These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Virginia


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. Richmond (Photos)
  9. Hampton (Photos)
  10. Culpeper (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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia

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 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 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 2825 (Herndon) to 9433 (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: 24,384
HHI: 2,825
% White: 33.53%
% African American: 10.32%
% Asian: 16.52%

2. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,625
HHI: 2,974
% White: 38.53%
% African American: 12.05%
% Asian: 9.51%

3. Dumfries

Dumfries, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,158
HHI: 3,015
% White: 26.91%
% African American: 31.99%
% Asian: 1.38%

4. Manassas

Manassas, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,743
HHI: 3,294
% White: 44.62%
% African American: 13.49%
% Asian: 5.24%

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 149,315
HHI: 3,509
% White: 52.4%
% African American: 20.91%
% Asian: 6.46%

6. Newport News

Newport News, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 181,323
HHI: 3,686
% White: 45.24%
% African American: 39.39%
% Asian: 3.0%

7. Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,452
HHI: 3,709
% White: 44.08%
% African American: 41.14%
% Asian: 3.33%

8. Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 213,735
HHI: 3,986
% White: 39.92%
% African American: 48.36%
% Asian: 2.2%

9. Hampton

Hampton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 137,081
HHI: 4,059
% White: 40.23%
% African American: 49.01%
% Asian: 2.31%

10. Culpeper

Culpeper, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,167
HHI: 4,082
% White: 58.83%
% African American: 18.71%
% Asian: 1.95%

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. Strasburg

For more Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia

City Rank HHI Population
Herndon 1 2,825 24,384
Manassas Park 2 2,974 15,625
Dumfries 3 3,015 5,158
Manassas 4 3,294 40,743
Alexandria 5 3,509 149,315
Newport News 6 3,686 181,323
Norfolk 7 3,709 245,452
Richmond 8 3,986 213,735
Hampton 9 4,059 137,081
Culpeper 10 4,082 17,167
Fairfax 11 4,114 23,402
Hopewell 12 4,117 22,279
Fredericksburg 13 4,215 27,395
Suffolk 14 4,251 86,184
Portsmouth 15 4,300 96,135
Leesburg 16 4,328 47,872
Martinsville 17 4,375 13,624
Danville 18 4,392 42,450
Chesapeake 19 4,402 230,601
Virginia Beach 20 4,447 448,290
Roanoke 21 4,493 98,736
Emporia 22 4,588 5,672
Lynchburg 23 4,783 78,158
Charlottesville 24 4,855 45,084
Franklin 25 4,897 8,457
South Boston 26 4,922 8,037
Farmville 27 4,947 8,355
Ashland 28 4,959 7,298
Winchester 29 4,996 27,168
Smithfield 30 5,042 8,233
Williamsburg 31 5,072 14,754
Harrisonburg 32 5,145 51,388
Vienna 33 5,160 16,341
Falls Church 34 5,519 13,308
Warrenton 35 5,710 9,843
Blacksburg 36 5,843 43,530
Lexington 37 5,871 7,071
Big Stone Gap 38 6,084 5,508
Colonial Heights 39 6,093 17,515
Galax 40 6,096 6,876
Petersburg 41 6,157 32,123
Waynesboro 42 6,295 21,150
Front Royal 43 6,466 14,846
Woodstock 44 6,703 5,181
Staunton 45 6,820 24,193
Covington 46 6,849 5,736
Radford 47 7,068 17,057
Bluefield 48 7,154 5,350
Salem 49 7,427 25,165
Purcellville 50 7,528 8,658
Wytheville 51 7,591 8,154
Marion 52 7,620 5,919
Christiansburg 53 7,710 21,623
Vinton 54 7,754 8,162
Abingdon 55 7,909 8,143
Bristol 56 7,913 17,524
Bridgewater 57 7,918 5,844
Pulaski 58 7,954 8,958
Buena Vista 59 7,961 6,666
Strasburg 60 8,235 6,506
Poquoson 61 8,587 12,077
Richlands 62 9,433 5,630

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