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


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

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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 Dakota 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 North Dakota from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Devils Lake (Photos)
  2. Williston (Photos)
  3. Grand Forks (Photos)
  4. Fargo (Photos)
  5. Minot (Photos)
  6. Dickinson
  7. Wahpeton (Photos)
  8. Bismarck (Photos)
  9. Mandan (Photos)
  10. Jamestown (Photos)

Devils Lake took the number one over all spot for diversity in North Dakota.

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

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

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 6668 (Devils Lake) to 8547 (Valley City).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Dakota 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. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,299
HHI: 6,668
% White: 80.27%
% African American: 0.05%
% Asian: 0.4%

2. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,902
HHI: 7,206
% White: 84.51%
% African American: 3.09%
% Asian: 0.19%

3. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,831
HHI: 7,290
% White: 85.13%
% African American: 3.0%
% Asian: 2.74%

4. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 115,950
HHI: 7,355
% White: 85.49%
% African American: 4.54%
% Asian: 3.33%

5. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,338
HHI: 7,356
% White: 85.48%
% African American: 3.1%
% Asian: 1.25%

6. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,985
HHI: 7,561
% White: 86.66%
% African American: 2.04%
% Asian: 1.82%

7. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,844
HHI: 7,832
% White: 88.3%
% African American: 1.06%
% Asian: 0.42%

8. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,981
HHI: 8,038
% White: 89.51%
% African American: 1.46%
% Asian: 0.96%

9. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,613
HHI: 8,086
% White: 89.76%
% African American: 0.89%
% Asian: 0.11%

10. Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,441
HHI: 8,371
% White: 91.41%
% African American: 1.29%
% Asian: 0.63%

There You Have It – Diversity Across North Dakota

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

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

  1. Valley City
  2. West Fargo
  3. Jamestown

For more North Dakota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota

City Rank HHI Population
Devils Lake 1 6,668 7,299
Williston 2 7,206 23,902
Grand Forks 3 7,290 55,831
Fargo 4 7,355 115,950
Minot 5 7,356 47,338
Dickinson 6 7,561 21,985
Wahpeton 7 7,832 7,844
Bismarck 8 8,038 68,981
Mandan 9 8,086 20,613
Jamestown 10 8,371 15,441
West Fargo 11 8,396 31,557
Valley City 12 8,547 6,615

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