These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina


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

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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 North Carolina 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 133 cities in North Carolina from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Lumberton
  2. Spring Lake
  3. Durham (Photos)
  4. Charlotte (Photos)
  5. Monroe (Photos)
  6. Morrisville (Photos)
  7. Knightdale (Photos)
  8. Siler City (Photos)
  9. Fayetteville (Photos)
  10. High Point (Photos)

Lumberton took the number one over all spot for diversity in North Carolina.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where North Carolina ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina

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 North Carolina.

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 133 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 2876 (Lumberton) to 9164 (Oak Island).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Lumberton took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Oak Island was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Carolina 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. Lumberton

Source: Google Maps

Households: 21,721
HHI: 2,876
% White: 38.54%
% African American: 33.26%
% Asian: 1.34%

2. Spring Lake

Source: Google Maps

Households: 13,336
HHI: 2,918
% White: 37.78%
% African American: 33.52%
% Asian: 2.97%

3. Durham

Durham, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 246,084
HHI: 3,269
% White: 38.26%
% African American: 39.77%
% Asian: 5.02%

4. Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 792,137
HHI: 3,297
% White: 43.51%
% African American: 34.38%
% Asian: 5.75%

5. Monroe

Monroe, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,951
HHI: 3,315
% White: 44.58%
% African American: 23.98%
% Asian: 1.43%

6. Morrisville

Morrisville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,726
HHI: 3,350
% White: 42.77%
% African American: 12.91%
% Asian: 36.44%

7. Knightdale

Knightdale, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,243
HHI: 3,351
% White: 43.0%
% African American: 35.56%
% Asian: 3.04%

8. Siler City

Siler City, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,193
HHI: 3,354
% White: 29.43%
% African American: 20.25%
% Asian: 1.57%

9. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 202,521
HHI: 3,363
% White: 39.9%
% African American: 40.18%
% Asian: 2.89%

10. High Point

High Point, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,031
HHI: 3,474
% White: 47.78%
% African American: 32.16%
% Asian: 8.27%

There You Have It – Diversity Across North Carolina

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

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

  1. Oak Island
  2. Mills River
  3. Unionville

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina

City Rank HHI Population
Lumberton 1 2,876 21,721
Spring Lake 2 2,918 13,336
Durham 3 3,269 246,084
Charlotte 4 3,297 792,137
Monroe 5 3,315 33,951
Morrisville 6 3,350 21,726
Knightdale 7 3,351 13,243
Siler City 8 3,354 8,193
Fayetteville 9 3,363 202,521
High Point 10 3,474 108,031
Sanford 11 3,487 28,988
Butner 12 3,538 7,672
Winston-Salem 13 3,538 236,642
Lexington 14 3,552 19,129
Selma 15 3,563 6,220
Burlington 16 3,607 52,241
Whiteville 17 3,705 5,512
Smithfield 18 3,707 11,562
Greensboro 19 3,748 279,427
Pineville 20 3,767 8,066
Raleigh 21 3,809 432,520
Clinton 22 3,833 8,750
Wilson 23 3,845 49,478
Laurinburg 24 3,861 15,694
Statesville 25 3,869 25,443
Hope Mills 26 3,881 16,123
Salisbury 27 3,931 33,653
Jacksonville 28 3,933 68,315
Dunn 29 3,959 9,654
New Bern 30 3,999 30,218
Roxboro 31 4,003 8,316
Graham 32 4,019 14,468
Garner 33 4,063 27,160
Hamlet 34 4,095 6,525
Washington 35 4,117 9,777
Tarboro 36 4,148 11,292
Gastonia 37 4,191 73,211
Goldsboro 38 4,206 35,952
Greenville 39 4,217 88,598
Havelock 40 4,267 20,729
Hillsborough 41 4,276 6,316
Elizabeth City 42 4,338 18,111
Asheboro 43 4,370 25,897
Forest City 44 4,415 7,359
Shelby 45 4,417 20,245
Reidsville 46 4,427 14,191
Wendell 47 4,439 6,169
Lincolnton 48 4,445 10,696
Ayden 49 4,448 5,035
Oxford 50 4,478 8,650
Carrboro 51 4,490 20,639
Mocksville 52 4,509 5,090
Thomasville 53 4,532 27,084
Concord 54 4,556 83,903
Aberdeen 55 4,578 6,914
Henderson 56 4,584 15,311
Eden 57 4,610 15,483
Mebane 58 4,659 13,309
Rockingham 59 4,698 9,376
Winterville 60 4,706 9,464
Cary 61 4,709 151,186
Long View 62 4,724 5,050
Newton 63 4,724 12,980
Kannapolis 64 4,748 44,520
Wadesboro 65 4,806 5,664
Nashville 66 4,821 5,459
Fuquay-Varina 67 4,830 21,399
Rocky Mount 68 4,872 56,642
Roanoke Rapids 69 4,935 15,557
Morganton 70 4,962 16,748
Chapel Hill 71 4,975 58,766
Hickory 72 4,993 40,172
Conover 73 5,076 8,221
Clayton 74 5,170 17,869
Kinston 75 5,199 21,540
Rolesville 76 5,229 5,006
Hendersonville 77 5,276 13,457
Albemarle 78 5,313 15,969
Harrisburg 79 5,408 13,883
Williamston 80 5,485 5,569
Wilmington 81 5,597 111,998
Mount Holly 82 5,630 13,924
Indian Trail 83 5,666 35,602
Southern Pines 84 5,678 13,018
Marion 85 5,699 7,914
Apex 86 5,753 42,220
Mint Hill 87 5,794 24,545
Kernersville 88 5,801 23,617
Kings Mountain 89 5,881 10,792
Wake Forest 90 5,884 34,786
Morehead City 91 5,916 9,162
Stokesdale 92 5,938 5,221
Lenoir 93 5,959 17,978
Marvin 94 5,976 5,938
Mooresville 95 5,991 34,930
Holly Springs 96 6,090 28,640
Asheville 97 6,190 86,789
Gibsonville 98 6,299 6,634
Cherryville 99 6,406 5,868
Waxhaw 100 6,415 11,586

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