These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Mississippi.


Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi

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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 Mississippi 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 62 cities in Mississippi from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Forest (Photos)
  2. Pascagoula (Photos)
  3. Clinton (Photos)
  4. D’Iberville (Photos)
  5. Ripley (Photos)
  6. Ridgeland (Photos)
  7. Philadelphia (Photos)
  8. Horn Lake (Photos)
  9. Gulfport (Photos)
  10. Biloxi (Photos)

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

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

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 62 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 3,703 (Forest) to 8,236 (Diamondhead).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Forest took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Diamondhead was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Mississippi 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 Mississippi For 2019

Forest, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,679

HHI: 3,703
% White: 24.8%
% African American: 49.6%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Forest: PhotosData

Pascagoula, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,935

HHI: 3,904
% White: 52.3%
% African American: 31.7%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Pascagoula: PhotosData

Pascagoula is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States. It is the principal city of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, as a part of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. The population was 26,200 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson County.

Clinton, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,398

HHI: 3,991
% White: 48.2%
% African American: 40.2%
% Asian: 4.7%
More on Clinton: PhotosData

Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,150

HHI: 4,106
% White: 59.1%
% African American: 22.7%
% Asian: 6.7%
More on D’iberville: PhotosData

D’Iberville is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, immediately north of Biloxi, across the Back Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 9,486. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ripley, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,302

HHI: 4,135
% White: 56.5%
% African American: 27.1%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,312

HHI: 4,161
% White: 53.4%
% African American: 35.4%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on Ridgeland: PhotosData

Ridgeland is a city in Madison County, Mississippi. The population was 24,047 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Philadelphia, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,334

HHI: 4,165
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 47.3%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Philadelphia: PhotosData

Philadelphia is a city in and the county seat of Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,477 at the 2010 census.

Horn Lake, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,804

HHI: 4,202
% White: 49.5%
% African American: 41.3%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Horn Lake: PhotosData

Gulfport, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 71,318

HHI: 4,217
% White: 53.2%
% African American: 36.7%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Gulfport: PhotosData

Gulfport is the second largest city in Mississippi after the state capital, Jackson. It is the larger of the two principal cities of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city of Gulfport had a total population of 67,793. Gulfport is co-county seat with Biloxi of Harrison County, Mississippi. Gulfport is also home to the US Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees.

Biloxi, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 45,328

HHI: 4,232
% White: 60.4%
% African American: 21.9%
% Asian: 4.7%
More on Biloxi: PhotosData

Biloxi is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. The 2010 United States Census recorded the population as 44,054, and in 2016 the estimated population was 45,975. Along with the adjoining city of Gulfport, Biloxi is a county seat of Harrison County. It was first settled by French colonists.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Mississippi

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Mississippi:

  1. Diamondhead
  2. Madison
  3. Indianola

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Forest, MS 5,679 3,703
2 Pascagoula, MS 21,935 3,904
3 Clinton, MS 25,398 3,991
4 D’iberville, MS 11,150 4,106
5 Ripley, MS 5,302 4,135
6 Ridgeland, MS 24,312 4,161
7 Philadelphia, MS 7,334 4,165
8 Horn Lake, MS 26,804 4,202
9 Gulfport, MS 71,318 4,217
10 Biloxi, MS 45,328 4,232
11 New Albany, MS 8,642 4,252
12 Gautier, MS 18,555 4,336
13 Hattiesburg, MS 46,495 4,510
14 Pontotoc, MS 5,923 4,573
15 Picayune, MS 10,528 4,582
16 Starkville, MS 24,954 4,625
17 Senatobia, MS 7,903 4,633
18 Olive Branch, MS 36,033 4,647
19 Columbia, MS 6,163 4,653
20 Cleveland, MS 12,157 4,672
21 Tupelo, MS 38,321 4,697
22 Brookhaven, MS 12,289 4,788
23 Kosciusko, MS 7,018 4,794
24 Natchez, MS 15,191 4,810
25 Flowood, MS 8,704 4,849
26 Batesville, MS 7,319 4,862
27 Meridian, MS 39,213 4,901
28 Grenada, MS 12,719 4,903
29 Louisville, MS 6,325 4,961
30 Laurel, MS 18,661 4,981
31 Byram, MS 11,660 4,995
32 Southaven, MS 52,434 5,005
33 Pass Christian, MS 5,475 5,052
34 Columbus, MS 24,409 5,059
35 Aberdeen, MS 5,375 5,114
36 West Point, MS 10,903 5,273
37 Pearl, MS 26,468 5,283
38 Richland, MS 7,175 5,312
39 Canton, MS 12,800 5,339
40 Corinth, MS 14,727 5,468
41 Mccomb, MS 12,620 5,607
42 Oxford, MS 22,092 5,611
43 Amory, MS 7,028 5,692
44 Vicksburg, MS 22,961 5,735
45 Booneville, MS 8,757 5,749
46 Greenwood, MS 14,496 5,820
47 Moss Point, MS 13,501 5,822
48 Ocean Springs, MS 17,514 6,072
49 Bay St. Louis, MS 11,918 6,132
50 Petal, MS 10,669 6,210
51 Brandon, MS 23,421 6,326
52 Waveland, MS 6,382 6,593
53 Greenville, MS 31,934 6,736
54 Hernando, MS 15,534 6,812
55 Holly Springs, MS 7,538 6,855
56 Jackson, MS 170,393 6,901
57 Clarksdale, MS 16,579 6,909
58 Long Beach, MS 15,446 7,006
59 Yazoo City, MS 11,189 7,054
60 Indianola, MS 9,805 7,072
61 Madison, MS 25,350 7,181
62 Diamondhead, MS 8,200 8,236

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