These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nevada

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. Elko (Photos)
  6. Henderson (Photos)
  7. Carson City (Photos)
  8. Fallon (Photos)
  9. Winnemucca (Photos)
  10. Mesquite (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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Nevada

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 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 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 2887 (North Las Vegas) to 7384 (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: 226,860
HHI: 2,887
% White: 29.72%
% African American: 19.66%
% Asian: 5.54%

2. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 605,097
HHI: 3,319
% White: 45.92%
% African American: 10.92%
% Asian: 6.53%

3. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 93,437
HHI: 4,301
% White: 59.09%
% African American: 2.79%
% Asian: 5.51%

4. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,161
HHI: 4,463
% White: 61.43%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 6.49%

5. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,709
HHI: 4,886
% White: 62.82%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 0.72%

6. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 271,725
HHI: 4,948
% White: 67.99%
% African American: 5.4%
% Asian: 7.3%

7. Carson City

Carson City, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,482
HHI: 5,263
% White: 68.8%
% African American: 0.93%
% Asian: 2.75%

8. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,442
HHI: 5,459
% White: 72.42%
% African American: 4.57%
% Asian: 4.87%

9. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,810
HHI: 5,502
% White: 68.55%
% African American: 0.23%
% Asian: 0.05%

10. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,533
HHI: 5,601
% White: 70.24%
% African American: 0.62%
% Asian: 1.28%

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. Fernley
  3. Mesquite

For more Nevada reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Nevada

City Rank HHI Population
North Las Vegas 1 2,887 226,860
Las Vegas 2 3,319 605,097
Sparks 3 4,301 93,437
Reno 4 4,463 234,161
Elko 5 4,886 19,709
Henderson 6 4,948 271,725
Carson City 7 5,263 54,482
Fallon 8 5,459 8,442
Winnemucca 9 5,502 7,810
Mesquite 10 5,601 16,533
Fernley 11 6,094 19,185
Boulder City 12 7,384 15,266

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