These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. La Vergne
  2. Nashville
  3. Clarksville (Photos)
  4. Jackson (Photos)
  5. Shelbyville (Photos)
  6. Chattanooga (Photos)
  7. Covington (Photos)
  8. Humboldt (Photos)
  9. Millington (Photos)
  10. Ripley (Photos)

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 the best places to live in Tennessee or the worst places to live in Tennessee.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 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 3951 (La Vergne) to 9595 (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.

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1. La Vergne


Population: 34,451
HHI: 3,951
% White: 56.34%
% African American: 21.84%
% Asian: 2.24%

2. Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 643,771
HHI: 4,006
% White: 55.73%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 3.52%

3. Clarksville

Clarksville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,281
HHI: 4,152
% White: 59.36%
% African American: 22.12%
% Asian: 2.32%

4. Jackson

Jackson, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,162
HHI: 4,345
% White: 48.05%
% African American: 44.88%
% Asian: 1.4%

5. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,916
HHI: 4,389
% White: 61.0%
% African American: 13.68%
% Asian: 0.23%

6. Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 175,462
HHI: 4,417
% White: 57.12%
% African American: 33.45%
% Asian: 2.09%

7. Covington

Covington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,016
HHI: 4,454
% White: 44.67%
% African American: 49.43%
% Asian: 0.21%

8. Humboldt

Humboldt, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,254
HHI: 4,502
% White: 50.93%
% African American: 43.48%
% Asian: 0.0%

9. Millington

Millington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,069
HHI: 4,513
% White: 61.4%
% African American: 25.99%
% Asian: 3.69%

10. Ripley

Ripley, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,249
HHI: 4,567
% White: 40.28%
% African American: 54.18%
% Asian: 0.51%

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. Soddy-Daisy

For more Tennessee reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee

City Rank HHI Population
La Vergne 1 3,951 34,451
Nashville 2 4,006 643,771
Clarksville 3 4,152 146,281
Jackson 4 4,345 67,162
Shelbyville 5 4,389 20,916
Chattanooga 6 4,417 175,462
Covington 7 4,454 9,016
Humboldt 8 4,502 8,254
Millington 9 4,513 11,069
Ripley 10 4,567 8,249
Springfield 11 4,577 16,650
Memphis 12 4,779 655,857
Pulaski 13 4,804 7,728
Bolivar 14 4,969 5,154
Brownsville 15 5,085 9,938
Smyrna 16 5,192 45,369
Murfreesboro 17 5,211 122,007
Dyersburg 18 5,229 16,867
Columbia 19 5,257 36,130
Morristown 20 5,288 29,395
Goodlettsville 21 5,310 16,848
Milan 22 5,423 7,803
Fayetteville 23 5,435 7,033
East Ridge 24 5,455 21,311
Union City 25 5,457 10,621
Knoxville 26 5,545 183,927
Bartlett 27 5,571 58,318
Collegedale 28 5,604 10,438
Gallatin 29 5,700 33,426
Lewisburg 30 5,707 11,376
Alcoa 31 5,791 9,058
Collierville 32 5,818 48,005
Paris 33 5,951 10,168
Martin 34 5,973 10,989
Loudon 35 6,045 5,701
Lakeland 36 6,054 12,541
Cleveland 37 6,134 43,276
Henderson 38 6,154 6,491
Lebanon 39 6,273 29,439
Lexington 40 6,321 7,796
Oak Ridge 41 6,337 29,285
Lenoir City 42 6,337 8,965
Arlington 43 6,339 11,599
Dunlap 44 6,435 5,065
Franklin 45 6,574 70,625
Manchester 46 6,590 10,387
Mcminnville 47 6,671 13,664
Sevierville 48 6,718 16,213
Atoka 49 6,759 8,917
Nolensville 50 6,874 6,724
Mount Juliet 51 6,894 29,853
Mckenzie 52 6,995 5,650
Spring Hill 53 7,021 34,364
Athens 54 7,029 13,651
Dickson 55 7,031 15,098
Johnson City 56 7,081 65,415
Red Bank 57 7,153 11,794
Jefferson City 58 7,245 8,324
Brentwood 59 7,246 40,873
Cookeville 60 7,271 32,256
Winchester 61 7,304 8,504
Sparta 62 7,307 5,063
Pigeon Forge 63 7,338 6,092
Savannah 64 7,361 7,043
Hendersonville 65 7,367 55,073
Germantown 66 7,405 39,213
Dayton 67 7,409 7,308
Sweetwater 68 7,467 5,877
Hartsville/Trousdale County 69 7,476 7,970
Munford 70 7,509 6,025
Millersville 71 7,512 6,602
Lawrenceburg 72 7,559 10,573
Oakland 73 7,564 7,270
Tullahoma 74 7,586 19,185
Greeneville 75 7,607 15,035
Crossville 76 7,842 11,308
Farragut 77 7,845 21,690
Portland 78 7,906 12,125
Rockwood 79 7,977 5,443
Maryville 80 8,006 28,151
Greenbrier 81 8,064 6,684
Harriman 82 8,096 6,223
Kingsport 83 8,206 52,871
White House 84 8,212 10,944
Erwin 85 8,311 5,998
Newport 86 8,370 6,856
Elizabethton 87 8,372 14,012
Bristol 88 8,417 26,734
Kingston 89 8,425 5,841
Clinton 90 8,471 9,993
Jonesborough 91 8,666 5,234
Fairview 92 8,711 8,271
Mount Carmel 93 9,004 5,425
Church Hill 94 9,098 6,723
Soddy-Daisy 95 9,252 13,162
Signal Mountain 96 9,488 8,500
La Follette 97 9,595 7,131

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