These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee


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

You can also check out the whitest places in Tennessee for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee

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 2011-2015 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 3829 (La Vergne) to 9779 (Signal Mountain).

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 Signal Mountain 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

La Vergne, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 34,081
HHI: 3,829
% White: 54.8%
% African American: 22.02%
% Asian: 2.88%

2. Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 634,512
HHI: 4,029
% White: 55.97%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 3.28%

3. Clarksville

Clarksville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 143,618
HHI: 4,194
% White: 59.65%
% African American: 22.47%
% Asian: 2.29%

4. Springfield

Springfield, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,639
HHI: 4,297
% White: 59.41%
% African American: 23.37%
% Asian: 0.66%

5. Jackson

Jackson, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,161
HHI: 4,306
% White: 46.76%
% African American: 45.77%
% Asian: 1.66%

6. Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 174,483
HHI: 4,378
% White: 56.57%
% African American: 33.79%
% Asian: 2.09%

7. Millington

Millington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,113
HHI: 4,440
% White: 59.35%
% African American: 29.44%
% Asian: 3.47%

8. Covington

Covington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,036
HHI: 4,533
% White: 42.59%
% African American: 52.03%
% Asian: 0.2%

9. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,779
HHI: 4,542
% White: 62.71%
% African American: 11.32%
% Asian: 0.5%

10. Humboldt

Humboldt, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,325
HHI: 4,561
% White: 50.94%
% African American: 44.22%
% Asian: 0.16%

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. Signal Mountain
  2. La Follette
  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 3,829 34,081
Nashville 2 4,029 634,512
Clarksville 3 4,194 143,618
Springfield 4 4,297 16,639
Jackson 5 4,306 67,161
Chattanooga 6 4,378 174,483
Millington 7 4,440 11,113
Covington 8 4,533 9,036
Shelbyville 9 4,542 20,779
Humboldt 10 4,561 8,325
Ripley 11 4,565 8,291
Memphis 12 4,712 657,167
Pulaski 13 4,759 7,648
Brownsville 14 4,802 10,016
Bolivar 15 5,106 5,219
Smyrna 16 5,129 43,580
Fayetteville 17 5,252 7,060
Columbia 18 5,253 35,627
Dyersburg 19 5,287 16,932
Morristown 20 5,301 29,247
Union City 21 5,302 10,722
Murfreesboro 22 5,397 117,983
Lewisburg 23 5,458 11,321
Goodlettsville 24 5,490 16,672
Milan 25 5,499 7,817
Gallatin 26 5,610 32,518
Collegedale 27 5,641 9,918
Knoxville 28 5,677 183,066
Bartlett 29 5,704 58,107
East Ridge 30 5,758 21,275
Paris 31 5,903 10,166
Collierville 32 5,927 47,434
Martin 33 6,020 11,199
Loudon 34 6,125 5,653
Cleveland 35 6,134 42,895
Alcoa 36 6,165 8,737
Henderson 37 6,166 6,474
Lenoir City 38 6,177 8,943
Arlington 39 6,188 11,635
Lebanon 40 6,220 28,638
Lexington 41 6,283 7,802
Sevierville 42 6,429 15,903
Oak Ridge 43 6,458 29,310
Franklin 44 6,547 68,549
Red Bank 45 6,548 11,793
Atoka 46 6,560 8,845
Mckenzie 47 6,672 5,551
Munford 48 6,707 6,044
Mcminnville 49 6,789 13,651
Manchester 50 6,885 10,298
Lakeland 51 6,907 12,556
Dickson 52 6,943 14,951
Athens 53 6,990 13,634
Dunlap 54 7,021 5,022
Mount Juliet 55 7,083 28,395
Oakland 56 7,093 7,106
Hendersonville 57 7,126 54,168
Nolensville 58 7,149 6,361
Johnson City 59 7,183 64,978
Germantown 60 7,287 39,262
Cookeville 61 7,297 31,831
Savannah 62 7,316 7,032
Spring Hill 63 7,329 32,831
Lawrenceburg 64 7,343 10,487
Brentwood 65 7,346 39,974
Tullahoma 66 7,355 19,022
Jefferson City 67 7,375 8,396
Winchester 68 7,402 8,502
Greeneville 69 7,447 15,031
Pigeon Forge 70 7,474 6,039
Sparta 71 7,536 5,074
Harriman 72 7,652 6,267
Dayton 73 7,723 7,355
Sweetwater 74 7,731 5,872
Farragut 75 7,732 21,374
Portland 76 7,825 11,963
Crossville 77 7,963 11,245
Millersville 78 8,038 6,579
Erwin 79 8,079 6,028
Kingsport 80 8,124 52,898
White House 81 8,190 10,810
Maryville 82 8,250 27,993
Fairview 83 8,287 8,121
Elizabethton 84 8,295 14,058
Newport 85 8,308 6,874
Greenbrier 86 8,443 6,611
Bristol 87 8,596 26,674
Jonesborough 88 8,642 5,189
Clinton 89 8,796 9,918
Lynchburg 90 8,849 6,351
Kingston 91 8,883 5,865
Rockwood 92 8,924 5,466
Church Hill 93 8,974 6,725
Mount Carmel 94 9,049 5,441
Soddy-Daisy 95 9,242 13,158
La Follette 96 9,592 7,218
Signal Mountain 97 9,779 8,456

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