These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Nebraska.


Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska

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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 Nebraska 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 32 cities in Nebraska from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Nebraska? According to the most Census data, South Sioux City took the number one over all spot for diversity in Nebraska.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Nebraska 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Nebraska for 2019

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 Nebraska.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 32 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 3,744 (South Sioux City) to 9,347 (Gretna).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Nebraska 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Nebraska For 2019

South Sioux City, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,145

HHI: 3,744
% White: 36.8%
% African American: 6.5%
% Asian: 4.0%
More on South Sioux City: PhotosData

South Sioux City is a city in Dakota County, Nebraska, United States. It is located immediately across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, and is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,353, making it the 14th largest city in Nebraska.

Crete, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,079

HHI: 4,502
% White: 55.3%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 5.7%
More on Crete: PhotosData

Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

Lexington, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,097

HHI: 4,681
% White: 26.4%
% African American: 10.4%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Lexington: PhotosData

Lexington is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 10,230 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawson County. Lexington is located in southern Nebraska, on the Platte River, southeast of North Platte. It sits along the route of U.S. Route 30 and the Union Pacific Railroad. In the 1860s it was the location of a stop along the Pony Express.

Omaha, NE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 463,081

HHI: 4,898
% White: 67.4%
% African American: 12.1%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Omaha: PhotosData

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

Scottsbluff, NE

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,887

HHI: 4,969
% White: 61.8%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Scottsbluff: PhotosData

Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 15,039 at the 2010 census. Scottsbluff is the largest city in the Nebraska Panhandle, and the 13th largest city in Nebraska.

Grand Island, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 51,042

HHI: 5,013
% White: 64.0%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Grand Island: PhotosData

Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 48,520 at the 2010 census.

Bellevue, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 53,040

HHI: 5,363
% White: 71.1%
% African American: 6.4%
% Asian: 2.9%
More on Bellevue: PhotosData

Schuyler, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,229

HHI: 5,832
% White: 23.1%
% African American: 4.1%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Schuyler: PhotosData

Schuyler is a city in Colfax County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,211 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Colfax County. The city is named after former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax.

Columbus, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,834

HHI: 6,135
% White: 75.1%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Columbus: PhotosData

Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census.

Alliance, NE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,392

HHI: 6,304
% White: 77.9%
% African American: 0.8%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Alliance: PhotosData

Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Its population was 8,491 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Box Butte County.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Nebraska

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

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

  1. Gretna
  2. Plattsmouth
  3. Seward

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 South Sioux City, NE 13,145 3,744
2 Crete, NE 7,079 4,502
3 Lexington, NE 10,097 4,681
4 Omaha, NE 463,081 4,898
5 Scottsbluff, NE 14,887 4,969
6 Grand Island, NE 51,042 5,013
7 Bellevue, NE 53,040 5,363
8 Schuyler, NE 6,229 5,832
9 Columbus, NE 22,834 6,135
10 Alliance, NE 8,392 6,304
11 Chadron, NE 5,704 6,468
12 Norfolk, NE 24,352 6,510
13 Lincoln, NE 277,315 6,588
14 Nebraska City, NE 7,288 6,624
15 Fremont, NE 26,356 6,796
16 Ralston, NE 7,348 6,861
17 La Vista, NE 17,062 7,109
18 Gering, NE 8,377 7,113
19 Hastings, NE 24,948 7,282
20 Wayne, NE 5,557 7,532
21 Kearney, NE 33,082 7,637
22 North Platte, NE 24,135 7,678
23 Papillion, NE 19,478 7,778
24 Sidney, NE 6,830 8,150
25 York, NE 7,890 8,335
26 Mccook, NE 7,622 8,411
27 Holdrege, NE 5,497 8,471
28 Blair, NE 8,011 8,507
29 Beatrice, NE 12,309 8,757
30 Seward, NE 7,124 8,819
31 Plattsmouth, NE 6,435 8,852
32 Gretna, NE 5,045 9,347

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