These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma For 2018


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. Idabel (Photos)
  3. Okmulgee (Photos)
  4. Muskogee (Photos)
  5. Lawton (Photos)
  6. Tahlequah (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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in Oklahoma or the worst places to live in Oklahoma.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 2971 (Anadarko) to 7425 (Alva).

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 Alva 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: 6,768
HHI: 2,971
% White: 29.39%
% African American: 5.1%
% Asian: 1.26%

2. Idabel

Idabel, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,007
HHI: 3,017
% White: 47.78%
% African American: 20.92%
% Asian: 0.44%

3. Okmulgee

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,284
HHI: 3,235
% White: 49.86%
% African American: 17.41%
% Asian: 0.08%

4. Muskogee

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,605
HHI: 3,357
% White: 52.49%
% African American: 15.86%
% Asian: 0.87%

5. Lawton

Lawton, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 96,728
HHI: 3,392
% White: 52.32%
% African American: 19.88%
% Asian: 2.45%

6. Tahlequah

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,478
HHI: 3,562
% White: 50.68%
% African American: 2.15%
% Asian: 0.82%

7. Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 620,015
HHI: 3,607
% White: 54.85%
% African American: 14.17%
% Asian: 4.37%

8. Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 399,906
HHI: 3,621
% White: 55.61%
% African American: 14.77%
% Asian: 2.96%

9. Hugo

Hugo, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,257
HHI: 3,695
% White: 54.37%
% African American: 23.57%
% Asian: 0.32%

10. Clinton


Population: 9,436
HHI: 3,896
% White: 53.08%
% African American: 3.87%
% Asian: 1.81%

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. Alva
  2. Perry
  3. Blanchard

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma

City Rank HHI Population
Anadarko 1 2,971 6,768
Idabel 2 3,017 7,007
Okmulgee 3 3,235 12,284
Muskogee 4 3,357 38,605
Lawton 5 3,392 96,728
Tahlequah 6 3,562 16,478
Oklahoma City 7 3,607 620,015
Tulsa 8 3,621 399,906
Hugo 9 3,695 5,257
Clinton 10 3,896 9,436
Holdenville 11 3,899 5,756
Warr Acres 12 3,939 10,374
Vinita 13 4,069 5,599
Altus 14 4,260 19,422
Del City 15 4,290 21,962
Midwest City 16 4,346 56,930
Ardmore 17 4,373 25,027
Sallisaw 18 4,385 8,650
Catoosa 19 4,401 7,487
Ada 20 4,404 17,240
Pauls Valley 21 4,425 6,096
El Reno 22 4,463 18,170
Seminole 23 4,465 7,470
Guymon 24 4,508 11,934
Mcalester 25 4,526 18,255
Bethany 26 4,628 19,582
Miami 27 4,630 13,631
Pryor Creek 28 4,650 9,484
Claremore 29 4,700 18,999
Wagoner 30 4,809 8,647
Durant 31 4,922 17,042
Tecumseh 32 4,951 6,614
Henryetta 33 5,036 5,799
Poteau 34 5,057 8,687
Guthrie 35 5,152 11,063
Shawnee 36 5,250 31,091
The Village 37 5,302 9,310
Sulphur 38 5,337 5,042
Glenpool 39 5,363 12,351
Lone Grove 40 5,375 5,197
Sapulpa 41 5,394 20,546
Moore 42 5,459 59,501
Purcell 43 5,513 6,349
Stillwater 44 5,543 48,104
Broken Arrow 45 5,571 104,869
Ponca City 46 5,597 24,753
Norman 47 5,620 118,974
Weatherford 48 5,629 11,856
Owasso 49 5,637 33,598
Coweta 50 5,641 9,572
Collinsville 51 5,657 6,293
Enid 52 5,669 50,891
Chickasha 53 5,762 16,342
Bartlesville 54 5,778 36,499
Elk City 55 5,866 12,426
Edmond 56 6,003 88,342
Duncan 57 6,110 23,240
Cushing 58 6,131 7,865
Jenks 59 6,151 19,852
Woodward 60 6,162 12,693
Blackwell 61 6,296 6,880
Bixby 62 6,452 23,956
Sand Springs 63 6,543 19,509
Skiatook 64 6,644 7,958
Tuttle 65 6,864 6,576
Choctaw 66 6,887 11,989
Grove 67 6,949 6,724
Yukon 68 6,959 25,293
Newcastle 69 6,994 9,030
Piedmont 70 7,083 6,779
Noble 71 7,125 6,664
Mustang 72 7,178 19,637
Harrah 73 7,191 5,714
Blanchard 74 7,408 8,267
Perry 75 7,414 5,056
Alva 76 7,425 5,070

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