These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2019


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

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


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 350 cities in Texas from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Texas for 2019:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Texas? According to the most Census data, 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Texas 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 Texas.

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 350 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 2,419 (Stafford) to 9,952 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Texas For 2019

Stafford, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,092

HHI: 2,419
% White: 22.7%
% African American: 31.6%
% Asian: 19.6%
More on Stafford: PhotosData

Stafford is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is mostly in FortBendCounty, with a small portion in HarrisCounty. As of the 2010 census, Stafford’s population was 17,693, up from 15,681 at the 2000 census. As of 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 18,459.

Killeen, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 140,513

HHI: 2,731
% White: 29.8%
% African American: 33.8%
% Asian: 3.8%
More on Killeen: PhotosData

Killeen is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. According to the 2010 census, its population was 127,921, making it the 21st-most populous city in Texas. It is the principal city of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Missouri City, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 72,688

HHI: 2,805
% White: 22.7%
% African American: 41.7%
% Asian: 17.7%
More on Missouri City: PhotosData

Missouri City is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is mostly in FortBend County, with a small portion in HarrisCounty. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 67,358, up from 52,913 in 2000. The population was estimated at 74,139 in 2015.

Keene, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,266

HHI: 2,828
% White: 40.3%
% African American: 8.1%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Keene: PhotosData

Irving, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 235,648

HHI: 2,849
% White: 24.1%
% African American: 13.0%
% Asian: 17.9%
More on Irving: PhotosData

Irving is a principal city in Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas and it is also an inner ring suburb of the city of Dallas. According to a 2013 estimate from the United States Census Bureau, the city population was 228,653 making it the thirteenth most populous city in Texas. Irving is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Arlington, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 388,225

HHI: 2,951
% White: 40.1%
% African American: 21.4%
% Asian: 6.8%
More on Arlington: PhotosData

Arlington is a principal city in the U.S. state of Texas, located in TarrantCounty. It is part of the Mid-Cities region of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, approximately 12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles west of downtown Dallas.

Pearland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 113,693

HHI: 2,964
% White: 44.7%
% African American: 17.5%
% Asian: 13.4%
More on Pearland: PhotosData

Pearland is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. Most of the city is in Brazoria County, with portions extending into FortBend and Harris counties. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 91,252, up from a population of 37,640 at the 2000 census. Pearland’s population growth rate from 2000 to 2010 was 142 percent, which ranked Pearland as the 15th fastest growing city in the U.S. during that time period, compared to other cities with a population of 10,000 or greater in 2000. Pearland is the third largest city in the Houston MSA, and from 2000 to 2010, ranked as the fastest growing city in the Houston MSA and the second fastest growing city in Texas. As of 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 108,821.

Garland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 235,965

HHI: 2,986
% White: 31.3%
% African American: 13.4%
% Asian: 10.8%
More on Garland: PhotosData

Garland is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is a large city northeast of Dallas and is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It is located almost entirely within Dallas County, except a small portion located in Collin and Rockwall Counties. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 226,876, making it the 87th-most populous city in the United States of America and the 12th-most populous city in the state of Texas. Garland is second only to the City of Dallas in Dallas County by population and has easy access to downtown Dallas via public transportation including two Dart Blue line stations and buses.

Port Arthur, TX

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 55,177

HHI: 2,994
% White: 21.3%
% African American: 38.9%
% Asian: 6.5%
More on Port Arthur: PhotosData

Port Arthur is a city in Jefferson County within the BeaumontPort Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area of the U.S. state of Texas. A small portion extends into Orange County. It is ninety-one miles east of Houston. It is host to the largest oil refinery in the United States.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,919

HHI: 3,080
% White: 29.6%
% African American: 19.3%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Converse: Data

