These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Washington For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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 118 cities in Washington from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

Tukwila 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 the best places to live in Washington or the worst places to live in Washington.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 118 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 2145 (Tukwila) to 8337 (Clarkston).

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

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1. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,878
HHI: 2,145
% White: 31.34%
% African American: 18.48%
% Asian: 22.66%

2. Seatac

Seatac, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,298
HHI: 2,233
% White: 33.26%
% African American: 21.58%
% Asian: 15.9%

3. Fife


Population: 9,645
HHI: 2,713
% White: 45.36%
% African American: 8.97%
% Asian: 14.88%

4. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,492
HHI: 2,921
% White: 46.65%
% African American: 10.46%
% Asian: 18.34%

5. Renton

Renton, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,499
HHI: 2,969
% White: 46.3%
% African American: 10.04%
% Asian: 23.07%

6. Federal Way

Federal Way, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 93,986
HHI: 3,049
% White: 48.95%
% African American: 10.76%
% Asian: 13.45%

7. Lakewood

Lakewood, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,489
HHI: 3,243
% White: 52.13%
% African American: 10.97%
% Asian: 8.28%

8. Burien

Burien, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,187
HHI: 3,419
% White: 51.55%
% African American: 6.22%
% Asian: 10.75%

9. Des Moines

Des Moines, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,904
HHI: 3,550
% White: 54.76%
% African American: 6.9%
% Asian: 12.66%

10. Lynnwood

Lynnwood, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,861
HHI: 3,573
% White: 54.59%
% African American: 7.68%
% Asian: 17.67%

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. Clarkston
  2. Port Townsend
  3. Anacortes

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Washington

City Rank HHI Population
Tukwila 1 2,145 19,878
Seatac 2 2,233 28,298
Fife 3 2,713 9,645
Kent 4 2,921 125,492
Renton 5 2,969 98,499
Federal Way 6 3,049 93,986
Lakewood 7 3,243 59,489
Burien 8 3,419 50,187
Des Moines 9 3,550 30,904
Lynnwood 10 3,573 36,861
Connell 11 3,695 5,414
Pacific 12 3,853 7,042
Bellevue 13 3,921 136,718
Tacoma 14 3,935 205,602
Auburn 15 4,009 75,607
Redmond 16 4,047 59,268
Dupont 17 4,319 9,224
Oak Harbor 18 4,348 22,544
Yakima 19 4,453 93,338
Airway Heights 20 4,460 6,523
Mount Vernon 21 4,494 33,388
Union Gap 22 4,501 6,125
Everett 23 4,532 106,580
University Place 24 4,556 32,342
Pasco 25 4,557 68,567
Newcastle 26 4,566 11,189
Mountlake Terrace 27 4,589 20,747
Seattle 28 4,638 668,849
Lacey 29 4,659 45,644
Shoreline 30 4,689 55,021
Prosser 31 4,873 5,860
Burlington 32 4,905 8,572
Issaquah 33 4,941 34,728
Wenatchee 34 4,962 33,257
Steilacoom 35 4,983 6,175
Moses Lake 36 4,993 21,846
Mill Creek 37 5,016 19,372
Sammamish 38 5,034 62,136
Kennewick 39 5,069 77,975
Walla Walla 40 5,085 31,952
East Wenatchee 41 5,086 13,589
Monroe 42 5,098 17,906
Bothell 43 5,106 43,153
Bremerton 44 5,216 39,388
Covington 45 5,350 19,172
Yelm 46 5,433 8,066
Mukilteo 47 5,450 20,994
Ephrata 48 5,467 7,980
Port Orchard 49 5,494 13,265
Fircrest 50 5,525 6,660
Vancouver 51 5,537 169,982
Pullman 52 5,603 32,176
Kirkland 53 5,639 85,812
Aberdeen 54 5,666 16,335
Kenmore 55 5,749 21,830
Mercer Island 56 5,796 24,467
Poulsbo 57 5,818 9,806
Ferndale 58 5,837 12,666
Shelton 59 5,887 9,832
Marysville 60 6,029 64,955
Sequim 61 6,098 6,736
Cheney 62 6,100 11,479
Kelso 63 6,120 11,871
Chehalis 64 6,145 7,340
Puyallup 65 6,157 39,274
Sumner 66 6,183 9,691
Quincy 67 6,207 7,248
Sedro-Woolley 68 6,223 11,225
Snoqualmie 69 6,303 12,510
Edmonds 70 6,316 41,020
Lake Forest Park 71 6,348 13,156
Olympia 72 6,354 49,608
Bellingham 73 6,361 84,462
Richland 74 6,368 53,227
Maple Valley 75 6,379 25,093
Othello 76 6,407 7,726
Lake Stevens 77 6,429 30,352
Ellensburg 78 6,433 18,957
Centralia 79 6,434 16,729
Tumwater 80 6,450 21,684
College Place 81 6,492 8,996
Brier 82 6,497 6,530
Woodland 83 6,526 5,684
Enumclaw 84 6,628 11,543
Selah 85 6,681 7,599
Grandview 86 6,711 11,098
Woodinville 87 6,712 11,549
Longview 88 6,742 36,720
Normandy Park 89 6,790 6,598
Spokane 90 6,796 212,078
Hoquiam 91 6,848 8,434
Orting 92 6,852 7,254
West Richland 93 7,017 13,407
Milton 94 7,029 7,239
Gig Harbor 95 7,044 8,307
Bonney Lake 96 7,064 19,022
Port Angeles 97 7,166 19,420
Snohomish 98 7,167 9,551
Sunnyside 99 7,178 16,217
Arlington 100 7,179 18,749

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