These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Michigan


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

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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 Michigan 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 149 cities in Michigan from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Saginaw (Photos)
  2. Pontiac (Photos)
  3. Ecorse (Photos)
  4. Lansing (Photos)
  5. Hamtramck (Photos)
  6. River Rouge (Photos)
  7. Dowagiac (Photos)
  8. Muskegon (Photos)
  9. Grand Rapids (Photos)
  10. Auburn Hills (Photos)

Saginaw took the number one over all spot for diversity in Michigan.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Michigan ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Michigan

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 Michigan.

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 149 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 3490 (Saginaw) to 9678 (Milford).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Michigan 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. Saginaw

Saginaw, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,288
HHI: 3,490
% White: 37.67%
% African American: 43.02%
% Asian: 0.47%

2. Pontiac

Pontiac, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,928
HHI: 3,533
% White: 26.58%
% African American: 50.24%
% Asian: 1.88%

3. Ecorse

Ecorse, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,338
HHI: 3,612
% White: 37.74%
% African American: 44.75%
% Asian: 0.01%

4. Lansing

Lansing, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 114,485
HHI: 3,739
% White: 55.6%
% African American: 20.89%
% Asian: 4.08%

5. Hamtramck

Hamtramck, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,150
HHI: 3,821
% White: 54.7%
% African American: 14.3%
% Asian: 24.59%

6. River Rouge

River Rouge, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,673
HHI: 3,940
% White: 32.32%
% African American: 52.4%
% Asian: 0.36%

7. Dowagiac

Dowagiac, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,866
HHI: 3,949
% White: 58.93%
% African American: 13.55%
% Asian: 0.15%

8. Muskegon

Muskegon, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,861
HHI: 4,076
% White: 54.3%
% African American: 32.38%
% Asian: 0.22%

9. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 192,416
HHI: 4,127
% White: 59.02%
% African American: 19.62%
% Asian: 1.94%

10. Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,085
HHI: 4,132
% White: 60.35%
% African American: 17.63%
% Asian: 11.35%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Michigan

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

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

  1. Milford
  2. Ishpeming
  3. Grand Haven

For more Michigan reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Michigan

City Rank HHI Population
Saginaw 1 3,490 50,288
Pontiac 2 3,533 59,928
Ecorse 3 3,612 9,338
Lansing 4 3,739 114,485
Hamtramck 5 3,821 22,150
River Rouge 6 3,940 7,673
Dowagiac 7 3,949 5,866
Muskegon 8 4,076 37,861
Grand Rapids 9 4,127 192,416
Auburn Hills 10 4,132 22,085
Romulus 11 4,157 23,557
Kentwood 12 4,218 50,286
Eastpointe 13 4,237 32,585
Harper Woods 14 4,379 13,964
Oak Park 15 4,399 29,727
Flint 16 4,407 99,802
Ypsilanti 17 4,433 19,874
Springfield 18 4,507 5,216
Melvindale 19 4,564 10,510
Farmington Hills 20 4,585 80,971
Albion 21 4,625 8,316
St. Louis 22 4,699 7,355
Kalamazoo 23 4,705 75,499
Farmington 24 4,717 10,509
Holland 25 4,904 33,526
Battle Creek 26 4,951 51,830
Novi 27 5,016 57,577
Jackson 28 5,053 33,255
Ann Arbor 29 5,071 116,194
Wyoming 30 5,084 74,105
Mount Clemens 31 5,094 16,381
Troy 32 5,129 82,542
Southfield 33 5,495 72,859
Westland 34 5,496 82,642
Ionia 35 5,505 11,384
East Lansing 36 5,538 48,669
Wixom 37 5,546 13,690
Warren 38 5,567 134,857
Taylor 39 5,661 62,021
Sault Ste. Marie 40 5,700 14,048
Lincoln Park 41 5,809 37,362
Inkster 42 5,875 24,897
Center Line 43 5,948 8,306
Adrian 44 6,011 20,878
Sturgis 45 6,046 10,916
Muskegon Heights 46 6,064 10,809
Roseville 47 6,122 47,529
Rochester Hills 48 6,258 72,643
Three Rivers 49 6,375 7,787
Wayne 50 6,460 17,251
Detroit 51 6,520 690,074
Niles 52 6,533 11,450
Port Huron 53 6,639 29,508
Walled Lake 54 6,730 7,091
Dearborn Heights 55 6,768 56,656
Houghton 56 6,837 7,942
Zeeland 57 6,886 5,591
Hazel Park 58 6,901 16,600
Sterling Heights 59 6,936 131,139
Ferndale 60 6,962 20,160
Southgate 61 7,012 29,518
Grosse Pointe Park 62 7,052 11,343
Grand Blanc 63 7,059 8,088
Mount Pleasant 64 7,077 26,134
Madison Heights 65 7,126 30,123
Bay City 66 7,192 34,402
Big Rapids 67 7,243 10,532
Richmond 68 7,258 5,825
Portage 69 7,277 47,496
Grandville 70 7,304 15,739
Lapeer 71 7,325 8,790
Benton Harbor 72 7,333 10,014
Allegan 73 7,344 5,036
Riverview 74 7,409 12,266
Monroe 75 7,437 20,335
Burton 76 7,449 29,223
Beverly Hills 77 7,549 10,403
Allen Park 78 7,549 27,676
Flat Rock 79 7,550 9,879
Walker 80 7,565 24,242
Fraser 81 7,569 14,582
Rochester 82 7,574 12,909
Woodhaven 83 7,671 12,645
Dearborn 84 7,715 96,069
Mason 85 7,742 8,317
Norton Shores 86 7,755 23,982
Marshall 87 7,776 7,038
Belding 88 7,800 5,771
Midland 89 7,820 41,995
Charlotte 90 7,874 9,057
Royal Oak 91 7,909 58,689
Marquette 92 7,911 21,444
Coldwater 93 7,946 10,866
Birmingham 94 7,988 20,489
Clawson 95 8,014 11,988
St. Joseph 96 8,020 8,311
Hudsonville 97 8,036 7,271
Grosse Pointe Woods 98 8,056 15,859
Grosse Pointe 99 8,060 5,295
South Lyon 100 8,112 11,616

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