These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Texas


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

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

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Texas

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 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 343 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 2411 (Stafford) to 9956 (Elsa).

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 Elsa 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: 18,097
HHI: 2,411
% White: 24.0%
% African American: 27.45%
% Asian: 22.62%

2. Killeen

Killeen, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 136,378
HHI: 2,733
% White: 32.75%
% African American: 31.88%
% Asian: 3.44%

3. Irving

Irving, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 228,776
HHI: 2,854
% White: 27.31%
% African American: 12.46%
% Asian: 16.9%

4. Missouri City

Missouri City, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,538
HHI: 2,894
% White: 22.4%
% African American: 43.52%
% Asian: 16.39%

5. Keene

Keene, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,091
HHI: 2,896
% White: 36.61%
% African American: 9.62%
% Asian: 1.17%

6. Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,864
HHI: 2,926
% White: 22.1%
% African American: 36.27%
% Asian: 6.6%

7. Garland

Garland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,213
HHI: 2,971
% White: 31.59%
% African American: 12.75%
% Asian: 10.44%

8. Pearland

Pearland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,725
HHI: 3,030
% White: 45.89%
% African American: 16.7%
% Asian: 13.37%

9. Arlington

Arlington, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 379,716
HHI: 3,038
% White: 42.13%
% African American: 19.79%
% Asian: 7.25%

10. Converse

Converse, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,450
HHI: 3,050
% White: 34.09%
% African American: 21.57%
% Asian: 2.02%

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. Elsa
  2. Roma
  3. Hidalgo

For more Texas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Texas

City Rank HHI Population
Stafford 1 2,411 18,097
Killeen 2 2,733 136,378
Irving 3 2,854 228,776
Missouri City 4 2,894 70,538
Keene 5 2,896 6,091
Port Arthur 6 2,926 54,864
Garland 7 2,971 234,213
Pearland 8 3,030 101,725
Arlington 9 3,038 379,716
Converse 10 3,050 20,450
Center 11 3,128 5,262
Houston 12 3,130 2,217,706
Grand Prairie 13 3,135 183,500
La Marque 14 3,137 15,230
Mesquite 15 3,151 143,584
Carrollton 16 3,165 127,279
Dallas 17 3,195 1,260,688
Duncanville 18 3,201 39,567
Fort Worth 19 3,201 796,614
Hutchins 20 3,245 5,669
Pflugerville 21 3,268 53,847
Lewisville 22 3,284 101,151
Mexia 23 3,291 7,453
Lacy-Lakeview 24 3,305 6,561
Galveston 25 3,309 48,971
Selma 26 3,332 7,743
Texas City 27 3,335 46,266
Lufkin 28 3,336 36,015
Hitchcock 29 3,356 7,325
Manvel 30 3,357 6,690
Waco 31 3,362 129,193
Terrell 32 3,367 16,355
Humble 33 3,371 15,516
Cameron 34 3,372 5,448
Navasota 35 3,380 7,281
Live Oak 36 3,380 14,649
Marlin 37 3,389 5,804
Jacksonville 38 3,392 14,743
Bryan 39 3,393 79,411
Sugar Land 40 3,397 84,268
Corsicana 41 3,404 23,945
Harker Heights 42 3,423 28,199
Baytown 43 3,443 74,897
Euless 44 3,444 53,220
Wharton 45 3,447 8,733
Everman 46 3,466 6,279
Commerce 47 3,468 8,558
Bellmead 48 3,481 10,022
Tyler 49 3,490 100,806
Cleveland 50 3,512 7,728
Livingston 51 3,514 5,219
Bay City 52 3,529 17,499
Marshall 53 3,531 23,743
Gatesville 54 3,534 15,826
Kirby 55 3,544 8,332
Hillsboro 56 3,551 8,360
Willis 57 3,556 6,127
Addison 58 3,557 15,087
Nacogdoches 59 3,558 33,774
Palestine 60 3,560 18,488
Richardson 61 3,594 106,123
Diboll 62 3,600 5,370
Red Oak 63 3,602 11,360
Haltom City 64 3,652 43,625
Beaumont 65 3,653 117,676
Cedar Hill 66 3,654 47,089
Seagoville 67 3,660 15,558
Austin 68 3,664 887,061
Cuero 69 3,667 7,024
Huntsville 70 3,679 40,129
Universal City 71 3,680 19,466
Webster 72 3,682 10,993
Round Rock 73 3,702 109,690
Hempstead 74 3,711 6,432
Elgin 75 3,721 8,249
Murphy 76 3,728 19,691
Slaton 77 3,732 6,097
Edna 78 3,758 5,661
Crockett 79 3,761 6,616
Rowlett 80 3,766 58,296
Little Elm 81 3,777 32,581
Plano 82 3,787 275,645
Henderson 83 3,795 13,695
Sachse 84 3,805 22,585
Athens 85 3,812 12,777
Clute 86 3,813 11,324
Sealy 87 3,814 6,222
Temple 88 3,820 69,938
Taylor 89 3,840 16,276
Schertz 90 3,843 36,535
Angleton 91 3,845 19,153
Cibolo 92 3,856 23,977
Ennis 93 3,866 18,758
Hutto 94 3,867 20,052
Jasper 95 3,901 7,684
Longview 96 3,912 82,112
Glenn Heights 97 3,923 11,795
Copperas Cove 98 3,931 33,005
Farmers Branch 99 3,967 31,052
Dickinson 100 3,983 19,355

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