These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Michigan For 2018


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

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

Pontiac 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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 148 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 3448 (Pontiac) to 9698 (Ishpeming).

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

Pontiac, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,920
HHI: 3,448
% White: 26.47%
% African American: 49.25%
% Asian: 1.96%

2. Saginaw

Saginaw, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,892
HHI: 3,456
% White: 37.29%
% African American: 42.71%
% Asian: 0.57%

3. Ecorse

Ecorse, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,270
HHI: 3,646
% White: 34.17%
% African American: 47.76%
% Asian: 0.01%

4. Hamtramck

Hamtramck, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,985
HHI: 3,704
% White: 53.55%
% African American: 14.74%
% Asian: 24.43%

5. Lansing

Lansing, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 114,773
HHI: 3,722
% White: 55.41%
% African American: 20.97%
% Asian: 3.88%

6. Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,342
HHI: 3,782
% White: 56.35%
% African American: 18.66%
% Asian: 14.56%

7. River Rouge

River Rouge, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,609
HHI: 3,836
% White: 34.09%
% African American: 49.48%
% Asian: 0.0%

8. Melvindale

Melvindale, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,437
HHI: 3,855
% White: 57.29%
% African American: 12.87%
% Asian: 4.13%

9. Springfield


Population: 5,218
HHI: 3,905
% White: 58.76%
% African American: 9.75%
% Asian: 15.01%

10. Dowagiac

Dowagiac, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,863
HHI: 3,947
% White: 58.86%
% African American: 14.63%
% Asian: 0.31%

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. Ishpeming
  2. Grand Haven
  3. St. Clair

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Michigan

City Rank HHI Population
Pontiac 1 3,448 59,920
Saginaw 2 3,456 49,892
Ecorse 3 3,646 9,270
Hamtramck 4 3,704 21,985
Lansing 5 3,722 114,773
Auburn Hills 6 3,782 22,342
River Rouge 7 3,836 7,609
Melvindale 8 3,855 10,437
Springfield 9 3,905 5,218
Dowagiac 10 3,947 5,863
Muskegon 11 4,031 38,086
Kentwood 12 4,072 50,761
Grand Rapids 13 4,164 193,887
Romulus 14 4,205 23,457
Eastpointe 15 4,267 32,648
Flint 16 4,378 98,918
Ypsilanti 17 4,406 20,577
Harper Woods 18 4,438 13,895
Oak Park 19 4,510 29,751
Farmington Hills 20 4,573 81,154
Kalamazoo 21 4,649 75,885
St. Louis 22 4,689 7,302
Albion 23 4,698 8,293
Novi 24 4,742 58,233
Wyoming 25 4,816 74,692
Farmington 26 4,866 10,526
Battle Creek 27 4,890 51,763
Holland 28 4,994 33,581
Ann Arbor 29 5,046 118,087
Jackson 30 5,083 33,165
Mount Clemens 31 5,104 16,390
Troy 32 5,210 82,982
Lincoln Park 33 5,279 37,155
Warren 34 5,302 135,069
Southfield 35 5,360 73,055
Ionia 36 5,400 11,396
East Lansing 37 5,438 48,395
Inkster 38 5,471 24,738
Center Line 39 5,471 8,313
Wixom 40 5,499 13,733
Westland 41 5,586 82,218
Taylor 42 5,670 61,716
Adrian 43 5,783 20,800
Sturgis 44 5,856 10,921
Sault Ste. Marie 45 5,910 13,941
Rochester Hills 46 6,143 72,987
Roseville 47 6,164 47,606
Muskegon Heights 48 6,222 10,792
Wayne 49 6,251 17,143
Three Rivers 50 6,296 7,743
Detroit 51 6,456 683,443
Niles 52 6,499 11,379
Port Huron 53 6,599 29,388
Southgate 54 6,607 29,355
Hazel Park 55 6,648 16,587
Grand Blanc 56 6,660 8,039
Houghton 57 6,699 7,924
Zeeland 58 6,792 5,595
Walled Lake 59 6,816 7,102
Dearborn Heights 60 6,842 56,329
Sterling Heights 61 6,972 131,674
Grosse Pointe Park 62 7,006 11,276
Madison Heights 63 7,012 30,168
Lapeer 64 7,021 8,795
Ferndale 65 7,042 20,167
Grandville 66 7,049 15,842
Mount Pleasant 67 7,056 25,896
Allegan 68 7,112 5,051
Fraser 69 7,169 14,620
Bay City 70 7,195 34,110
Woodhaven 71 7,204 12,590
Burton 72 7,240 28,995
Portage 73 7,267 47,854
Benton Harbor 74 7,303 9,988
Monroe 75 7,316 20,243
Big Rapids 76 7,375 10,495
Mason 77 7,392 8,334
St. Joseph 78 7,482 8,307
Allen Park 79 7,492 27,519
Beverly Hills 80 7,536 10,450
Rochester 81 7,639 12,969
Walker 82 7,651 24,458
Norton Shores 83 7,682 24,091
Flat Rock 84 7,727 9,836
Dearborn 85 7,742 95,520
Riverview 86 7,757 12,208
Grosse Pointe Woods 87 7,805 15,785
Marshall 88 7,829 7,046
Birmingham 89 7,842 20,653
Midland 90 7,855 42,063
Marquette 91 7,869 21,282
Royal Oak 92 7,904 58,823
Hudsonville 93 7,960 7,278
Charlotte 94 7,979 9,043
Livonia 95 7,991 94,849
Manistee 96 8,026 6,100
Coldwater 97 8,046 10,834
Holly 98 8,064 6,171
Grosse Pointe 99 8,105 5,256
Garden City 100 8,188 27,009

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