These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. South Sioux City (Photos)
  2. Crete (Photos)
  3. Lexington
  4. Omaha (Photos)
  5. Grand Island (Photos)
  6. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  7. Bellevue (Photos)
  8. Schuyler (Photos)
  9. Columbus (Photos)
  10. Alliance (Photos)

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 the best places to live in Nebraska or the worst places to live in Nebraska.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 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 3803 (South Sioux City) to 9401 (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.

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1. South Sioux City

South Sioux City, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,268
HHI: 3,803
% White: 37.99%
% African American: 6.15%
% Asian: 3.89%

2. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,089
HHI: 4,567
% White: 57.14%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 5.77%

3. Lexington

Lexington, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,090
HHI: 4,622
% White: 27.34%
% African American: 10.22%
% Asian: 0.0%

4. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 443,072
HHI: 4,881
% White: 67.22%
% African American: 12.52%
% Asian: 3.22%

5. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,895
HHI: 5,083
% White: 64.78%
% African American: 2.46%
% Asian: 1.2%

6. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,937
HHI: 5,103
% White: 62.74%
% African American: 1.16%
% Asian: 0.58%

7. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,993
HHI: 5,544
% White: 72.64%
% African American: 6.27%
% Asian: 2.56%

8. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,171
HHI: 5,780
% White: 24.66%
% African American: 3.5%
% Asian: 0.0%

9. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,668
HHI: 6,161
% White: 75.39%
% African American: 0.31%
% Asian: 0.66%

10. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,469
HHI: 6,370
% White: 78.31%
% African American: 0.35%
% Asian: 0.37%

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. Seward
  3. Beatrice

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska

City Rank HHI Population
South Sioux City 1 3,803 13,268
Crete 2 4,567 7,089
Lexington 3 4,622 10,090
Omaha 4 4,881 443,072
Grand Island 5 5,083 50,895
Scottsbluff 6 5,103 14,937
Bellevue 7 5,544 52,993
Schuyler 8 5,780 6,171
Columbus 9 6,161 22,668
Alliance 10 6,370 8,469
Chadron 11 6,595 5,792
Norfolk 12 6,661 24,398
Lincoln 13 6,687 273,018
Gering 14 6,829 8,401
Ralston 15 6,842 7,334
Nebraska City 16 6,881 7,303
Fremont 17 6,977 26,450
La Vista 18 6,991 17,064
Hastings 19 7,316 24,983
Wayne 20 7,541 5,560
Kearney 21 7,691 32,709
North Platte 22 7,744 24,311
Papillion 23 7,887 19,520
Sidney 24 8,096 6,875
Mccook 25 8,444 7,618
York 26 8,451 7,899
Blair 27 8,502 8,007
Holdrege 28 8,640 5,545
Plattsmouth 29 8,673 6,476
Beatrice 30 8,836 12,358
Seward 31 8,917 7,133
Gretna 32 9,401 5,047

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