These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 144 cities in Minnesota from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Brooklyn Center
  2. Brooklyn Park (Photos)
  3. Worthington (Photos)
  4. St. Paul (Photos)
  5. Hopkins (Photos)
  6. Columbia Heights (Photos)
  7. Minneapolis (Photos)
  8. Richfield (Photos)
  9. West St. Paul (Photos)
  10. New Hope

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 best places to live in Minnesota or the worst places to live in Minnesota.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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 144 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 2940 (Brooklyn Center) to 9771 (Byron).

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 Byron was the least diverse city.

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.

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1. Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,785
HHI: 2,940
% White: 42.52%
% African American: 28.21%
% Asian: 14.92%

2. Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,823
HHI: 3,191
% White: 46.19%
% African American: 26.3%
% Asian: 17.95%

3. Worthington

Worthington, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,036
HHI: 3,411
% White: 40.3%
% African American: 6.56%
% Asian: 9.5%

4. St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 297,160
HHI: 3,486
% White: 53.4%
% African American: 15.28%
% Asian: 17.24%

5. Hopkins

Hopkins, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,077
HHI: 3,816
% White: 56.78%
% African American: 20.05%
% Asian: 8.55%

6. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,689
HHI: 4,022
% White: 59.51%
% African American: 18.08%
% Asian: 5.58%

7. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 404,670
HHI: 4,130
% White: 60.35%
% African American: 18.45%
% Asian: 5.89%

8. Richfield

Richfield, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,912
HHI: 4,284
% White: 62.03%
% African American: 9.8%
% Asian: 7.58%

9. West St. Paul

West St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,779
HHI: 4,493
% White: 63.13%
% African American: 7.6%
% Asian: 4.8%

10. New Hope


Population: 20,819
HHI: 4,576
% White: 63.77%
% African American: 20.26%
% Asian: 3.63%

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. Byron
  2. East Bethel
  3. Baxter

For more Minnesota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota

City Rank HHI Population
Brooklyn Center 1 2,940 30,785
Brooklyn Park 2 3,191 78,823
Worthington 3 3,411 13,036
St. Paul 4 3,486 297,160
Hopkins 5 3,816 18,077
Columbia Heights 6 4,022 19,689
Minneapolis 7 4,130 404,670
Richfield 8 4,284 35,912
West St. Paul 9 4,493 19,779
New Hope 10 4,576 20,819
Maplewood 11 4,719 39,678
Fridley 12 4,725 27,447
Shakopee 13 5,129 39,656
Willmar 14 5,203 19,641
Burnsville 15 5,240 61,158
Little Canada 16 5,365 10,202
Mounds View 17 5,432 12,708
Waite Park 18 5,541 7,371
Robbinsdale 19 5,604 14,382
Roseville 20 5,632 35,254
Faribault 21 5,640 23,530
Bloomington 22 5,683 85,080
Falcon Heights 23 5,697 5,534
North St. Paul 24 5,716 12,102
Austin 25 5,752 24,841
Crystal 26 5,780 22,777
South St. Paul 27 5,818 20,281
Woodbury 28 5,928 66,699
Eden Prairie 29 5,952 63,206
Eagan 30 5,962 65,874
Spring Lake Park 31 5,963 6,519
New Brighton 32 6,035 22,233
Rochester 33 6,076 111,396
Oakdale 34 6,136 27,956
St. Anthony 35 6,195 8,790
Inver Grove Heights 36 6,330 34,757
Bemidji 37 6,374 14,664
Plymouth 38 6,424 75,105
Marshall 39 6,552 13,616
St. Cloud 40 6,584 66,770
St. Louis Park 41 6,591 47,486
Blaine 42 6,658 61,210
Apple Valley 43 6,662 50,602
Cloquet 44 6,710 12,047
Savage 45 6,710 29,399
Crookston 46 6,750 7,814
Cottage Grove 47 6,779 35,632
Albert Lea 48 6,864 17,775
Champlin 49 6,879 23,929
Rosemount 50 6,917 23,099
Vadnais Heights 51 6,945 13,115
Golden Valley 52 7,002 21,040
Coon Rapids 53 7,038 62,159
Northfield 54 7,115 20,405
St. Paul Park 55 7,120 5,352
Chaska 56 7,125 25,078
Anoka 57 7,145 17,325
Maple Grove 58 7,163 66,969
Shoreview 59 7,207 26,161
Glencoe 60 7,214 5,535
Waseca 61 7,230 9,267
Edina 62 7,296 49,976
St. Peter 63 7,313 11,567
Dayton 64 7,370 5,031
Redwood Falls 65 7,390 5,086
Owatonna 66 7,394 25,580
White Bear Lake 67 7,464 24,992
East Grand Forks 68 7,472 8,636
Mankato 69 7,475 40,900
Big Lake 70 7,588 10,393
Minnetonka 71 7,590 51,651
Moorhead 72 7,591 41,321
Montevideo 73 7,643 5,207
Arden Hills 74 7,650 10,126
Lakeville 75 7,690 59,786
Corcoran 76 7,827 5,572
Chanhassen 77 7,843 24,796
Duluth 78 7,882 86,164
Prior Lake 79 7,913 24,997
Medina 80 7,913 5,633
Detroit Lakes 81 7,926 9,060
Morris 82 7,938 5,343
Farmington 83 7,982 22,226
Oak Grove 84 8,023 8,334
Jordan 85 8,025 5,981
Monticello 86 8,041 13,214
Virginia 87 8,049 8,594
Mendota Heights 88 8,102 11,231
Andover 89 8,107 31,906
Thief River Falls 90 8,134 8,726
North Mankato 91 8,146 13,451
Red Wing 92 8,154 16,484
Lino Lakes 93 8,175 20,758
Ramsey 94 8,191 25,329
Sartell 95 8,217 16,442
Fairmont 96 8,244 10,311
Albertville 97 8,307 7,286
Mound 98 8,369 9,306
Brainerd 99 8,392 13,440
Mahtomedi 100 8,415 7,964

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