These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska


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 (Photos)
  4. Omaha (Photos)
  5. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  6. Grand Island (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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska

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 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 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 3830 (South Sioux City) to 9106 (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: 13,315
HHI: 3,830
% White: 39.29%
% African American: 6.2%
% Asian: 3.61%

2. Crete

Crete, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,080
HHI: 4,650
% White: 58.55%
% African American: 1.19%
% Asian: 5.24%

3. Lexington

Lexington, Nebraska

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,152
HHI: 4,715
% White: 28.04%
% African American: 9.17%
% Asian: 0.0%

4. Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 440,034
HHI: 4,931
% White: 67.6%
% African American: 12.66%
% Asian: 3.03%

5. Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,955
HHI: 5,073
% White: 63.38%
% African American: 1.22%
% Asian: 0.88%

6. Grand Island

Grand Island, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,582
HHI: 5,173
% White: 65.75%
% African American: 2.42%
% Asian: 1.18%

7. Bellevue

Bellevue, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,067
HHI: 5,614
% White: 73.22%
% African American: 6.44%
% Asian: 2.33%

8. Schuyler

Schuyler, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,196
HHI: 5,778
% White: 27.5%
% African American: 1.52%
% Asian: 0.0%

9. Columbus

Columbus, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,584
HHI: 6,344
% White: 77.08%
% African American: 0.31%
% Asian: 0.7%

10. Alliance

Alliance, Nebraska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,500
HHI: 6,448
% White: 78.91%
% African American: 0.15%
% Asian: 0.41%

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

For more Nebraska reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Nebraska

City Rank HHI Population
South Sioux City 1 3,830 13,315
Crete 2 4,650 7,080
Lexington 3 4,715 10,152
Omaha 4 4,931 440,034
Scottsbluff 5 5,073 14,955
Grand Island 6 5,173 50,582
Bellevue 7 5,614 54,067
Schuyler 8 5,778 6,196
Columbus 9 6,344 22,584
Alliance 10 6,448 8,500
Ralston 11 6,625 5,997
Norfolk 12 6,687 24,393
Lincoln 13 6,760 269,726
Chadron 14 6,810 5,828
Gering 15 6,814 8,429
La Vista 16 6,891 16,895
Nebraska City 17 6,988 7,301
Fremont 18 7,127 26,483
Hastings 19 7,442 24,973
Wayne 20 7,664 5,553
Kearney 21 7,664 32,217
North Platte 22 7,770 24,420
Papillion 23 8,093 19,463
Sidney 24 8,145 6,830
Mccook 25 8,421 7,649
Blair 26 8,470 7,995
York 27 8,485 7,908
Holdrege 28 8,553 5,528
Plattsmouth 29 8,817 6,475
Beatrice 30 8,833 12,355
Seward 31 8,923 7,109
Gretna 32 9,106 5,026

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