These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nevada For 2018


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

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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 Nevada 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 12 cities in Nevada from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  2. Las Vegas (Photos)
  3. Sparks (Photos)
  4. Reno (Photos)
  5. Winnemucca (Photos)
  6. Henderson (Photos)
  7. Elko (Photos)
  8. Carson City
  9. Fallon (Photos)
  10. Fernley (Photos)

North Las Vegas took the number one over all spot for diversity in Nevada.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Nevada 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 Nevada or the worst places to live in Nevada.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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 12 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 2902 (North Las Vegas) to 7199 (Boulder City).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Nevada 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. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 230,436
HHI: 2,902
% White: 29.04%
% African American: 19.53%
% Asian: 5.91%

2. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 613,295
HHI: 3,294
% White: 45.56%
% African American: 11.38%
% Asian: 6.38%

3. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,718
HHI: 4,336
% White: 59.35%
% African American: 2.72%
% Asian: 5.61%

4. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 237,121
HHI: 4,443
% White: 61.28%
% African American: 2.31%
% Asian: 6.42%

5. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,881
HHI: 4,830
% White: 59.56%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 0.05%

6. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 277,872
HHI: 4,884
% White: 67.42%
% African American: 5.36%
% Asian: 7.12%

7. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,078
HHI: 4,999
% White: 64.83%
% African American: 2.1%
% Asian: 1.46%

8. Carson City

Carson City, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,412
HHI: 5,248
% White: 68.59%
% African American: 0.94%
% Asian: 3.03%

9. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,410
HHI: 5,413
% White: 71.97%
% African American: 4.95%
% Asian: 3.16%

10. Fernley

Fernley, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,228
HHI: 5,784
% White: 73.79%
% African American: 1.29%
% Asian: 1.46%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Nevada

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

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

  1. Boulder City
  2. Mesquite
  3. Fernley

For more Nevada reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Nevada

City Rank HHI Population
North Las Vegas 1 2,902 230,436
Las Vegas 2 3,294 613,295
Sparks 3 4,336 94,718
Reno 4 4,443 237,121
Winnemucca 5 4,830 7,881
Henderson 6 4,884 277,872
Elko 7 4,999 20,078
Carson City 8 5,248 54,412
Fallon 9 5,413 8,410
Fernley 10 5,784 19,228
Mesquite 11 5,973 16,953
Boulder City 12 7,199 15,373

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