These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third 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 188 cities in Pennsylvania from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Pennsylvania for 2019:

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

How we determined the most diverse cities in Pennsylvania for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 188 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 2,997 (Norri) to 9,795 (Economy).

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 Economy 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Pennsylvania For 2019

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,556

HHI: 2,997
% White: 29.3%
% African American: 37.6%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Norri: Data

York, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 44,058

HHI: 3,071
% White: 38.4%
% African American: 23.8%
% Asian: 0.9%
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: 1,569,657

HHI: 3,182
% White: 34.9%
% African American: 41.3%
% Asian: 7.0%
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: 49,278

HHI: 3,326
% White: 23.4%
% African American: 48.3%
% Asian: 5.0%
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

4
/10

Population: 13,169

HHI: 3,344
% White: 25.9%
% African American: 45.3%
% 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: 59,556

HHI: 3,357
% White: 40.4%
% African American: 14.3%
% Asian: 3.9%
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: 5,953

HHI: 3,443
% White: 40.9%
% African American: 38.4%
% 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.

Lansdowne, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,641

HHI: 3,758
% White: 37.8%
% African American: 47.4%
% Asian: 7.5%
More on Lansdowne: PhotosData

Allentown, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 120,128

HHI: 3,861
% White: 34.4%
% African American: 10.4%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Allentown: PhotosData

Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is Pennsylvania’s third most populous city and the 224th largest city in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 118,032 and is currently the fastest growing city in all of Pennsylvania. It is the largest city in the metropolitan area known as the Lehigh Valley, which had a population of 821,623 residents as of 2010. Allentown constitutes a portion of the New York City Combined Statistical Area and is the county seat of Lehigh County. In 2012, the city celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1762.

Easton, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,045

HHI: 3,874
% White: 56.5%
% African American: 13.1%
% Asian: 3.3%
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.

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. Economy
  2. Schuylkill Haven
  3. Clearfield

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Norri, PA 34,556 2,997
2 York, PA 44,058 3,071
3 Philadelphia, PA 1,569,657 3,182
4 Harrisburg, PA 49,278 3,326
5 Coatesville, PA 13,169 3,344
6 Lancaster, PA 59,556 3,357
7 Steelton, PA 5,953 3,443
8 Lansdowne, PA 10,641 3,758
9 Allentown, PA 120,128 3,861
10 Easton, PA 27,045 3,874
11 Folcroft, PA 6,620 4,056
12 Collingdale, PA 8,800 4,174
13 Oxford, PA 5,327 4,195
14 Duquesne, PA 5,544 4,261
15 Lebanon, PA 25,703 4,421
16 Bethlehem, PA 75,240 4,475
17 Stroudsburg, PA 5,491 4,530
18 Mckeesport, PA 19,488 4,541
19 Kennett Square, PA 6,138 4,566
20 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,748 4,580
21 Swissvale, PA 8,881 4,592
22 Aliquippa, PA 9,173 4,622
23 Hazleton, PA 24,882 4,682
24 Wilkes-Barre, PA 40,887 4,742
25 Clairton, PA 6,692 4,762
26 Pittsburgh, PA 305,012 4,773
27 Pott, PA 22,715 4,805
28 Reading, PA 88,275 4,806
29 Downin, PA 7,961 4,838
30 East Stroudsburg, PA 10,149 4,878
31 Mckees Rocks, PA 6,037 5,068
32 Chambersburg, PA 20,640 5,083
33 Chester, PA 34,102 5,117
34 Lansdale, PA 16,506 5,198
35 Erie, PA 98,970 5,242
36 Sharon Hill, PA 5,711 5,266
37 Ambler, PA 6,525 5,278
38 Ambridge, PA 6,853 5,408
39 Bristol, PA 9,645 5,453
40 Turtle Creek, PA 5,281 5,542
41 Beaver Falls, PA 8,641 5,558
42 Wilson, PA 7,817 5,564
43 Morrisville, PA 8,630 5,628
44 Scranton, PA 76,624 5,670
45 West Chester, PA 19,698 5,914
46 Johnstown, PA 19,967 5,953
47 Coraopolis, PA 5,607 5,980
48 Columbia, PA 10,430 5,995
49 Uniontown, PA 9,975 6,012
50 Souderton, PA 6,813 6,163
51 Clifton Heights, PA 6,688 6,192
52 Gettysburg, PA 7,627 6,236
53 Williamsport, PA 28,938 6,280
54 Monessen, PA 7,474 6,330
55 Middl, PA 9,098 6,331
56 Carlisle, PA 19,113 6,352
57 Sharon, PA 13,505 6,380
58 State College, PA 42,224 6,395
59 Phoenixville, PA 16,743 6,461
60 Washington, PA 13,624 6,510
61 Collegeville, PA 5,221 6,555
62 New Brighton, PA 5,889 6,575
63 New Holland, PA 5,445 6,660
64 New Castle, PA 22,434 6,703
65 Swarthmore, PA 6,243 6,730
66 Catasauqua, PA 6,541 6,806
67 Forest Hills, PA 6,439 6,809
68 Carnegie, PA 7,935 6,879
69 Darby, PA 10,710 6,887
70 Hanover, PA 15,506 7,002
71 Glenolden, PA 7,167 7,007
72 West Mifflin, PA 20,075 7,062
73 Mount Joy, PA 8,071 7,064
74 Canonsburg, PA 8,913 7,076
75 Wyomissing, PA 10,452 7,085
76 Franklin Park, PA 14,301 7,142
77 Kingston, PA 12,959 7,201
78 New Kensington, PA 12,679 7,251
79 Olyphant, PA 5,127 7,252
80 Lewisburg, PA 5,753 7,270
81 Media, PA 5,346 7,278
82 Northampton, PA 9,888 7,352
83 Whitehall, PA 13,828 7,359
84 Camp Hill, PA 7,906 7,387
85 Bellevue, PA 8,269 7,406
86 Indiana, PA 13,690 7,440
87 Millersville, PA 8,366 7,441
88 Greensburg, PA 14,476 7,503
89 Baldwin, PA 19,743 7,513
90 Quake, PA 8,889 7,557
91 Munhall, PA 11,296 7,582
92 Edinboro, PA 6,206 7,620
93 Shippensburg, PA 5,558 7,650
94 Brentwood, PA 9,528 7,733
95 Shillington, PA 5,282 7,766
96 Emmaus, PA 11,360 7,775
97 Jeannette, PA 9,341 7,803
98 Norwood, PA 5,896 7,806
99 Meadville, PA 13,105 7,814
100 Selinsgrove, PA 5,875 7,820

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