These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 146 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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 146 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 2,832 (Brooklyn Center) to 9,595 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Minnesota For 2019

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,885

HHI: 2,832
% White: 40.6%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 16.7%
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: 79,462

HHI: 3,141
% White: 45.1%
% African American: 27.6%
% Asian: 17.3%
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: 300,820

HHI: 3,383
% White: 52.1%
% African American: 15.5%
% Asian: 17.9%
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: 13,142

HHI: 3,477
% White: 40.4%
% African American: 6.8%
% Asian: 9.9%
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: 18,217

HHI: 3,656
% White: 55.0%
% African American: 19.9%
% Asian: 9.7%
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: 411,452

HHI: 4,083
% White: 59.9%
% African American: 18.6%
% Asian: 6.0%
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: 19,823

HHI: 4,104
% White: 60.2%
% African American: 18.1%
% Asian: 5.9%
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: 35,993

HHI: 4,306
% White: 62.3%
% African American: 10.0%
% Asian: 7.4%
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.

Maplewood, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 40,127

HHI: 4,474
% White: 64.0%
% African American: 9.2%
% Asian: 14.9%
More on Maplewood: PhotosData

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,573

HHI: 4,532
% White: 64.3%
% African American: 15.5%
% Asian: 6.8%
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.

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. Wyoming
  3. Grand Rapids

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Brooklyn Center, MN 30,885 2,832
2 Brooklyn Park, MN 79,462 3,141
3 St. Paul, MN 300,820 3,383
4 Worthington, MN 13,142 3,477
5 Hopkins, MN 18,217 3,656
6 Minneapolis, MN 411,452 4,083
7 Columbia Heights, MN 19,823 4,104
8 Richfield, MN 35,993 4,306
9 Maplewood, MN 40,127 4,474
10 Fridley, MN 27,573 4,532
11 West St. Paul, MN 19,750 4,647
12 New Hope, MN 20,909 4,709
13 Little Canada, MN 10,321 4,888
14 Willmar, MN 19,608 4,995
15 Waite Park, MN 7,457 5,098
16 Burnsville, MN 61,302 5,211
17 Shakopee, MN 40,024 5,313
18 Bloomington, MN 85,417 5,467
19 Falcon Heights, MN 5,560 5,478
20 Faribault, MN 23,577 5,534
21 Crystal, MN 22,910 5,561
22 North St. Paul, MN 12,241 5,569
23 Robbinsdale, MN 14,446 5,596
24 Austin, MN 24,882 5,614
25 South St. Paul, MN 20,280 5,805
26 Mounds View, MN 12,872 5,836
27 Roseville, MN 35,624 5,840
28 Oakdale, MN 27,972 5,849
29 Eagan, MN 66,102 5,860
30 Spring Lake Park, MN 6,535 5,865
31 Woodbury, MN 67,648 5,962
32 Rochester, MN 112,683 5,986
33 Eden Prairie, MN 63,660 6,034
34 Inver Grove Heights, MN 34,976 6,078
35 St. Anthony, MN 8,930 6,105
36 New Brighton, MN 22,440 6,186
37 Plymouth, MN 76,258 6,243
38 Bemidji, MN 14,803 6,318
39 Apple Valley, MN 51,109 6,327
40 St. Cloud, MN 67,093 6,355
41 Savage, MN 30,011 6,370
42 Blaine, MN 62,453 6,456
43 Marshall, MN 13,706 6,501
44 Cottage Grove, MN 35,902 6,546
45 Crookston, MN 7,780 6,603
46 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,283 6,634
47 St. Louis Park, MN 48,124 6,651
48 Albert Lea, MN 17,716 6,694
49 Golden Valley, MN 21,208 6,791
50 St. Paul Park, MN 5,376 6,864
51 Cloquet, MN 11,965 6,870
52 Coon Rapids, MN 62,342 6,957
53 Rosemount, MN 23,474 6,972
54 Chaska, MN 25,578 6,984
55 Anoka, MN 17,374 7,003
56 Waseca, MN 9,151 7,024
57 Dayton, MN 5,238 7,042
58 Champlin, MN 24,209 7,084
59 Northfield, MN 20,297 7,088
60 Shoreview, MN 26,432 7,092
61 Maple Grove, MN 68,362 7,117
62 Edina, MN 50,603 7,197
63 St. Peter, MN 11,682 7,251
64 Glencoe, MN 5,511 7,308
65 Owatonna, MN 25,613 7,321
66 Arden Hills, MN 10,250 7,385
67 Mankato, MN 41,241 7,404
68 Minnetonka, MN 52,102 7,464
69 Prior Lake, MN 25,452 7,471
70 Lakeville, MN 61,056 7,488
71 East Grand Forks, MN 8,614 7,492
72 Redwood Falls, MN 5,031 7,514
73 Montevideo, MN 5,165 7,557
74 Moorhead, MN 41,801 7,589
75 Big Lake, MN 10,516 7,599
76 White Bear Lake, MN 25,411 7,607
77 Red Wing, MN 16,334 7,646
78 Detroit Lakes, MN 9,078 7,802
79 Duluth, MN 86,066 7,843
80 Chanhassen, MN 25,108 7,867
81 Monticello, MN 13,316 7,876
82 Morris, MN 5,326 7,880
83 Medina, MN 5,920 7,883
84 Jordan, MN 6,079 7,907
85 Corcoran, MN 5,671 7,980
86 Farmington, MN 22,502 7,999
87 Andover, MN 32,257 8,078
88 Thief River Falls, MN 8,769 8,088
89 North Mankato, MN 13,583 8,117
90 Albertville, MN 7,303 8,118
91 Virginia, MN 8,570 8,134
92 Mendota Heights, MN 11,253 8,205
93 Ramsey, MN 25,853 8,208
94 Mahtomedi, MN 8,005 8,221
95 Lino Lakes, MN 20,950 8,222
96 Fairmont, MN 10,251 8,256
97 Belle Plaine, MN 6,935 8,257
98 Ham Lake, MN 16,119 8,286
99 Cambridge, MN 8,462 8,289
100 Brainerd, MN 13,394 8,329

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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