Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Pennsylvania.


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 187 cities in Pennsylvania from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Pennsylvania for 2020:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Pennsylvania? According to the most Census data, 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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Pennsylvania For 2020

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,490

HHI: 2,863
% White: 28.4%
% African American: 35.6%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Norri: Data

York, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 44,044

HHI: 3,068
% White: 37.5%
% African American: 23.1%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on York: PhotosData

York, known as the White Rose City, is the county seat of York County, Pennsylvania, United States, located in the south-central region of the state. The population within York's city limits was 43,718 at the 2010 census, a 7.0% increase from the 2000 count of 40,862. When combined with the adjacent boroughs of West York and North York and surrounding Spring Garden, West Manchester, and Springettsbury townships, the population of Greater York was 108,386. York is the 11th largest city in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,575,522

HHI: 3,146
% White: 34.6%
% African American: 41.0%
% Asian: 7.1%
More on Philadelphia: PhotosData

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The region's population of 7.2million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Harrisburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 49,230

HHI: 3,259
% White: 22.6%
% African American: 47.3%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on Harrisburg: PhotosData

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. With a population of 48,904, it is the ninth-largest city in the Commonwealth. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 107 miles west of Philadelphia.

Coatesville, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,147

HHI: 3,292
% White: 26.5%
% African American: 44.7%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Coatesville: PhotosData

Coatesville is a city in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,100 at the 2010 census. Coatesville is approximately 39 miles west of Philadelphia. It developed along Lancaster Turnpike, beginning in the late 18th century. It spans Rt. 30, the "Main Line" highway that runs west of Philadelphia.

Lancaster, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,503

HHI: 3,334
% White: 40.3%
% African American: 14.4%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Lancaster: PhotosData

Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.

Steelton, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,954

HHI: 3,381
% White: 39.2%
% African American: 37.9%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Steelton: PhotosData

Steelton is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States, 4 miles southeast of Harrisburg. The population was 5,990 at the 2010 census. The borough is part of the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Easton, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,100

HHI: 3,798
% White: 55.2%
% African American: 13.3%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Easton: PhotosData

Easton is a city in and the seat of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. The city's population was 26,800 as of the 2010 census. Easton is located at the confluence of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, roughly 55 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City.

Folcroft, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,630

HHI: 3,873
% White: 50.2%
% African American: 35.2%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Folcroft: PhotosData

Folcroft is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,606 at the 2010 census, down from 6,978 at the 2000 census.

Lansdowne, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,628

HHI: 3,880
% White: 37.9%
% African American: 48.8%
% Asian: 6.8%
More on Lansdowne: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Pennsylvania for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 187 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 2,863 (Norri) to 9,760 (Clearfield).

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 Clearfield was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Clearfield
  2. Economy
  3. St. Marys

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Norri, PA 34,490 2,863
2 York, PA 44,044 3,068
3 Philadelphia, PA 1,575,522 3,146
4 Harrisburg, PA 49,230 3,259
5 Coatesville, PA 13,147 3,292
6 Lancaster, PA 59,503 3,334
7 Steelton, PA 5,954 3,381
8 Easton, PA 27,100 3,798
9 Folcroft, PA 6,630 3,873
10 Lansdowne, PA 10,628 3,880
11 Allentown, PA 120,410 3,924
12 Duquesne, PA 5,544 4,085
13 Collingdale, PA 8,790 4,095
14 Mckees Rocks, PA 5,966 4,235
15 Oxford, PA 5,420 4,335
16 East Stroudsburg, PA 10,279 4,346
17 Lebanon, PA 25,739 4,389
18 Bethlehem, PA 75,296 4,403
19 Kennett Square, PA 6,159 4,407
20 Aliquippa, PA 9,066 4,471
21 Wilkes-Barre, PA 40,847 4,496
22 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,637 4,545
23 Pott, PA 22,694 4,569
24 Swissvale, PA 8,808 4,597
25 Mckeesport, PA 19,365 4,630
26 Hazleton, PA 24,812 4,716
27 Pittsburgh, PA 303,587 4,774
28 Stroudsburg, PA 5,501 4,778
29 Downin, PA 7,929 4,800
30 Chambersburg, PA 20,734 4,879
31 Bristol, PA 9,614 4,953
32 Reading, PA 88,211 4,967
33 Clairton, PA 6,640 4,990
34 Chester, PA 33,977 5,091
35 Erie, PA 98,156 5,098
36 Beaver Falls, PA 8,547 5,196
37 Wilson, PA 7,795 5,254
38 Turtle Creek, PA 5,244 5,258
39 Lansdale, PA 16,579 5,305
40 Ambler, PA 6,488 5,327
41 Columbia, PA 10,389 5,350
42 Middl, PA 9,176 5,359
43 Uniontown, PA 9,908 5,394
44 Sharon Hill, PA 5,691 5,493
45 Scranton, PA 76,869 5,533
46 Coraopolis, PA 5,587 5,591
47 Ambridge, PA 6,787 5,727
48 West Chester, PA 19,888 5,921
49 Johnstown, PA 19,812 5,926
50 Clifton Heights, PA 6,680 6,019
51 Sharon, PA 13,378 6,073
52 Morrisville, PA 8,588 6,120
53 Washington, PA 13,590 6,174
54 Gettysburg, PA 7,646 6,185
55 Phoenixville, PA 16,815 6,194
56 Catasauqua, PA 6,550 6,204
57 State College, PA 42,256 6,314
58 Souderton, PA 6,910 6,325
59 Williamsport, PA 28,757 6,399
60 Monessen, PA 7,397 6,436
61 Swarthmore, PA 6,304 6,516
62 Collegeville, PA 5,170 6,517
63 Carlisle, PA 19,116 6,623
64 Forest Hills, PA 6,401 6,673
65 New Castle, PA 22,188 6,762
66 New Brighton, PA 5,827 6,783
67 Shippensburg, PA 5,479 6,789
68 Franklin Park, PA 14,448 6,808
69 Darby, PA 10,699 6,842
70 Glenolden, PA 7,147 6,861
71 Carnegie, PA 7,905 6,957
72 Mount Joy, PA 8,106 7,055
73 Camp Hill, PA 7,911 7,089
74 Jeannette, PA 9,280 7,094
75 Whitehall, PA 13,759 7,104
76 Canonsburg, PA 8,864 7,104
77 Olyphant, PA 5,090 7,154
78 Munhall, PA 11,229 7,158
79 Baldwin, PA 19,651 7,211
80 New Kensington, PA 12,568 7,221
81 Indiana, PA 13,512 7,236
82 Brentwood, PA 9,453 7,237
83 Millersville, PA 8,344 7,273
84 Shillington, PA 5,300 7,277
85 Media, PA 5,423 7,285
86 Quake, PA 8,836 7,308
87 Kingston, PA 12,935 7,332
88 Wyomissing, PA 10,452 7,341
89 Hanover, PA 15,563 7,356
90 West Mifflin, PA 19,946 7,356
91 Hatboro, PA 7,428 7,405
92 New Holland, PA 5,455 7,428
93 Lewisburg, PA 5,740 7,484
94 Prospect Park, PA 6,475 7,515
95 Selinsgrove, PA 5,897 7,535
96 Meadville, PA 12,949 7,559
97 Plymouth, PA 5,832 7,603
98 Greensburg, PA 14,377 7,646
99 Edinboro, PA 5,964 7,667
100 Emmaus, PA 11,361 7,687

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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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