Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Tennessee For 2020

La Vergne, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,237

HHI: 3,616
% White: 51.6%
% African American: 22.4%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on La Vergne: PhotosData

Nashville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 660,062

HHI: 3,962
% White: 55.4%
% African American: 27.7%
% Asian: 3.5%
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: 150,602

HHI: 4,000
% White: 57.6%
% African American: 23.1%
% Asian: 2.5%
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.

Springfield, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,787

HHI: 4,152
% White: 58.2%
% African American: 21.3%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Springfield: PhotosData

Shelbyville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,319

HHI: 4,174
% White: 59.0%
% African American: 13.5%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Shelbyville: PhotosData

Jackson, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,878

HHI: 4,282
% White: 47.4%
% African American: 44.8%
% Asian: 1.2%
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: 177,365

HHI: 4,303
% White: 56.6%
% African American: 32.3%
% 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.

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,720

HHI: 4,340
% White: 60.3%
% African American: 25.1%
% Asian: 4.4%
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.

Ripley, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 8,023

HHI: 4,348
% White: 41.8%
% African American: 50.8%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Humboldt, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,226

HHI: 4,514
% White: 49.5%
% African American: 45.2%
% 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.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Tennessee for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 3,616 (La Vergne) to 9,478 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Soddy-Daisy
  3. Church Hill

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 La Vergne, TN 35,237 3,616
2 Nashville, TN 660,062 3,962
3 Clarksville, TN 150,602 4,000
4 Springfield, TN 16,787 4,152
5 Shelbyville, TN 21,319 4,174
6 Jackson, TN 66,878 4,282
7 Chattanooga, TN 177,365 4,303
8 Millington, TN 10,720 4,340
9 Ripley, TN 8,023 4,348
10 Humboldt, TN 8,226 4,514
11 Covington, TN 8,855 4,595
12 Memphis, TN 653,248 4,806
13 Smyrna, TN 48,361 4,922
14 Dyersburg, TN 16,559 4,941
15 Murfreesboro, TN 130,968 4,946
16 Bolivar, TN 5,002 4,983
17 Milan, TN 7,703 5,043
18 Columbia, TN 37,455 5,053
19 Fayetteville, TN 6,987 5,121
20 Morristown, TN 29,547 5,141
21 Brownsville, TN 9,715 5,166
22 Union City, TN 10,478 5,274
23 Goodlettsville, TN 16,900 5,298
24 Collegedale, TN 11,256 5,312
25 East Ridge, TN 21,134 5,313
26 Bartlett, TN 58,828 5,315
27 Lewisburg, TN 11,638 5,347
28 Pulaski, TN 7,652 5,358
29 Knoxville, TN 185,429 5,466
30 Gallatin, TN 36,139 5,500
31 Collierville, TN 49,610 5,723
32 Munford, TN 5,998 5,851
33 Lebanon, TN 31,592 5,929
34 Henderson, TN 6,247 5,939
35 Cleveland, TN 43,924 5,956
36 Martin, TN 10,721 5,972
37 Paris, TN 10,042 6,043
38 Alcoa, TN 9,633 6,052
39 Loudon, TN 5,687 6,225
40 Lakeland, TN 12,628 6,249
41 Oak Ridge, TN 29,030 6,257
42 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,197 6,284
43 Franklin, TN 75,366 6,322
44 Arlington, TN 11,689 6,414
45 Lenoir City, TN 9,122 6,490
46 Lexington, TN 7,735 6,514
47 Sevierville, TN 16,439 6,738
48 Athens, TN 13,752 6,748
49 Nolensville, TN 7,656 6,812
50 Manchester, TN 10,561 6,814
51 Mcminnville, TN 13,650 6,837
52 Savannah, TN 6,964 6,849
53 Dayton, TN 7,340 6,874
54 Mount Juliet, TN 32,882 6,878
55 Johnson City, TN 66,037 6,902
56 Dickson, TN 15,294 6,972
57 Atoka, TN 9,139 7,031
58 Brentwood, TN 41,987 7,043
59 Millersville, TN 6,570 7,122
60 Hartsville/trousdale County, TN 9,573 7,251
61 Hendersonville, TN 56,421 7,261
62 Spring Hill, TN 37,830 7,299
63 Cookeville, TN 32,894 7,306
64 Jefferson City, TN 8,235 7,309
65 Winchester, TN 8,578 7,378
66 Mckenzie, TN 5,363 7,394
67 Tullahoma, TN 19,669 7,439
68 Red Bank, TN 11,748 7,473
69 Portland, TN 12,539 7,549
70 Greenbrier, TN 6,770 7,648
71 Sweetwater, TN 5,870 7,666
72 Oakland, TN 7,707 7,726
73 Germantown, TN 39,164 7,745
74 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,684 7,813
75 Crossville, TN 11,368 7,826
76 Dunlap, TN 5,083 7,849
77 Farragut, TN 22,260 7,849
78 Harriman, TN 6,136 7,922
79 Rockwood, TN 5,419 7,954
80 Fairview, TN 8,599 8,027
81 Greeneville, TN 14,896 8,034
82 Maryville, TN 28,520 8,055
83 Kingston, TN 5,821 8,067
84 Elizabethton, TN 13,555 8,137
85 Kingsport, TN 53,115 8,143
86 Newport, TN 6,757 8,276
87 Bristol, TN 26,766 8,376
88 Erwin, TN 5,891 8,404
89 White House, TN 11,513 8,556
90 Jonesborough, TN 5,321 8,649
91 Clinton, TN 9,908 8,834
92 Mount Carmel, TN 5,327 8,889
93 La Follette, TN 6,911 8,970
94 Lafayette, TN 5,055 9,025
95 Church Hill, TN 6,681 9,208
96 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,460 9,313
97 Signal Mountain, TN 8,523 9,478

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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