These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Montana

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

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

Great Falls 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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Montana

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 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 17 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 7291 (Great Falls) to 9544 (Whitefish).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Great Falls 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. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,563
HHI: 7,291
% White: 85.05%
% African American: 0.96%
% Asian: 1.06%

2. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,790
HHI: 7,389
% White: 85.45%
% African American: 0.03%
% Asian: 0.81%

3. Billings

Billings, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,134
HHI: 7,484
% White: 86.17%
% African American: 0.73%
% Asian: 0.73%

4. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,190
HHI: 7,923
% White: 88.85%
% African American: 0.65%
% Asian: 1.55%

5. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,284
HHI: 7,971
% White: 89.06%
% African American: 1.5%
% Asian: 0.02%

6. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,319
HHI: 8,141
% White: 90.1%
% African American: 0.72%
% Asian: 2.46%

7. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,216
HHI: 8,166
% White: 90.12%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.0%

8. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,600
HHI: 8,306
% White: 91.03%
% African American: 0.61%
% Asian: 0.6%

9. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,211
HHI: 8,313
% White: 91.09%
% African American: 1.03%
% Asian: 0.52%

10. Butte-Silver Bow

Butte-Silver Bow, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,671
HHI: 8,434
% White: 91.73%
% African American: 0.48%
% Asian: 0.71%

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. Livingston

For more Montana reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Montana

City Rank HHI Population
Great Falls 1 7,291 59,563
Havre 2 7,389 9,790
Billings 3 7,484 108,134
Missoula 4 7,923 69,190
Glendive 5 7,971 5,284
Bozeman 6 8,141 40,319
Sidney 7 8,166 6,216
Helena 8 8,306 29,600
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 9 8,313 9,211
Butte-Silver Bow 10 8,434 33,671
Belgrade 11 8,580 7,738
Lewistown 12 8,582 5,883
Miles City 13 8,630 8,627
Kalispell 14 8,708 21,142
Livingston 15 8,791 7,136
Laurel 16 8,795 6,933
Whitefish 17 9,544 6,692

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