These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Ohio.


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 257 cities in Ohio from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Ohio? According to the most Census data, 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Ohio for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 257 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 3,224 (Springdale) to 9,695 (Wellston).

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 Wellston 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Ohio For 2019

Springdale, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,203

HHI: 3,224
% White: 42.6%
% African American: 32.3%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Springdale: PhotosData

Whitehall, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,749

HHI: 3,399
% White: 44.2%
% African American: 34.8%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Whitehall: PhotosData

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 64,852

HHI: 3,680
% White: 42.8%
% African American: 41.4%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Youngstown: PhotosData

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 388,812

HHI: 3,762
% White: 33.8%
% African American: 49.8%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Cleveland: PhotosData

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 63,731

HHI: 3,832
% White: 52.6%
% African American: 14.0%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Lorain: PhotosData

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.

Campbell, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,986

HHI: 3,911
% White: 55.4%
% African American: 22.0%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Campbell: PhotosData

Cleveland Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 45,024

HHI: 4,030
% White: 47.5%
% African American: 41.7%
% Asian: 5.2%
More on Cleveland Heights: PhotosData

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.

South Euclid, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,792

HHI: 4,056
% White: 47.8%
% African American: 41.7%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on South Euclid: PhotosData

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.

Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 852,144

HHI: 4,080
% White: 56.8%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 5.2%
More on Columbus: PhotosData

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.

Forest Park, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,675

HHI: 4,100
% White: 20.6%
% African American: 59.8%
% Asian: 5.7%
More on Forest Park: PhotosData

Forest Park is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 18,720 at the 2010 census.

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. Wellston
  2. New Lexington
  3. Harrison

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Springdale, OH 11,203 3,224
2 Whitehall, OH 18,749 3,399
3 Youngstown, OH 64,852 3,680
4 Cleveland, OH 388,812 3,762
5 Lorain, OH 63,731 3,832
6 Campbell, OH 7,986 3,911
7 Cleveland Heights, OH 45,024 4,030
8 South Euclid, OH 21,792 4,056
9 Columbus, OH 852,144 4,080
10 Forest Park, OH 18,675 4,100
11 Richmond Heights, OH 10,456 4,122
12 Shaker Heights, OH 27,749 4,137
13 Cincinnati, OH 298,957 4,167
14 Painesville, OH 19,843 4,188
15 Dayton, OH 140,939 4,308
16 Bedford, OH 12,766 4,332
17 Toledo, OH 279,455 4,352
18 Mount Healthy, OH 6,072 4,370
19 Akron, OH 198,252 4,416
20 Garfield Heights, OH 28,122 4,453
21 North College Hill, OH 9,322 4,563
22 Reynoldsburg, OH 37,189 4,576
23 Oberlin, OH 8,317 4,697
24 Lima, OH 37,592 4,749
25 Sandusky, OH 25,139 4,810
26 Euclid, OH 47,698 4,870
27 Grafton, OH 6,109 4,981
28 Canton, OH 71,763 4,982
29 Warren, OH 40,244 5,129
30 Brooklyn, OH 10,891 5,190
31 Trotwood, OH 24,348 5,305
32 Pickerington, OH 19,634 5,344
33 Dublin, OH 44,442 5,505
34 Beachwood, OH 11,743 5,505
35 Mansfield, OH 46,720 5,511
36 Fremont, OH 16,265 5,533
37 Maple Heights, OH 22,630 5,570
38 Fairfield, OH 42,589 5,574
39 Solon, OH 23,068 5,602
40 Willoughby Hills, OH 9,514 5,631
41 University Heights, OH 13,201 5,662
42 Clayton, OH 13,187 5,686
43 Bedford Heights, OH 10,662 5,687
44 Springfield, OH 59,436 5,707
45 Elyria, OH 53,944 5,748
46 Twinsburg, OH 18,849 5,761
47 Blue Ash, OH 12,096 5,768
48 Sharonville, OH 13,974 5,835
49 Groveport, OH 5,563 5,835
50 Huber Heights, OH 38,825 5,847
51 Wyoming, OH 8,476 6,050
52 Ashtabula, OH 18,385 6,098
53 Kent, OH 29,771 6,100
54 Middletown, OH 48,350 6,183
55 Steubenville, OH 18,194 6,336
56 Fostoria, OH 13,211 6,368
57 Fairborn, OH 33,344 6,402
58 Riverside, OH 25,064 6,408
59 West Carrollton, OH 12,963 6,432
60 Wauseon, OH 7,075 6,443
61 Gahanna, OH 34,691 6,467
62 Defiance, OH 16,848 6,517
63 New Albany, OH 10,253 6,522
64 Englewood, OH 13,475 6,522
65 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,841 6,575
66 Xenia, OH 26,193 6,615
67 Cheviot, OH 8,308 6,617
68 Mason, OH 32,317 6,657
69 Hamilton, OH 62,216 6,670
70 Athens, OH 24,486 6,673
71 Willard, OH 6,060 6,674
72 Fairlawn, OH 7,463 6,749
73 Alliance, OH 22,036 6,769
74 Parma Heights, OH 20,245 6,809
75 Macedonia, OH 11,715 6,871
76 New Carlisle, OH 5,626 6,884
77 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,688 6,933
78 Lakewood, OH 50,778 6,996
79 Port Clinton, OH 5,937 6,999
80 Centerville, OH 23,847 7,032
81 Zanesville, OH 25,378 7,109
82 Bowling Green, OH 31,529 7,158
83 Pepper Pike, OH 6,213 7,172
84 Moraine, OH 6,433 7,192
85 Marion, OH 36,399 7,202
86 Montgomery, OH 10,587 7,232
87 Deer Park, OH 5,701 7,236
88 Westerville, OH 38,604 7,243
89 Highland Heights, OH 8,380 7,252
90 Norwood, OH 19,611 7,270
91 Pataskala, OH 15,312 7,271
92 Findlay, OH 41,237 7,299
93 Lyndhurst, OH 13,678 7,345
94 Streetsboro, OH 16,305 7,360
95 Hilliard, OH 34,386 7,362
96 Beavercreek, OH 46,255 7,382
97 Oxford, OH 22,624 7,385
98 Chillicothe, OH 21,598 7,386
99 The Village Of Indian Hill, OH 5,853 7,396
100 Reading, OH 10,277 7,404

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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