These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Washington


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

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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Washington

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 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 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 2256 (SeaTac) to 8512 (Clarkston).

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 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. Seatac

Source: Google Maps

Households: 27,859
HHI: 2,256
% White: 33.99%
% African American: 22.53%
% Asian: 15.11%

2. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,757
HHI: 2,282
% White: 33.68%
% African American: 19.88%
% Asian: 22.27%

3. Fife

Fife, Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,477
HHI: 2,730
% White: 45.31%
% African American: 10.12%
% Asian: 15.95%

4. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,292
HHI: 2,941
% White: 47.12%
% African American: 10.28%
% Asian: 17.59%

5. Renton

Renton, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 97,234
HHI: 3,031
% White: 47.35%
% African American: 10.46%
% Asian: 22.12%

6. Federal Way

Federal Way, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,859
HHI: 3,060
% White: 49.13%
% African American: 10.98%
% Asian: 13.25%

7. Burien

Burien, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,785
HHI: 3,363
% White: 51.21%
% African American: 6.95%
% Asian: 10.28%

8. Lakewood

Lakewood, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,122
HHI: 3,410
% White: 53.72%
% African American: 9.97%
% Asian: 8.35%

9. Pacific

Pacific, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,954
HHI: 3,452
% White: 54.44%
% African American: 3.18%
% Asian: 11.72%

10. Des Moines

Des Moines, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,715
HHI: 3,562
% White: 54.82%
% African American: 7.54%
% Asian: 12.74%

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

For more Washington reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Washington

City Rank HHI Population
Seatac 1 2,256 27,859
Tukwila 2 2,282 19,757
Fife 3 2,730 9,477
Kent 4 2,941 124,292
Renton 5 3,031 97,234
Federal Way 6 3,060 92,859
Burien 7 3,363 49,785
Lakewood 8 3,410 59,122
Pacific 9 3,452 6,954
Des Moines 10 3,562 30,715
Lynnwood 11 3,571 36,491
Connell 12 3,904 5,359
Tacoma 13 3,954 203,481
Redmond 14 4,025 57,959
Bellevue 15 4,038 134,630
Auburn 16 4,071 74,527
Airway Heights 17 4,347 6,449
Union Gap 18 4,451 6,042
Oak Harbor 19 4,459 22,331
Yakima 20 4,479 93,261
Dupont 21 4,495 9,054
Newcastle 22 4,515 10,994
Mount Vernon 23 4,521 32,957
Pasco 24 4,564 67,391
University Place 25 4,604 31,991
Mountlake Terrace 26 4,615 20,521
Everett 27 4,630 105,685
Seattle 28 4,658 653,017
Lacey 29 4,725 44,825
Burlington 30 4,762 8,509
Shoreline 31 4,830 54,774
Monroe 32 4,928 17,734
Moses Lake 33 4,939 21,579
Wenatchee 34 4,985 32,950
Prosser 35 5,073 5,819
Kennewick 36 5,089 76,918
Mill Creek 37 5,101 19,028
Walla Walla 38 5,140 31,957
Bremerton 39 5,211 39,017
Issaquah 40 5,213 33,682
Steilacoom 41 5,280 6,118
Sammamish 42 5,293 50,163
Bothell 43 5,345 41,207
Covington 44 5,354 18,689
Aberdeen 45 5,506 16,429
East Wenatchee 46 5,515 13,473
Vancouver 47 5,538 168,050
Yelm 48 5,538 7,701
Fircrest 49 5,571 6,612
Shelton 50 5,609 9,810
Mukilteo 51 5,645 20,818
Kirkland 52 5,681 84,721
Pullman 53 5,691 31,502
Kenmore 54 5,772 21,575
Ephrata 55 5,801 7,948
Poulsbo 56 5,810 9,588
Port Orchard 57 5,833 13,004
Mercer Island 58 5,838 24,120
Marysville 59 5,840 63,760
Sequim 60 5,906 6,695
Ferndale 61 5,916 12,355
Centralia 62 5,994 16,683
Kelso 63 6,031 11,837
Cheney 64 6,114 11,171
Puyallup 65 6,116 38,720
Othello 66 6,199 7,624
Hoquiam 67 6,241 8,479
Edmonds 68 6,260 40,689
Sumner 69 6,288 9,584
Woodland 70 6,313 5,589
Bellingham 71 6,377 82,944
Tumwater 72 6,389 18,478
Olympia 73 6,407 48,941
Quincy 74 6,419 7,163
Ellensburg 75 6,441 18,637
Richland 76 6,447 52,291
Chehalis 77 6,462 7,314
Gig Harbor 78 6,484 7,918
Selah 79 6,548 7,531
Grandview 80 6,565 11,083
Brier 81 6,574 6,443
Sedro-Woolley 82 6,579 10,673
Maple Valley 83 6,636 24,682
Lake Forest Park 84 6,646 13,059
Woodinville 85 6,671 11,373
Snoqualmie 86 6,678 12,115
Enumclaw 87 6,685 11,494
Normandy Park 88 6,723 6,568
Lake Stevens 89 6,731 29,774
College Place 90 6,767 8,957
Orting 91 6,815 7,078
Longview 92 6,831 36,619
Spokane 93 6,888 210,695
Milton 94 6,917 7,219
West Richland 95 7,000 13,048
Lynden 96 7,007 12,886
Edgewood 97 7,028 9,600
Toppenish 98 7,114 9,006
Arlington 99 7,219 18,578
Port Angeles 100 7,321 19,200

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