These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018


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

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

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the worst places to live in Pennsylvania.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 191 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 2946 (Norri) to 9680 (Bangor).

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 Bangor 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

Source: Public Domain

Population: 34,460
HHI: 2,946
% White: 32.99%
% African American: 34.36%
% Asian: 2.66%

2. York

York, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,848
HHI: 3,109
% White: 39.43%
% African American: 24.12%
% Asian: 1.02%

3. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,559,938
HHI: 3,211
% White: 35.27%
% African American: 41.55%
% Asian: 6.84%

4. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,160
HHI: 3,334
% White: 23.68%
% African American: 48.6%
% Asian: 5.24%

5. Lancaster

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,341
HHI: 3,365
% White: 40.73%
% African American: 14.16%
% Asian: 3.84%

6. Coatesville

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,132
HHI: 3,400
% White: 25.21%
% African American: 46.25%
% Asian: 0.5%

7. Steelton


Population: 5,938
HHI: 3,409
% White: 43.36%
% African American: 35.37%
% Asian: 0.13%

8. Easton

Easton, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,014
HHI: 3,769
% White: 55.07%
% African American: 13.05%
% Asian: 3.25%

9. Allentown

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 119,624
HHI: 3,807
% White: 35.85%
% African American: 10.73%
% Asian: 2.04%

10. Lansdowne

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,621
HHI: 4,127
% White: 34.96%
% African American: 53.53%
% Asian: 4.5%

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. Bangor
  2. Clearfield
  3. St. Marys

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank HHI Population
Norri 1 2,946 34,460
York 2 3,109 43,848
Philadelphia 3 3,211 1,559,938
Harrisburg 4 3,334 49,160
Lancaster 5 3,365 59,341
Coatesville 6 3,400 13,132
Steelton 7 3,409 5,938
Easton 8 3,769 27,014
Allentown 9 3,807 119,624
Lansdowne 10 4,127 10,621
Duquesne 11 4,270 5,534
Folcroft 12 4,317 6,616
Collingdale 13 4,322 8,777
Stroudsburg 14 4,404 5,486
Kennett Square 15 4,465 6,139
Oxford 16 4,519 5,221
Bethlehem 17 4,539 75,110
Mckeesport 18 4,586 19,529
Lebanon 19 4,586 25,654
Hazleton 20 4,644 24,954
Wilkinsburg 21 4,665 15,797
Reading 22 4,672 87,899
Swissvale 23 4,682 8,893
Clairton 24 4,728 6,719
Pittsburgh 25 4,766 305,305
East Stroudsburg 26 4,790 10,023
Aliquippa 27 4,804 9,258
Wilkes-Barre 28 4,837 40,964
Ambler 29 4,990 6,507
Pott 30 5,011 22,619
Downin 31 5,017 7,940
Bristol 32 5,029 9,593
Mckees Rocks 33 5,097 6,046
Chester 34 5,199 34,056
Morrisville 35 5,251 8,611
Erie 36 5,254 100,157
Clifton Heights 37 5,264 6,670
Chambersburg 38 5,316 20,576
Arnold 39 5,317 5,019
Lansdale 40 5,424 16,454
Ambridge 41 5,507 6,891
Sharon Hill 42 5,640 5,691
Beaver Falls 43 5,764 8,735
Scranton 44 5,851 76,380
Turtle Creek 45 5,894 5,292
West Chester 46 5,993 19,434
Coraopolis 47 5,996 5,617
Johnstown 48 6,017 20,169
Wilson 49 6,044 7,819
New Holland 50 6,049 5,418
Sharon 51 6,168 13,659
Gettysburg 52 6,208 7,643
Uniontown 53 6,263 10,094
Phoenixville 54 6,271 16,638
Williamsport 55 6,336 29,180
Middl 56 6,341 9,002
State College 57 6,379 42,074
Columbia 58 6,529 10,382
Washington 59 6,531 13,693
Carlisle 60 6,533 19,014
Monessen 61 6,592 7,530
New Brighton 62 6,629 5,911
Darby 63 6,659 10,677
New Castle 64 6,685 22,500
Lewisburg 65 6,747 5,757
Swarthmore 66 6,755 6,218
Souderton 67 6,780 6,737
Carnegie 68 6,813 7,944
Mount Joy 69 6,876 7,978
Catasauqua 70 6,953 6,509
Forest Hills 71 6,974 6,475
New Kensington 72 7,064 12,793
Collegeville 73 7,117 5,279
Media 74 7,191 5,345
Canonsburg 75 7,192 8,933
Millersville 76 7,198 8,370
Munhall 77 7,199 11,305
Shippensburg 78 7,265 5,529
Northampton 79 7,289 9,887
Wyomissing 80 7,290 10,442
Franklin Park 81 7,292 14,228
Glenolden 82 7,359 7,167
West Mifflin 83 7,395 20,153
Hanover 84 7,425 15,429
Bellevue 85 7,465 8,285
Kingston 86 7,474 12,996
Quake 87 7,486 8,869
Camp Hill 88 7,511 7,912
Edinboro 89 7,518 6,393
Hatboro 90 7,559 7,412
Greensburg 91 7,578 14,572
Indiana 92 7,604 14,002
Fox Chapel 93 7,617 5,392
Shillington 94 7,636 5,265
Brentwood 95 7,641 9,550
Crafton 96 7,652 5,899
Palmyra 97 7,704 7,481
Taylor 98 7,721 6,136
Whitehall 99 7,735 13,873
Olyphant 100 7,744 5,156

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