Most Diverse Cities In Missouri For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Missouri.


Most Diverse Cities In Missouri

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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 Missouri 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 129 cities in Missouri from most to least diverse.

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Missouri 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 Missouri For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,767

HHI: 3,354
% White: 51.5%
% African American: 19.2%
% Asian: 6.1%
More on St. Robert: Data

Grandview, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,174

HHI: 3,562
% White: 45.6%
% African American: 36.7%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Grandview: PhotosData

Grandview is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 24,475 at the 2010 census.

Olivette, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,837

HHI: 3,582
% White: 51.5%
% African American: 27.4%
% Asian: 11.8%
More on Olivette: PhotosData

Olivette is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,737 at the 2010 census.

Kansas City, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 481,417

HHI: 3,983
% White: 55.1%
% African American: 28.7%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Kansas City: PhotosData

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of 481,420 in 2016, making it the 37th largest city by population in the United States. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas-Missouri border. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon thereafter.

St. Louis, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 311,273

HHI: 4,091
% White: 43.2%
% African American: 46.8%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on St. Louis: PhotosData

St. Louis is an independent city and major U.S. port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, on the border with Illinois. The city had an estimated 2016 population of 311,404, and is the cultural and economic center of the Greater St. Louis area, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri and the 19th-largest in the United States.

Overland, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,787

HHI: 4,140
% White: 59.0%
% African American: 22.9%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Overland: PhotosData

Overland is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 16,062 at the 2010 census.

Hazelwood, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,399

HHI: 4,157
% White: 53.3%
% African American: 35.8%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Hazelwood: PhotosData

University City, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 34,653

HHI: 4,204
% White: 54.2%
% African American: 35.1%
% Asian: 4.6%
More on University City: PhotosData

University City is an inner-ring suburb of the city of St. Louis in St. Louis County, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 35,371 in 2010 census.

Florissant, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 51,744

HHI: 4,258
% White: 52.6%
% African American: 38.2%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Florissant: PhotosData

Florissant ) is a second-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in northern St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The city had a total population of 52,158 in the 2010 census, making it the 12th-largest city in Missouri.

Raytown, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,216

HHI: 4,306
% White: 57.3%
% African American: 31.1%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Raytown: PhotosData

Raytown is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, United States, and is a suburb of Kansas City. The population was at 29,526 in 2010 census. The mayor of Raytown is Michael McDonough.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 129 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 3,354 (St. Robert) to 9,619 (Savannah).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. St. Robert took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Savannah was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Missouri 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 Missouri

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Missouri:

  1. Savannah
  2. Weldon Spring
  3. Arnold

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Missouri For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 St. Robert, MO 5,767 3,354
2 Grandview, MO 25,174 3,562
3 Olivette, MO 7,837 3,582
4 Kansas City, MO 481,417 3,983
5 St. Louis, MO 311,273 4,091
6 Overland, MO 15,787 4,140
7 Hazelwood, MO 25,399 4,157
8 University City, MO 34,653 4,204
9 Florissant, MO 51,744 4,258
10 Raytown, MO 29,216 4,306
11 St. Ann, MO 12,853 4,464
12 Charleston, MO 5,704 4,515
13 Bridgeton, MO 11,690 4,516
14 Maryland Heights, MO 27,128 4,673
15 St. John, MO 6,432 4,713
16 Carthage, MO 14,690 4,849
17 Caruthersville, MO 5,760 5,037
18 Marshall, MO 13,001 5,362
19 Sikeston, MO 16,366 5,391
20 Ferguson, MO 20,931 5,427
21 Waynesville, MO 5,262 5,524
22 Jefferson City, MO 43,013 5,549
23 Maplewood, MO 8,008 5,563
24 Monett, MO 8,917 5,571
25 Creve Coeur, MO 18,445 5,675
26 Columbia, MO 120,248 5,759
27 Clayton, MO 16,448 5,826
28 Kennett, MO 10,225 5,859
29 Neosho, MO 12,009 5,917
30 Richmond Heights, MO 8,457 5,940
31 Independence, MO 117,207 6,123
32 Bowling Green, MO 5,501 6,175
33 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,613 6,186
34 Cameron, MO 9,665 6,223
35 Bonne Terre, MO 7,110 6,287
36 Cape Girardeau, MO 39,323 6,420
37 Boonville, MO 8,410 6,464
38 Gladstone, MO 26,995 6,475
39 Chesterfield, MO 47,663 6,601
40 Branson, MO 11,345 6,603
41 Manchester, MO 18,189 6,618
42 Blue Springs, MO 54,370 6,621
43 Sedalia, MO 21,642 6,629
44 Poplar Bluff, MO 17,107 6,645
45 Warrensburg, MO 20,025 6,731
46 Black Jack, MO 6,943 6,796
47 St. Joseph, MO 76,465 6,808
48 Lee's Summit, MO 96,325 6,845
49 Raymore, MO 20,743 6,869
50 St. Charles, MO 69,576 6,870
51 Ellisville, MO 9,581 6,979
52 Berkeley, MO 8,991 7,009
53 Battlefield, MO 6,104 7,046
54 Moberly, MO 13,762 7,073
55 Town And Country, MO 11,066 7,083
56 Rolla, MO 20,117 7,115
57 Joplin, MO 50,073 7,150
58 Fulton, MO 12,799 7,151
59 Mexico, MO 11,544 7,161
60 Belton, MO 23,348 7,252
61 Springfield, MO 166,633 7,353
62 Brentwood, MO 8,023 7,375
63 O'fallon, MO 86,340 7,577
64 Shrewsbury, MO 6,166 7,589
65 St. Peters, MO 56,838 7,619
66 Macon, MO 5,379 7,672
67 Kirksville, MO 17,483 7,688
68 Richmond, MO 5,606 7,693
69 Jennings, MO 14,794 7,715
70 Pleasant Hill, MO 8,418 7,718
71 Greenwood, MO 6,092 7,731
72 Kirkwood, MO 27,693 7,749
73 Eureka, MO 10,575 7,750
74 Wildwood, MO 35,517 7,774
75 Aurora, MO 7,435 7,795
76 Grain Valley, MO 13,715 7,803
77 Dardenne Prairie, MO 13,139 7,811
78 Ladue, MO 8,586 7,817
79 Ballwin, MO 30,332 7,826
80 Webb City, MO 11,572 7,851
81 Hannibal, MO 17,575 7,858
82 Valley Park, MO 6,832 7,877
83 Liberty, MO 30,928 7,883
84 Farmington, MO 18,269 7,896
85 Pevely, MO 5,784 7,977
86 Smithville, MO 9,541 7,979
87 Lebanon, MO 14,637 8,026
88 Wentzville, MO 37,485 8,046
89 Webster Groves, MO 23,029 8,048
90 Maryville, MO 11,771 8,049
91 Chillicothe, MO 9,136 8,082
92 Excelsior Springs, MO 11,575 8,097
93 Lake St. Louis, MO 15,646 8,116
94 Clinton, MO 9,107 8,128
95 Crestwood, MO 11,881 8,210
96 Harrisonville, MO 10,023 8,225
97 Troy, MO 11,771 8,254
98 Oak Grove, MO 8,008 8,258
99 Bolivar, MO 10,760 8,291
100 Carl Junction, MO 7,995 8,295

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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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