These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Washington For 2019


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Washington

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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 Washington 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 119 cities in Washington from most to least diverse.

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

  1. SeaTac (Photos)
  2. Tukwila (Photos)
  3. Fife (Photos)
  4. Kent (Photos)
  5. Renton (Photos)
  6. Federal Way (Photos)
  7. Lakewood (Photos)
  8. Burien (Photos)
  9. Des Moines (Photos)
  10. Lynnwood (Photos)

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

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

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 119 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 2,220 (Seatac) to 8,294 (Port Townsend).

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

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

Seatac, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,597

HHI: 2,220
% White: 32.2%
% African American: 23.3%
% Asian: 15.7%
More on Seatac: PhotosData

SeaTac or Seatac is a city in southern King County, Washington, United States, and an outlying suburb of Seattle, Washington. The name SeaTac is a combination of the first syllables of Seattle and Tacoma.

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,025

HHI: 2,230
% White: 32.9%
% African American: 17.1%
% Asian: 23.7%
More on Tukwila: PhotosData

Tukwila is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States. The northern edge of Tukwila borders the city of Seattle. The population was 19,107 at the 2010 census. The population was 20,018 at the 2015 Estimate from Office of Financial Management. The City of Tukwila is a community of communities: residents of many diverse origins make Tukwila their home, a large commercial center draws workers and consumers to the city daily, and industry thrives with the confluence of rivers, freeways, railroads, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Fife, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,805

HHI: 2,770
% White: 46.0%
% African American: 8.9%
% Asian: 14.0%
More on Fife: PhotosData

Fife is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States and a suburb of Tacoma. The population was 9,173 at the 2010 census. The population was 9,970 at 2015 Estimate from Office of Financial Management.

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 126,561

HHI: 2,879
% White: 45.6%
% African American: 10.9%
% Asian: 19.9%
More on Kent: PhotosData

Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County, after Seattle. Kent’s population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 126,952 as of July 1, 2015, owing primarily to annexation.

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 99,692

HHI: 2,921
% White: 45.8%
% African American: 9.9%
% Asian: 22.4%
More on Renton: PhotosData

Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Cedar River. While long an important salmon fishing area for Native Americans, Renton was first settled by people of European descent in the 1860s, and its early economy was based on coal mining, clay production, and timber export. Today, Renton is best known as the final assembly point for the Boeing 737 family of commercial airplanes, but it is also home to a growing number of well known manufacturing, technology, and healthcare organizations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, IKEA, Providence Health & Services, and Wizards of the Coast. As of 2016, the population in Renton is 101,300, up from 90,927 at the 2010 census. Renton currently is the 8th largest city in Washington State, and is the 4th largest in King County. The National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton. It is the second-largest facility in the NFL at 200,000 square feet.

Federal Way, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 94,905

HHI: 2,987
% White: 48.0%
% African American: 10.4%
% Asian: 14.5%
More on Federal Way: PhotosData

Federal Way is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is a coastal city inside the Seattle metropolitan area. Its southwestern boundary is NE Tacoma Puget Sound, to the south is the cities of Milton, then Fife, then Tacoma. It is bordered by Des Moines and Kent on the northeast, Auburn as well as the town of Lakeland North and Lakeland South in unincorporated King County on the east, Milton on the south, and Tacoma as well as Fife Heights and Dash Point in unincorporated Pierce County on the southwest. The population was 95,171 at the 2015 United States Census. Federal Way is currently the 9th largest city in Washington State and the 5th largest in King County, according to the Census Bureau’s 2015 population estimate.

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,102

HHI: 3,127
% White: 50.8%
% African American: 11.2%
% Asian: 8.8%
More on Lakewood: PhotosData

Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 58,163 at the 2010 census.

Burien, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 50,729

HHI: 3,333
% White: 50.2%
% African American: 6.9%
% Asian: 12.2%
More on Burien: PhotosData

Burien is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States, located south of Seattle on Puget Sound. As of the 2010 Census, Burien’s population was 33,313, which is a 49.7% increase since incorporation. An annexation in 2010 increased the city’s population to about 50,000.

Des Moines, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 31,080

HHI: 3,409
% White: 53.2%
% African American: 6.7%
% Asian: 12.5%
More on Des Moines: PhotosData

Des Moines is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 29,673 as of the 2010 census.

Lynnwood, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 37,242

HHI: 3,574
% White: 54.9%
% African American: 7.1%
% Asian: 17.1%
More on Lynnwood: PhotosData

Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The city is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and is located 16 miles north of Seattle and 13 miles south of Everett, near the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. It is the fourth-largest city in Snohomish County, with a population of 36,485 in the 2010 U.S. census.

