Most Diverse Cities In Montana For 2020

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

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

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.

So what city is the most diverse in Montana? According to the most Census data, 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Montana For 2020

Havre, MT

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Population: 9,762

HHI: 6,483
% White: 79.3%
% African American: 0.1%
% Asian: 0.7%
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Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.

Great Falls, MT

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Population: 58,990

HHI: 7,203
% White: 84.5%
% African American: 0.9%
% Asian: 0.9%
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Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The 2015 census estimate put the population at 59,638. The population was 58,505 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Cascade County and has a population of 82,278. Great Falls was the largest city in Montana from 1950 to 1970, when Billings surpassed it. Great Falls remained the second largest city in Montana until 2000, when it was passed by Missoula. Since then Great Falls has been the third largest city in the state.

Billings, MT

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Population: 109,431

HHI: 7,305
% White: 85.1%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 0.7%
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Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.

Sidney, MT

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Population: 6,475

HHI: 7,673
% White: 87.2%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.0%
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Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10mi away from the North Dakota border. The population was 5,191 at the 2010 census. The city lies along the Yellowstone River and is in proximity to the badlands of the Dakotas. Sidney is approximately midway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota.

Missoula, MT

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Population: 72,125

HHI: 7,887
% White: 88.6%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 1.9%
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Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the "hub of five valleys". In 2016, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook GreatFalls as Montana-s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.

Bozeman, MT

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Population: 45,121

HHI: 8,142
% White: 90.1%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 2.5%
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Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman's population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana-s statistical areas.

Helena, MT

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Population: 31,212

HHI: 8,158
% White: 90.2%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 0.7%
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Helena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, MT

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Population: 9,100

HHI: 8,173
% White: 90.3%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 0.7%
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Deer Lodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,298. It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda. The county was founded in 1865.

Livingston, MT

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Population: 7,478

HHI: 8,454
% White: 91.8%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 0.0%
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Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.

Belgrade, MT

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Population: 8,345

HHI: 8,459
% White: 91.7%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.1%
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How we determined the most diverse cities in Montana 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 Montana.

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 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 6,483 (Havre) to 9,398 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Columbia Falls
  3. Laurel

For more Montana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Montana For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Havre, MT 9,762 6,483
2 Great Falls, MT 58,990 7,203
3 Billings, MT 109,431 7,305
4 Sidney, MT 6,475 7,673
5 Missoula, MT 72,125 7,887
6 Bozeman, MT 45,121 8,142
7 Helena, MT 31,212 8,158
8 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, MT 9,100 8,173
9 Livingston, MT 7,478 8,454
10 Belgrade, MT 8,345 8,459
11 Lewistown, MT 5,895 8,576
12 Kalispell, MT 22,621 8,586
13 Miles City, MT 8,576 8,595
14 Glendive, MT 5,232 8,720
15 Laurel, MT 6,849 8,795
16 Columbia Falls, MT 5,225 8,800
17 Whitefish, MT 7,309 9,398

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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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