These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Utah For 2019


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Utah

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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 Utah 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 85 cities in Utah from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in Utah? According to the most Census data, South Salt Lake took the number one over all spot for diversity in Utah.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah.

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 85 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 3,391 (South Salt Lake) to 9,260 (Plain City).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. South Salt Lake took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Plain City was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Utah 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 Utah For 2019

South Salt Lake, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,722

HHI: 3,391
% White: 52.4%
% African American: 8.3%
% Asian: 11.4%
More on South Salt Lake: PhotosData

South Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,617 at the 2010 census.

West Valley City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 135,546

HHI: 3,676
% White: 46.8%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on West Valley City: PhotosData

West Valley City is a city in Salt Lake County and a suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 129,480 at the 2010 census, making it the second-largest city in Utah. The city incorporated in 1980 from a large, quickly growing unincorporated area, which was variously known as Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. It is home to the Maverik Center and USANA Amphitheatre.

Ogden, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 85,497

HHI: 4,835
% White: 61.5%
% African American: 1.5%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Ogden: PhotosData

Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. The population was 84,316 in 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, making it Utah’s 7th largest city. The city served as a major railway hub through much of its history, and still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is also known for its many historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, and as the location of Weber State University.

Salt Lake City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 194,188

HHI: 4,838
% White: 65.9%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Salt Lake City: PhotosData

Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo Combined Statistical Area. This region is a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along an approximately 120-mile segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912 as of 2014. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin.

Midvale, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 32,249

HHI: 4,903
% White: 66.0%
% African American: 3.2%
% Asian: 3.8%
More on Midvale: PhotosData

Midvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.

Taylorsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 60,377

HHI: 4,995
% White: 67.3%
% African American: 2.1%
% Asian: 4.9%
More on Taylorsville: PhotosData

Taylorsville is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 58,657 at the 2010 census. Taylorsville was incorporated from the Taylorsville-Bennion CDP and portions of the Kearns CDP on April 24, 1996. The city is located adjacent to interstate 215 and Bangerter Highway. It is centrally located in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley.

Sunset, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,207

HHI: 5,379
% White: 69.8%
% African American: 3.7%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Sunset: PhotosData

West Jordan, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 111,937

HHI: 5,604
% White: 72.2%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on West Jordan: PhotosData

West Jordan is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City and has a mixed economy. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 103,712, placing it as the fourth most populous in the state. The city occupies the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley at an elevation of 4,330 feet. Named after the nearby Jordan River, the limits of the city begin on the river’s western bank and end in the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains, where Kennecott Copper Mine, the world’s largest man-made excavation is located.

North Salt Lake, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,413

HHI: 5,723
% White: 73.9%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 3.3%
More on North Salt Lake: PhotosData

Clearfield, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,683

HHI: 5,844
% White: 74.2%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Clearfield: PhotosData

Clearfield is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. The population was 30,112 at the 2010 census. The city grew drastically during the 1940s, with the formation of Hill Air Force Base, and in the 1950s with the nationwide increase in suburb and “bedroom” community populations and has been steadily growing since then.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Utah

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

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

  1. Plain City
  2. Alpine
  3. Highland

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Utah For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 South Salt Lake, UT 24,722 3,391
2 West Valley City, UT 135,546 3,676
3 Ogden, UT 85,497 4,835
4 Salt Lake City, UT 194,188 4,838
5 Midvale, UT 32,249 4,903
6 Taylorsville, UT 60,377 4,995
7 Sunset, UT 5,207 5,379
8 West Jordan, UT 111,937 5,604
9 North Salt Lake, UT 19,413 5,723
10 Clearfield, UT 30,683 5,844
11 Orem, UT 94,420 5,951
12 Logan, UT 49,957 5,970
13 Provo, UT 116,199 6,039
14 Roy, UT 38,013 6,256
15 Roosevelt, UT 6,771 6,310
16 Park City, UT 8,167 6,419
17 Layton, UT 73,963 6,482
18 Tremonton, UT 8,242 6,569
19 Murray, UT 49,038 6,577
20 Hyrum, UT 7,926 6,585
21 Heber, UT 14,414 6,616
22 Springville, UT 32,319 6,623
23 St. George, UT 79,995 6,695
24 Tooele, UT 33,236 6,755
25 Price, UT 8,337 6,762
26 South Ogden, UT 16,918 6,763
27 Riverdale, UT 8,685 6,844
28 Washington Terrace, UT 9,122 6,895
29 Clinton, UT 21,353 6,929
30 Woods Cross, UT 11,152 7,025
31 Cedar City, UT 30,232 7,061
32 Vernal, UT 10,650 7,186
33 Santaquin, UT 10,740 7,194
34 Hurricane, UT 15,676 7,196
35 Sandy, UT 94,556 7,244
36 Draper, UT 47,043 7,245
37 Payson, UT 19,647 7,257
38 Spanish Fork, UT 38,171 7,344
39 West Point, UT 10,258 7,347
40 Herriman, UT 31,970 7,356
41 West Haven, UT 12,109 7,386
42 Brigham City, UT 18,736 7,466
43 American Fork, UT 28,507 7,514
44 Lindon, UT 10,761 7,524
45 Hooper, UT 8,236 7,587
46 Eagle Mountain, UT 27,773 7,622
47 Cottonwood Heights, UT 34,214 7,660
48 Nibley, UT 6,438 7,681
49 South Jordan, UT 65,523 7,688
50 Pleasant Grove, UT 37,439 7,689
51 Moab, UT 5,232 7,708
52 Harrisville, UT 6,182 7,712
53 Washington, UT 24,231 7,727
54 Lehi, UT 58,351 7,751
55 North Ogden, UT 18,525 7,784
56 Ephraim, UT 6,858 7,811
57 Saratoga Springs, UT 25,671 7,874
58 West Bountiful, UT 5,504 7,925
59 Grantsville, UT 10,170 7,932
60 Syracuse, UT 27,444 7,934
61 Riverton, UT 41,997 8,012
62 Holladay, UT 30,793 8,039
63 Mapleton, UT 9,255 8,064
64 Bluffdale, UT 10,869 8,110
65 Bountiful, UT 43,568 8,116
66 Pleasant View, UT 9,375 8,121
67 North Logan, UT 10,140 8,129
68 Fruit Heights, UT 5,992 8,186
69 Farr West, UT 6,671 8,311
70 Nephi, UT 5,631 8,350
71 Richfield, UT 7,589 8,359
72 South Weber, UT 6,921 8,368
73 Farmington, UT 22,616 8,369
74 Smithfield, UT 10,832 8,406
75 Enoch, UT 6,331 8,552
76 Centerville, UT 17,013 8,559
77 Providence, UT 7,173 8,642
78 Salem, UT 7,504 8,706
79 Ivins, UT 7,908 8,782
80 Kaysville, UT 30,328 8,817
81 Cedar Hills, UT 10,266 8,818
82 Santa Clara, UT 6,835 8,831
83 Highland, UT 17,952 8,911
84 Alpine, UT 10,197 8,971
85 Plain City, UT 6,343 9,260

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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