These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2018


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

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

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 the best places to live in Virginia or the worst places to live in Virginia.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 2805 (Herndon) to 9558 (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.

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1. Herndon

Herndon, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,415
HHI: 2,805
% White: 33.26%
% African American: 8.67%
% Asian: 17.59%

2. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,827
HHI: 3,005
% White: 37.47%
% African American: 12.63%
% Asian: 9.95%

3. Dumfries

Dumfries, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,180
HHI: 3,051
% White: 26.31%
% African American: 28.11%
% Asian: 3.42%

4. Manassas

Manassas, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,149
HHI: 3,261
% White: 43.49%
% African American: 13.02%
% Asian: 5.29%

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 151,473
HHI: 3,484
% White: 52.04%
% African American: 21.07%
% Asian: 6.33%

6. Newport News

Newport News, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 181,606
HHI: 3,646
% White: 44.72%
% African American: 39.41%
% Asian: 2.94%

7. Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,724
HHI: 3,708
% White: 43.84%
% African American: 41.35%
% Asian: 3.35%

8. Culpeper

Culpeper, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,565
HHI: 3,959
% White: 57.19%
% African American: 18.84%
% Asian: 2.1%

9. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 216,773
HHI: 3,979
% White: 39.83%
% African American: 48.36%
% Asian: 2.11%

10. Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,620
HHI: 4,042
% White: 59.07%
% African American: 4.77%
% Asian: 15.41%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia

City Rank HHI Population
Herndon 1 2,805 24,415
Manassas Park 2 3,005 15,827
Dumfries 3 3,051 5,180
Manassas 4 3,261 41,149
Alexandria 5 3,484 151,473
Newport News 6 3,646 181,606
Norfolk 7 3,708 245,724
Culpeper 8 3,959 17,565
Richmond 9 3,979 216,773
Fairfax 10 4,042 23,620
Hampton 11 4,045 136,789
Hopewell 12 4,059 22,332
Fredericksburg 13 4,228 27,853
Suffolk 14 4,240 87,061
Portsmouth 15 4,269 96,071
Martinsville 16 4,353 13,551
Chesapeake 17 4,371 233,194
Danville 18 4,372 42,360
Leesburg 19 4,407 49,401
Virginia Beach 20 4,412 449,733
Roanoke 21 4,448 99,329
South Boston 22 4,762 8,000
Charlottesville 23 4,780 45,538
Lynchburg 24 4,789 78,755
Ashland 25 4,791 7,406
Farmville 26 4,865 8,562
Franklin 27 4,866 8,413
Winchester 28 4,956 27,349
Smithfield 29 4,962 8,304
Williamsburg 30 5,038 14,988
Harrisonburg 31 5,063 51,979
Emporia 32 5,101 5,565
Vienna 33 5,319 16,378
Falls Church 34 5,419 13,597
Warrenton 35 5,701 9,880
Galax 36 5,864 6,858
Blacksburg 37 5,865 43,973
Colonial Heights 38 5,926 17,554
Big Stone Gap 39 6,027 5,462
Petersburg 40 6,111 31,997
Waynesboro 41 6,193 21,366
Front Royal 42 6,444 15,006
Purcellville 43 6,540 8,914
Lexington 44 6,606 7,036
Woodstock 45 6,757 5,208
Staunton 46 6,819 24,234
Covington 47 6,854 5,650
Radford 48 7,007 17,186
Wytheville 49 7,264 8,167
Bluefield 50 7,319 5,254
Salem 51 7,420 25,290
Strasburg 52 7,617 6,525
Marion 53 7,644 5,891
Bristol 54 7,807 17,340
Pulaski 55 7,858 8,918
Buena Vista 56 7,895 6,610
Christiansburg 57 7,916 21,799
Vinton 58 7,947 8,170
Bridgewater 59 8,047 5,906
Abingdon 60 8,419 8,117
Poquoson 61 8,552 12,068
Richlands 62 9,558 5,568

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