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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 255 cities in Ohio from most to least diverse.
So what city is the most diverse in Ohio? According to the most Census data, Whitehall 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Ohio For 2020
Whitehall is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States and an enclave on the east side of Columbus. The population was 18,062 at the 2010 census. The current mayor of Whitehall is Kim Maggard.
Youngstown is a city in and the county seat of Mahoning County in the U.S. state of Ohio, with small portions extending into Trumbull County. According to the 2010 Census, Youngstown had a city proper population of 66,982, while the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area it anchors contained 565,773 people in Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio, and Mercer County in Pennsylvania.
Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the state's second most-populous county. Located along Lake Erie, the city proper has a population of 388,072, making Cleveland the 51st largest city in the United States, and the second-largest city in Ohio after Columbus. Greater Cleveland ranked as the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 2,055,612 people in 2016. The city anchors the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 3,515,646 in 2010 and ranks 15th in the United States.
Lorain is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio on Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Black River, approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 64,097, making it Ohio's tenth largest city, the second largest in Greater Cleveland, and the largest in Lorain County by population.
Cleveland Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland. The city's population was 46,121 at the 2010 census. As of the 2010 census, Cleveland Heights was ranked the 8th largest city by population in the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area and ranked 20th in Ohio. It was founded as a village in 1903 and a city in 1921.
Painesville is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Ohio, United States, located along the Grand River. Its population was 19,563 at the 2010 census.
Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is the 14th-most populous city in the United States, with a population of 860,090 as of 2016 estimates. This makes Columbus the 3rd-most populous state capital in the United States after Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas, and the second-most populous city in the Midwestern United States, after Chicago. It is the core city of the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. With a population of 2,021,632, it is Ohio's third-largest metropolitan area.
South Euclid is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland located on the city's east side. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,295.
How we determined the most diverse cities in Ohio 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 Ohio.
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
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 255 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 3,193 (Whitehall) to 9,852 (Wellston).
Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Whitehall took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Wellston was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.
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.
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:
- Canal Fulton
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