These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina For 2018


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

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

Spring Lake 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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in North Carolina or the worst places to live in North Carolina.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 134 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 2858 (Spring Lake) to 9352 (Oak Island).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Spring Lake 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. Spring Lake


Population: 13,258
HHI: 2,858
% White: 37.06%
% African American: 33.29%
% Asian: 3.42%

2. Lumberton

Lumberton, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,646
HHI: 2,976
% White: 36.39%
% African American: 37.42%
% Asian: 1.24%

3. Siler City

Siler City, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,269
HHI: 3,168
% White: 26.81%
% African American: 24.83%
% Asian: 1.68%

4. Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 808,834
HHI: 3,259
% White: 42.77%
% African American: 34.68%
% Asian: 5.94%

5. Lexington

Lexington, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,089
HHI: 3,265
% White: 45.92%
% African American: 29.14%
% Asian: 3.68%

6. Durham

Durham, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 251,761
HHI: 3,273
% White: 38.58%
% African American: 39.49%
% Asian: 5.07%

7. Monroe

Monroe, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,212
HHI: 3,320
% White: 43.59%
% African American: 25.29%
% Asian: 1.18%

8. Morrisville

Morrisville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,600
HHI: 3,324
% White: 41.92%
% African American: 11.85%
% Asian: 37.31%

9. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 203,670
HHI: 3,355
% White: 39.13%
% African American: 40.75%
% Asian: 2.68%

10. Knightdale

Knightdale, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,787
HHI: 3,360
% White: 44.27%
% African American: 34.47%
% Asian: 4.34%

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. Unionville
  3. Carolina Beach

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina

City Rank HHI Population
Spring Lake 1 2,858 13,258
Lumberton 2 2,976 21,646
Siler City 3 3,168 8,269
Charlotte 4 3,259 808,834
Lexington 5 3,265 19,089
Durham 6 3,273 251,761
Monroe 7 3,320 34,212
Morrisville 8 3,324 22,600
Fayetteville 9 3,355 203,670
Knightdale 10 3,360 13,787
High Point 11 3,371 108,982
Selma 12 3,381 6,325
Sanford 13 3,421 29,048
Burlington 14 3,469 52,570
Winston-Salem 15 3,543 238,474
Butner 16 3,585 7,692
Smithfield 17 3,589 11,746
Whiteville 18 3,637 5,535
Hope Mills 19 3,716 16,189
Greensboro 20 3,725 282,177
Hamlet 21 3,737 6,500
Statesville 22 3,776 25,731
Clinton 23 3,817 8,799
Raleigh 24 3,825 441,326
Salisbury 25 3,833 33,674
Laurinburg 26 3,916 15,601
Wilson 27 3,921 49,558
New Bern 28 3,924 30,075
Pineville 29 3,946 8,244
Mocksville 30 3,961 5,140
Jacksonville 31 3,964 68,404
Garner 32 3,972 27,625
Roxboro 33 3,995 8,329
Goldsboro 34 4,029 35,924
Hillsborough 35 4,052 6,428
Washington 36 4,054 9,862
Dunn 37 4,082 9,762
Tarboro 38 4,088 11,206
Greenville 39 4,140 89,745
Lincolnton 40 4,172 10,593
Graham 41 4,187 14,506
Angier 42 4,204 5,079
Forest City 43 4,248 7,356
Havelock 44 4,289 20,630
Gastonia 45 4,290 73,877
Ayden 46 4,328 5,167
Asheboro 47 4,334 25,978
Elizabeth City 48 4,347 18,025
Reidsville 49 4,366 14,107
Eden 50 4,439 15,434
Concord 51 4,452 85,753
Shelby 52 4,491 20,259
Oxford 53 4,495 8,707
Kannapolis 54 4,523 45,685
Carrboro 55 4,545 20,867
Roanoke Rapids 56 4,577 15,454
Rockingham 57 4,624 9,289
Cary 58 4,626 155,822
Conover 59 4,627 8,263
Newton 60 4,636 12,999
Henderson 61 4,670 15,258
Thomasville 62 4,697 27,178
Rolesville 63 4,713 5,583
Winterville 64 4,735 9,484
Wendell 65 4,758 6,298
Rocky Mount 66 4,780 56,175
Aberdeen 67 4,859 7,107
Clayton 68 4,870 18,553
Wadesboro 69 4,900 5,577
Nashville 70 4,933 5,521
Mebane 71 4,946 13,592
Hickory 72 4,964 40,274
Chapel Hill 73 4,974 59,005
Kinston 74 5,051 21,393
Morganton 75 5,082 16,717
Marion 76 5,113 7,873
Fuquay-Varina 77 5,189 22,722
Albemarle 78 5,217 15,968
Harrisburg 79 5,224 14,500
Hendersonville 80 5,263 13,548
Williamston 81 5,303 5,534
Long View 82 5,460 5,071
Kernersville 83 5,513 23,736
Mint Hill 84 5,585 25,024
Wilmington 85 5,597 113,724
Indian Trail 86 5,686 36,357
Apex 87 5,707 43,893
Mount Holly 88 5,724 14,058
Marvin 89 5,749 6,056
Wake Forest 90 5,841 36,472
Mooresville 91 5,861 35,387
Kings Mountain 92 5,863 11,053
Holly Springs 93 5,967 30,126
Southern Pines 94 6,016 13,258
Gibsonville 95 6,022 6,759
Morehead City 96 6,086 9,273
Huntersville 97 6,159 51,701
Waxhaw 98 6,224 12,398
Asheville 99 6,224 87,531
Matthews 100 6,241 30,054

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