These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma For 2019


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

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


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Oklahoma for 2019:

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

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

How we determined the most diverse cities in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

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 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 2,852 (Idabel) to 7,735 (Noble).

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

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Oklahoma For 2019

Idabel, OK

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,954

HHI: 2,852
% White: 45.6%
% African American: 20.7%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Idabel: PhotosData

Idabel is a city in and county seat of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 7,010 at the 2010 census. It is located in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, a tourist area known as Kiamichi Country.

Anadarko, OK

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,710

HHI: 3,012
% White: 31.7%
% African American: 5.2%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Anadarko: PhotosData

Anadarko is a city in Caddo County, Oklahoma, United States. This city is fifty miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The population was 6,762 at the 2010 census, a 1.8 percent gain from 6,645 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Caddo County.

Okmulgee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,123

HHI: 3,199
% White: 49.2%
% African American: 19.0%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Okmulgee: PhotosData

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means “boiling waters” in English. Other translations put it as “babbling brook” or ‘Effluvium’. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

Muskogee, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 38,139

HHI: 3,274
% White: 51.5%
% African American: 15.0%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Muskogee: PhotosData

Muskogee is a city in and the county seat of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. Home to Bacone College, it lies approximately 48 miles southeast of Tulsa. The population of the city was 39,223 as of the 2010 census, a 2.4 percent increase from 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in Oklahoma.

Lawton, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 95,168

HHI: 3,364
% White: 52.1%
% African American: 19.7%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Lawton: PhotosData

The city of Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County, in the State of Oklahoma. Located in southwestern Oklahoma, about 87mi southwest of Oklahoma City, it is the principal city of the Lawton, Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, Lawton’s population was 96,867, making it the fifth-largest city in the state.

Hugo, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,215

HHI: 3,475
% White: 52.3%
% African American: 22.8%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Hugo: PhotosData

Hugo is a city and county seat of Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States. It is located in southeastern Oklahoma about 9 miles north of the Texas state line. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,310.

Tahlequah, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,481

HHI: 3,525
% White: 50.4%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Tahlequah: PhotosData

Tahlequah is a city in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It is part of the Green Country region of Oklahoma and was established as a capital of the 19th-century Cherokee Nation in 1839, as part of the new settlement in Indian Territory after the Cherokee Native Americans were forced west from the American Southeast on the Trail of Tears.

Tulsa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 401,352

HHI: 3,558
% White: 54.9%
% African American: 14.9%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Tulsa: PhotosData

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 47th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2015, the population was 403,505, an increase of 11,599 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 981,005 residents in the MSA and 1,151,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Oklahoma City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 629,191

HHI: 3,561
% White: 54.2%
% African American: 14.3%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on Oklahoma City: PhotosData

Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 631,346 as of July 2015. As of 2015, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,358,452, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,459,758 residents, making it Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan area.

Clinton, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,344

HHI: 3,673
% White: 49.6%
% African American: 4.3%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Clinton: PhotosData

Clinton is a city in Custer and Washita counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 9,556 at the 2015 census.

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. Noble
  2. Perry
  3. Alva

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Oklahoma For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Idabel, OK 6,954 2,852
2 Anadarko, OK 6,710 3,012
3 Okmulgee, OK 12,123 3,199
4 Muskogee, OK 38,139 3,274
5 Lawton, OK 95,168 3,364
6 Hugo, OK 5,215 3,475
7 Tahlequah, OK 16,481 3,525
8 Tulsa, OK 401,352 3,558
9 Oklahoma City, OK 629,191 3,561
10 Clinton, OK 9,344 3,673
11 Holdenville, OK 5,653 3,678
12 Warr Acres, OK 10,385 3,713
13 Vinita, OK 5,512 4,139
14 Ada, OK 17,262 4,248
15 Altus, OK 19,181 4,251
16 El Reno, OK 18,378 4,285
17 Sallisaw, OK 8,574 4,299
18 Ardmore, OK 24,927 4,313
19 Midwest City, OK 57,167 4,365
20 Bethany, OK 19,508 4,461
21 Catoosa, OK 7,524 4,462
22 Seminole, OK 7,384 4,466
23 Guymon, OK 11,859 4,471
24 Miami, OK 13,428 4,492
25 Del City, OK 21,888 4,540
26 Pauls Valley, OK 6,116 4,575
27 Mcalester, OK 18,198 4,647
28 Wagoner, OK 8,688 4,714
29 Claremore, OK 18,777 4,726
30 Pryor Creek, OK 9,387 4,735
31 Guthrie, OK 10,984 4,990
32 Durant, OK 17,198 5,056
33 Tecumseh, OK 6,571 5,131
34 Poteau, OK 8,729 5,133
35 Henryetta, OK 5,726 5,138
36 Shawnee, OK 30,974 5,170
37 The Village, OK 9,329 5,264
38 Sulphur, OK 5,014 5,276
39 Ponca City, OK 24,579 5,363
40 Glenpool, OK 12,929 5,392
41 Lone Grove, OK 5,013 5,453
42 Norman, OK 119,820 5,463
43 Moore, OK 59,992 5,499
44 Enid, OK 50,809 5,521
45 Broken Arrow, OK 106,264 5,561
46 Sapulpa, OK 20,477 5,582
47 Stillwater, OK 48,685 5,640
48 Owasso, OK 34,634 5,640
49 Collinsville, OK 6,536 5,657
50 Bartlesville, OK 36,398 5,686
51 Purcell, OK 6,352 5,694
52 Chickasha, OK 16,256 5,744
53 Weatherford, OK 11,894 5,754
54 Coweta, OK 9,549 5,807
55 Edmond, OK 89,769 5,819
56 Elk City, OK 12,236 5,945
57 Jenks, OK 20,836 6,034
58 Skiatook, OK 8,026 6,097
59 Duncan, OK 22,998 6,100
60 Cushing, OK 7,793 6,175
61 Woodward, OK 12,687 6,287
62 Bixby, OK 24,939 6,315
63 Sand Springs, OK 19,727 6,356
64 Blackwell, OK 6,845 6,526
65 Grove, OK 6,791 6,693
66 Choctaw, OK 12,228 6,704
67 Yukon, OK 25,729 6,810
68 Tuttle, OK 6,773 6,920
69 Harrah, OK 5,934 6,948
70 Piedmont, OK 7,079 7,055
71 Mustang, OK 20,125 7,115
72 Blanchard, OK 8,403 7,118
73 Newcastle, OK 9,327 7,122
74 Alva, OK 5,167 7,361
75 Perry, OK 5,006 7,668
76 Noble, OK 6,668 7,735

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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