Most Diverse Cities In Michigan For 2020


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

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


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Michigan for 2020:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Michigan? According to the most Census data, Ecorse 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Michigan For 2020

Ecorse, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,372

HHI: 3,112
% White: 29.5%
% African American: 42.6%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Ecorse: PhotosData

Ecorse is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan, named for the Ecorse River. The population was 9,512 at the 2010 census.

Pontiac, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 60,116

HHI: 3,373
% White: 25.0%
% African American: 48.3%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Pontiac: PhotosData

Pontiac is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located near Metro Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 59,515. It is the county seat of Oakland County, and about 12 miles north and slightly west of the Detroit city limits.

Saginaw, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 48,997

HHI: 3,493
% White: 37.1%
% African American: 43.5%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Saginaw: PhotosData

Saginaw is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the seat of Saginaw County. The city of Saginaw and Saginaw County are both located in the area known as Mid-Michigan or Central Michigan. The city of Saginaw is located adjacent to Saginaw Charter Township and is considered part of the Tri-City area, along with neighboring Bay City and Midland. The Saginaw County MSA had a population of 196,542 in 2013. The city is also the largest municipality within the Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City Metropolitan Area.

Hamtramck, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,941

HHI: 3,580
% White: 51.8%
% African American: 13.5%
% Asian: 26.0%
More on Hamtramck: PhotosData

Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,423. Hamtramck is surrounded by the city of Detroit except for a small portion of the western border that touches the similarly surrounded city of Highland Park.

Lansing, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 116,699

HHI: 3,693
% White: 54.9%
% African American: 21.4%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Lansing: PhotosData

Lansing is the capital of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is mostly in Ingham County, although portions of the city extend west into Eaton County and north into Clinton County. The 2010 Census placed the city's population at 114,297, making it the fifth largest city in Michigan. The population of its Metropolitan Statistical Area was 464,036, while the even larger Combined Statistical Area population, which includes Shiawassee County, was 534,684. It was named the new state capital of Michigan in 1847, ten years after Michigan became a state.

Auburn Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,107

HHI: 3,762
% White: 55.9%
% African American: 16.9%
% Asian: 17.6%
More on Auburn Hills: PhotosData

Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 21,412 at the 2010 census. It is home to the world headquarters of Chrysler, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Oakland University.

Melvindale, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,419

HHI: 3,865
% White: 56.4%
% African American: 13.2%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Melvindale: PhotosData

Melvindale is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan and a Downriver suburb of Detroit. At the 2010 census, the city population was 10,715. Melvindale's slogan is "The Little City with a Big Heart."

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 51,525

HHI: 3,930
% White: 57.8%
% African American: 20.2%
% Asian: 8.7%
More on Kentwood: Data

Kentwood is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 48,707 at the 2010 census.

Muskegon, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 37,969

HHI: 3,968
% White: 53.8%
% African American: 31.1%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Muskegon: PhotosData

Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. At the 2010 census the city population was 38,401. The city is the county seat of Muskegon County. It is located at the southwest corner of Muskegon Township, but is administratively autonomous.

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,208

HHI: 4,008
% White: 60.0%
% African American: 9.8%
% Asian: 13.6%
More on Springfield: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 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 3,112 (Ecorse) to 9,516 (Frankenmuth).

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

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.

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. Frankenmuth
  2. Ishpeming
  3. Iron Mountain

