Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in North Dakota.

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 13 cities in North Dakota from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in North Dakota for 2020:

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

So what city is the most diverse in North Dakota? According to the most Census data, 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 10 Most Diverse Places In North Dakota For 2020

Devils Lake, ND

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Population: 7,317

HHI: 6,345
% White: 78.2%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Devils Lake: PhotosData

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

Williston, ND

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Population: 26,102

HHI: 6,353
% White: 79.0%
% African American: 4.4%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Williston: PhotosData

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

Watford City, ND

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Population: 6,197

HHI: 6,710
% White: 80.8%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Watford City: PhotosData

Minot, ND

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Population: 48,304

HHI: 6,882
% White: 82.5%
% African American: 4.1%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Minot: PhotosData

Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as "Magic City", commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

Grand Forks, ND

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Population: 56,556

HHI: 7,011
% White: 83.4%
% African American: 4.4%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Grand Forks: PhotosData

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.

Fargo, ND

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Population: 120,209

HHI: 7,061
% White: 83.6%
% African American: 6.1%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Fargo: PhotosData

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.

Dickinson, ND

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Population: 22,707

HHI: 7,409
% White: 85.8%
% African American: 2.7%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Dickinson: PhotosData

Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765.

Wahpeton, ND

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Population: 7,792

HHI: 7,639
% White: 87.2%
% African American: 1.5%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Wahpeton: PhotosData

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's 2015 population was 7,899.

Bismarck, ND

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Population: 71,731

HHI: 7,820
% White: 88.3%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Bismarck: PhotosData

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city's population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

Mandan, ND

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Population: 21,943

HHI: 7,844
% White: 88.3%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Mandan: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in North Dakota for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 6,000 people. That left us with 13 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 6,345 (Devils Lake) to 8,266 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Jamestown
  3. West Fargo

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Devils Lake, ND 7,317 6,345
2 Williston, ND 26,102 6,353
3 Watford City, ND 6,197 6,710
4 Minot, ND 48,304 6,882
5 Grand Forks, ND 56,556 7,011
6 Fargo, ND 120,209 7,061
7 Dickinson, ND 22,707 7,409
8 Wahpeton, ND 7,792 7,639
9 Bismarck, ND 71,731 7,820
10 Mandan, ND 21,943 7,844
11 West Fargo, ND 34,419 8,034
12 Jamestown, ND 15,368 8,246
13 Valley City, ND 6,487 8,266

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