These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania


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

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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 Pennsylvania 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 195 cities in Pennsylvania from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Norri (Photos)
  2. York (Photos)
  3. Philadelphia (Photos)
  4. Harrisburg (Photos)
  5. Steelton (Photos)
  6. Coatesville (Photos)
  7. Lancaster (Photos)
  8. Easton (Photos)
  9. Allentown (Photos)
  10. Duquesne (Photos)

Norri took the number one over all spot for diversity in Pennsylvania.

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania.

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 195 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 2989 (Norri) to 9660 (Tyrone).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Pennsylvania 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. Norri

Norri, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 34,500
HHI: 2,989
% White: 33.42%
% African American: 35.57%
% Asian: 2.25%

2. York

York, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,853
HHI: 3,134
% White: 40.59%
% African American: 24.36%
% Asian: 0.68%

3. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,555,072
HHI: 3,233
% White: 35.83%
% African American: 41.49%
% Asian: 6.81%

4. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,232
HHI: 3,262
% White: 25.17%
% African American: 47.22%
% Asian: 4.83%

5. Steelton

Steelton, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,956
HHI: 3,282
% White: 38.42%
% African American: 38.87%
% Asian: 0.07%

6. Coatesville

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,152
HHI: 3,408
% White: 26.11%
% African American: 46.65%
% Asian: 0.68%

7. Lancaster

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,344
HHI: 3,409
% White: 41.29%
% African American: 14.48%
% Asian: 3.21%

8. Easton

Easton, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,996
HHI: 3,696
% White: 53.92%
% African American: 13.97%
% Asian: 2.87%

9. Allentown

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 119,261
HHI: 3,753
% White: 37.6%
% African American: 10.76%
% Asian: 1.92%

10. Duquesne

Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,556
HHI: 4,067
% White: 31.08%
% African American: 54.72%
% Asian: 0.4%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Pennsylvania

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

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

  1. Tyrone
  2. Bangor
  3. Schuylkill Haven

For more Pennsylvania reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank HHI Population
Norri 1 2,989 34,500
York 2 3,134 43,853
Philadelphia 3 3,233 1,555,072
Harrisburg 4 3,262 49,232
Steelton 5 3,282 5,956
Coatesville 6 3,408 13,152
Lancaster 7 3,409 59,344
Easton 8 3,696 26,996
Allentown 9 3,753 119,261
Duquesne 10 4,067 5,556
Lansdowne 11 4,215 10,614
Folcroft 12 4,267 6,630
Kennett Square 13 4,343 6,117
Collingdale 14 4,478 8,786
Clairton 15 4,496 6,752
Reading 16 4,515 88,057
Mckeesport 17 4,518 19,637
Stroudsburg 18 4,520 5,516
Lebanon 19 4,535 25,555
Hazleton 20 4,580 25,087
Bethlehem 21 4,589 75,004
Swissvale 22 4,684 8,932
Morrisville 23 4,763 8,666
Pittsburgh 24 4,794 305,928
Wilkinsburg 25 4,809 15,866
Aliquippa 26 4,810 9,296
East Stroudsburg 27 4,871 9,967
Oxford 28 4,882 5,163
Downin 29 4,908 7,930
Wilkes-Barre 30 5,088 41,108
Clifton Heights 31 5,090 6,658
Pott 32 5,119 22,586
Chambersburg 33 5,125 20,519
Lansdale 34 5,162 16,441
Ambler 35 5,163 6,513
Mckees Rocks 36 5,272 6,075
Sharon Hill 37 5,282 5,693
Chester 38 5,322 34,016
Erie 39 5,332 100,678
Bristol 40 5,393 9,634
Ambridge 41 5,413 6,931
Arnold 42 5,485 5,053
West Chester 43 5,753 19,181
Beaver Falls 44 5,848 8,768
Gettysburg 45 5,937 7,615
Scranton 46 6,076 76,064
Sharon 47 6,081 13,754
Turtle Creek 48 6,104 5,324
Monroeville 49 6,107 28,346
Johnstown 50 6,195 20,369
Phoenixville 51 6,229 16,562
Coraopolis 52 6,234 5,642
Williamsport 53 6,288 29,339
Uniontown 54 6,366 10,150
State College 55 6,368 42,129
Washington 56 6,431 13,642
Columbia 57 6,501 10,394
Carlisle 58 6,538 18,945
Wilson 59 6,557 7,838
Swarthmore 60 6,602 6,195
Darby 61 6,677 10,693
New Castle 62 6,709 22,682
New Brighton 63 6,735 5,958
Mount Joy 64 6,789 7,891
Middl 65 6,848 8,942
Monessen 66 6,923 7,584
Collegeville 67 6,988 5,296
New Holland 68 7,009 5,408
New Kensington 69 7,042 12,874
Glenolden 70 7,087 7,159
Souderton 71 7,114 6,697
Kingston 72 7,195 13,074
Bellevue 73 7,225 8,329
Catasauqua 74 7,232 6,505
Carnegie 75 7,299 7,953
Greensburg 76 7,343 14,669
Lewisburg 77 7,348 5,781
Franklin Park 78 7,348 14,062
Forest Hills 79 7,357 6,491
Millersville 80 7,384 8,358
Canonsburg 81 7,445 8,944
Media 82 7,449 5,336
West Mifflin 83 7,459 20,237
Hatboro 84 7,471 7,405
Prospect Park 85 7,484 6,468
Hanover 86 7,563 15,403
Northampton 87 7,609 9,895
Munhall 88 7,634 11,351
Bloomsburg 89 7,688 14,631
Whitehall 90 7,727 13,920
Castle Shannon 91 7,752 8,293
Kut 92 7,771 5,018
Taylor 93 7,777 6,176
California 94 7,780 6,657
Waynesboro 95 7,780 10,731
Baldwin 96 7,784 19,803
Shippensburg 97 7,799 5,527
Meadville 98 7,815 13,224
Pottsville 99 7,832 14,025
Indiana 100 7,836 14,050

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