Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts For 2020


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts

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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 Massachusetts 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 53 cities in Massachusetts from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Boston (Photos)
  2. Brockton (Photos)
  3. Everett (Photos)
  4. Malden (Photos)
  5. Lynn (Photos)
  6. Lowell (Photos)
  7. Springfield (Photos)
  8. Worcester (Photos)
  9. Revere (Photos)
  10. Cambridge (Photos)

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

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

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 679,413

HHI: 2,983
% White: 44.5%
% African American: 22.7%
% Asian: 9.6%
More on Boston: PhotosData

Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Brockton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 95,426

HHI: 3,059
% White: 34.3%
% African American: 40.8%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Brockton: PhotosData

Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 95,314 in the 2015 Census. Brockton, along with Plymouth, are the county seats of Plymouth County. Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts and is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs. Two of the villages within the city are Montello and Campello, both have the distinction of having their own MBTA Commuter Rail Stations and post offices. Campello is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but also the most populous. Brockton hosts a baseball team, the Brockton Rox. Brockton is one of the windiest cities in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14.3mph.

Everett, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 45,856

HHI: 3,063
% White: 44.6%
% African American: 17.8%
% Asian: 6.9%
More on Everett: PhotosData

Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 4 miles north of Boston. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 61,094

HHI: 3,116
% White: 47.1%
% African American: 16.1%
% Asian: 23.4%
More on Malden: PhotosData

Malden is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population was at 59,450 people. In 2009, Malden was named the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Lynn, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 93,617

HHI: 3,238
% White: 36.5%
% African American: 11.2%
% Asian: 7.4%
More on Lynn: PhotosData

Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Boston, Lynn is part of Greater Boston's urban inner core. An early colonial settlement and industrial center, Lynn was long colloquially referred to as the "City of Sin," owing to its historic reputation for crime and vice. Today, however, the city is known for its large international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. The city also is home to the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Lynn Heritage State Park, and the National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.

Lowell, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 111,249

HHI: 3,312
% White: 48.8%
% African American: 6.6%
% Asian: 23.1%
More on Lowell: PhotosData

Lowell is a city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located in Middlesex County, Lowell was a county seat until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. With an estimated population of 109,945 in 2014, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, and the second-largest in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The city is also part of a smaller Massachusetts statistical area called Greater Lowell, as well as New England's Merrimack Valley region.

Springfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 154,596

HHI: 3,362
% White: 31.7%
% African American: 18.6%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Springfield: PhotosData

Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 153,060. Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts, had a population of 692,942 as of 2010.

Worcester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 185,195

HHI: 3,815
% White: 56.2%
% African American: 11.9%
% Asian: 7.6%
More on Worcester: PhotosData

Worcester pronunciation is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles west of Boston, 50 miles east of Springfield and 40 miles north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine's Day card was invented in the city.

Revere, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 53,966

HHI: 4,076
% White: 54.5%
% African American: 5.2%
% Asian: 4.7%
More on Revere: PhotosData

Revere is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 5 miles from downtown Boston. It is named after the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city has a population of 51,755 inhabitants.

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 115,665

HHI: 4,150
% White: 60.8%
% African American: 10.2%
% Asian: 15.9%
More on Cambridge: PhotosData

Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 12,000 people. That left us with 53 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 2,983 (Boston) to 8,672 (Gloucester).

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

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

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

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

  1. Gloucester
  2. Amesbury Town
  3. Newburyport

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Boston, MA 679,413 2,983
2 Brockton, MA 95,426 3,059
3 Everett, MA 45,856 3,063
4 Malden, MA 61,094 3,116
5 Lynn, MA 93,617 3,238
6 Lowell, MA 111,249 3,312
7 Springfield, MA 154,596 3,362
8 Worcester, MA 185,195 3,815
9 Revere, MA 53,966 4,076
10 Cambridge, MA 115,665 4,150
11 New Bedford, MA 95,117 4,343
12 Quincy, MA 94,121 4,427
13 Holyoke, MA 40,376 4,488
14 Waltham, MA 62,979 4,640
15 Methuen Town, MA 50,019 4,777
16 Fitchburg, MA 40,737 4,825
17 Chelsea, MA 39,852 4,980
18 Southbridge Town, MA 16,894 5,037
19 Somerville, MA 80,434 5,101
20 Leominster, MA 41,579 5,253
21 Medford, MA 57,771 5,339
22 Salem, MA 43,302 5,413
23 Marlborough, MA 39,776 5,501
24 Chicopee, MA 55,661 5,545
25 Newton, MA 88,660 5,702
26 Haverhill, MA 63,280 5,773
27 Fall River, MA 89,339 6,068
28 Woburn, MA 40,298 6,123
29 Watertown Town, MA 35,103 6,164
30 Taunton, MA 56,963 6,243
31 West Springfield Town, MA 28,666 6,349
32 Braintree Town, MA 37,207 6,643
33 Lawrence, MA 79,841 6,660
34 Northampton, MA 28,568 6,753
35 Attleboro, MA 44,548 7,010
36 Pittsfield, MA 43,058 7,111
37 Peabody, MA 52,865 7,118
38 Weymouth Town, MA 56,384 7,129
39 Gardner, MA 20,555 7,140
40 Westfield, MA 41,599 7,350
41 Melrose, MA 28,116 7,439
42 Barnstable Town, MA 44,314 7,489
43 Greenfield Town, MA 17,468 7,694
44 Winthrop Town, MA 18,535 7,780
45 Palmer Town, MA 12,251 7,806
46 Easthampton Town, MA 16,023 7,873
47 North Adams, MA 13,089 7,893
48 Franklin Town, MA 33,022 7,898
49 Agawam Town, MA 28,744 8,015
50 Beverly, MA 41,731 8,155
51 Newburyport, MA 17,990 8,434
52 Amesbury Town, MA 17,378 8,470
53 Gloucester, MA 30,049 8,672

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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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