These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Montana For 2018


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

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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 Montana 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 16 cities in Montana from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Havre (Photos)
  2. Great Falls (Photos)
  3. Billings (Photos)
  4. Missoula (Photos)
  5. Sidney (Photos)
  6. Bozeman (Photos)
  7. Glendive (Photos)
  8. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County (Photos)
  9. Helena (Photos)
  10. Belgrade (Photos)

Havre took the number one over all spot for diversity in Montana.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Montana 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 Montana or the worst places to live in Montana.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Montana 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 Montana.

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 16 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 6786 (Havre) to 9314 (Whitefish).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana 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. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,815
HHI: 6,786
% White: 81.47%
% African American: 0.03%
% Asian: 0.75%

2. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,479
HHI: 7,275
% White: 84.95%
% African American: 0.82%
% Asian: 1.04%

3. Billings

Billings, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,089
HHI: 7,469
% White: 86.08%
% African American: 0.69%
% Asian: 0.71%

4. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,117
HHI: 7,930
% White: 88.88%
% African American: 0.52%
% Asian: 1.72%

5. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,407
HHI: 7,995
% White: 89.11%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.0%

6. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,761
HHI: 8,212
% White: 90.5%
% African American: 0.64%
% Asian: 2.45%

7. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,353
HHI: 8,218
% White: 90.47%
% African American: 1.16%
% Asian: 0.02%

8. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,176
HHI: 8,255
% White: 90.75%
% African American: 0.35%
% Asian: 0.37%

9. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,102
HHI: 8,296
% White: 90.97%
% African American: 0.67%
% Asian: 0.57%

10. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,874
HHI: 8,343
% White: 91.08%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.0%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Montana

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Montana:

  1. Whitefish
  2. Laurel
  3. Miles City

For more Montana reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Montana

City Rank HHI Population
Havre 1 6,786 9,815
Great Falls 2 7,275 59,479
Billings 3 7,469 109,089
Missoula 4 7,930 70,117
Sidney 5 7,995 6,407
Bozeman 6 8,212 41,761
Glendive 7 8,218 5,353
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 8 8,255 9,176
Helena 9 8,296 30,102
Belgrade 10 8,343 7,874
Livingston 11 8,373 7,210
Lewistown 12 8,471 5,868
Kalispell 13 8,550 21,619
Miles City 14 8,628 8,667
Laurel 15 8,914 6,931
Whitefish 16 9,314 6,859

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