These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi For 2018


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 62 cities in Mississippi from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

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 best places to live in Mississippi or the worst places to live in Mississippi.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 3318 (Forest) to 8754 (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: 5,700
HHI: 3,318
% White: 29.14%
% African American: 44.51%
% Asian: 4.77%

2. Pascagoula

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,163
HHI: 4,006
% White: 54.25%
% African American: 30.59%
% Asian: 1.57%

3. Clinton

Clinton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,411
HHI: 4,082
% White: 50.14%
% African American: 39.07%
% Asian: 4.81%

4. Horn Lake

Horn Lake, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,785
HHI: 4,161
% White: 51.69%
% African American: 37.94%
% Asian: 1.49%

5. Gulfport

Gulfport, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,265
HHI: 4,193
% White: 53.24%
% African American: 36.25%
% Asian: 1.38%

6. Ridgeland


Population: 24,338
HHI: 4,197
% White: 53.42%
% African American: 36.04%
% Asian: 5.07%

7. Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,271
HHI: 4,204
% White: 60.42%
% African American: 21.18%
% Asian: 4.67%

8. D’Iberville

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,829
HHI: 4,271
% White: 61.36%
% African American: 20.28%
% Asian: 6.3%

9. Ripley

Ripley, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,336
HHI: 4,272
% White: 57.93%
% African American: 27.02%
% Asian: 0.07%

10. Gautier


Population: 18,541
HHI: 4,301
% White: 56.74%
% African American: 31.81%
% Asian: 2.92%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Mississippi

City Rank HHI Population
Forest 1 3,318 5,700
Pascagoula 2 4,006 22,163
Clinton 3 4,082 25,411
Horn Lake 4 4,161 26,785
Gulfport 5 4,193 71,265
Ridgeland 6 4,197 24,338
Biloxi 7 4,204 45,271
D’Iberville 8 4,271 10,829
Ripley 9 4,272 5,336
Gautier 10 4,301 18,541
New Albany 11 4,349 8,589
Philadelphia 12 4,467 7,399
Hattiesburg 13 4,529 46,846
Starkville 14 4,578 25,011
Pontotoc 15 4,646 5,906
Tupelo 16 4,666 38,856
Columbia 17 4,673 6,292
Cleveland 18 4,694 12,346
Senatobia 19 4,709 7,969
Kosciusko 20 4,767 7,208
Laurel 21 4,871 18,806
Byram 22 4,875 11,610
Olive Branch 23 4,878 35,508
Brookhaven 24 4,882 12,418
Meridian 25 4,921 40,094
Natchez 26 4,922 15,345
Southaven 27 4,935 51,816
Flowood 28 5,000 8,532
Batesville 29 5,009 7,402
Picayune 30 5,030 10,732
Grenada 31 5,055 12,863
Columbus 32 5,059 24,833
Pass Christian 33 5,063 5,302
West Point 34 5,207 11,042
Corinth 35 5,222 14,832
Amory 36 5,280 7,110
Richland 37 5,349 7,069
Aberdeen 38 5,378 5,427
Louisville 39 5,398 6,373
Vicksburg 40 5,447 23,320
Canton 41 5,477 13,504
Pearl 42 5,517 26,344
Mccomb 43 5,735 12,732
Oxford 44 5,743 21,634
Greenwood 45 5,767 14,780
Moss Point 46 5,942 13,652
Bay St. Louis 47 6,049 11,448
Petal 48 6,149 10,736
Brandon 49 6,170 23,186
Booneville 50 6,226 8,764
Ocean Springs 51 6,278 17,547
Waveland 52 6,633 6,454
Greenville 53 6,660 32,612
Holly Springs 54 6,725 7,591
Jackson 55 6,816 172,039
Clarksdale 56 6,873 16,994
Hernando 57 7,009 15,227
Long Beach 58 7,053 15,450
Indianola 59 7,203 10,047
Madison 60 7,397 25,473
Yazoo City 61 7,645 11,336
Diamondhead 62 8,754 8,341

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