These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2018


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

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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 Ohio 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 254 cities in Ohio from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Springdale (Photos)
  2. Whitehall (Photos)
  3. Youngstown (Photos)
  4. Cleveland (Photos)
  5. Lorain (Photos)
  6. Shaker Heights (Photos)
  7. Richmond Heights (Photos)
  8. Campbell (Photos)
  9. Cleveland Heights (Photos)
  10. Columbus (Photos)

Springdale took the number one over all spot for diversity in Ohio.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio 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 Ohio.

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 254 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 3274 (Springdale) to 9603 (Columbiana).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Ohio 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. Springdale

Springdale, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,205
HHI: 3,274
% White: 42.85%
% African American: 33.24%
% Asian: 5.14%

2. Whitehall

Whitehall, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,596
HHI: 3,357
% White: 45.88%
% African American: 31.69%
% Asian: 1.17%

3. Youngstown

Youngstown, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,161
HHI: 3,706
% White: 42.37%
% African American: 42.22%
% Asian: 0.52%

4. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 389,165
HHI: 3,814
% White: 34.32%
% African American: 50.09%
% Asian: 1.97%

5. Lorain

Lorain, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,714
HHI: 3,935
% White: 54.2%
% African American: 13.71%
% Asian: 0.88%

6. Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,773
HHI: 4,038
% White: 53.09%
% African American: 34.09%
% Asian: 5.87%

7. Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,476
HHI: 4,064
% White: 44.22%
% African American: 45.57%
% Asian: 4.33%

8. Campbell

Campbell, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,040
HHI: 4,094
% White: 57.91%
% African American: 19.98%
% Asian: 0.0%

9. Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,160
HHI: 4,127
% White: 47.84%
% African American: 42.55%
% Asian: 4.15%

10. Columbus

Columbus, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 837,038
HHI: 4,140
% White: 57.52%
% African American: 27.59%
% Asian: 4.87%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Ohio

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

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

  1. Columbiana
  2. Kirtland
  3. Cortland

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio

City Rank HHI Population
Springdale 1 3,274 11,205
Whitehall 2 3,357 18,596
Youngstown 3 3,706 65,161
Cleveland 4 3,814 389,165
Lorain 5 3,935 63,714
Shaker Heights 6 4,038 27,773
Richmond Heights 7 4,064 10,476
Campbell 8 4,094 8,040
Cleveland Heights 9 4,127 45,160
Columbus 10 4,140 837,038
Forest Park 11 4,149 18,679
South Euclid 12 4,173 21,865
Painesville 13 4,229 19,735
Cincinnati 14 4,239 298,011
Dayton 15 4,290 141,143
Toledo 16 4,397 280,854
Mount Healthy 17 4,418 6,054
Garfield Heights 18 4,448 28,207
Akron 19 4,492 198,508
Bedford 20 4,581 12,782
Reynoldsburg 21 4,679 36,995
North College Hill 22 4,682 9,351
Oberlin 23 4,786 8,353
Euclid 24 4,837 47,863
Grafton 25 4,851 6,075
Sandusky 26 4,893 25,338
Lima 27 4,915 37,836
Canton 28 4,961 72,163
Warren 29 5,084 40,433
Fremont 30 5,341 16,388
Solon 31 5,401 23,085
Trotwood 32 5,433 24,372
Pickerington 33 5,521 19,379
Mansfield 34 5,538 46,902
Sharonville 35 5,572 13,782
Bedford Heights 36 5,579 10,640
Twinsburg 37 5,643 18,851
Maple Heights 38 5,669 22,685
University Heights 39 5,671 13,273
Dublin 40 5,682 43,874
Brooklyn 41 5,702 10,936
Springfield 42 5,752 59,761
Huber Heights 43 5,775 38,795
Fairfield 44 5,786 42,640
Elyria 45 5,814 53,928
Groveport 46 5,836 5,500
Clayton 47 5,906 13,172
Blue Ash 48 5,921 12,154
Wyoming 49 5,969 8,484
Willoughby Hills 50 6,009 9,497
Beachwood 51 6,052 11,786
Middletown 52 6,295 48,527
Kent 53 6,301 29,761
Ashtabula 54 6,303 18,540
Mayfield Heights 55 6,352 18,878
Fairborn 56 6,386 33,487
Wauseon 57 6,467 7,059
Steubenville 58 6,511 18,305
West Carrollton 59 6,579 13,012
Fostoria 60 6,583 13,397
Gahanna 61 6,593 34,373
Defiance 62 6,614 16,725
Hamilton 63 6,683 62,259
Pepper Pike 64 6,684 6,150
New Carlisle 65 6,696 5,690
Athens 66 6,723 24,365
Xenia 67 6,728 26,105
Macedonia 68 6,740 11,595
Middleburg Heights 69 6,836 15,724
Englewood 70 6,838 13,512
Cheviot 71 6,886 8,318
Riverside 72 6,891 25,036
Parma Heights 73 6,895 20,311
New Albany 74 6,910 9,384
Alliance 75 6,955 22,121
Willard 76 6,968 6,105
Mason 77 6,982 32,025
Lakewood 78 6,989 50,866
Fairlawn 79 7,043 7,477
Moraine 80 7,091 6,343
Marion 81 7,111 36,568
Port Clinton 82 7,139 6,004
Broadview Heights 83 7,164 19,257
Zanesville 84 7,180 25,467
Ontario 85 7,200 6,117
Bowling Green 86 7,209 31,641
Granville 87 7,220 5,725
Westerville 88 7,250 38,089
Deer Park 89 7,255 5,707
Norwood 90 7,295 19,462
Beavercreek 91 7,310 46,086
Findlay 92 7,351 41,412
Streetsboro 93 7,396 16,224
Powell 94 7,400 12,436
Hilliard 95 7,434 33,108
Montgomery 96 7,457 10,440
Avon 97 7,457 22,289
Centerville 98 7,461 23,899
Berea 99 7,497 18,949
Sidney 100 7,539 20,761

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