These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota


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. Minneapolis (Photos)
  7. Columbia Heights (Photos)
  8. Richfield (Photos)
  9. New Hope
  10. West St. Paul (Photos)

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.

You can also check out the whitest places in Minnesota for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota

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 2011-2015 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 2907 (Brooklyn Center) to 9622 (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

Source: Google Maps

Households: 30,684
HHI: 2,907
% White: 42.44%
% African American: 26.81%
% Asian: 16.58%

2. Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,195
HHI: 3,300
% White: 48.15%
% African American: 26.44%
% Asian: 15.21%

3. Worthington

Worthington, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,990
HHI: 3,443
% White: 41.53%
% African American: 6.2%
% Asian: 9.1%

4. St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 295,043
HHI: 3,541
% White: 54.18%
% African American: 15.11%
% Asian: 16.47%

5. Hopkins

Hopkins, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,992
HHI: 3,690
% White: 55.6%
% African American: 19.69%
% Asian: 8.1%

6. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 399,950
HHI: 4,112
% White: 60.27%
% African American: 17.98%
% Asian: 6.0%

7. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,632
HHI: 4,206
% White: 60.97%
% African American: 18.45%
% Asian: 5.35%

8. Richfield

Richfield, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,059
HHI: 4,265
% White: 61.67%
% African American: 9.37%
% Asian: 7.66%

9. New Hope

Source: Google Maps

Households: 20,775
HHI: 4,552
% White: 63.61%
% African American: 20.27%
% Asian: 3.82%

10. West St. Paul

West St. Paul, Minnesota

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,709
HHI: 4,806
% White: 65.87%
% African American: 6.79%
% Asian: 3.64%

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. Zimmerman
  3. East Bethel

For more Minnesota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Minnesota

City Rank HHI Population
Brooklyn Center 1 2,907 30,684
Brooklyn Park 2 3,300 78,195
Worthington 3 3,443 12,990
St. Paul 4 3,541 295,043
Hopkins 5 3,690 17,992
Minneapolis 6 4,112 399,950
Columbia Heights 7 4,206 19,632
Richfield 8 4,265 36,059
New Hope 9 4,552 20,775
West St. Paul 10 4,806 19,709
Fridley 11 4,832 27,592
Maplewood 12 4,874 39,775
Little Canada 13 5,135 10,120
Shakopee 14 5,235 39,137
Burnsville 15 5,363 61,255
Willmar 16 5,485 19,685
Waite Park 17 5,597 7,429
New Brighton 18 5,630 22,080
North St. Paul 19 5,703 11,966
Falcon Heights 20 5,737 5,484
Roseville 21 5,762 34,948
Bloomington 22 5,789 85,826
Crystal 23 5,818 22,607
Faribault 24 5,856 23,509
Austin 25 5,861 24,687
Spring Lake Park 26 6,009 6,504
Eagan 27 6,015 65,424
Oakdale 28 6,060 27,850
Mounds View 29 6,111 12,584
Woodbury 30 6,130 65,667
Robbinsdale 31 6,137 14,289
Rochester 32 6,151 110,275
Eden Prairie 33 6,161 62,626
Inver Grove Heights 34 6,163 34,417
South St. Paul 35 6,245 20,413
Plymouth 36 6,520 73,896
St. Louis Park 37 6,536 47,043
St. Anthony 38 6,584 8,662
Blaine 39 6,588 60,224
Marshall 40 6,658 13,608
Savage 41 6,703 28,713
Bemidji 42 6,719 14,417
Rosemount 43 6,753 22,741
Golden Valley 44 6,766 20,866
Apple Valley 45 6,787 50,309
Albertville 46 6,847 7,226
Cottage Grove 47 6,865 35,405
St. Cloud 48 6,888 66,298
Albert Lea 49 6,920 17,843
Vadnais Heights 50 6,946 12,968
Crookston 51 6,968 7,847
Chaska 52 6,989 24,524
Northfield 53 7,048 20,309
Anoka 54 7,092 17,244
Cloquet 55 7,092 12,071
Champlin 56 7,116 23,731
Coon Rapids 57 7,147 61,946
Maple Grove 58 7,221 65,687
Edina 59 7,233 49,373
Shoreview 60 7,243 25,951
Waseca 61 7,247 9,324
Glencoe 62 7,327 5,557
Owatonna 63 7,417 25,552
Mankato 64 7,524 40,557
East Grand Forks 65 7,543 8,611
St. Peter 66 7,552 11,492
Minnetonka 67 7,587 51,249
Big Lake 68 7,670 10,285
Moorhead 69 7,711 40,935
Lakeville 70 7,791 58,592
Corcoran 71 7,805 5,521
White Bear Lake 72 7,808 24,709
Prior Lake 73 7,814 24,402
Montevideo 74 7,834 5,240
Redwood Falls 75 7,841 5,128
Oak Grove 76 7,898 8,215
Mendota Heights 77 7,906 11,172
St. Paul Park 78 7,942 5,341
Detroit Lakes 79 7,943 8,897
Red Wing 80 7,981 16,484
Duluth 81 7,982 86,178
Farmington 82 7,996 22,159
Arden Hills 83 8,003 9,797
Morris 84 8,005 5,349
Chanhassen 85 8,037 24,437
Thief River Falls 86 8,109 8,711
North Mankato 87 8,119 13,438
Lino Lakes 88 8,191 20,819
Stillwater 89 8,204 18,677
Andover 90 8,205 31,553
Ramsey 91 8,208 24,846
Virginia 92 8,243 8,658
Monticello 93 8,283 13,065
Hugo 94 8,318 14,053
Mahtomedi 95 8,373 7,999
Hermantown 96 8,374 9,627
Sartell 97 8,379 16,274
Mound 98 8,406 9,249
Litchfield 99 8,411 6,691
Fairmont 100 8,424 10,387

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