Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 352 cities in Texas from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Texas for 2020:

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

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:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Texas For 2020

Stafford, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 18,110

HHI: 2,394
% White: 22.2%
% African American: 31.1%
% Asian: 19.8%
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: 143,070

HHI: 2,750
% White: 29.4%
% African American: 34.5%
% Asian: 3.5%
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: 73,573

HHI: 2,761
% White: 22.4%
% African American: 41.3%
% Asian: 16.9%
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.

Irving, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 238,637

HHI: 2,894
% White: 22.8%
% African American: 12.7%
% Asian: 18.5%
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: 392,462

HHI: 2,915
% White: 39.1%
% African American: 22.0%
% 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: 117,867

HHI: 2,919
% White: 44.0%
% African American: 17.6%
% Asian: 13.5%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,246

HHI: 2,970
% White: 27.5%
% African American: 22.2%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Converse: Data

Center, TX

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 5,319

HHI: 2,974
% White: 32.6%
% African American: 33.2%
% Asian: 6.5%
More on Center: PhotosData

Center is a city in Shelby County, Texas. The population was 5,193 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the county seat of Shelby County. It was named for its location near the center of Shelby County, not its location in Texas; it is near the Louisiana border.

Port Arthur, TX

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 55,249

HHI: 3,002
% White: 20.3%
% African American: 38.1%
% Asian: 6.8%
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.

Selma, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,895

HHI: 3,006
% White: 37.7%
% African American: 9.0%
% Asian: 5.9%
More on Selma: PhotosData

Selma is a city in Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,540 at the 2010 census, up from 788 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,108.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Texas 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 Texas.

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 352 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 2,394 (Stafford) to 9,996 (Progreso).

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 Progreso was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Progreso
  2. Roma
  3. Hidalgo

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Stafford, TX 18,110 2,394
2 Killeen, TX 143,070 2,750
3 Missouri City, TX 73,573 2,761
4 Irving, TX 238,637 2,894
5 Arlington, TX 392,462 2,915
6 Pearland, TX 117,867 2,919
7 Converse, TX 26,246 2,970
8 Center, TX 5,319 2,974
9 Port Arthur, TX 55,249 3,002
10 Selma, TX 9,895 3,006
11 Garland, TX 237,982 3,025
12 Addison, TX 15,626 3,035
13 Carrollton, TX 133,438 3,049
14 La Marque, TX 16,225 3,061
15 Lewisville, TX 104,789 3,083
16 Texas City, TX 47,902 3,103
17 Mesquite, TX 144,250 3,115
18 Grand Prairie, TX 191,104 3,122
19 Houston, TX 2,295,982 3,144
20 Fort Worth, TX 855,786 3,153
21 Harker Heights, TX 30,251 3,159
22 Dallas, TX 1,318,806 3,170
23 Pflugerville, TX 59,757 3,175
24 Mexia, TX 7,396 3,182
25 Lufkin, TX 35,874 3,195
26 Webster, TX 11,165 3,196
27 Manvel, TX 9,143 3,205
28 Hutchins, TX 5,726 3,225
29 Euless, TX 55,047 3,228
30 Red Oak, TX 12,366 3,236
31 Corsicana, TX 23,736 3,245
32 Duncanville, TX 39,630 3,305
33 Giddings, TX 5,043 3,309
34 Wharton, TX 8,718 3,319
35 Little Elm, TX 42,889 3,319
36 Waco, TX 133,964 3,319
37 Live Oak, TX 15,595 3,356
38 Humble, TX 15,861 3,360
39 Baytown, TX 76,581 3,389
40 Marshall, TX 23,315 3,395
41 Murphy, TX 20,528 3,410
42 Sugar Land, TX 118,182 3,410
43 Hempstead, TX 7,397 3,419
44 Hillsboro, TX 8,333 3,429
45 Galveston, TX 50,039 3,429
46 Bryan, TX 83,199 3,430
47 Livingston, TX 5,046 3,432
48 Marlin, TX 5,653 3,433
49 Navasota, TX 7,432 3,436
50 Glenn Heights, TX 12,581 3,436
51 Crockett, TX 6,534 3,447
52 Sunnyvale, TX 6,284 3,448
53 Lacy-Lakeview, TX 6,629 3,457
54 Jacksonville, TX 14,821 3,459
55 Sachse, TX 25,133 3,469
56 Terrell, TX 17,378 3,471
57 Hitchcock, TX 7,730 3,472
58 Keene, TX 6,339 3,474
59 Commerce, TX 9,000 3,485
60 Elgin, TX 9,616 3,488
61 Manor, TX 8,595 3,501
62 Tyler, TX 103,721 3,508
63 Cameron, TX 5,455 3,508
64 Schertz, TX 38,991 3,531
65 Diboll, TX 5,308 3,537
66 Plano, TX 284,579 3,537
67 Farmers Branch, TX 35,552 3,542
68 Richardson, TX 114,402 3,543
69 Bellmead, TX 10,431 3,544
70 Round Rock, TX 120,157 3,558
71 Willis, TX 6,408 3,574
72 Nacogdoches, TX 33,610 3,581
73 Beaumont, TX 118,632 3,587
74 Seagoville, TX 16,357 3,594
75 Cuero, TX 8,349 3,616
76 Austin, TX 935,755 3,621
77 Haltom City, TX 44,275 3,629
78 Huntsville, TX 41,079 3,635
79 Universal City, TX 20,265 3,654
80 Athens, TX 12,677 3,656
81 Cibolo, TX 27,963 3,656
82 Ennis, TX 19,196 3,666
83 Edna, TX 5,784 3,666
84 Cleveland, TX 7,998 3,694
85 Rowlett, TX 62,127 3,697
86 Henderson, TX 13,355 3,701
87 Cedar Hill, TX 48,704 3,708
88 Palestine, TX 18,237 3,710
89 Brenham, TX 16,778 3,711
90 Everman, TX 6,252 3,721
91 Copperas Cove, TX 32,731 3,745
92 Temple, TX 73,143 3,761
93 Hutto, TX 23,980 3,775
94 Wylie, TX 49,248 3,779
95 Kirby, TX 8,625 3,787
96 Bay City, TX 17,681 3,795
97 Taylor, TX 16,811 3,836
98 Mount Pleasant, TX 16,100 3,848
99 Coppell, TX 41,512 3,891
100 Rusk, TX 5,563 3,892

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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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