These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2019


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee

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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 Tennessee 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 97 cities in Tennessee from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Tennessee? According to the most Census data, La Vergne took the number one over all spot for diversity in Tennessee.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 97 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 3,721 (La Vergne) to 9,756 (La Follette).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee For 2019

La Vergne, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,905

HHI: 3,721
% White: 53.1%
% African American: 23.0%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on La Vergne: PhotosData

Nashville, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 654,187

HHI: 3,983
% White: 55.6%
% African American: 27.7%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Nashville: PhotosData

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, private prison, banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities.

Clarksville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 147,771

HHI: 4,093
% White: 58.7%
% African American: 22.2%
% Asian: 2.2%
More on Clarksville: PhotosData

The city of Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States. It is the fifth-largest city in the state behind Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The city had a population of 132,929 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 150,287 in 2016.

Humboldt, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,155

HHI: 4,263
% White: 47.6%
% African American: 44.3%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Humboldt: PhotosData

Humboldt is a city in Gibson and Madison counties, Tennessee. The population was 8,452 at the 2010 census, a decline of 1,015 from 2000. It is the principal city of and is included in the Humboldt, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Jackson, Tennessee-Humboldt, Tennessee Combined Statistical Area. It is Gibson County’s largest city and Madison County’s second largest city after Jackson.

Jackson, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,977

HHI: 4,313
% White: 48.4%
% African American: 44.1%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Jackson: PhotosData

Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Located 70 miles east of Memphis, it is a regional center of trade for West Tennessee. Its total population was 65,211 at the 2010 census and 67,265 in the 2012 Census estimate.

Chattanooga, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 176,291

HHI: 4,335
% White: 56.5%
% African American: 33.2%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Chattanooga: PhotosData

Chattanooga is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with a population of 176,588 in 2015. The fourth-largest Tennessee city, it is the seat of Hamilton County. Located in southeastern Tennessee in East Tennessee, on the Tennessee River, served by multiple railroads and Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a transit hub. Chattanooga lies 120 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, 135 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, 120 miles northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and 148 miles northeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

Ripley, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 8,148

HHI: 4,359
% White: 42.0%
% African American: 50.8%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,073

HHI: 4,360
% White: 60.1%
% African American: 26.0%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Millington: PhotosData

Millington is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 10,176. Millington is the home of the Memphis International Raceway. It was granted the title “Flag City Tennessee” by the Tennessee State Legislature. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South is located at the former Memphis Naval Air Station, which was changed functions from a training base to an administrative one in 1993. There is also a general aviation airport that features the third longest runway in Tennessee.

Shelbyville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,028

HHI: 4,372
% White: 60.9%
% African American: 12.3%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Shelbyville: PhotosData

Covington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,921

HHI: 4,401
% White: 45.4%
% African American: 48.2%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Covington: PhotosData

Covington is a city in central Tipton County, Tennessee, United States. Covington is the largest city and county seat of Tipton County. The city is located in West Tennessee, 12mi east of the Mississippi River. The city’s population was 9,038 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census. Located 42mi northeast of Memphis, Covington is part of the Memphis, Tennessee Metropolitan Area.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Tennessee