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

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Stafford, TX 18,092 2,419
2 Killeen, TX 140,513 2,731
3 Missouri City, TX 72,688 2,805
4 Keene, TX 6,266 2,828
5 Irving, TX 235,648 2,849
6 Arlington, TX 388,225 2,951
7 Pearland, TX 113,693 2,964
8 Garland, TX 235,965 2,986
9 Port Arthur, TX 55,177 2,994
10 Converse, TX 21,919 3,080
11 Carrollton, TX 131,240 3,090
12 Lewisville, TX 103,638 3,117
13 Mesquite, TX 144,118 3,127
14 Pflugerville, TX 58,013 3,139
15 Houston, TX 2,267,336 3,144
16 Grand Prairie, TX 188,664 3,148
17 La Marque, TX 15,912 3,150
18 Humble, TX 15,736 3,153
19 Livingston, TX 5,074 3,157
20 Dallas, TX 1,300,122 3,169
21 Addison, TX 15,455 3,183
22 Fort Worth, TX 835,129 3,187
23 Center, TX 5,388 3,200
24 Mexia, TX 7,425 3,235
25 Willis, TX 6,333 3,247
26 Texas City, TX 47,262 3,258
27 Euless, TX 54,135 3,268
28 Hutchins, TX 5,691 3,278
29 Lufkin, TX 35,888 3,296
30 Wharton, TX 8,723 3,300
31 Duncanville, TX 39,636 3,303
32 Waco, TX 131,996 3,322
33 Glenn Heights, TX 12,257 3,335
34 Marlin, TX 5,692 3,341
35 Galveston, TX 49,706 3,349
36 Navasota, TX 7,369 3,354
37 Hitchcock, TX 7,633 3,361
38 Red Oak, TX 11,993 3,370
39 Corsicana, TX 23,695 3,374
40 Lacy-Lakeview, TX 6,589 3,396
41 Marshall, TX 23,449 3,408
42 Webster, TX 11,128 3,428
43 Jacksonville, TX 14,791 3,428
44 Crockett, TX 6,516 3,429
45 Terrell, TX 16,997 3,435
46 Bryan, TX 81,743 3,452
47 Harker Heights, TX 29,548 3,453
48 Selma, TX 9,217 3,469
49 Sugar Land, TX 86,886 3,477
50 Hillsboro, TX 8,325 3,485
51 Tyler, TX 102,561 3,488
52 Elgin, TX 9,024 3,489
53 Live Oak, TX 15,335 3,498
54 Bellmead, TX 10,315 3,503
55 Richardson, TX 111,055 3,511
56 Giddings, TX 5,010 3,517
57 Baytown, TX 76,205 3,538
58 Commerce, TX 8,847 3,541
59 Cleveland, TX 7,904 3,546
60 Murphy, TX 20,361 3,554
61 Manvel, TX 8,224 3,558
62 Nacogdoches, TX 33,589 3,558
63 Little Elm, TX 39,471 3,559
64 Round Rock, TX 116,369 3,564
65 Sachse, TX 24,303 3,579
66 Palestine, TX 18,318 3,595
67 Beaumont, TX 118,424 3,609
68 Edna, TX 5,741 3,630
69 Haltom City, TX 44,059 3,633
70 Schertz, TX 38,199 3,640
71 Austin, TX 916,906 3,657
72 Diboll, TX 5,325 3,658
73 Hutto, TX 22,644 3,668
74 Plano, TX 281,566 3,672
75 Brookshire, TX 5,087 3,691
76 Temple, TX 71,795 3,694
77 Rowlett, TX 60,357 3,705
78 Huntsville, TX 40,727 3,715
79 Everman, TX 6,321 3,730
80 Cuero, TX 8,375 3,742
81 Bay City, TX 17,487 3,748
82 Cameron, TX 5,427 3,757
83 Cedar Hill, TX 48,149 3,765
84 Farmers Branch, TX 33,808 3,768
85 Manor, TX 7,513 3,777
86 Brenham, TX 16,616 3,783
87 Kirby, TX 8,542 3,787
88 Ennis, TX 18,864 3,791
89 Universal City, TX 19,999 3,792
90 Taylor, TX 16,603 3,828
91 Copperas Cove, TX 32,844 3,831
92 Rockdale, TX 5,503 3,841
93 Athens, TX 12,653 3,845
94 Rusk, TX 5,543 3,847
95 Henderson, TX 13,428 3,860
96 Mount Pleasant, TX 16,069 3,870
97 Clute, TX 11,414 3,891
98 Longview, TX 82,219 3,891
99 Cibolo, TX 26,602 3,894
100 Seagoville, TX 16,089 3,902

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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