These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2018


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

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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 Texas 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 346 cities in Texas from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Stafford (Photos)
  2. Keene (Photos)
  3. Killeen
  4. Missouri City (Photos)
  5. Irving (Photos)
  6. Pearland (Photos)
  7. Port Arthur (Photos)
  8. Garland (Photos)
  9. Arlington (Photos)
  10. Center (Photos)

Stafford took the number one over all spot for diversity in Texas.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Texas 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 Texas or the worst places to live in Texas.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Texas 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 Texas.

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 346 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 2401 (Stafford) to 9926 (Roma).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Texas 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. Stafford

Stafford, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,026
HHI: 2,401
% White: 22.28%
% African American: 30.53%
% Asian: 21.98%

2. Keene

Keene, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,147
HHI: 2,730
% White: 37.07%
% African American: 10.67%
% Asian: 3.63%

3. Killeen


Population: 138,745
HHI: 2,773
% White: 32.28%
% African American: 32.85%
% Asian: 3.34%

4. Missouri City

Missouri City, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,732
HHI: 2,808
% White: 23.99%
% African American: 41.62%
% Asian: 15.71%

5. Irving

Irving, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 232,013
HHI: 2,847
% White: 26.07%
% African American: 12.72%
% Asian: 17.23%

6. Pearland

Pearland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,238
HHI: 2,948
% White: 44.5%
% African American: 18.06%
% Asian: 13.4%

7. Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,913
HHI: 2,977
% White: 21.99%
% African American: 37.99%
% Asian: 6.36%

8. Garland

Garland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,810
HHI: 2,986
% White: 31.06%
% African American: 13.54%
% Asian: 10.45%

9. Arlington

Arlington, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 383,899
HHI: 3,014
% White: 41.54%
% African American: 20.39%
% Asian: 6.87%

10. Center

Center, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,421
HHI: 3,075
% White: 32.84%
% African American: 34.2%
% Asian: 4.56%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Texas

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

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

  1. Roma
  2. Elsa
  3. Hidalgo

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Texas

City Rank HHI Population
Stafford 1 2,401 18,026
Keene 2 2,730 6,147
Killeen 3 2,773 138,745
Missouri City 4 2,808 71,732
Irving 5 2,847 232,013
Pearland 6 2,948 106,238
Port Arthur 7 2,977 54,913
Garland 8 2,986 234,810
Arlington 9 3,014 383,899
Center 10 3,075 5,421
Converse 11 3,102 21,169
La Marque 12 3,105 15,567
Livingston 13 3,109 5,161
Pflugerville 14 3,110 55,712
Houston 15 3,138 2,240,582
Carrollton 16 3,139 129,266
Mesquite 17 3,149 143,771
Lewisville 18 3,152 102,327
Grand Prairie 19 3,173 185,631
Dallas 20 3,173 1,278,433
Fort Worth 21 3,189 815,930
Mexia 22 3,214 7,462
Humble 23 3,250 15,569
Duncanville 24 3,264 39,599
Glenn Heights 25 3,267 11,958
Texas City 26 3,274 46,811
Hutchins 27 3,274 5,644
Lufkin 28 3,315 36,112
Terrell 29 3,334 16,626
Marlin 30 3,341 5,705
Wharton 31 3,346 8,773
Euless 32 3,349 53,675
Waco 33 3,351 130,659
Galveston 34 3,378 49,443
Red Oak 35 3,382 11,663
Willis 36 3,387 6,217
Bellmead 37 3,416 10,159
Bryan 38 3,418 80,552
Addison 39 3,420 15,363
Corsicana 40 3,432 23,923
Jacksonville 41 3,436 14,803
Manvel 42 3,436 7,402
Navasota 43 3,441 7,352
Sugar Land 44 3,451 85,681
Elgin 45 3,467 8,756
Hitchcock 46 3,478 7,464
Hillsboro 47 3,483 8,358
Lacy-Lakeview 48 3,492 6,581
Cleveland 49 3,499 7,879
Crockett 50 3,501 6,561
Diboll 51 3,527 5,360
Tyler 52 3,532 101,946
Nacogdoches 53 3,534 33,789
Marshall 54 3,534 23,651
Richardson 55 3,535 108,350
Harker Heights 56 3,540 28,716
Webster 57 3,557 11,041
Baytown 58 3,564 75,310
Giddings 59 3,571 5,000
Kirby 60 3,573 8,441
Cameron 61 3,584 5,457
Little Elm 62 3,585 35,553
Palestine 63 3,597 18,456
Commerce 64 3,601 8,732
Everman 65 3,606 6,312
Round Rock 66 3,612 112,767
Beaumont 67 3,618 117,729
Murphy 68 3,628 20,015
Temple 69 3,630 71,138
Cuero 70 3,631 8,429
Hempstead 71 3,641 6,727
Taylor 72 3,651 16,492
Live Oak 73 3,655 15,021
Selma 74 3,664 8,866
Sachse 75 3,667 23,329
Austin 76 3,680 907,779
Clute 77 3,684 11,370
Huntsville 78 3,699 40,432
Bay City 79 3,700 17,558
Plano 80 3,706 279,088
Universal City 81 3,712 19,733
Edna 82 3,729 5,731
Cedar Hill 83 3,734 47,457
Rowlett 84 3,735 59,203
Rusk 85 3,737 5,580
Haltom City 86 3,740 43,864
Hutto 87 3,747 21,241
Henderson 88 3,753 13,587
Seagoville 89 3,757 15,701
Schertz 90 3,761 37,597
Manor 91 3,775 7,145
Slaton 92 3,813 6,068
Athens 93 3,842 12,796
Longview 94 3,851 82,184
Ennis 95 3,866 18,890
Farmers Branch 96 3,881 32,211
Cibolo 97 3,888 25,256
Gatesville 98 3,888 12,538
Brenham 99 3,940 16,535
Copperas Cove 100 3,982 33,052

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