These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island For 2018


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

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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 Rhode Island 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 8 cities in Rhode Island from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Providence (Photos)
  2. Pawtucket (Photos)
  3. Central Falls (Photos)
  4. Woonsocket (Photos)
  5. Cranston (Photos)
  6. Newport (Photos)
  7. East Providence (Photos)
  8. Warwick (Photos)

Providence took the number one over all spot for diversity in Rhode Island.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island or the worst places to live in Rhode Island.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 8 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 3167 (Providence) to 7928 (Warwick).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island 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. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,851
HHI: 3,167
% White: 34.79%
% African American: 12.97%
% Asian: 6.44%

2. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,389
HHI: 3,371
% White: 50.39%
% African American: 16.8%
% Asian: 1.58%

3. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,366
HHI: 4,640
% White: 20.64%
% African American: 11.48%
% Asian: 0.45%

4. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,272
HHI: 5,054
% White: 68.76%
% African American: 6.7%
% Asian: 6.55%

5. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,882
HHI: 5,639
% White: 73.53%
% African American: 4.67%
% Asian: 5.46%

6. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,570
HHI: 6,072
% White: 76.83%
% African American: 4.87%
% Asian: 0.96%

7. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,260
HHI: 6,422
% White: 79.53%
% African American: 6.17%
% Asian: 2.47%

8. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,881
HHI: 7,928
% White: 88.84%
% African American: 1.36%
% Asian: 2.66%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Rhode Island

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

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

  1. Warwick
  2. East Providence
  3. Newport

For more Rhode Island reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island

City Rank HHI Population
Providence 1 3,167 178,851
Pawtucket 2 3,371 71,389
Central Falls 3 4,640 19,366
Woonsocket 4 5,054 41,272
Cranston 5 5,639 80,882
Newport 6 6,072 24,570
East Providence 7 6,422 47,260
Warwick 8 7,928 81,881

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