These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Missouri For 2018


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

Join HomeSnacks


Most Diverse Cities In MO

Click to enlarge. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Grandview (Photos)
  2. St. Robert
  3. Olivette
  4. Kansas City (Photos)
  5. University City (Photos)
  6. St. Louis (Photos)
  7. Hazelwood (Photos)
  8. Raytown (Photos)
  9. Charleston (Photos)
  10. Florissant (Photos)

Grandview 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 best places to live in Missouri or the worst places to live in Missouri.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 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 3536 (Grandview) to 9620 (Glendale).

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

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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Grandview

Grandview, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,126
HHI: 3,536
% White: 43.7%
% African American: 38.48%
% Asian: 0.96%

2. St. Robert


Population: 5,396
HHI: 3,601
% White: 54.41%
% African American: 18.81%
% Asian: 2.24%

3. Olivette


Population: 7,830
HHI: 3,695
% White: 53.46%
% African American: 26.1%
% Asian: 10.04%

4. Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 471,767
HHI: 4,010
% White: 55.36%
% African American: 28.85%
% Asian: 2.51%

5. University City

University City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,042
HHI: 4,135
% White: 51.93%
% African American: 37.48%
% Asian: 3.52%

6. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 316,030
HHI: 4,136
% White: 42.74%
% African American: 47.76%
% Asian: 3.03%

7. Hazelwood

Hazelwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,604
HHI: 4,171
% White: 54.16%
% African American: 34.53%
% Asian: 3.61%

8. Raytown

Raytown, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,366
HHI: 4,421
% White: 58.71%
% African American: 30.46%
% Asian: 1.22%

9. Charleston

Charleston, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,855
HHI: 4,539
% White: 43.76%
% African American: 51.14%
% Asian: 0.0%

10. Florissant

Florissant, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,218
HHI: 4,587
% White: 58.94%
% African American: 32.99%
% Asian: 1.0%

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. Glendale
  2. Dexter
  3. Weldon Spring

For more Missouri reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Missouri

City Rank HHI Population
Grandview 1 3,536 25,126
St. Robert 2 3,601 5,396
Olivette 3 3,695 7,830
Kansas City 4 4,010 471,767
University City 5 4,135 35,042
St. Louis 6 4,136 316,030
Hazelwood 7 4,171 25,604
Raytown 8 4,421 29,366
Charleston 9 4,539 5,855
Florissant 10 4,587 52,218
Bridgeton 11 4,623 11,698
St. Ann 12 4,703 12,931
Maryland Heights 13 4,803 27,359
Overland 14 4,824 15,932
St. John 15 4,866 6,459
Carthage 16 4,913 14,247
Ferguson 17 5,195 21,035
Caruthersville 18 5,283 5,941
Waynesville 19 5,409 5,297
Sikeston 20 5,479 16,464
Marshall 21 5,631 12,984
Clayton 22 5,643 16,034
Jefferson City 23 5,706 43,143
Creve Coeur 24 5,755 18,072
Monett 25 5,797 8,954
Columbia 26 5,957 117,165
Cameron 27 6,030 10,150
Kennett 28 6,103 10,500
Maplewood 29 6,120 7,948
Bowling Green 30 6,129 5,464
Richmond Heights 31 6,194 8,486
Bellefontaine Neighbors 32 6,232 10,785
Bonne Terre 33 6,287 7,109
Independence 34 6,372 117,217
Cape Girardeau 35 6,548 39,200
Neosho 36 6,568 12,144
Sedalia 37 6,607 21,441
Berkeley 38 6,646 9,068
Black Jack 39 6,707 6,956
Warrensburg 40 6,727 19,932
Boonville 41 6,728 8,397
Manchester 42 6,770 18,183
Chesterfield 43 6,770 47,717
Lee’S Summit 44 6,784 94,257
Belton 45 6,846 23,236
St. Charles 46 6,846 68,341
Poplar Bluff 47 6,874 17,198
Blue Springs 48 6,882 53,641
Rolla 49 6,910 19,904
St. Joseph 50 6,945 76,901
Fulton 51 6,989 12,886
Gladstone 52 7,147 26,562
Branson 53 7,238 11,158
Dellwood 54 7,238 5,020
Raymore 55 7,270 20,107
Moberly 56 7,363 13,867
Joplin 57 7,377 51,231
Springfield 58 7,383 165,138
Battlefield 59 7,405 5,920
Mexico 60 7,458 11,622
Valley Park 61 7,464 6,956
Ballwin 62 7,473 30,431
Greenwood 63 7,594 5,474
Grain Valley 64 7,606 13,273
Excelsior Springs 65 7,621 11,480
Ladue 66 7,630 8,579
Webster Groves 67 7,652 23,111
Brentwood 68 7,692 8,030
Shrewsbury 69 7,709 6,197
Hannibal 70 7,715 17,707
St. Peters 71 7,761 55,820
Kirkwood 72 7,771 27,614
Warrenton 73 7,771 8,077
O’Fallon 74 7,775 84,018
Richmond 75 7,811 5,638
Liberty 76 7,846 30,239
Macon 77 7,856 5,463
Kirksville 78 7,859 17,592
Farmington 79 7,869 17,881
Lake St. Louis 80 7,870 15,150
Eureka 81 7,885 10,497
Pevely 82 7,928 5,616
Webb City 83 7,933 11,052
Dardenne Prairie 84 7,936 12,692
Aurora 85 8,005 7,473
Town And Country 86 8,006 11,001
Pacific 87 8,036 6,246
Wildwood 88 8,041 35,764
Pleasant Hill 89 8,114 8,272
Jennings 90 8,122 14,749
Harrisonville 91 8,126 10,002
Nixa 92 8,132 20,520
Wentzville 93 8,188 34,176
Ellisville 94 8,201 9,188
Oak Grove 95 8,223 7,844
Smithville 96 8,239 9,069
Festus 97 8,262 11,929
Nevada 98 8,289 8,388
Chillicothe 99 8,312 9,199
Maryville 100 8,312 11,957

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook: