These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in North Carolina.


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 are the 10 most diverse places in North Carolina for 2019:

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

So what city is the most diverse in North Carolina? According to the most Census data, 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in North Carolina for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 2,947 (Spring Lake) to 9,227 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In North Carolina For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,746

HHI: 2,947
% White: 36.5%
% African American: 35.5%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Spring Lake: Data

Spring Lake is a town in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. The 2010 census recorded the population at 11,964 people, with an estimated population in 2013 of 13,037.

Lumberton, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 21,366

HHI: 3,037
% White: 37.3%
% African American: 37.4%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Lumberton: PhotosData

Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. The population has grown to 21,542 in the 2010 census from 20,795 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Robeson County. Lumberton, located in southern North Carolina’s Inner Banks region, is located on the Lumber River. Founded in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution, Lumberton was originally a shipping point for lumber used by the Navy, which was sent downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Most of the town’s growth, however, began shortly after World War II.

Siler City, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,116

HHI: 3,135
% White: 24.5%
% African American: 25.0%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Siler City: PhotosData

Siler City is a town in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town’s population was 7,887. The population was estimated to be 8,169 in 2013.

Charlotte, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 826,060

HHI: 3,215
% White: 42.2%
% African American: 34.5%
% Asian: 6.2%
More on Charlotte: PhotosData

Charlotte is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2016, the U.S.Census Bureau estimated the population was 842,051, making it the 17th-most populous city in the United States. The Charlotte metropolitan area ranks 22nd-largest in the U.S., and had a 2016 population of 2,474,314. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2016 U.S.Census population estimate of 2,632,249. Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was ranked as the country’s fastest growing metro area, with 888,000 new residents. Based on U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2015, it also tops the 50 largest U.S. cities as the millennial hub. It is the second-largest city in the southeastern United States, just behind Jacksonville, Florida. It is the third-fastest growing major city in the United States. It is listed as a “gamma-minus” global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Residents are referred to as “Charlotteans”.

Knightdale, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,363

HHI: 3,239
% White: 41.3%
% African American: 35.6%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Knightdale: PhotosData

Knightdale is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,401. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town’s population to be 13,291 as of July 1, 2013. Knightdale’s population grew 10.4% from 2010-2012, making it the second fastest-growing community in the Research Triangle region for that time period.

Durham, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 257,232

HHI: 3,259
% White: 38.8%
% African American: 39.1%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on Durham: PhotosData

Durham is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Durham County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s population to be 251,893 as of July 1, 2014, making it the 4th-most populous city in North Carolina, and the 78th-most populous city in the United States. Durham is the core of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 542,710 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates. The US Office of Management and Budget also includes Durham as a part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2,037,430 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,873

HHI: 3,265
% White: 41.3%
% African American: 12.1%
% Asian: 37.0%
More on Morrisville: PhotosData

Morrisville is a town located in both Wake and Durham counties of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 18,576 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town’s population to be 21,932 as of July 1, 2013. Morrisville is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau’s Combined Statistical Area of Raleigh-Durham-Cary. The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,565,223 as of July 1, 2006, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area portion estimated at 994,551 residents. The U.S. headquarters of Chinese multinational Lenovo are located in the municipal limits.

Monroe, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,368

HHI: 3,284
% White: 42.4%
% African American: 24.5%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Monroe: PhotosData

Monroe is a city in and the county seat of Union County, North Carolina, United States. The population increased from 26,228 in 2000 to 32,797 in 2010. It is within the rapidly growing Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC Metropolitan area. Monroe has a council-manager form of government.

Fayetteville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 210,324

HHI: 3,326
% White: 39.1%
% African American: 40.3%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Fayetteville: PhotosData

Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland County, and is best known as the home of Fort Bragg, a major U.S. Army installation northwest of the city.

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 109,849

HHI: 3,348
% White: 45.2%
% African American: 33.7%
% Asian: 8.1%
More on High Point: PhotosData

High Point is a city located in the Piedmont Triad region of the State of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census the city had a total population of 104,371, with an estimated population of 108,629 in 2014. High Point is currently the ninth-largest municipality in North Carolina.

