Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 61 cities in Virginia from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Virginia for 2020:

  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. Fairfax (Photos)
  10. Richmond (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:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Virginia For 2020

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,520

HHI: 2,876
% White: 34.3%
% African American: 7.6%
% Asian: 17.9%
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
/10

Population: 16,423

HHI: 2,982
% White: 34.6%
% African American: 12.9%
% Asian: 10.8%
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

7
/10

Population: 5,224

HHI: 3,185
% White: 20.7%
% African American: 29.9%
% Asian: 3.8%
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: 41,457

HHI: 3,245
% White: 41.8%
% African American: 13.2%
% Asian: 5.4%
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: 156,505

HHI: 3,469
% White: 51.8%
% African American: 21.3%
% Asian: 6.0%
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

6
/10

Population: 180,145

HHI: 3,566
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 39.7%
% 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: 245,592

HHI: 3,646
% White: 43.5%
% African American: 40.9%
% Asian: 3.6%
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.

Culpeper, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,113

HHI: 3,833
% White: 55.6%
% African American: 18.0%
% Asian: 1.1%
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.

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,865

HHI: 3,841
% White: 56.8%
% African American: 4.6%
% Asian: 17.0%
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

5
/10

Population: 223,787

HHI: 3,946
% White: 40.4%
% African American: 47.5%
% 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.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Virginia for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 61 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 2,876 (Herndon) to 9,022 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Abingdon
  3. Poquoson

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Herndon, VA 24,520 2,876
2 Manassas Park, VA 16,423 2,982
3 Dumfries, VA 5,224 3,185
4 Manassas, VA 41,457 3,245
5 Alexandria, VA 156,505 3,469
6 Newport News, VA 180,145 3,566
7 Norfolk, VA 245,592 3,646
8 Culpeper, VA 18,113 3,833
9 Fairfax, VA 23,865 3,841
10 Richmond, VA 223,787 3,946
11 Hampton, VA 135,583 3,974
12 Hopewell, VA 22,408 4,039
13 Fredericksburg, VA 28,469 4,154
14 Suffolk, VA 89,160 4,171
15 Portsmouth, VA 95,311 4,198
16 Martinsville, VA 13,101 4,237
17 Danville, VA 41,512 4,243
18 Chesapeake, VA 237,820 4,256
19 Virginia Beach, VA 450,135 4,318
20 Roanoke, VA 99,621 4,338
21 Leesburg, VA 52,125 4,483
22 Farmville, VA 8,076 4,497
23 Ashland, VA 7,655 4,582
24 Smithfield, VA 8,324 4,591
25 South Boston, VA 7,828 4,655
26 Lynchburg, VA 80,131 4,717
27 Charlottesville, VA 47,042 4,756
28 Winchester, VA 27,789 4,827
29 Franklin, VA 8,211 4,851
30 Harrisonburg, VA 53,391 4,876
31 Williamsburg, VA 14,788 4,931
32 Vienna, VA 16,488 5,022
33 Falls Church, VA 14,067 5,393
34 Emporia, VA 5,381 5,393
35 Colonial Heights, VA 17,593 5,597
36 Blacksburg, VA 44,245 5,775
37 Purcellville, VA 9,709 5,901
38 Galax, VA 6,638 5,997
39 Waynesboro, VA 21,926 6,007
40 Warrenton, VA 9,873 6,105
41 Petersburg, VA 31,827 6,171
42 Front Royal, VA 15,240 6,302
43 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,326 6,500
44 Staunton, VA 24,452 6,720
45 Covington, VA 5,582 6,768
46 Lexington, VA 7,110 6,829
47 Woodstock, VA 5,192 6,888
48 Radford, VA 17,630 7,007
49 Salem, VA 25,519 7,344
50 Vinton, VA 8,074 7,362
51 Pulaski, VA 8,794 7,585
52 Strasburg, VA 6,585 7,598
53 Marion, VA 5,787 7,671
54 Bristol, VA 16,843 7,684
55 Wytheville, VA 8,000 7,686
56 Christiansburg, VA 22,049 7,766
57 Buena Vista, VA 6,399 7,807
58 Bridgewater, VA 5,983 8,097
59 Poquoson, VA 12,039 8,465
60 Abingdon, VA 8,020 8,473
61 Richlands, VA 5,439 9,022

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About Chris Kolmar

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