These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2019


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Virginia

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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 Virginia 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 62 cities in Virginia from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Virginia for 2019:

  1. Herndon (Photos)
  2. Manassas Park (Photos)
  3. Dumfries (Photos)
  4. Manassas (Photos)
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Newport News (Photos)
  7. Norfolk (Photos)
  8. Fairfax (Photos)
  9. Richmond (Photos)
  10. Culpeper (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in Virginia? According to the most Census data, Herndon took the number one over all spot for diversity in Virginia.

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

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 62 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 2,858 (Herndon) to 9,177 (Richlands).

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

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

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,545

HHI: 2,858
% White: 36.4%
% African American: 8.1%
% Asian: 17.1%
More on Herndon: PhotosData

Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census, which makes it the largest of three incorporated towns in the county.

Manassas Park, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,117

HHI: 2,999
% White: 36.0%
% African American: 12.8%
% Asian: 10.5%
More on Manassas Park: PhotosData

Manassas Park is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,273. Manassas Park is bordered by the city of Manassas and Prince William County. Manassas Park is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. “A” Fort and Battery Hill Redoubt-Camp Early resides in Manassas Park.

Dumfries, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,216

HHI: 3,100
% White: 24.2%
% African American: 26.8%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Dumfries: PhotosData

Dumfries, officially the Town of Dumfries, is a town in Prince William County, Virginia. The population was 4,961 at the 2010 United States Census.

Manassas, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 41,379

HHI: 3,245
% White: 42.6%
% African American: 12.8%
% Asian: 5.2%
More on Manassas: PhotosData

Manassas is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.

Alexandria, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 154,710

HHI: 3,482
% White: 51.8%
% African American: 21.7%
% Asian: 6.1%
More on Alexandria: PhotosData

Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Newport News, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 180,775

HHI: 3,617
% White: 44.0%
% African American: 39.8%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Newport News: PhotosData

Newport News is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 180,719. In 2013, the population was estimated to be 183,412, making it the fifth-most populous city in Virginia.

Norfolk, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 245,752

HHI: 3,686
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 41.2%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Norfolk: PhotosData

Norfolk is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 242,803; in 2015, the population was estimated to be 247,189 making it the second-most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach.

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,580

HHI: 3,934
% White: 57.9%
% African American: 4.9%
% Asian: 16.0%
More on Fairfax: PhotosData

Fairfax, colloquially Central Fairfax, Downtown Fairfax, Fairfax City, or the City of Fairfax, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,565, which had risen to an estimated 24,013 as of 2015.

Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 220,892

HHI: 3,952
% White: 40.0%
% African American: 47.9%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Richmond: PhotosData

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greater Richmond Region. It was incorporated in 1742, and has been an independent city since 1871.

Culpeper, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,882

HHI: 3,975
% White: 57.7%
% African American: 18.2%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Culpeper: PhotosData

Culpeper is the only incorporated town in Culpeper County, Virginia, United States. The population was 16,379 at the 2010 census, up from 9,664 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Culpeper County.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Virginia

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

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

  1. Richlands
  2. Poquoson
  3. Abingdon

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Herndon, VA 24,545 2,858
2 Manassas Park, VA 16,117 2,999
3 Dumfries, VA 5,216 3,100
4 Manassas, VA 41,379 3,245
5 Alexandria, VA 154,710 3,482
6 Newport News, VA 180,775 3,617
7 Norfolk, VA 245,752 3,686
8 Fairfax, VA 23,580 3,934
9 Richmond, VA 220,892 3,952
10 Culpeper, VA 17,882 3,975
11 Hampton, VA 136,255 4,000
12 Hopewell, VA 22,353 4,040
13 Suffolk, VA 88,057 4,197
14 Fredericksburg, VA 28,135 4,203
15 Portsmouth, VA 95,536 4,218
16 Martinsville, VA 13,256 4,292
17 Danville, VA 41,911 4,304
18 Chesapeake, VA 235,410 4,311
19 Virginia Beach, VA 450,057 4,362
20 Roanoke, VA 99,572 4,379
21 Leesburg, VA 51,015 4,424
22 Farmville, VA 8,452 4,654
23 Ashland, VA 7,554 4,706
24 South Boston, VA 7,887 4,737
25 Charlottesville, VA 46,487 4,749
26 Lynchburg, VA 79,237 4,755
27 Franklin, VA 8,334 4,869
28 Smithfield, VA 8,262 4,869
29 Vienna, VA 16,474 4,893
30 Winchester, VA 27,516 4,894
31 Williamsburg, VA 14,817 4,928
32 Harrisonburg, VA 53,064 4,949
33 Emporia, VA 5,495 5,033
34 Falls Church, VA 13,843 5,417
35 Colonial Heights, VA 17,582 5,748
36 Warrenton, VA 9,854 5,749
37 Blacksburg, VA 44,079 5,842
38 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,395 5,936
39 Petersburg, VA 32,037 5,973
40 Galax, VA 6,788 6,101
41 Waynesboro, VA 21,620 6,135
42 Front Royal, VA 15,027 6,166
43 Lexington, VA 7,113 6,493
44 Purcellville, VA 9,217 6,524
45 Staunton, VA 24,273 6,775
46 Covington, VA 5,675 6,822
47 Woodstock, VA 5,169 6,975
48 Radford, VA 17,380 7,046
49 Bluefield, VA 5,058 7,232
50 Vinton, VA 8,069 7,261
51 Wytheville, VA 8,041 7,303
52 Salem, VA 25,521 7,430
53 Marion, VA 5,814 7,608
54 Strasburg, VA 6,570 7,622
55 Pulaski, VA 8,860 7,681
56 Christiansburg, VA 21,892 7,701
57 Bristol, VA 17,077 7,789
58 Buena Vista, VA 6,495 7,866
59 Bridgewater, VA 5,930 8,354
60 Abingdon, VA 8,044 8,446
61 Poquoson, VA 12,022 8,534
62 Richlands, VA 5,513 9,177

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