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

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

  1. La Follette
  2. Signal Mountain
  3. Church Hill

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 La Vergne, TN 34,905 3,721
2 Nashville, TN 654,187 3,983
3 Clarksville, TN 147,771 4,093
4 Humboldt, TN 8,155 4,263
5 Jackson, TN 66,977 4,313
6 Chattanooga, TN 176,291 4,335
7 Ripley, TN 8,148 4,359
8 Millington, TN 11,073 4,360
9 Shelbyville, TN 21,028 4,372
10 Covington, TN 8,921 4,401
11 Springfield, TN 16,692 4,431
12 Memphis, TN 654,723 4,785
13 Pulaski, TN 7,653 4,974
14 Bolivar, TN 5,037 4,980
15 Milan, TN 7,715 4,990
16 Fayetteville, TN 6,976 5,023
17 Brownsville, TN 9,829 5,038
18 Murfreesboro, TN 126,188 5,044
19 Columbia, TN 36,635 5,117
20 Dyersburg, TN 16,666 5,186
21 Smyrna, TN 46,885 5,280
22 Goodlettsville, TN 16,935 5,296
23 Morristown, TN 29,446 5,307
24 East Ridge, TN 21,193 5,343
25 Bartlett, TN 58,640 5,407
26 Union City, TN 10,479 5,430
27 Lewisburg, TN 11,457 5,443
28 Knoxville, TN 184,465 5,457
29 Collegedale, TN 10,902 5,590
30 Gallatin, TN 34,495 5,690
31 Collierville, TN 48,960 5,783
32 Loudon, TN 5,697 5,860
33 Lakeland, TN 12,623 5,869
34 Martin, TN 10,797 5,896
35 Paris, TN 10,059 6,054
36 Cleveland, TN 43,496 6,071
37 Alcoa, TN 9,343 6,095
38 Lexington, TN 7,731 6,193
39 Lebanon, TN 30,212 6,201
40 Henderson, TN 6,237 6,205
41 Lenoir City, TN 9,007 6,262
42 Oak Ridge, TN 29,009 6,289
43 Franklin, TN 72,990 6,393
44 Arlington, TN 11,678 6,453
45 Manchester, TN 10,430 6,591
46 Dunlap, TN 5,061 6,648
47 Mcminnville, TN 13,591 6,725
48 Nolensville, TN 7,119 6,739
49 Sevierville, TN 16,387 6,777
50 Munford, TN 6,009 6,816
51 Savannah, TN 6,977 6,877
52 Mount Juliet, TN 31,397 6,890
53 Atoka, TN 8,994 6,900
54 Athens, TN 13,559 6,905
55 Johnson City, TN 65,598 6,981
56 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,147 7,007
57 Mckenzie, TN 5,455 7,031
58 Brentwood, TN 41,524 7,096
59 Dickson, TN 15,128 7,126
60 Dayton, TN 7,341 7,169
61 Spring Hill, TN 35,995 7,184
62 Hendersonville, TN 55,635 7,205
63 Sweetwater, TN 5,842 7,214
64 Winchester, TN 8,467 7,236
65 Oakland, TN 7,508 7,293
66 Cookeville, TN 32,536 7,331
67 Jefferson City, TN 8,220 7,331
68 Hartsville/trousdale County, TN 8,773 7,337
69 Millersville, TN 6,760 7,384
70 Red Bank, TN 11,744 7,404
71 Germantown, TN 39,230 7,556
72 Tullahoma, TN 19,037 7,634
73 Portland, TN 12,258 7,639
74 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,614 7,650
75 Crossville, TN 11,284 7,720
76 Farragut, TN 21,975 7,797
77 Greenbrier, TN 6,720 7,809
78 Rockwood, TN 5,415 7,824
79 Greeneville, TN 14,895 7,876
80 Kingston, TN 5,812 8,088
81 Erwin, TN 5,921 8,126
82 Newport, TN 6,780 8,167
83 Kingsport, TN 52,698 8,219
84 Maryville, TN 28,208 8,232
85 White House, TN 11,107 8,243
86 Harriman, TN 6,153 8,278
87 Bristol, TN 26,668 8,362
88 Elizabethton, TN 13,796 8,451
89 Clinton, TN 9,961 8,542
90 Fairview, TN 8,442 8,634
91 Jonesborough, TN 5,275 8,713
92 Forest Hills, TN 5,002 8,735
93 Mount Carmel, TN 5,386 9,027
94 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,364 9,225
95 Church Hill, TN 6,686 9,268
96 Signal Mountain, TN 8,507 9,472
97 La Follette, TN 6,983 9,756

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