These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Oregon


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

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

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Oregon

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 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 4139 (Madras) to 8712 (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: 6,487
HHI: 4,139
% White: 50.04%
% African American: 0.02%
% Asian: 2.02%

2. Umatilla

Umatilla, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,999
HHI: 4,234
% White: 51.52%
% African American: 2.13%
% Asian: 0.27%

3. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,751
HHI: 4,305
% White: 60.59%
% African American: 1.22%
% Asian: 9.91%

4. Cornelius

Cornelius, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,186
HHI: 4,555
% White: 43.03%
% African American: 0.41%
% Asian: 1.05%

5. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 93,919
HHI: 4,606
% White: 64.56%
% African American: 2.25%
% Asian: 11.89%

6. Ontario

Ontario, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,089
HHI: 4,718
% White: 55.84%
% African American: 0.31%
% Asian: 2.17%

7. Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,089
HHI: 4,746
% White: 48.24%
% African American: 0.21%
% Asian: 1.95%

8. Gresham

Gresham, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,308
HHI: 4,801
% White: 66.24%
% African American: 4.49%
% Asian: 4.12%

9. Woodburn

Woodburn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,496
HHI: 4,902
% White: 39.36%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 0.73%

10. Salem

Salem, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,008
HHI: 5,165
% White: 68.33%
% African American: 1.43%
% Asian: 2.73%

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. Lebanon

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Oregon

City Rank HHI Population
Madras 1 4,139 6,487
Umatilla 2 4,234 6,999
Hillsboro 3 4,305 97,751
Cornelius 4 4,555 12,186
Beaverton 5 4,606 93,919
Ontario 6 4,718 11,089
Milton-Freewater 7 4,746 7,089
Gresham 8 4,801 109,308
Woodburn 9 4,902 24,496
Salem 10 5,165 160,008
Independence 11 5,202 8,772
Hermiston 12 5,215 17,121
Happy Valley 13 5,247 16,462
Portland 14 5,331 612,206
Forest Grove 15 5,339 22,823
Hood River 16 5,560 7,412
Keizer 17 5,680 37,115
Mcminnville 18 5,684 33,185
Sheridan 19 5,689 6,048
Tualatin 20 5,735 26,806
Newport 21 5,773 10,101
Tigard 22 5,819 50,276
Monmouth 23 5,893 9,869
Stayton 24 5,963 7,809
Klamath Falls 25 5,965 21,261
Canby 26 6,135 16,951
Wilsonville 27 6,154 20,837
Troutdale 28 6,155 16,479
The Dalles 29 6,202 15,136
Corvallis 30 6,340 54,981
Fairview 31 6,365 9,181
Eugene 32 6,478 159,615
Medford 33 6,479 77,579
Newberg 34 6,484 22,566
Springfield 35 6,608 60,235
Pendleton 36 6,656 16,882
North Bend 37 6,664 9,583
Brookings 38 6,735 6,376
Lincoln City 39 6,762 8,386
Albany 40 6,846 51,511
Coos Bay 41 6,913 16,062
Redmond 42 6,919 27,450
Seaside 43 6,920 6,483
Talent 44 6,952 6,244
Cottage Grove 45 7,037 9,819
Gladstone 46 7,047 11,741
Milwaukie 47 7,123 20,566
St. Helens 48 7,145 13,055
Central Point 49 7,163 17,604
Sherwood 50 7,212 18,880
Astoria 51 7,276 9,537
Oregon City 52 7,299 34,480
Eagle Point 53 7,333 8,701
Grants Pass 54 7,345 36,378
Creswell 55 7,357 5,085
West Linn 56 7,420 25,963
Lake Oswego 57 7,499 37,628
Molalla 58 7,514 8,726
Warrenton 59 7,527 5,143
Prineville 60 7,604 9,266
Bend 61 7,629 81,780
Sutherlin 62 7,730 7,821
Ashland 63 7,788 20,556
Roseburg 64 7,797 21,937
Silverton 65 7,803 9,436
Damascus 66 7,807 10,748
Winston 67 7,851 5,363
Sandy 68 7,852 10,134
La Grande 69 7,938 13,088
Dallas 70 8,124 14,896
Junction City 71 8,177 5,673
Scappoose 72 8,184 6,839
Baker City 73 8,284 9,777
Lebanon 74 8,463 15,962
Florence 75 8,502 8,545
Sweet Home 76 8,712 9,140

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