These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Missouri


We used data and science to determine the 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 127 cities in Missouri from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Missouri

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 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 127 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 3102 (St. Robert) to 9431 (Union).

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 Union 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.

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1. St. Robert

St. Robert, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,151
HHI: 3,102
% White: 49.29%
% African American: 14.93%
% Asian: 9.36%

2. Grandview

Grandview, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,997
HHI: 3,660
% White: 44.68%
% African American: 39.21%
% Asian: 0.74%

3. Olivette

Olivette, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,843
HHI: 3,907
% White: 56.53%
% African American: 23.59%
% Asian: 10.71%

4. Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 467,990
HHI: 3,994
% White: 55.29%
% African American: 28.68%
% Asian: 2.55%

5. University City

University City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,172
HHI: 4,119
% White: 52.11%
% African American: 36.94%
% Asian: 3.24%

6. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 317,850
HHI: 4,141
% White: 43.08%
% African American: 47.52%
% Asian: 2.83%

7. Hazelwood

Hazelwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,686
HHI: 4,302
% White: 55.4%
% African American: 34.66%
% Asian: 2.95%

8. Charleston

Charleston, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,877
HHI: 4,614
% White: 45.28%
% African American: 50.57%
% Asian: 0.09%

9. Raytown

Raytown, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,486
HHI: 4,683
% White: 62.32%
% African American: 27.58%
% Asian: 1.23%

10. Maryland Heights

Maryland Heights, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,401
HHI: 4,705
% White: 66.04%
% African American: 10.71%
% Asian: 13.49%

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. Union
  2. Park Hills
  3. Dexter

For more Missouri reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Missouri

City Rank HHI Population
St. Robert 1 3,102 5,151
Grandview 2 3,660 24,997
Olivette 3 3,907 7,843
Kansas City 4 3,994 467,990
University City 5 4,119 35,172
St. Louis 6 4,141 317,850
Hazelwood 7 4,302 25,686
Charleston 8 4,614 5,877
Raytown 9 4,683 29,486
Maryland Heights 10 4,705 27,401
St. John 11 4,732 6,491
St. Ann 12 4,794 12,973
Florissant 13 4,805 52,356
Caruthersville 14 5,024 6,026
Carthage 15 5,050 14,278
Overland 16 5,115 16,011
Ferguson 17 5,266 21,120
Bridgeton 18 5,338 11,699
Sikeston 19 5,429 16,436
Creve Coeur 20 5,589 17,944
Bonne Terre 21 5,604 7,064
Jefferson City 22 5,792 43,186
Marshall 23 5,818 13,048
Clayton 24 5,853 15,900
Berkeley 25 5,950 9,083
Waynesville 26 5,954 5,250
Columbia 27 5,980 115,391
Maplewood 28 6,119 7,960
Monett 29 6,120 8,957
Cameron 30 6,151 10,167
Bowling Green 31 6,166 5,465
Richmond Heights 32 6,186 8,510
Bellefontaine Neighbors 33 6,216 10,814
Black Jack 34 6,334 6,938
Independence 35 6,379 117,192
Cape Girardeau 36 6,434 38,959
Warrensburg 37 6,682 19,739
Kennett 38 6,701 10,678
Neosho 39 6,702 12,102
Sedalia 40 6,765 21,457
Belton 41 6,769 23,209
Fulton 42 6,784 12,812
Boonville 43 6,884 8,350
Rolla 44 6,936 19,910
St. Charles 45 6,939 67,479
Manchester 46 6,943 18,187
Chesterfield 47 6,957 47,706
St. Joseph 48 6,962 77,037
Blue Springs 49 7,055 53,364
Poplar Bluff 50 7,105 17,195
Moberly 51 7,223 13,879
Valley Park 52 7,229 6,970
Dellwood 53 7,240 5,011
Gladstone 54 7,256 26,309
Joplin 55 7,314 51,042
Raymore 56 7,349 19,813
Battlefield 57 7,363 5,844
Excelsior Springs 58 7,367 11,512
Shrewsbury 59 7,373 6,208
Mexico 60 7,386 11,588
Brentwood 61 7,405 8,052
Springfield 62 7,460 163,763
Oak Grove 63 7,494 7,839
Ballwin 64 7,542 30,484
Town And Country 65 7,590 10,960
Hannibal 66 7,626 17,717
Branson 67 7,637 11,084
Kirkwood 68 7,707 27,612
Lake St. Louis 69 7,730 14,933
Webb City 70 7,751 11,035
Willard 71 7,787 5,429
Liberty 72 7,805 30,035
Webster Groves 73 7,830 23,120
St. Peters 74 7,904 55,135
Farmington 75 7,916 17,570
Kirksville 76 7,918 17,574
Nixa 77 7,923 20,177
Crestwood 78 7,940 11,961
Aurora 79 7,991 7,473
Ladue 80 8,027 8,559
Grain Valley 81 8,029 13,134
Parkville 82 8,050 5,946
Wentzville 83 8,050 32,827
Macon 84 8,057 5,468
Warrenton 85 8,063 8,025
Pacific 86 8,078 6,305
Richmond 87 8,101 5,654
Pleasant Hill 88 8,176 8,216
Nevada 89 8,182 8,454
Greenwood 90 8,187 5,400
Wildwood 91 8,198 35,776
Dardenne Prairie 92 8,226 12,383
Festus 93 8,227 11,839
Smithville 94 8,253 8,911
Washington 95 8,253 13,993
Eureka 96 8,256 10,450
Marshfield 97 8,260 6,860
Pevely 98 8,273 5,596
Maryville 99 8,306 11,997
West Plains 100 8,429 12,230

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