These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Rhode Island.


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Rhode Island for 2019:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Rhode Island? According to the most Census data, 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 19,000 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 3,162 (Providence) to 7,835 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Rhode Island For 2019

Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 179,509

HHI: 3,162
% White: 34.3%
% African American: 13.1%
% Asian: 6.2%
More on Providence: PhotosData

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place, founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of “God’s merciful Providence” which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,770

HHI: 3,277
% White: 48.9%
% African American: 16.2%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Pawtucket: PhotosData

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,508

HHI: 4,631
% White: 65.0%
% African American: 6.4%
% Asian: 7.2%
More on Woonsocket: PhotosData

Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,395

HHI: 4,647
% White: 20.4%
% African American: 11.5%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Central Falls: PhotosData

Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles, it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 80,979

HHI: 5,433
% White: 71.9%
% African American: 5.1%
% Asian: 5.6%
More on Cranston: PhotosData

Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,745

HHI: 6,033
% White: 76.6%
% African American: 4.9%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Newport: PhotosData

Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,425

HHI: 6,382
% White: 79.3%
% African American: 6.3%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on East Providence: PhotosData

East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,218

HHI: 7,835
% White: 88.3%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Warwick: PhotosData

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 For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Providence, RI 179,509 3,162
2 Pawtucket, RI 71,770 3,277
3 Woonsocket, RI 41,508 4,631
4 Central Falls, RI 19,395 4,647
5 Cranston, RI 80,979 5,433
6 Newport, RI 24,745 6,033
7 East Providence, RI 47,425 6,382
8 Warwick, RI 81,218 7,835

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