Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota For 2020


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota

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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 Minnesota 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 147 cities in Minnesota from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Minnesota? According to the most Census data, Brooklyn Center took the number one over all spot for diversity in Minnesota.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Minnesota 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 Minnesota For 2020

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,899

HHI: 2,696
% White: 38.3%
% African American: 27.1%
% Asian: 17.7%
More on Brooklyn Center: PhotosData

Brooklyn Center is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River on the northwest border of Minneapolis. The population was 30,104 at the 2010 census.

Brooklyn Park, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 79,792

HHI: 3,026
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 17.4%
More on Brooklyn Park: PhotosData

Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. Brooklyn Park is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 302,760

HHI: 3,329
% White: 51.4%
% African American: 15.7%
% Asian: 18.4%
More on St. Paul: PhotosData

Saint Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2016, the city's estimated population was 304,442. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. Known as the "Twin Cities", the two form the core of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents.

Worthington, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,148

HHI: 3,423
% White: 38.6%
% African American: 7.1%
% Asian: 10.2%
More on Worthington: PhotosData

Worthington is a city and county seat of Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,764 at the 2010 census.

Hopkins, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,300

HHI: 3,878
% White: 57.2%
% African American: 20.7%
% Asian: 8.7%
More on Hopkins: PhotosData

Hopkins is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, located west of Minneapolis. The city is four square miles in size and is surrounded by the larger, west suburban communities of Minnetonka, Saint Louis Park, and Edina. Hopkins is about 98% developed with little remaining vacant land. The population was 17,591 at the 2010 census.

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 416,021

HHI: 4,085
% White: 59.8%
% African American: 19.0%
% Asian: 6.1%
More on Minneapolis: PhotosData

Minneapolis ) is the county seat of Hennepin County, and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2016, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 413,651. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which together contain about 3.5 million people, the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, after Chicago.

Columbia Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,958

HHI: 4,126
% White: 60.5%
% African American: 17.4%
% Asian: 5.8%
More on Columbia Heights: PhotosData

Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.

Richfield, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,982

HHI: 4,270
% White: 61.7%
% African American: 10.1%
% Asian: 6.5%
More on Richfield: PhotosData

Richfield is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. An inner-ring suburb of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, it is bordered by Minneapolis to the north, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to the east, Bloomington to the south, and Edina to the west. Best Buy, the U.S.'s largest electronics retailer, has its headquarters in Richfield. The population was 35,228 at the 2010 census.

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,614

HHI: 4,275
% White: 61.8%
% African American: 16.1%
% Asian: 6.5%
More on Fridley: PhotosData

Fridley is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 27,208 at the 2010 census. Fridley was incorporated in 1949 as a village and became a city in 1957. It is part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Fridley is a "first ring" or "inner ring" suburb in the northern part of the Twin Cities. Fridley connects with the city of Minneapolis at its southern border. Neighboring first ring suburbs are Columbia Heights to the South and Brooklyn Center to the West across the Mississippi river.

Maplewood, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,387

HHI: 4,430
% White: 63.6%
% African American: 9.0%
% Asian: 14.8%
More on Maplewood: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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 147 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 2,696 (Brooklyn Center) to 9,432 (Orono).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Minnesota:

