These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Utah


We used data and science to determine the 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. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. South Salt Lake (Photos)
  2. West Valley City (Photos)
  3. Salt Lake City (Photos)
  4. Ogden (Photos)
  5. Taylorsville (Photos)
  6. Midvale (Photos)
  7. Clearfield (Photos)
  8. West Jordan (Photos)
  9. Sunset (Photos)
  10. North Salt Lake (Photos)

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Utah

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 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 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 3669 (South Salt Lake) to 9520 (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.

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1. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,501
HHI: 3,669
% White: 52.67%
% African American: 4.34%
% Asian: 9.58%

2. West Valley City

West Valley City, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 133,660
HHI: 3,807
% White: 48.06%
% African American: 1.91%
% Asian: 5.09%

3. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 190,679
HHI: 4,754
% White: 65.45%
% African American: 2.53%
% Asian: 5.46%

4. Ogden

Ogden, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,273
HHI: 4,965
% White: 63.35%
% African American: 1.61%
% Asian: 1.29%

5. Taylorsville

Taylorsville, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 60,383
HHI: 5,075
% White: 67.81%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 4.3%

6. Midvale

Midvale, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,844
HHI: 5,090
% White: 67.1%
% African American: 2.36%
% Asian: 3.61%

7. Clearfield

Clearfield, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,299
HHI: 5,714
% White: 73.51%
% African American: 2.91%
% Asian: 2.5%

8. West Jordan

West Jordan, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,549
HHI: 5,784
% White: 73.71%
% African American: 1.31%
% Asian: 2.55%

9. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,163
HHI: 5,793
% White: 73.16%
% African American: 2.77%
% Asian: 1.22%

10. North Salt Lake

North Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,046
HHI: 5,933
% White: 75.75%
% African American: 0.52%
% Asian: 4.09%

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. Providence

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Utah

City Rank HHI Population
South Salt Lake 1 3,669 24,501
West Valley City 2 3,807 133,660
Salt Lake City 3 4,754 190,679
Ogden 4 4,965 84,273
Taylorsville 5 5,075 60,383
Midvale 6 5,090 30,844
Clearfield 7 5,714 30,299
West Jordan 8 5,784 109,549
Sunset 9 5,793 5,163
North Salt Lake 10 5,933 18,046
Provo 11 5,975 115,345
Logan 12 6,070 49,400
Roy 13 6,148 37,670
Orem 14 6,211 91,697
Roosevelt 15 6,373 6,555
Layton 16 6,401 71,007
Hyrum 17 6,549 7,820
Tremonton 18 6,575 7,999
Heber 19 6,611 13,001
Riverdale 20 6,642 8,610
Moab 21 6,646 5,175
Park City 22 6,652 7,963
Tooele 23 6,692 32,454
St. George 24 6,699 76,915
Price 25 6,759 8,505
Clinton 26 6,802 21,036
South Ogden 27 6,840 16,805
Murray 28 6,851 48,460
Harrisville 29 7,024 5,942
Springville 30 7,082 31,178
Payson 31 7,163 19,313
Washington Terrace 32 7,172 9,119
Lindon 33 7,175 10,552
West Haven 34 7,190 11,323
Sandy 35 7,364 91,533
Nibley 36 7,372 6,060
Cedar City 37 7,410 29,429
Vernal 38 7,413 10,321
Ephraim 39 7,427 6,598
Herriman 40 7,488 26,721
Spanish Fork 41 7,498 36,916
Draper 42 7,521 45,469
Cottonwood Heights 43 7,540 34,234
Santaquin 44 7,550 10,054
Mapleton 45 7,560 8,788
Brigham City 46 7,580 18,397
Woods Cross 47 7,610 10,686
Farr West 48 7,655 6,270
Washington 49 7,688 22,080
South Jordan 50 7,746 59,662
North Logan 51 7,774 9,380
Lehi 52 7,796 54,079
Hurricane 53 7,802 14,694
American Fork 54 7,829 27,799
Pleasant Grove 55 7,840 35,771
Hooper 56 7,854 7,873
Eagle Mountain 57 7,876 25,037
Bountiful 58 7,942 43,221
Saratoga Springs 59 7,944 22,532
North Ogden 60 8,027 18,006
Holladay 61 8,032 30,748
Fruit Heights 62 8,033 5,625
West Point 63 8,041 9,932
Cedar Hills 64 8,126 10,165
Bluffdale 65 8,139 9,008
Riverton 66 8,191 40,912
Santa Clara 67 8,235 6,550
Richfield 68 8,248 7,570
Ivins 69 8,278 7,406
Syracuse 70 8,346 25,977
Smithfield 71 8,397 10,413
Centerville 72 8,418 16,387
Grantsville 73 8,461 9,609
Nephi 74 8,484 5,463
Salem 75 8,576 7,015
Farmington 76 8,587 21,223
Highland 77 8,657 17,030
South Weber 78 8,668 6,568
Pleasant View 79 8,851 8,647
West Bountiful 80 8,888 5,394
Enoch 81 8,947 6,075
Kaysville 82 8,984 29,213
Providence 83 9,021 7,043
Alpine 84 9,193 9,986
Plain City 85 9,520 6,028

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