These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Ohio


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 253 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. Painesville (Photos)
  9. Mount Healthy (Photos)
  10. Cleveland Heights (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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio

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 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 253 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 3258 (Springdale) to 9692 (Uhrichsville).

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 Uhrichsville 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: 11,194
HHI: 3,258
% White: 41.3%
% African American: 35.06%
% Asian: 4.78%

2. Whitehall

Whitehall, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,521
HHI: 3,423
% White: 46.07%
% African American: 32.12%
% Asian: 0.78%

3. Youngstown

Youngstown, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,573
HHI: 3,750
% White: 42.33%
% African American: 42.89%
% Asian: 0.52%

4. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 390,584
HHI: 3,862
% White: 34.11%
% African American: 50.79%
% Asian: 1.85%

5. Lorain

Lorain, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,778
HHI: 3,951
% White: 54.55%
% African American: 13.92%
% Asian: 0.76%

6. Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,934
HHI: 4,056
% White: 53.91%
% African American: 33.07%
% Asian: 5.99%

7. Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,485
HHI: 4,096
% White: 44.86%
% African American: 45.27%
% Asian: 4.85%

8. Painesville

Painesville, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,694
HHI: 4,136
% White: 57.41%
% African American: 12.32%
% Asian: 0.56%

9. Mount Healthy

Mount Healthy, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,071
HHI: 4,152
% White: 51.51%
% African American: 38.2%
% Asian: 2.26%

10. Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,388
HHI: 4,166
% White: 47.62%
% African American: 43.25%
% Asian: 4.23%

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. Uhrichsville
  2. Kirtland
  3. Columbiana

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio

City Rank HHI Population
Springdale 1 3,258 11,194
Whitehall 2 3,423 18,521
Youngstown 3 3,750 65,573
Cleveland 4 3,862 390,584
Lorain 5 3,951 63,778
Shaker Heights 6 4,056 27,934
Richmond Heights 7 4,096 10,485
Painesville 8 4,136 19,694
Mount Healthy 9 4,152 6,071
Cleveland Heights 10 4,166 45,388
Columbus 11 4,197 824,663
Campbell 12 4,198 8,075
Cincinnati 13 4,272 297,397
Dayton 14 4,291 141,368
South Euclid 15 4,350 21,971
Toledo 16 4,450 282,275
Reynoldsburg 17 4,534 36,899
Akron 18 4,556 198,329
Bedford 19 4,578 12,868
Grafton 20 4,621 6,090
Garfield Heights 21 4,622 28,365
North College Hill 22 4,657 9,361
Forest Park 23 4,772 18,667
Euclid 24 4,789 48,105
Oberlin 25 4,844 8,356
Lima 26 4,906 38,232
Warren 27 4,984 40,705
Sandusky 28 5,003 25,488
Canton 29 5,045 72,463
Fremont 30 5,325 16,484
Trotwood 31 5,325 24,258
Sharonville 32 5,468 13,872
Maple Heights 33 5,496 22,792
Mansfield 34 5,560 46,998
Solon 35 5,582 23,114
Pickerington 36 5,604 19,157
Bedford Heights 37 5,610 10,665
Elyria 38 5,717 54,050
Willoughby Hills 39 5,721 9,428
University Heights 40 5,749 13,331
Springfield 41 5,777 60,007
Twinsburg 42 5,800 18,820
Brooklyn 43 5,827 11,002
Dublin 44 5,855 43,224
Clayton 45 5,944 13,196
Huber Heights 46 5,957 38,897
Fairfield 47 5,986 42,678
Blue Ash 48 6,127 12,102
Beachwood 49 6,171 11,801
Middletown 50 6,246 48,563
Ashtabula 51 6,247 18,663
Mayfield Heights 52 6,257 18,918
Wyoming 53 6,299 8,407
Groveport 54 6,301 5,604
Kent 55 6,383 29,563
West Carrollton 56 6,429 13,051
Fairborn 57 6,473 33,251
Steubenville 58 6,491 18,381
Mason 59 6,517 31,654
Willard 60 6,517 6,135
Xenia 61 6,597 26,002
Fostoria 62 6,604 13,187
Wauseon 63 6,612 7,179
Defiance 64 6,671 16,571
Fairlawn 65 6,703 7,429
Pepper Pike 66 6,710 6,115
Englewood 67 6,715 13,456
Middleburg Heights 68 6,783 15,790
Gahanna 69 6,801 34,095
Macedonia 70 6,887 11,469
Hamilton 71 6,910 62,359
Alliance 72 6,934 22,137
Athens 73 6,961 24,220
New Albany 74 7,039 9,136
Riverside 75 7,068 25,075
New Carlisle 76 7,114 5,727
Streetsboro 77 7,149 16,222
Marion 78 7,188 36,701
Lakewood 79 7,196 51,155
Port Clinton 80 7,211 6,025
Bowling Green 81 7,230 31,506
Norwood 82 7,247 19,316
Ontario 83 7,255 6,142
Broadview Heights 84 7,273 19,268
Zanesville 85 7,277 25,470
Chillicothe 86 7,283 21,765
Westerville 87 7,293 37,540
Moraine 88 7,319 6,332
Cheviot 89 7,321 8,327
Centerville 90 7,337 23,952
Powell 91 7,384 12,298
Findlay 92 7,429 41,278
Beavercreek 93 7,485 45,999
Brook Park 94 7,493 18,956
Granville 95 7,516 5,706
Deer Park 96 7,529 5,701
Parma Heights 97 7,546 20,409
London 98 7,555 9,961
Hilliard 99 7,558 31,803
Wilmington 100 7,573 12,428

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