These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 63 cities in Louisiana from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Louisiana for 2019:

  1. Kenner (Photos)
  2. Gretna (Photos)
  3. Gonzales (Photos)
  4. Oakdale (Photos)
  5. Leesville (Photos)
  6. DeRidder (Photos)
  7. Abbeville (Photos)
  8. Patterson
  9. New Iberia (Photos)
  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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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 63 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 3,342 (Kenner) to 7,986 (Harahan).

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 Harahan was the least diverse city.

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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Louisiana For 2019

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 67,253

HHI: 3,342
% White: 46.4%
% African American: 23.7%
% Asian: 3.8%
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

6
/10

Population: 17,888

HHI: 3,649
% White: 46.7%
% African American: 35.3%
% 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.

Gonzales, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,558

HHI: 3,762
% White: 41.5%
% African American: 44.0%
% Asian: 1.5%
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

4
/10

Population: 7,669

HHI: 3,923
% White: 55.2%
% African American: 25.8%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Oakdale: PhotosData

Leesville, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,335

HHI: 3,943
% White: 51.9%
% African American: 34.1%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Leesville: PhotosData

Deridder, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,995

HHI: 3,964
% White: 51.0%
% African American: 36.0%
% Asian: 1.1%
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

2
/10

Population: 12,350

HHI: 4,022
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 45.8%
% Asian: 5.4%
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: 6,067

HHI: 4,120
% White: 51.2%
% African American: 38.0%
% Asian: 0.7%
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.

New Iberia, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,292

HHI: 4,224
% White: 50.3%
% African American: 40.9%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on New Iberia: PhotosData

New Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is a small city located 30 miles southeast of Lafayette.

Lake Charles, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 75,194

HHI: 4,225
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 48.1%
% Asian: 2.0%
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.

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. Harahan
  2. Sulphur
  3. Grambling

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Kenner, LA 67,253 3,342
2 Gretna, LA 17,888 3,649
3 Gonzales, LA 10,558 3,762
4 Oakdale, LA 7,669 3,923
5 Leesville, LA 6,335 3,943
6 Deridder, LA 10,995 3,964
7 Abbeville, LA 12,350 4,022
8 Patterson, LA 6,067 4,120
9 New Iberia, LA 30,292 4,224
10 Lake Charles, LA 75,194 4,225
11 Bossier City, LA 67,511 4,308
12 Hammond, LA 20,325 4,311
13 Marksville, LA 5,519 4,345
14 Baton Rouge, LA 227,549 4,353
15 Westwego, LA 8,557 4,398
16 Ruston, LA 22,154 4,433
17 Alexandria, LA 47,954 4,441
18 New Orleans, LA 388,182 4,467
19 Plaquemine, LA 6,812 4,490
20 Bogalusa, LA 11,852 4,493
21 Crowley, LA 13,047 4,494
22 Houma, LA 33,784 4,495
23 Franklin, LA 7,244 4,507
24 Carencro, LA 8,620 4,561
25 Shreveport, LA 196,217 4,596
26 Zachary, LA 16,879 4,603
27 Ponchatoula, LA 7,015 4,616
28 Minden, LA 12,614 4,651
29 Lafayette, LA 126,476 4,654
30 Rayne, LA 8,079 4,669
31 Pineville, LA 14,381 4,687
32 Breaux Bridge, LA 8,291 4,819
33 Natchitoches, LA 18,176 4,821
34 West Monroe, LA 12,874 4,843
35 St. Martinville, LA 6,058 4,879
36 Eunice, LA 10,305 4,885
37 Thibodaux, LA 14,488 4,911
38 Morgan City, LA 11,685 5,038
39 St. Gabriel, LA 7,094 5,048
40 Monroe, LA 48,938 5,107
41 Ville Platte, LA 7,259 5,174
42 Port Allen, LA 5,086 5,238
43 Springhill, LA 5,054 5,351
44 Slidell, LA 27,755 5,514
45 Jeanerette, LA 5,465 5,562
46 Covington, LA 9,925 5,674
47 Scott, LA 8,784 5,739
48 Donaldsonville, LA 7,975 5,767
49 Jennings, LA 10,084 5,879
50 Richwood, LA 5,332 6,013
51 Opelousas, LA 16,480 6,312
52 Tallulah, LA 7,013 6,383
53 Denham Springs, LA 10,066 6,530
54 Baker, LA 13,694 6,557
55 Walker, LA 6,266 6,564
56 Broussard, LA 10,888 6,581
57 Bastrop, LA 10,643 6,769
58 Central, LA 28,462 7,462
59 Youngsville, LA 11,950 7,565
60 Mandeville, LA 12,215 7,769
61 Grambling, LA 5,184 7,811
62 Sulphur, LA 20,237 7,888
63 Harahan, LA 9,367 7,986

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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