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

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Carolina For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Spring Lake, NC 12,746 2,947
2 Lumberton, NC 21,366 3,037
3 Siler City, NC 8,116 3,135
4 Charlotte, NC 826,060 3,215
5 Knightdale, NC 14,363 3,239
6 Durham, NC 257,232 3,259
7 Morrisville, NC 23,873 3,265
8 Monroe, NC 34,368 3,284
9 Fayetteville, NC 210,324 3,326
10 High Point, NC 109,849 3,348
11 Sanford, NC 29,051 3,357
12 Lexington, NC 18,916 3,390
13 Burlington, NC 52,813 3,428
14 Smithfield, NC 11,824 3,462
15 Butner, NC 7,709 3,487
16 Winston-Salem, NC 240,193 3,514
17 Selma, NC 6,375 3,549
18 Clinton, NC 8,630 3,598
19 Pineville, NC 8,418 3,698
20 Whiteville, NC 5,487 3,704
21 Greensboro, NC 284,816 3,723
22 Hamlet, NC 6,401 3,732
23 Roxboro, NC 8,273 3,737
24 Raleigh, NC 449,477 3,804
25 Hope Mills, NC 16,106 3,807
26 Laurinburg, NC 15,320 3,812
27 New Bern, NC 29,664 3,866
28 Wilson, NC 49,237 3,868
29 Goldsboro, NC 35,432 3,888
30 Salisbury, NC 33,561 3,900
31 Washington, NC 9,721 3,901
32 Statesville, NC 25,872 3,912
33 Jacksonville, NC 73,661 3,935
34 Graham, NC 14,540 3,960
35 Garner, NC 28,048 3,961
36 Lincolnton, NC 10,574 3,972
37 Angier, NC 5,151 4,069
38 Mocksville, NC 5,130 4,070
39 Dunn, NC 9,657 4,110
40 Greenville, NC 90,347 4,127
41 Gastonia, NC 74,381 4,226
42 Elizabeth City, NC 17,732 4,232
43 Newton, NC 12,991 4,271
44 Havelock, NC 20,404 4,303
45 Concord, NC 87,607 4,313
46 Eden, NC 15,235 4,314
47 Kannapolis, NC 46,498 4,334
48 Forest City, NC 7,250 4,348
49 Tarboro, NC 11,038 4,371
50 Hillsborough, NC 7,033 4,412
51 Asheboro, NC 25,863 4,428
52 Ayden, NC 5,120 4,431
53 Shelby, NC 20,058 4,463
54 Roanoke Rapids, NC 15,107 4,481
55 Reidsville, NC 13,933 4,482
56 Cary, NC 159,715 4,523
57 Williamston, NC 5,398 4,534
58 Clayton, NC 19,306 4,574
59 Oxford, NC 8,614 4,597
60 Rockingham, NC 9,094 4,599
61 Thomasville, NC 26,901 4,602
62 Carrboro, NC 21,099 4,621
63 Winterville, NC 9,488 4,677
64 Wadesboro, NC 5,414 4,698
65 Henderson, NC 15,009 4,701
66 Rolesville, NC 6,308 4,759
67 Mebane, NC 14,426 4,775
68 Nashville, NC 5,473 4,793
69 Aberdeen, NC 7,265 4,794
70 Wendell, NC 6,516 4,795
71 Rocky Mount, NC 55,373 4,809
72 Harrisburg, NC 14,856 4,857
73 Hickory, NC 40,157 4,876
74 Chapel Hill, NC 59,234 4,929
75 Albemarle, NC 15,874 4,932
76 Conover, NC 8,288 4,960
77 Kinston, NC 21,004 5,045
78 Marion, NC 7,752 5,143
79 Morganton, NC 16,478 5,266
80 Marvin, NC 6,174 5,306
81 Fuquay-Varina, NC 24,373 5,348
82 Mint Hill, NC 25,600 5,451
83 Mooresville, NC 36,577 5,451
84 Kernersville, NC 23,988 5,494
85 Wilmington, NC 115,261 5,558
86 Mount Holly, NC 14,948 5,595
87 Kings Mountain, NC 10,929 5,612
88 Indian Trail, NC 37,191 5,654
89 Apex, NC 45,899 5,684
90 Long View, NC 5,013 5,715
91 Oak Ridge, NC 6,728 5,759
92 Belmont, NC 11,373 5,773
93 Gibsonville, NC 6,845 5,805
94 Holly Springs, NC 31,827 5,854
95 Wake Forest, NC 38,473 5,920
96 Morehead City, NC 9,200 6,021
97 Waxhaw, NC 13,343 6,043
98 Huntersville, NC 53,302 6,050
99 Hendersonville, NC 13,620 6,066
100 Southern Pines, NC 13,426 6,137

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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