Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana For 2020


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana

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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 Louisiana 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 62 cities in Louisiana from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Louisiana for 2020:

  1. Kenner (Photos)
  2. Gretna (Photos)
  3. Leesville (Photos)
  4. Gonzales (Photos)
  5. Oakdale (Photos)
  6. DeRidder (Photos)
  7. Abbeville (Photos)
  8. Patterson
  9. Marksville
  10. Lake Charles (Photos)

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Louisiana 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 Louisiana For 2020

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,910

HHI: 3,250
% White: 45.1%
% African American: 23.8%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Kenner: PhotosData

Kenner is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish, United States, Louisiana's second-most populous parish, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.

Gretna, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,797

HHI: 3,674
% White: 46.2%
% African American: 36.3%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Gretna: PhotosData

Gretna is the second-largest city and parish seat of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.

Leesville, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,055

HHI: 3,869
% White: 51.2%
% African American: 33.9%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Leesville: PhotosData

Gonzales, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,677

HHI: 3,883
% White: 38.9%
% African American: 47.7%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Gonzales: PhotosData

Gonzales is a small city in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 9,781. Known as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World", it is famous for its annual Jambalaya Festival, which was first held in 1968. Stephen "Steve" F. Juneau came up with the idea for the Jambalaya Festival and served as the first president of the Jambalaya Festival Association President.

Oakdale, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,640

HHI: 3,916
% White: 54.5%
% African American: 26.3%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Oakdale: PhotosData

Deridder, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,050

HHI: 4,109
% White: 53.3%
% African American: 34.7%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Deridder: PhotosData

DeRidder is a small city in and the parish seat of Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, United States. A small portion of the city extends into Vernon Parish. As of the 2010 census DeRidder had a population of 10,578. It is the smaller principal city of the Fort Polk South-DeRidder CSA, a Combined Statistical Area that includes the Fort Polk South and DeRidder micropolitan areas, which had a combined population of 87,988 at the 2010 census.

Abbeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,286

HHI: 4,125
% White: 44.2%
% African American: 46.2%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Abbeville: PhotosData

Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Patterson, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,012

HHI: 4,154
% White: 53.4%
% African American: 35.4%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Patterson: Data

Patterson is a small city in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,112 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,476

HHI: 4,183
% White: 51.0%
% African American: 39.3%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Marksville: Data

Marksville is a small city in and the parish seat of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,702 at the 2010 census, an increase of 165 over the 2000 tabulation of 5,537.

Lake Charles, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 76,267

HHI: 4,192
% White: 42.9%
% African American: 48.3%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Lake Charles: PhotosData

Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Founded in 1861 in Calcasieu Parish, it is a major industrial, cultural, and educational center in the southwest region of the state.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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 62 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 3,250 (Kenner) to 8,408 (Mandeville).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana

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

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

  1. Mandeville
  2. Grambling
  3. Central

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Kenner, LA 66,910 3,250
2 Gretna, LA 17,797 3,674
3 Leesville, LA 6,055 3,869
4 Gonzales, LA 10,677 3,883
5 Oakdale, LA 7,640 3,916
6 Deridder, LA 11,050 4,109
7 Abbeville, LA 12,286 4,125
8 Patterson, LA 6,012 4,154
9 Marksville, LA 5,476 4,183
10 Lake Charles, LA 76,267 4,192
11 Westwego, LA 8,499 4,270
12 New Iberia, LA 29,992 4,271
13 Hammond, LA 20,444 4,306
14 Baton Rouge, LA 225,362 4,370
15 Bossier City, LA 67,935 4,389
16 Houma, LA 33,520 4,389
17 Ruston, LA 22,055 4,403
18 New Orleans, LA 389,648 4,460
19 Bogalusa, LA 11,793 4,501
20 Alexandria, LA 47,539 4,506
21 Eunice, LA 10,407 4,514
22 Pineville, LA 14,313 4,520
23 Plaquemine, LA 6,726 4,533
24 Crowley, LA 12,960 4,537
25 Carencro, LA 8,775 4,583
26 Morgan City, LA 11,452 4,600
27 Shreveport, LA 193,785 4,612
28 Zachary, LA 17,056 4,613
29 Natchitoches, LA 18,080 4,645
30 Minden, LA 12,442 4,647
31 Ponchatoula, LA 7,131 4,674
32 Lafayette, LA 126,515 4,718
33 Thibodaux, LA 14,515 4,736
34 Franklin, LA 7,097 4,812
35 Breaux Bridge, LA 8,299 4,903
36 St. Martinville, LA 6,014 4,961
37 West Monroe, LA 12,756 5,036
38 Monroe, LA 48,663 5,052
39 Ville Platte, LA 7,196 5,081
40 Rayne, LA 8,075 5,082
41 St. Gabriel, LA 7,200 5,164
42 Scott, LA 8,761 5,194
43 Port Allen, LA 5,051 5,200
44 Slidell, LA 27,769 5,376
45 Covington, LA 10,133 5,639
46 Jennings, LA 10,047 5,676
47 Richwood, LA 5,013 5,944
48 Donaldsonville, LA 8,090 6,175
49 Jeanerette, LA 5,410 6,189
50 Broussard, LA 11,412 6,192
51 Opelousas, LA 16,399 6,335
52 Tallulah, LA 6,929 6,450
53 Denham Springs, LA 9,991 6,655
54 Bastrop, LA 10,521 6,681
55 Walker, LA 6,250 6,823
56 Youngsville, LA 12,753 6,846
57 Baker, LA 13,557 7,264
58 Harahan, LA 9,309 7,527
59 Sulphur, LA 20,241 7,569
60 Central, LA 28,577 7,677
61 Grambling, LA 5,187 8,030
62 Mandeville, LA 12,252 8,408

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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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