  1. Orono
  2. Wyoming
  3. Buffalo

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Brooklyn Center, MN 30,899 2,696
2 Brooklyn Park, MN 79,792 3,026
3 St. Paul, MN 302,760 3,329
4 Worthington, MN 13,148 3,423
5 Hopkins, MN 18,300 3,878
6 Minneapolis, MN 416,021 4,085
7 Columbia Heights, MN 19,958 4,126
8 Richfield, MN 35,982 4,270
9 Fridley, MN 27,614 4,275
10 Maplewood, MN 40,387 4,430
11 New Hope, MN 20,922 4,530
12 West St. Paul, MN 19,750 4,693
13 Little Canada, MN 10,387 4,755
14 Willmar, MN 19,618 4,768
15 Waite Park, MN 7,623 4,922
16 Burnsville, MN 61,283 5,104
17 Shakopee, MN 40,418 5,247
18 North St. Paul, MN 12,342 5,268
19 Faribault, MN 23,711 5,366
20 Robbinsdale, MN 14,466 5,367
21 Falcon Heights, MN 5,559 5,369
22 Austin, MN 25,006 5,378
23 Bloomington, MN 85,394 5,502
24 Mounds View, MN 12,959 5,529
25 Crystal, MN 22,934 5,620
26 Eden Prairie, MN 63,900 5,655
27 Oakdale, MN 28,018 5,658
28 South St. Paul, MN 20,256 5,846
29 New Brighton, MN 22,560 5,847
30 Eagan, MN 66,363 5,855
31 Roseville, MN 35,833 5,889
32 Rochester, MN 113,913 5,899
33 Woodbury, MN 68,686 5,980
34 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,197 6,003
35 Apple Valley, MN 51,931 6,038
36 Spring Lake Park, MN 6,459 6,040
37 St. Cloud, MN 67,513 6,093
38 St. Anthony, MN 9,027 6,114
39 Plymouth, MN 77,213 6,179
40 Marshall, MN 13,706 6,270
41 Blaine, MN 63,319 6,278
42 Savage, MN 30,615 6,371
43 Glencoe, MN 5,495 6,510
44 Bemidji, MN 15,004 6,537
45 Cottage Grove, MN 36,221 6,541
46 St. Louis Park, MN 48,423 6,554
47 Crookston, MN 7,782 6,564
48 Albert Lea, MN 17,687 6,598
49 Jordan, MN 6,155 6,671
50 Dayton, MN 5,487 6,724
51 St. Paul Park, MN 5,372 6,754
52 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,376 6,824
53 Cloquet, MN 11,998 6,887
54 Shoreview, MN 26,627 6,889
55 Coon Rapids, MN 62,376 6,909
56 Chaska, MN 25,998 6,929
57 Northfield, MN 20,217 6,963
58 St. Peter, MN 11,784 7,039
59 Maple Grove, MN 69,571 7,041
60 Waseca, MN 9,056 7,054
61 Champlin, MN 24,478 7,098
62 Anoka, MN 17,419 7,147
63 Rosemount, MN 23,885 7,170
64 Golden Valley, MN 21,364 7,184
65 Lakeville, MN 62,489 7,207
66 Edina, MN 51,136 7,247
67 Mankato, MN 41,701 7,292
68 Arden Hills, MN 10,290 7,303
69 East Grand Forks, MN 8,635 7,315
70 Owatonna, MN 25,656 7,328
71 Montevideo, MN 5,139 7,379
72 Moorhead, MN 42,395 7,421
73 Minnetonka, MN 52,546 7,465
74 White Bear Lake, MN 25,601 7,533
75 Monticello, MN 13,439 7,555
76 Red Wing, MN 16,365 7,565
77 Prior Lake, MN 25,880 7,657
78 Chanhassen, MN 25,357 7,668
79 Corcoran, MN 5,775 7,675
80 Lake Elmo, MN 8,794 7,698
81 Redwood Falls, MN 5,004 7,765
82 Virginia, MN 8,531 7,789
83 Duluth, MN 86,004 7,838
84 Detroit Lakes, MN 9,134 7,856
85 Morris, MN 5,353 7,864
86 Medina, MN 6,191 7,894
87 Farmington, MN 22,714 7,907
88 Thief River Falls, MN 8,758 7,923
89 St. Michael, MN 17,328 7,986
90 Big Lake, MN 10,699 8,011
91 Andover, MN 32,499 8,026
92 Oak Grove, MN 8,582 8,057
93 Mahtomedi, MN 8,095 8,077
94 North Mankato, MN 13,704 8,088
95 Ham Lake, MN 16,282 8,101
96 Sartell, MN 17,076 8,113
97 Ramsey, MN 26,225 8,128
98 Delano, MN 5,959 8,163
99 Belle Plaine, MN 7,029 8,182
100 Forest Lake, MN 19,643 8,186

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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