These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts For 2018


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. Lynn (Photos)
  3. Everett (Photos)
  4. Malden (Photos)
  5. Brockton (Photos)
  6. Lowell (Photos)
  7. Springfield (Photos)
  8. Worcester (Photos)
  9. Revere (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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in Massachusetts or the worst places to live in Massachusetts.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 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 3027 (Boston) to 8944 (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.

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: 658,279
HHI: 3,027
% White: 45.33%
% African American: 22.79%
% Asian: 9.26%

2. Lynn

Lynn, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,074
HHI: 3,168
% White: 39.03%
% African American: 11.46%
% Asian: 7.73%

3. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,636
HHI: 3,203
% White: 48.02%
% African American: 18.92%
% Asian: 6.94%

4. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,732
HHI: 3,208
% White: 48.63%
% African American: 14.67%
% Asian: 22.93%

5. Brockton

Brockton, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,813
HHI: 3,273
% White: 39.55%
% African American: 39.5%
% Asian: 1.76%

6. Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,871
HHI: 3,312
% White: 49.41%
% African American: 6.66%
% Asian: 21.04%

7. Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 153,991
HHI: 3,331
% White: 33.21%
% African American: 18.84%
% Asian: 2.02%

8. Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 183,677
HHI: 3,926
% White: 57.38%
% African American: 12.15%
% Asian: 7.06%

9. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,165
HHI: 4,279
% White: 58.45%
% African American: 4.68%
% Asian: 5.53%

10. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,757
HHI: 4,279
% White: 62.15%
% African American: 9.99%
% Asian: 15.2%

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. Palmer Town
  3. Amesbury Town

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Massachusetts

City Rank HHI Population
Boston 1 3,027 658,279
Lynn 2 3,168 92,074
Everett 3 3,203 44,636
Malden 4 3,208 60,732
Brockton 5 3,273 94,813
Lowell 6 3,312 109,871
Springfield 7 3,331 153,991
Worcester 8 3,926 183,677
Revere 9 4,279 53,165
Cambridge 10 4,279 108,757
Holyoke 11 4,377 40,280
Quincy 12 4,571 93,349
New Bedford 13 4,685 94,988
Waltham 14 4,733 62,699
Fitchburg 15 4,836 40,441
Chelsea 16 4,887 38,244
Southbridge Town 17 4,952 16,824
Somerville 18 5,126 79,507
Marlborough 19 5,241 39,545
Methuen Town 20 5,312 49,043
Medford 21 5,687 57,180
Salem 22 5,726 42,804
Newton 23 5,730 88,317
Chicopee 24 5,902 56,100
Leominster 25 5,922 41,304
Watertown Town 26 6,059 33,849
Haverhill 27 6,060 62,340
Lawrence 28 6,242 79,337
West Springfield Town 29 6,420 28,575
Fall River 30 6,423 88,902
Northampton 31 6,654 28,534
Braintree Town 32 6,760 37,066
Woburn 33 6,813 39,220
Attleboro 34 7,092 44,121
Taunton 35 7,146 56,504
Weymouth Town 36 7,276 55,601
Peabody 37 7,330 52,235
Pittsfield 38 7,341 43,632
Winthrop Town 39 7,349 18,031
Westfield 40 7,561 41,486
Melrose 41 7,685 27,787
Agawam Town 42 7,775 28,701
Gardner 43 7,785 20,334
Easthampton Town 44 7,793 16,042
Greenfield Town 45 7,815 17,477
Barnstable Town 46 7,831 44,498
North Adams 47 8,135 13,326
Franklin Town 48 8,230 32,873
Beverly 49 8,373 40,967
Newburyport 50 8,532 17,837
Amesbury Town 51 8,806 17,082
Palmer Town 52 8,896 12,145
Gloucester 53 8,944 29,546

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