These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts


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

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

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts

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 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 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 3031 (Boston) to 9204 (Palmer Town).

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 Palmer Town was the least diverse city.

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.

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1. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 650,281
HHI: 3,031
% White: 45.5%
% African American: 22.7%
% Asian: 9.25%

2. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,612
HHI: 3,114
% White: 46.95%
% African American: 13.97%
% Asian: 24.44%

3. Lynn

Lynn, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 91,626
HHI: 3,161
% White: 41.18%
% African American: 11.63%
% Asian: 7.85%

4. Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,349
HHI: 3,290
% White: 49.53%
% African American: 6.8%
% Asian: 21.31%

5. Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 153,947
HHI: 3,308
% White: 34.16%
% African American: 18.83%
% Asian: 2.1%

6. Brockton

Brockton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,532
HHI: 3,316
% White: 41.04%
% African American: 38.59%
% Asian: 2.03%

7. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,885
HHI: 3,456
% White: 51.42%
% African American: 17.71%
% Asian: 4.58%

8. Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 183,382
HHI: 3,972
% White: 57.94%
% African American: 11.39%
% Asian: 7.16%

9. Holyoke

Holyoke, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,342
HHI: 4,352
% White: 43.42%
% African American: 3.81%
% Asian: 1.53%

10. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 107,916
HHI: 4,368
% White: 62.99%
% African American: 10.03%
% Asian: 14.94%

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. Palmer Town
  2. Gloucester
  3. Newburyport

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts

City Rank HHI Population
Boston 1 3,031 650,281
Malden 2 3,114 60,612
Lynn 3 3,161 91,626
Lowell 4 3,290 109,349
Springfield 5 3,308 153,947
Brockton 6 3,316 94,532
Everett 7 3,456 43,885
Worcester 8 3,972 183,382
Holyoke 9 4,352 40,342
Cambridge 10 4,368 107,916
Revere 11 4,376 53,095
Quincy 12 4,721 93,177
New Bedford 13 4,757 94,909
Chelsea 14 4,759 37,581
Waltham 15 4,820 62,438
Fitchburg 16 4,940 40,462
Southbridge Town 17 4,955 16,802
Somerville 18 5,096 78,595
Methuen Town 19 5,500 48,607
Marlborough 20 5,552 39,425
Newton 21 5,706 87,675
Medford 22 5,718 57,136
Salem 23 5,733 42,499
Leominster 24 5,945 41,176
Watertown Town 25 5,975 33,350
Chicopee 26 6,067 56,186
Haverhill 27 6,117 62,079
Lawrence 28 6,136 78,804
West Springfield Town 29 6,366 28,600
Fall River 30 6,553 88,727
Northampton 31 6,642 28,602
Braintree Town 32 6,834 36,905
Woburn 33 6,961 39,104
Taunton 34 7,128 56,276
Attleboro 35 7,150 43,953
Weymouth Town 36 7,262 55,304
Pittsfield 37 7,318 43,926
Westfield 38 7,366 41,480
Gardner 39 7,378 20,306
Peabody 40 7,420 52,065
Easthampton Town 41 7,538 16,060
Winthrop Town 42 7,747 17,962
Barnstable Town 43 7,813 44,591
Greenfield Town 44 7,858 17,514
Melrose 45 7,919 27,681
Agawam Town 46 7,960 28,688
Franklin Town 47 8,330 32,731
North Adams 48 8,410 13,459
Beverly 49 8,460 40,670
Amesbury Town 50 8,771 16,907
Newburyport 51 8,784 17,766
Gloucester 52 8,929 29,399
Palmer Town 53 9,204 12,168

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