These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Michigan For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 149 cities in Michigan from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Michigan for 2019:

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

How we determined the most diverse cities in Michigan for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 3,342 (Ecorse) to 9,634 (Ishpeming).

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 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Michigan For 2019

Ecorse, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,321

HHI: 3,342
% White: 33.6%
% African American: 43.8%
% 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: 60,039

HHI: 3,388
% White: 26.2%
% African American: 48.4%
% Asian: 1.3%
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: 49,366

HHI: 3,453
% White: 37.3%
% African American: 42.7%
% 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.

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,203

HHI: 3,674
% White: 56.2%
% African American: 10.2%
% Asian: 15.8%
More on Springfield: PhotosData

Hamtramck, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,959

HHI: 3,690
% White: 53.5%
% African American: 13.9%
% Asian: 24.4%
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: 115,222

HHI: 3,697
% White: 55.1%
% African American: 21.0%
% Asian: 3.7%
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.

Melvindale, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,432

HHI: 3,821
% White: 56.6%
% African American: 13.5%
% Asian: 4.5%
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.”

Auburn Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,644

HHI: 3,823
% White: 56.6%
% African American: 17.5%
% Asian: 16.6%
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.

River Rouge, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,559

HHI: 3,889
% White: 34.9%
% African American: 49.4%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on River Rouge: PhotosData

River Rouge is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan and an industrial Downriver suburb of Detroit. The population was 7,903 at the 2010 census. It is named after the River Rouge, which flows along the city’s northern border and into the Detroit River. The city includes the heavily industrialized Zug Island at the mouth of the River Rouge.

Muskegon, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 38,189

HHI: 3,962
% White: 53.8%
% African American: 30.9%
% 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.

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. Frankenmuth
  3. Milford

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Michigan For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Ecorse, MI 9,321 3,342
2 Pontiac, MI 60,039 3,388
3 Saginaw, MI 49,366 3,453
4 Springfield, MI 5,203 3,674
5 Hamtramck, MI 21,959 3,690
6 Lansing, MI 115,222 3,697
7 Melvindale, MI 10,432 3,821
8 Auburn Hills, MI 22,644 3,823
9 River Rouge, MI 7,559 3,889
10 Muskegon, MI 38,189 3,962
11 Kentwood, MI 51,154 4,061
12 Romulus, MI 23,479 4,115
13 Albion, MI 8,263 4,147
14 Grand Rapids, MI 195,355 4,174
15 Dowagiac, MI 5,812 4,261
16 Flint, MI 97,810 4,294
17 Eastpointe, MI 32,601 4,301
18 Ypsilanti, MI 20,804 4,437
19 Farmington Hills, MI 81,235 4,466
20 Oak Park, MI 29,824 4,478
21 Novi, MI 58,835 4,556
22 Wyoming, MI 75,124 4,582
23 Kalamazoo, MI 75,833 4,614
24 Harper Woods, MI 13,890 4,637
25 St. Louis, MI 7,261 4,708
26 Farmington, MI 10,560 4,788
27 Battle Creek, MI 51,505 4,875
28 Ionia, MI 11,253 4,962
29 Jackson, MI 32,875 5,017
30 Ann Arbor, MI 119,303 5,041
31 Mount Clemens, MI 16,383 5,071
32 Center Line, MI 8,299 5,086
33 Holland, MI 33,488 5,098
34 Troy, MI 83,336 5,137
35 Warren, MI 135,147 5,172
36 Lincoln Park, MI 37,028 5,186
37 Wixom, MI 13,777 5,267
38 East Lansing, MI 48,281 5,419
39 Southfield, MI 73,228 5,431
40 Inkster, MI 24,670 5,457
41 Taylor, MI 61,648 5,509
42 Westland, MI 82,172 5,554
43 Sturgis, MI 10,861 5,612
44 Adrian, MI 20,743 5,735
45 Muskegon Heights, MI 10,743 5,854
46 Wayne, MI 17,090 5,876
47 Roseville, MI 47,617 5,877
48 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 13,798 5,934
49 Niles, MI 11,332 5,987
50 Rochester Hills, MI 73,458 6,085
51 Port Huron, MI 29,285 6,373
52 Detroit, MI 679,865 6,374
53 Three Rivers, MI 7,726 6,510
54 Southgate, MI 29,291 6,595
55 Madison Heights, MI 30,173 6,644
56 Hazel Park, MI 16,587 6,702
57 Grand Blanc, MI 7,964 6,779
58 Zeeland, MI 5,584 6,838
59 Mount Pleasant, MI 25,711 6,844
60 Sterling Heights, MI 131,996 6,857
61 Houghton, MI 7,882 6,909
62 Woodhaven, MI 12,565 6,929
63 Dearborn Heights, MI 56,201 6,973
64 Portage, MI 48,072 7,093
65 Ferndale, MI 20,159 7,172
66 Allegan, MI 5,027 7,173
67 Bay City, MI 33,736 7,174
68 Walled Lake, MI 7,174 7,176
69 Grandville, MI 15,902 7,179
70 Lapeer, MI 8,769 7,248
71 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,240 7,271
72 Burton, MI 28,856 7,281
73 Benton Harbor, MI 9,944 7,291
74 Fraser, MI 14,616 7,328
75 Beverly Hills, MI 10,424 7,334
76 Monroe, MI 20,128 7,352
77 Big Rapids, MI 10,413 7,455
78 Walker, MI 24,618 7,476
79 Allen Park, MI 27,406 7,483
80 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,678 7,515
81 Norton Shores, MI 24,234 7,651
82 Rochester, MI 12,987 7,677
83 St. Joseph, MI 8,301 7,686
84 Midland, MI 41,958 7,698
85 Alma, MI 9,108 7,727
86 Dearborn, MI 95,295 7,793
87 Mason, MI 8,387 7,827
88 Royal Oak, MI 58,973 7,839
89 Holly, MI 6,173 7,895
90 Flat Rock, MI 9,889 7,918
91 Berkley, MI 15,269 7,941
92 South Lyon, MI 11,695 7,950
93 Birmingham, MI 20,836 7,950
94 Marquette, MI 21,081 7,953
95 Livonia, MI 94,708 7,965
96 Howell, MI 9,514 7,971
97 Marshall, MI 7,016 7,995
98 Coldwater, MI 10,819 8,041
99 Garden City, MI 26,889 8,051
100 Riverview, MI 12,192 8,069

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.

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