Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 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, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,874

HHI: 3,193
% White: 39.4%
% African American: 36.2%
% Asian: 0.8%
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.

Springdale, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,228

HHI: 3,263
% White: 42.1%
% African American: 34.9%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on Springdale: PhotosData

Youngstown, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 64,734

HHI: 3,583
% White: 42.2%
% African American: 40.7%
% Asian: 0.6%
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: 387,398

HHI: 3,685
% White: 33.7%
% African American: 49.0%
% Asian: 2.3%
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: 63,773

HHI: 3,783
% White: 51.7%
% African American: 14.3%
% Asian: 0.7%
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: 7,964

HHI: 3,798
% White: 53.4%
% African American: 22.0%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Campbell: PhotosData

Cleveland Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 44,865

HHI: 3,985
% White: 46.2%
% African American: 42.5%
% Asian: 5.5%
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.

Painesville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,828

HHI: 3,998
% White: 55.2%
% African American: 12.8%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Painesville: PhotosData

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 867,628

HHI: 4,000
% White: 55.9%
% African American: 28.1%
% Asian: 5.7%
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.

South Euclid, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,688

HHI: 4,003
% White: 46.1%
% African American: 42.9%
% Asian: 2.2%
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.

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
* Not 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:

  1. Wellston
  2. Canal Fulton
  3. Logan

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Whitehall, OH 18,874 3,193
2 Springdale, OH 11,228 3,263
3 Youngstown, OH 64,734 3,583
4 Cleveland, OH 387,398 3,685
5 Lorain, OH 63,773 3,783
6 Campbell, OH 7,964 3,798
7 Cleveland Heights, OH 44,865 3,985
8 Painesville, OH 19,828 3,998
9 Columbus, OH 867,628 4,000
10 South Euclid, OH 21,688 4,003
11 Forest Park, OH 18,703 4,046
12 Richmond Heights, OH 10,449 4,059
13 Cincinnati, OH 300,357 4,154
14 Shaker Heights, OH 27,620 4,185
15 Dayton, OH 140,782 4,293
16 Toledo, OH 278,193 4,293
17 Bedford, OH 12,705 4,321
18 Akron, OH 198,314 4,358
19 Garfield Heights, OH 28,001 4,437
20 Mount Healthy, OH 6,076 4,466
21 Reynoldsburg, OH 37,644 4,488
22 North College Hill, OH 9,307 4,614
23 Lima, OH 37,335 4,665
24 Sandusky, OH 25,012 4,762
25 Oberlin, OH 8,299 4,783
26 Brooklyn, OH 10,862 4,795
27 Euclid, OH 47,456 4,829
28 Canton, OH 71,313 4,867
29 Grafton, OH 6,094 4,892
30 Warren, OH 39,668 5,098
31 Trotwood, OH 24,361 5,277
32 Groveport, OH 5,593 5,336
33 Fairfield, OH 42,636 5,369
34 Mansfield, OH 46,638 5,390
35 Beachwood, OH 11,704 5,451
36 Blue Ash, OH 12,150 5,451
37 University Heights, OH 13,138 5,472
38 Solon, OH 23,038 5,480
39 Dublin, OH 45,559 5,494
40 Willoughby Hills, OH 9,526 5,499
41 Fremont, OH 16,171 5,514
42 Clayton, OH 13,172 5,545
43 Springfield, OH 59,305 5,555
44 Elyria, OH 53,910 5,610
45 Pickerington, OH 20,148 5,629
46 Huber Heights, OH 39,219 5,729
47 Twinsburg, OH 18,915 5,733
48 Maple Heights, OH 22,539 5,786
49 Ashtabula, OH 18,243 6,136
50 Steubenville, OH 18,095 6,169
51 Riverside, OH 25,087 6,217
52 Bedford Heights, OH 10,633 6,231
53 Kent, OH 29,824 6,234
54 Middletown, OH 48,449 6,375
55 Sharonville, OH 13,942 6,389
56 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,766 6,422
57 Wyoming, OH 8,535 6,447
58 Defiance, OH 17,105 6,463
59 New Albany, OH 10,896 6,486
60 Fairborn, OH 33,433 6,498
61 Fairlawn, OH 7,522 6,509
62 Mason, OH 32,749 6,513
63 West Carrollton, OH 12,954 6,519
64 Fostoria, OH 13,249 6,524
65 Parma Heights, OH 20,162 6,527
66 Gahanna, OH 35,061 6,527
67 Englewood, OH 13,485 6,528
68 Willard, OH 6,060 6,548
69 Hamilton, OH 62,259 6,573
70 Cheviot, OH 8,318 6,608
71 Athens, OH 24,771 6,660
72 Xenia, OH 26,364 6,672
73 Wauseon, OH 7,531 6,754
74 Pepper Pike, OH 6,242 6,784
75 Norwood, OH 19,796 6,792
76 Centerville, OH 23,821 6,814
77 Oxford, OH 22,612 6,844
78 Pataskala, OH 15,465 6,918
79 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,670 6,940
80 Macedonia, OH 11,808 6,996
81 Zanesville, OH 25,376 7,011
82 Lakewood, OH 50,553 7,029
83 Bowling Green, OH 31,541 7,041
84 Marion, OH 36,268 7,047
85 Deer Park, OH 5,688 7,068
86 Streetsboro, OH 16,395 7,094
87 Port Clinton, OH 5,939 7,111
88 Lyndhurst, OH 13,630 7,154
89 Findlay, OH 41,276 7,223
90 Westerville, OH 39,242 7,230
91 Massillon, OH 32,366 7,235
92 Hilliard, OH 35,665 7,239
93 Highland Heights, OH 8,396 7,266
94 Powell, OH 12,909 7,272
95 Alliance, OH 21,927 7,289
96 Beavercreek, OH 46,600 7,295
97 Orrville, OH 8,239 7,333
98 Chillicothe, OH 21,717 7,349
99 The Village Of Indian Hill, OH 5,876 7,355
100 Barberton, OH 26,189 7,370

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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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