These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana


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. Leesville (Photos)
  4. Deridder (Photos)
  5. Abbeville (Photos)
  6. Oakdale
  7. Patterson (Photos)
  8. New Iberia (Photos)
  9. Lake Charles (Photos)
  10. Bogalusa (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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana

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 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 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 3425 (Kenner) to 8527 (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: 66,993
HHI: 3,425
% White: 48.41%
% African American: 23.14%
% Asian: 4.2%

2. Gretna

Gretna, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,827
HHI: 3,499
% White: 46.55%
% African American: 33.34%
% Asian: 2.69%

3. Leesville

Leesville, Louisiana

Source: Https://Atherholt.Files.Wordpress.Com/

Population: 6,608
HHI: 3,827
% White: 50.45%
% African American: 34.64%
% Asian: 2.68%

4. Deridder

Source: Google Maps

Households: 10,861
HHI: 3,975
% White: 51.86%
% African American: 34.83%
% Asian: 1.24%

5. Abbeville

Abbeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,381
HHI: 4,009
% White: 45.25%
% African American: 43.74%
% Asian: 6.29%

6. Oakdale

Source: Google Maps

Households: 7,722
HHI: 4,057
% White: 56.33%
% African American: 27.71%
% Asian: 1.24%

7. Patterson

Patterson, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,106
HHI: 4,173
% White: 49.92%
% African American: 40.53%
% Asian: 0.29%

8. New Iberia

New Iberia, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,782
HHI: 4,194
% White: 49.55%
% African American: 41.32%
% Asian: 2.1%

9. Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,190
HHI: 4,214
% White: 43.79%
% African American: 47.7%
% Asian: 2.25%

10. Bogalusa

Bogalusa, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,006
HHI: 4,216
% White: 42.31%
% African American: 48.82%
% Asian: 0.11%

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. Grambling
  3. Sulphur

For more Louisiana reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana

City Rank HHI Population
Kenner 1 3,425 66,993
Gretna 2 3,499 17,827
Leesville 3 3,827 6,608
Deridder 4 3,975 10,861
Abbeville 5 4,009 12,381
Oakdale 6 4,057 7,722
Patterson 7 4,173 6,106
New Iberia 8 4,194 30,782
Lake Charles 9 4,214 74,190
Bogalusa 10 4,216 12,006
Gonzales 11 4,288 10,319
Carencro 12 4,374 8,269
Baton Rouge 13 4,379 229,186
Marksville 14 4,414 5,594
New Orleans 15 4,473 376,738
Ruston 16 4,479 22,185
Houma 17 4,480 33,982
Bossier City 18 4,499 66,093
Hammond 19 4,536 20,272
Plaquemine 20 4,564 6,993
Crowley 21 4,569 13,193
Franklin 22 4,594 7,435
Shreveport 23 4,597 200,015
Morgan City 24 4,607 12,019
Lafayette 25 4,633 124,982
Alexandria 26 4,684 47,985
Ponchatoula 27 4,685 6,845
Eunice 28 4,694 10,252
Pineville 29 4,739 14,455
Minden 30 4,790 12,887
St. Gabriel 31 4,797 6,872
Natchitoches 32 4,858 18,460
Breaux Bridge 33 4,884 8,286
Thibodaux 34 4,897 14,579
Zachary 35 4,901 15,868
Rayne 36 4,987 7,988
Ville Platte 37 5,034 7,327
Port Allen 38 5,069 5,137
West Monroe 39 5,114 13,032
Jeanerette 40 5,142 5,549
Monroe 41 5,154 49,529
Springhill 42 5,170 5,194
St. Martinville 43 5,294 6,105
Scott 44 5,310 8,865
Covington 45 5,316 9,350
Westwego 46 5,442 8,564
Slidell 47 5,725 27,567
Jennings 48 5,731 10,226
Broussard 49 5,868 9,637
Donaldsonville 50 6,068 7,577
Baker 51 6,101 13,800
Richwood 52 6,263 5,993
Tallulah 53 6,341 7,187
Opelousas 54 6,448 16,638
Denham Springs 55 6,631 10,126
Bastrop 56 6,715 10,949
Mandeville 57 6,717 12,187
Walker 58 7,553 6,205
Central 59 7,769 27,768
Youngsville 60 7,786 10,109
Sulphur 61 8,099 20,199
Grambling 62 8,205 5,067
Harahan 63 8,527 9,328

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