These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana For 2018


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

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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 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 3401 (Kenner) to 8213 (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.

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1. Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,954
HHI: 3,401
% White: 47.83%
% African American: 23.87%
% Asian: 4.02%

2. Gretna

Gretna, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,832
HHI: 3,472
% White: 44.08%
% African American: 35.27%
% Asian: 1.28%

3. Gonzales

Gonzales, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,492
HHI: 3,860
% White: 42.23%
% African American: 44.61%
% Asian: 0.42%

4. Leesville


Population: 6,551
HHI: 3,905
% White: 51.49%
% African American: 34.18%
% Asian: 2.55%

5. Abbeville

Abbeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,408
HHI: 3,983
% White: 43.76%
% African American: 44.95%
% Asian: 6.02%

6. Deridder

Deridder, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,918
HHI: 4,053
% White: 52.27%
% African American: 35.4%
% Asian: 1.14%

7. Oakdale


Population: 7,693
HHI: 4,111
% White: 57.6%
% African American: 25.13%
% Asian: 1.22%

8. Patterson


Population: 6,085
HHI: 4,116
% White: 49.73%
% African American: 39.98%
% Asian: 0.61%

9. New Iberia

New Iberia, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,717
HHI: 4,132
% White: 48.88%
% African American: 41.36%
% Asian: 2.81%

10. Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,044
HHI: 4,196
% White: 42.76%
% African American: 48.42%
% Asian: 2.01%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana

City Rank HHI Population
Kenner 1 3,401 66,954
Gretna 2 3,472 17,832
Gonzales 3 3,860 10,492
Leesville 4 3,905 6,551
Abbeville 5 3,983 12,408
Deridder 6 4,053 10,918
Oakdale 7 4,111 7,693
Patterson 8 4,116 6,085
New Iberia 9 4,132 30,717
Lake Charles 10 4,196 75,044
Bogalusa 11 4,237 11,964
Bossier City 12 4,348 67,152
Ponchatoula 13 4,375 6,944
Baton Rouge 14 4,381 228,694
Hammond 15 4,407 20,389
Marksville 16 4,413 5,560
Franklin 17 4,435 7,339
Ruston 18 4,436 22,245
New Orleans 19 4,488 382,922
Carencro 20 4,506 8,420
Alexandria 21 4,581 48,044
Crowley 22 4,583 13,155
Houma 23 4,596 34,052
Plaquemine 24 4,605 6,920
Shreveport 25 4,622 198,571
Lafayette 26 4,648 125,808
Westwego 27 4,720 8,545
Eunice 28 4,729 10,199
Minden 29 4,750 12,790
Breaux Bridge 30 4,760 8,331
Pineville 31 4,765 14,477
Morgan City 32 4,819 11,936
Rayne 33 4,825 8,051
West Monroe 34 4,867 13,031
Zachary 35 4,905 16,154
Thibodaux 36 4,931 14,565
Natchitoches 37 4,933 18,402
St. Gabriel 38 5,001 6,984
St. Martinville 39 5,055 6,096
Port Allen 40 5,085 5,123
Ville Platte 41 5,095 7,338
Monroe 42 5,142 49,361
Scott 43 5,337 8,687
Covington 44 5,342 9,725
Springhill 45 5,346 5,149
Jeanerette 46 5,513 5,526
Slidell 47 5,513 27,697
Jennings 48 5,857 10,180
Donaldsonville 49 5,935 7,916
Richwood 50 6,029 5,626
Broussard 51 6,150 10,221
Opelousas 52 6,266 16,605
Baker 53 6,439 13,754
Tallulah 54 6,478 7,144
Bastrop 55 6,686 10,851
Denham Springs 56 6,766 10,278
Walker 57 6,843 6,256
Mandeville 58 6,998 12,244
Central 59 7,324 28,017
Youngsville 60 7,638 10,878
Grambling 61 7,728 5,107
Sulphur 62 8,207 20,198
Harahan 63 8,213 9,321

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