These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma


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

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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 Oklahoma 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 76 cities in Oklahoma from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Anadarko (Photos)
  2. Okmulgee (Photos)
  3. Tahlequah (Photos)
  4. Idabel (Photos)
  5. Lawton (Photos)
  6. Muskogee (Photos)
  7. Oklahoma City (Photos)
  8. Tulsa (Photos)
  9. Hugo (Photos)
  10. Clinton

Anadarko took the number one over all spot for diversity in Oklahoma.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Oklahoma ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma.

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 76 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 2948 (Anadarko) to 7551 (Perry).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Oklahoma 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. Anadarko

Anadarko, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,777
HHI: 2,948
% White: 30.46%
% African American: 5.21%
% Asian: 0.58%

2. Okmulgee

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,350
HHI: 3,314
% White: 51.0%
% African American: 17.53%
% Asian: 0.07%

3. Tahlequah

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,354
HHI: 3,318
% White: 48.01%
% African American: 2.08%
% Asian: 0.38%

4. Idabel

Idabel, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,026
HHI: 3,326
% White: 50.93%
% African American: 22.02%
% Asian: 0.03%

5. Lawton

Lawton, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,589
HHI: 3,395
% White: 52.35%
% African American: 19.84%
% Asian: 2.39%

6. Muskogee

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,776
HHI: 3,456
% White: 53.8%
% African American: 16.03%
% Asian: 1.07%

7. Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 610,672
HHI: 3,640
% White: 55.24%
% African American: 14.17%
% Asian: 4.32%

8. Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 398,082
HHI: 3,682
% White: 56.26%
% African American: 14.89%
% Asian: 2.77%

9. Hugo

Hugo, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,277
HHI: 3,771
% White: 54.41%
% African American: 25.9%
% Asian: 0.3%

10. Clinton

Source: Google Maps

Households: 9,397
HHI: 3,953
% White: 52.96%
% African American: 3.14%
% Asian: 2.34%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Oklahoma

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

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

  1. Perry
  2. Piedmont
  3. Alva

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma

City Rank HHI Population
Anadarko 1 2,948 6,777
Okmulgee 2 3,314 12,350
Tahlequah 3 3,318 16,354
Idabel 4 3,326 7,026
Lawton 5 3,395 97,589
Muskogee 6 3,456 38,776
Oklahoma City 7 3,640 610,672
Tulsa 8 3,682 398,082
Hugo 9 3,771 5,277
Clinton 10 3,953 9,397
Holdenville 11 3,955 5,748
Warr Acres 12 4,077 10,342
Del City 13 4,079 21,898
Ardmore 14 4,257 24,955
Altus 15 4,268 19,549
Vinita 16 4,323 5,610
Midwest City 17 4,344 56,507
Ada 18 4,445 17,149
El Reno 19 4,454 17,852
Seminole 20 4,466 7,508
Catoosa 21 4,490 7,406
Guymon 22 4,550 11,978
Sallisaw 23 4,576 8,698
Pauls Valley 24 4,626 6,073
Mcalester 25 4,655 18,324
Miami 26 4,751 13,666
Claremore 27 4,753 18,922
Pryor Creek 28 4,772 9,484
Tecumseh 29 4,797 6,583
Bethany 30 4,810 19,478
Wagoner 31 4,886 8,583
Poteau 32 4,931 8,624
Henryetta 33 5,100 5,812
Durant 34 5,144 16,767
Guthrie 35 5,153 10,871
Sulphur 36 5,177 5,032
Shawnee 37 5,199 30,866
The Village 38 5,365 9,223
Moore 39 5,380 58,615
Broken Arrow 40 5,532 103,437
Lone Grove 41 5,540 5,173
Purcell 42 5,588 6,292
Stillwater 43 5,599 47,523
Owasso 44 5,633 32,650
Glenpool 45 5,649 11,982
Ponca City 46 5,682 24,846
Sapulpa 47 5,694 20,399
Weatherford 48 5,754 11,663
Norman 49 5,785 117,353
Enid 50 5,809 50,685
Bartlesville 51 5,827 36,360
Coweta 52 5,894 9,517
Collinsville 53 5,896 6,103
Cushing 54 5,989 7,879
Blackwell 55 6,079 6,932
Chickasha 56 6,088 16,284
Edmond 57 6,143 86,739
Duncan 58 6,161 23,317
Elk City 59 6,222 12,424
Woodward 60 6,251 12,591
Jenks 61 6,288 19,030
Sand Springs 62 6,463 19,397
Skiatook 63 6,711 7,827
Bixby 64 6,742 23,171
Noble 65 6,796 6,626
Harrah 66 6,832 5,551
Tuttle 67 6,833 6,411
Mustang 68 6,877 19,112
Grove 69 7,045 6,685
Newcastle 70 7,092 8,712
Choctaw 71 7,095 11,828
Blanchard 72 7,101 8,000
Yukon 73 7,330 24,746
Alva 74 7,434 5,023
Piedmont 75 7,538 6,502
Perry 76 7,551 5,082

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