There You Have It – Diversity Across Washington

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

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

  1. Port Townsend
  2. Clarkston
  3. Ridgefield

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Washington For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Seatac, WA 28,597 2,220
2 Tukwila, WA 20,025 2,230
3 Fife, WA 9,805 2,770
4 Kent, WA 126,561 2,879
5 Renton, WA 99,692 2,921
6 Federal Way, WA 94,905 2,987
7 Lakewood, WA 59,102 3,127
8 Burien, WA 50,729 3,333
9 Des Moines, WA 31,080 3,409
10 Lynnwood, WA 37,242 3,574
11 Pacific, WA 7,113 3,709
12 Connell, WA 5,447 3,758
13 Bellevue, WA 139,014 3,835
14 Auburn, WA 77,440 3,922
15 Tacoma, WA 207,280 3,988
16 Redmond, WA 60,712 4,006
17 Oak Harbor, WA 22,527 4,258
18 Mount Vernon, WA 33,787 4,479
19 Yakima, WA 93,182 4,488
20 University Place, WA 32,528 4,506
21 Newcastle, WA 11,346 4,508
22 Mountlake Terrace, WA 20,922 4,515
23 Shoreline, WA 55,431 4,527
24 Pasco, WA 70,607 4,537
25 Seattle, WA 688,245 4,589
26 Everett, WA 107,560 4,596
27 Lacey, WA 46,655 4,609
28 Airway Heights, WA 8,017 4,648
29 Issaquah, WA 35,629 4,684
30 Union Gap, WA 6,152 4,700
31 Moses Lake, WA 22,038 4,712
32 Bothell, WA 44,082 4,805
33 Sammamish, WA 62,877 4,883
34 Fircrest, WA 6,666 4,885
35 Prosser, WA 5,967 4,907
36 Kennewick, WA 78,858 4,932
37 Dupont, WA 9,303 4,974
38 Steilacoom, WA 6,199 4,997
39 Wenatchee, WA 33,544 5,008
40 East Wenatchee, WA 13,624 5,010
41 Walla Walla, WA 32,585 5,055
42 Monroe, WA 18,149 5,076
43 Mill Creek, WA 19,706 5,141
44 Burlington, WA 8,590 5,187
45 Mukilteo, WA 21,101 5,210
46 Bremerton, WA 39,584 5,219
47 Covington, WA 19,918 5,231
48 Aberdeen, WA 16,281 5,329
49 Port Orchard, WA 13,476 5,334
50 Yelm, WA 8,425 5,368
51 Vancouver, WA 171,393 5,529
52 Kirkland, WA 86,772 5,539
53 Pullman, WA 32,382 5,557
54 Mercer Island, WA 24,768 5,616
55 Ferndale, WA 13,171 5,708
56 Marysville, WA 66,178 5,794
57 Kenmore, WA 22,154 5,802
58 Sumner, WA 9,789 5,810
59 Shelton, WA 9,882 5,848
60 Puyallup, WA 39,637 5,869
61 Blaine, WA 5,075 5,904
62 Ephrata, WA 7,956 5,970
63 Kelso, WA 11,864 6,045
64 Poulsbo, WA 10,005 6,093
65 Cheney, WA 11,735 6,099
66 Sedro-Woolley, WA 11,360 6,103
67 Lake Stevens, WA 31,022 6,150
68 Sequim, WA 6,819 6,222
69 Quincy, WA 7,333 6,239
70 Lake Forest Park, WA 13,247 6,266
71 Olympia, WA 49,928 6,277
72 College Place, WA 9,041 6,278
73 Bellingham, WA 85,388 6,289
74 Richland, WA 53,991 6,297
75 Ellensburg, WA 19,307 6,317
76 Snoqualmie, WA 12,944 6,327
77 Centralia, WA 16,771 6,328
78 Chehalis, WA 7,337 6,363
79 Edmonds, WA 41,309 6,394
80 Othello, WA 7,797 6,409
81 Maple Valley, WA 25,375 6,423
82 Wapato, WA 5,049 6,441
83 Longview, WA 36,740 6,515
84 Enumclaw, WA 11,670 6,532
85 Tumwater, WA 22,005 6,564
86 Brier, WA 6,697 6,666
87 Woodinville, WA 11,675 6,698
88 Spokane, WA 212,982 6,713
89 North Bend, WA 6,645 6,719
90 Edgewood, WA 10,165 6,735
91 Orting, WA 7,460 6,776
92 Milton, WA 7,481 6,799
93 Snohomish, WA 9,713 6,812
94 Woodland, WA 5,765 6,847
95 Camas, WA 22,086 6,867
96 Arlington, WA 18,884 6,872
97 West Richland, WA 13,797 6,911
98 Bonney Lake, WA 19,560 6,997
99 Port Angeles, WA 19,419 7,015
100 Stanwood, WA 6,825 7,080

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