These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Vermont


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

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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 Vermont 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 8 cities in Vermont from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Winooski (Photos)
  2. Burlington (Photos)
  3. South Burlington (Photos)
  4. Essex Junction (Photos)
  5. St. Albans (Photos)
  6. Barre (Photos)
  7. Montpelier (Photos)
  8. Rutland (Photos)

Winooski took the number one over all spot for diversity in Vermont.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Vermont ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Vermont

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 Vermont.

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 8 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 7032 (Winooski) to 9115 (Rutland).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Winooski took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Rutland was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Vermont 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. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,223
HHI: 7,032
% White: 83.36%
% African American: 4.13%
% Asian: 7.59%

2. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,570
HHI: 7,127
% White: 84.02%
% African American: 4.42%
% Asian: 5.91%

3. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,536
HHI: 7,625
% White: 87.07%
% African American: 2.41%
% Asian: 4.13%

4. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,709
HHI: 8,017
% White: 89.37%
% African American: 2.96%
% Asian: 3.85%

5. St. Albans

St. Albans, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,864
HHI: 8,251
% White: 90.69%
% African American: 0.67%
% Asian: 1.3%

6. Barre

Barre, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,885
HHI: 8,798
% White: 93.74%
% African American: 2.57%
% Asian: 0.32%

7. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,712
HHI: 8,886
% White: 94.22%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 1.09%

8. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,091
HHI: 9,115
% White: 95.45%
% African American: 0.85%
% Asian: 1.26%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Vermont

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

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

  1. Rutland
  2. Montpelier
  3. Barre

For more Vermont reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Vermont

City Rank HHI Population
Winooski 1 7,032 7,223
Burlington 2 7,127 42,570
South Burlington 3 7,625 18,536
Essex Junction 4 8,017 9,709
St. Albans 5 8,251 6,864
Barre 6 8,798 8,885
Montpelier 7 8,886 7,712
Rutland 8 9,115 16,091

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