These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi


We used data and science to determine the 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 61 cities in Mississippi from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Forest (Photos)
  2. Gautier (Photos)
  3. Pascagoula (Photos)
  4. Horn Lake (Photos)
  5. Gulfport (Photos)
  6. Ridgeland
  7. New Albany (Photos)
  8. Clinton (Photos)
  9. Biloxi (Photos)
  10. Ripley (Photos)

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi

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 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 61 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 3221 (Forest) to 8610 (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.

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1. Forest

Forest, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,713
HHI: 3,221
% White: 33.12%
% African American: 39.31%
% Asian: 3.8%

2. Gautier

Gautier, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,563
HHI: 4,059
% White: 53.92%
% African American: 32.51%
% Asian: 3.34%

3. Pascagoula

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,230
HHI: 4,147
% White: 55.25%
% African American: 31.66%
% Asian: 0.95%

4. Horn Lake

Horn Lake, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,662
HHI: 4,196
% White: 53.35%
% African American: 36.07%
% Asian: 1.46%

5. Gulfport

Gulfport, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,642
HHI: 4,230
% White: 53.9%
% African American: 35.8%
% Asian: 1.24%

6. Ridgeland

Source: Google Maps

Households: 24,276
HHI: 4,244
% White: 53.71%
% African American: 36.33%
% Asian: 4.56%

7. New Albany

New Albany, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,466
HHI: 4,244
% White: 58.2%
% African American: 27.47%
% Asian: 2.4%

8. Clinton

Clinton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,475
HHI: 4,247
% White: 53.17%
% African American: 37.23%
% Asian: 4.64%

9. Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,825
HHI: 4,268
% White: 60.99%
% African American: 21.22%
% Asian: 4.92%

10. Ripley

Ripley, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
HHI: 4,415
% White: 61.23%
% African American: 22.88%
% Asian: 0.06%

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. Yazoo City
  3. Madison

For more Mississippi reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi

City Rank HHI Population
Forest 1 3,221 5,713
Gautier 2 4,059 18,563
Pascagoula 3 4,147 22,230
Horn Lake 4 4,196 26,662
Gulfport 5 4,230 70,642
Ridgeland 6 4,244 24,276
New Albany 7 4,244 8,466
Clinton 8 4,247 25,475
Biloxi 9 4,268 44,825
Ripley 10 4,415 5,350
Hattiesburg 11 4,452 46,762
Tupelo 12 4,523 35,561
Philadelphia 13 4,675 7,433
Laurel 14 4,676 18,770
Senatobia 15 4,702 8,017
Kosciusko 16 4,710 7,242
Starkville 17 4,727 24,754
Cleveland 18 4,746 12,339
Pontotoc 19 4,879 5,808
Olive Branch 20 4,884 35,018
Columbia 21 4,916 6,367
Brookhaven 22 4,939 12,465
Meridian 23 4,958 40,507
Grenada 24 4,959 12,908
Pass Christian 25 4,961 5,130
Byram 26 4,967 11,592
Natchez 27 4,978 15,474
Columbus 28 4,989 23,360
Batesville 29 5,059 7,413
Picayune 30 5,066 10,784
Southaven 31 5,075 51,090
West Point 32 5,160 11,122
Corinth 33 5,173 14,839
Louisville 34 5,267 6,407
Aberdeen 35 5,359 5,466
Greenwood 36 5,371 15,734
Richland 37 5,405 7,055
Flowood 38 5,418 8,385
Vicksburg 39 5,439 23,439
Pearl 40 5,461 26,222
Amory 41 5,502 7,151
Canton 42 5,565 13,413
Oxford 43 5,603 20,769
Mccomb 44 5,649 12,723
Moss Point 45 5,836 13,685
Ocean Springs 46 5,965 17,528
Booneville 47 6,189 8,780
Brandon 48 6,192 22,897
Petal 49 6,471 10,723
Greenville 50 6,527 33,119
Clarksdale 51 6,613 17,314
Holly Springs 52 6,625 7,572
Jackson 53 6,689 173,212
Waveland 54 6,691 6,449
Bay St. Louis 55 6,752 10,861
Long Beach 56 6,886 15,369
Hernando 57 7,121 14,984
Indianola 58 7,143 10,281
Madison 59 7,434 25,167
Yazoo City 60 7,525 11,421
Diamondhead 61 8,610 8,246

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