These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota


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. Grand Forks (Photos)
  3. Minot (Photos)
  4. Fargo (Photos)
  5. Williston (Photos)
  6. Dickinson (Photos)
  7. Wahpeton (Photos)
  8. Bismarck (Photos)
  9. Mandan (Photos)
  10. West Fargo (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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota

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 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 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 6674 (Devils Lake) to 8476 (Jamestown).

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 Jamestown 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: 7,275
HHI: 6,674
% White: 80.36%
% African American: 0.15%
% Asian: 0.66%

2. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,944
HHI: 7,384
% White: 85.7%
% African American: 2.49%
% Asian: 2.71%

3. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,194
HHI: 7,481
% White: 86.23%
% African American: 2.95%
% Asian: 1.27%

4. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 113,464
HHI: 7,584
% White: 86.87%
% African American: 3.53%
% Asian: 3.17%

5. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,051
HHI: 7,610
% White: 86.97%
% African American: 2.14%
% Asian: 0.19%

6. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,097
HHI: 7,994
% White: 89.22%
% African American: 1.4%
% Asian: 1.53%

7. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,835
HHI: 8,087
% White: 89.78%
% African American: 0.97%
% Asian: 0.57%

8. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,980
HHI: 8,124
% White: 89.99%
% African American: 1.02%
% Asian: 0.82%

9. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,962
HHI: 8,138
% White: 90.05%
% African American: 0.88%
% Asian: 0.08%

10. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 29,892
HHI: 8,307
% White: 91.05%
% African American: 2.79%
% Asian: 2.09%

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. Jamestown
  2. Valley City
  3. West Fargo

For more North Dakota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota

City Rank HHI Population
Devils Lake 1 6,674 7,275
Grand Forks 2 7,384 54,944
Minot 3 7,481 46,194
Fargo 4 7,584 113,464
Williston 5 7,610 22,051
Dickinson 6 7,994 21,097
Wahpeton 7 8,087 7,835
Bismarck 8 8,124 66,980
Mandan 9 8,138 19,962
West Fargo 10 8,307 29,892
Valley City 11 8,434 6,626
Jamestown 12 8,476 15,418

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