These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Maine For 2018


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

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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 Maine 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 19 cities in Maine from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Portland (Photos)
  2. Lewiston (Photos)
  3. Westbrook (Photos)
  4. Waterville (Photos)
  5. Biddeford
  6. Old Town (Photos)
  7. Auburn (Photos)
  8. Caribou (Photos)
  9. Bangor (Photos)
  10. Saco (Photos)

Portland took the number one over all spot for diversity in Maine.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Maine 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 Maine or the worst places to live in Maine.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Maine 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 Maine.

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 19 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 6757 (Portland) to 9605 (Brewer).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Portland took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Brewer was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maine 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. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,649
HHI: 6,757
% White: 81.6%
% African American: 8.17%
% Asian: 3.51%

2. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,277
HHI: 7,586
% White: 86.8%
% African American: 3.78%
% Asian: 0.89%

3. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,969
HHI: 7,887
% White: 88.62%
% African American: 2.28%
% Asian: 1.77%

4. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,134
HHI: 7,965
% White: 89.1%
% African American: 3.34%
% Asian: 2.45%

5. Biddeford

Biddeford, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,341
HHI: 8,180
% White: 90.32%
% African American: 2.29%
% Asian: 1.91%

6. Old Town

Old Town, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,655
HHI: 8,228
% White: 90.57%
% African American: 1.16%
% Asian: 1.91%

7. Auburn

Auburn, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,943
HHI: 8,266
% White: 90.74%
% African American: 0.89%
% Asian: 1.51%

8. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,902
HHI: 8,357
% White: 91.31%
% African American: 3.34%
% Asian: 0.25%

9. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,491
HHI: 8,421
% White: 91.68%
% African American: 1.36%
% Asian: 2.77%

10. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,008
HHI: 8,509
% White: 92.17%
% African American: 1.06%
% Asian: 1.98%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Maine

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Maine:

  1. Brewer
  2. Ellsworth
  3. Belfast

For more Maine reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Maine

City Rank HHI Population
Portland 1 6,757 66,649
Lewiston 2 7,586 36,277
Westbrook 3 7,887 17,969
Waterville 4 7,965 16,134
Biddeford 5 8,180 21,341
Old Town 6 8,228 7,655
Auburn 7 8,266 22,943
Caribou 8 8,357 7,902
Bangor 9 8,421 32,491
Saco 10 8,509 19,008
South Portland 11 8,525 25,397
Augusta 12 8,661 18,691
Presque Isle 13 8,694 9,298
Bath 14 8,840 8,334
Gardiner 15 8,911 5,670
Rockland 16 8,955 7,220
Belfast 17 8,982 6,641
Ellsworth 18 9,181 7,879
Brewer 19 9,605 9,284

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