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Michigan For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Ecorse, MI 9,372 3,112
2 Pontiac, MI 60,116 3,373
3 Saginaw, MI 48,997 3,493
4 Hamtramck, MI 21,941 3,580
5 Lansing, MI 116,699 3,693
6 Auburn Hills, MI 23,107 3,762
7 Melvindale, MI 10,419 3,865
8 Kentwood, MI 51,525 3,930
9 Muskegon, MI 37,969 3,968
10 Springfield, MI 5,208 4,008
11 River Rouge, MI 7,536 4,018
12 Grand Rapids, MI 197,081 4,139
13 Albion, MI 8,324 4,164
14 Flint, MI 97,161 4,257
15 Romulus, MI 23,515 4,300
16 Eastpointe, MI 32,576 4,342
17 Farmington Hills, MI 81,482 4,362
18 Oak Park, MI 29,849 4,385
19 Wyoming, MI 75,532 4,412
20 Dowagiac, MI 5,779 4,433
21 Novi, MI 59,625 4,515
22 Harper Woods, MI 13,959 4,553
23 Ypsilanti, MI 20,939 4,572
24 Kalamazoo, MI 76,040 4,638
25 St. Louis, MI 7,198 4,660
26 Battle Creek, MI 51,475 4,695
27 Farmington, MI 10,590 4,908
28 Ionia, MI 11,187 4,917
29 Ann Arbor, MI 120,641 4,919
30 Lincoln Park, MI 36,883 4,954
31 Troy, MI 83,881 5,031
32 Jackson, MI 32,800 5,060
33 Warren, MI 135,192 5,088
34 Holland, MI 33,503 5,137
35 Mount Clemens, MI 16,358 5,292
36 Center Line, MI 8,303 5,304
37 East Lansing, MI 48,374 5,347
38 Westland, MI 82,120 5,375
39 Southfield, MI 73,392 5,400
40 Wixom, MI 13,870 5,424
41 Taylor, MI 61,574 5,539
42 Adrian, MI 20,640 5,594
43 Inkster, MI 24,615 5,648
44 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 13,712 5,730
45 Roseville, MI 47,603 5,782
46 Sturgis, MI 10,855 5,787
47 Muskegon Heights, MI 10,735 5,812
48 Wayne, MI 17,063 5,824
49 Rochester Hills, MI 74,011 5,984
50 Niles, MI 11,265 6,032
51 Three Rivers, MI 7,680 6,262
52 Allegan, MI 5,044 6,285
53 Detroit, MI 677,155 6,302
54 Hazel Park, MI 16,592 6,424
55 Port Huron, MI 29,175 6,459
56 Southgate, MI 29,268 6,568
57 Grand Blanc, MI 7,925 6,599
58 Walled Lake, MI 7,193 6,601
59 Madison Heights, MI 30,226 6,632
60 Zeeland, MI 5,581 6,725
61 Houghton, MI 7,934 6,739
62 Sterling Heights, MI 132,470 6,776
63 Woodhaven, MI 12,551 6,854
64 Mount Pleasant, MI 25,691 6,886
65 Coldwater, MI 12,284 6,887
66 Portage, MI 48,421 7,001
67 Dearborn Heights, MI 56,089 7,054
68 Burton, MI 28,754 7,101
69 Bay City, MI 33,463 7,155
70 Ferndale, MI 20,211 7,216
71 Beverly Hills, MI 10,440 7,248
72 Lapeer, MI 8,731 7,253
73 Allen Park, MI 27,353 7,254
74 Benton Harbor, MI 9,920 7,255
75 Big Rapids, MI 10,392 7,307
76 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,207 7,329
77 Monroe, MI 19,947 7,363
78 Grandville, MI 15,952 7,407
79 St. Joseph, MI 8,314 7,478
80 Mason, MI 8,447 7,511
81 Fraser, MI 14,638 7,526
82 Walker, MI 24,768 7,562
83 Flat Rock, MI 9,932 7,601
84 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,559 7,693
85 Norton Shores, MI 24,357 7,713
86 Royal Oak, MI 59,107 7,721
87 Midland, MI 41,963 7,760
88 Dearborn, MI 95,089 7,779
89 Rochester, MI 13,130 7,802
90 Manistee, MI 6,071 7,828
91 Berkley, MI 15,360 7,849
92 Alma, MI 9,051 7,852
93 Howell, MI 9,597 7,882
94 Swartz Creek, MI 5,531 7,912
95 Livonia, MI 94,567 7,916
96 Marquette, MI 20,932 7,927
97 Birmingham, MI 21,066 7,958
98 Riverview, MI 12,167 8,020
99 Highland Park, MI 10,915 8,026
100 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,781 8,055

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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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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