Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020:

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

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Mississippi For 2020

Forest, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,668

HHI: 3,453
% White: 26.1%
% African American: 43.3%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Forest: PhotosData

Gautier, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,563

HHI: 3,933
% White: 52.1%
% African American: 33.1%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Gautier: PhotosData

Gautier is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, along the Gulf of Mexico west of Pascagoula. It is part of the Pascagoula Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,572 at the 2010 census. In 2002, Gautier annexed land nearly doubling its population to 18,413 by 2010, according to the Gautier Comprehensive Plan 2030.

Pascagoula, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,865

HHI: 3,933
% White: 52.3%
% African American: 32.3%
% Asian: 0.7%
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: 25,456

HHI: 4,042
% White: 50.2%
% African American: 38.4%
% Asian: 4.6%
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.

Horn Lake, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,925

HHI: 4,083
% White: 46.8%
% African American: 42.8%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Horn Lake: PhotosData

New Albany, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,714

HHI: 4,109
% White: 55.0%
% African American: 31.1%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on New Albany: PhotosData

Philadelphia, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,284

HHI: 4,205
% White: 44.0%
% African American: 47.4%
% Asian: 0.4%
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.

Ridgeland, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 24,265

HHI: 4,212
% White: 53.2%
% African American: 36.6%
% Asian: 3.6%
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.

Ripley, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,282

HHI: 4,221
% White: 58.3%
% African American: 23.6%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Gulfport, MS

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 71,570

HHI: 4,242
% White: 53.3%
% African American: 36.9%
% Asian: 1.4%
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.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Mississippi for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 3,453 (Forest) to 8,510 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Clarksdale
  3. Yazoo City

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Forest, MS 5,668 3,453
2 Gautier, MS 18,563 3,933
3 Pascagoula, MS 21,865 3,933
4 Clinton, MS 25,456 4,042
5 Horn Lake, MS 26,925 4,083
6 New Albany, MS 8,714 4,109
7 Philadelphia, MS 7,284 4,205
8 Ridgeland, MS 24,265 4,212
9 Ripley, MS 5,282 4,221
10 Gulfport, MS 71,570 4,242
11 Biloxi, MS 45,568 4,290
12 D'iberville, MS 13,531 4,329
13 Hattiesburg, MS 46,251 4,442
14 Starkville, MS 25,122 4,514
15 Picayune, MS 11,140 4,539
16 Senatobia, MS 7,966 4,564
17 Cleveland, MS 11,998 4,589
18 Olive Branch, MS 36,721 4,610
19 Pass Christian, MS 5,669 4,645
20 Tupelo, MS 38,270 4,679
21 Pontotoc, MS 5,997 4,711
22 Flowood, MS 8,870 4,739
23 Columbia, MS 6,088 4,764
24 Laurel, MS 18,607 4,801
25 Louisville, MS 6,298 4,810
26 Kosciusko, MS 6,959 4,819
27 Batesville, MS 7,303 4,877
28 Southaven, MS 53,274 4,899
29 Brookhaven, MS 12,226 4,900
30 Grenada, MS 12,633 4,966
31 Pearl, MS 26,508 5,039
32 Meridian, MS 38,602 5,080
33 Columbus, MS 24,272 5,093
34 Natchez, MS 15,188 5,100
35 Corinth, MS 14,647 5,279
36 West Point, MS 10,794 5,291
37 Vicksburg, MS 22,706 5,340
38 Byram, MS 11,657 5,471
39 Oxford, MS 23,037 5,478
40 Amory, MS 6,983 5,516
41 Moss Point, MS 13,487 5,577
42 Richland, MS 7,185 5,597
43 Canton, MS 12,330 5,692
44 Greenwood, MS 14,280 5,770
45 Aberdeen, MS 5,347 5,868
46 Mccomb, MS 12,723 5,893
47 Booneville, MS 8,767 5,960
48 Bay St. Louis, MS 12,465 6,028
49 Ocean Springs, MS 17,613 6,131
50 Hernando, MS 15,807 6,275
51 Brandon, MS 23,688 6,354
52 Petal, MS 10,669 6,387
53 Holly Springs, MS 7,578 6,541
54 Long Beach, MS 15,529 6,575
55 Waveland, MS 6,358 6,652
56 Greenville, MS 31,319 6,802
57 Indianola, MS 9,624 6,852
58 Madison, MS 25,522 6,918
59 Jackson, MS 168,862 6,946
60 Yazoo City, MS 11,076 6,974
61 Clarksdale, MS 16,174 6,987
62 Diamondhead, MS 8,149 8,510

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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.

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