These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Oregon For 2018


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

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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 Oregon 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 77 cities in Oregon from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Madras (Photos)
  2. Hillsboro (Photos)
  3. Umatilla (Photos)
  4. Cornelius (Photos)
  5. Beaverton (Photos)
  6. Ontario (Photos)
  7. Gresham (Photos)
  8. Milton-Freewater (Photos)
  9. Woodburn (Photos)
  10. Independence

Madras took the number one over all spot for diversity in Oregon.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Oregon 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 Oregon or the worst places to live in Oregon.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 77 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 4121 (Madras) to 8628 (Sweet Home).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Oregon 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. Madras

Madras, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,504
HHI: 4,121
% White: 48.74%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 1.38%

2. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,462
HHI: 4,185
% White: 59.42%
% African American: 1.5%
% Asian: 10.73%

3. Umatilla

Umatilla, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,986
HHI: 4,233
% White: 48.74%
% African American: 1.89%
% Asian: 0.27%

4. Cornelius

Cornelius, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,241
HHI: 4,421
% White: 41.6%
% African American: 0.26%
% Asian: 1.76%

5. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,865
HHI: 4,700
% White: 65.39%
% African American: 1.94%
% Asian: 11.29%

6. Ontario

Ontario, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,045
HHI: 4,714
% White: 54.52%
% African American: 0.38%
% Asian: 1.67%

7. Gresham

Gresham, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,042
HHI: 4,749
% White: 65.65%
% African American: 4.92%
% Asian: 4.08%

8. Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,059
HHI: 4,809
% White: 49.47%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.81%

9. Woodburn

Woodburn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,765
HHI: 4,949
% White: 39.64%
% African American: 0.17%
% Asian: 1.06%

10. Independence

Independence, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,982
HHI: 5,091
% White: 64.73%
% African American: 0.19%
% Asian: 0.76%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Oregon

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

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

  1. Sweet Home
  2. Florence
  3. Scappoose

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Oregon

City Rank HHI Population
Madras 1 4,121 6,504
Hillsboro 2 4,185 100,462
Umatilla 3 4,233 6,986
Cornelius 4 4,421 12,241
Beaverton 5 4,700 94,865
Ontario 6 4,714 11,045
Gresham 7 4,749 110,042
Milton-Freewater 8 4,809 7,059
Woodburn 9 4,949 24,765
Independence 10 5,091 8,982
Hermiston 11 5,160 17,150
Salem 12 5,232 161,975
Forest Grove 13 5,270 23,214
Happy Valley 14 5,294 17,474
Portland 15 5,319 620,589
Hood River 16 5,505 7,476
Sheridan 17 5,548 6,054
Stayton 18 5,645 7,875
Mcminnville 19 5,706 33,724
Monmouth 20 5,719 9,919
Tigard 21 5,730 50,787
Newport 22 5,758 10,139
Keizer 23 5,765 37,497
Tualatin 24 5,768 27,024
Fairview 25 5,861 9,215
Wilsonville 26 5,888 21,814
Canby 27 6,009 17,218
Troutdale 28 6,010 16,535
Klamath Falls 29 6,045 21,322
Corvallis 30 6,230 55,766
The Dalles 31 6,239 15,276
Medford 32 6,297 78,856
Eugene 33 6,427 161,649
Lincoln City 34 6,466 8,452
Pendleton 35 6,654 16,861
Newberg 36 6,667 22,749
Albany 37 6,685 51,919
North Bend 38 6,687 9,635
Springfield 39 6,694 60,611
Tillamook 40 6,732 5,063
Redmond 41 6,733 27,998
Coos Bay 42 6,796 16,129
Cottage Grove 43 6,817 9,889
Creswell 44 6,842 5,154
Molalla 45 6,904 8,867
Brookings 46 6,923 6,390
Sherwood 47 6,934 18,965
Gladstone 48 6,947 11,850
Astoria 49 6,992 9,595
St. Helens 50 7,014 13,169
Central Point 51 7,096 17,793
Milwaukie 52 7,201 20,643
Seaside 53 7,333 6,514
Prineville 54 7,393 9,419
West Linn 55 7,407 26,242
Talent 56 7,415 6,323
Oregon City 57 7,421 35,057
Warrenton 58 7,451 5,260
Lake Oswego 59 7,461 38,065
Grants Pass 60 7,463 36,776
Winston 61 7,480 5,364
Silverton 62 7,598 9,585
Bend 63 7,649 84,416
Eagle Point 64 7,672 8,790
Sandy 65 7,680 10,369
Damascus 66 7,688 10,842
Ashland 67 7,697 21,002
La Grande 68 7,743 13,079
Junction City 69 7,810 5,735
Roseburg 70 7,820 22,201
Sutherlin 71 8,177 7,883
Dallas 72 8,210 15,175
Baker City 73 8,312 9,757
Lebanon 74 8,327 16,162
Scappoose 75 8,427 6,901
Florence 76 8,604 8,597
Sweet Home 77 8,628 9,171

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