Monticello 53 8,205 6,141
Somerset 54 8,265 11,358
Leitchfield 55 8,288 6,819
Morehead 56 8,304 6,938
Bellevue 57 8,346 5,921
Wilmore 58 8,353 6,057
Pikeville 59 8,407 7,038
Shepherdsville 60 8,611 11,695
Ashland 61 8,623 21,391
Fort Wright 62 8,773 5,754
Corbin 63 8,787 6,923
Williamsburg 64 8,869 5,250
Lawrenceburg 65 8,938 11,038
Independence 66 8,941 26,062
Alexandria 67 9,004 8,735
Hillview 68 9,055 7,904
Hazard 69 9,079 5,415
Fort Thomas 70 9,081 16,326
Dayton 71 9,189 5,381
Mount Washington 72 9,229 13,736
Taylor Mill 73 9,235 6,701
Cold Spring 74 9,331 6,111
Flatwoods 75 9,366 7,407
Edgewood 76 9,509 8,699
Villa Hills 77 9,625 7,399

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