These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia For 2018


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in West 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 West 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 27 cities in West Virginia from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Beckley (Photos)
  2. Charles Town
  3. Martinsburg (Photos)
  4. Bluefield (Photos)
  5. Charleston (Photos)
  6. Morgantown (Photos)
  7. Keyser (Photos)
  8. Huntington (Photos)
  9. Dunbar
  10. Princeton (Photos)

Beckley took the number one over all spot for diversity in West Virginia.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where West 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 best places to live in West Virginia or the worst places to live in West Virginia.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia 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 West Virginia.

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 27 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 5482 (Beckley) to 9484 (New Martinsville).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in West 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. Beckley

Beckley, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,348
HHI: 5,482
% White: 70.0%
% African American: 23.9%
% Asian: 2.66%

2. Charles Town

Charles Town, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,682
HHI: 5,514
% White: 72.26%
% African American: 13.6%
% Asian: 2.16%

3. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,613
HHI: 5,812
% White: 74.58%
% African American: 14.32%
% Asian: 0.82%

4. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,366
HHI: 6,006
% White: 73.67%
% African American: 24.02%
% Asian: 0.0%

5. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,210
HHI: 6,467
% White: 79.4%
% African American: 11.25%
% Asian: 2.26%

6. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,364
HHI: 7,120
% White: 83.94%
% African American: 6.21%
% Asian: 4.81%

7. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,261
HHI: 7,260
% White: 84.45%
% African American: 10.91%
% Asian: 0.46%

8. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,735
HHI: 7,287
% White: 84.87%
% African American: 8.31%
% Asian: 1.5%

9. Dunbar


Population: 7,714
HHI: 7,399
% White: 85.56%
% African American: 7.6%
% Asian: 1.11%

10. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,056
HHI: 7,423
% White: 85.8%
% African American: 6.51%
% Asian: 0.43%

There You Have It – Diversity Across West Virginia

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

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

  1. New Martinsville
  2. Hurricane
  3. Moundsville

For more West Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia

City Rank HHI Population
Beckley 1 5,482 17,348
Charles Town 2 5,514 5,682
Martinsburg 3 5,812 17,613
Bluefield 4 6,006 10,366
Charleston 5 6,467 50,210
Morgantown 6 7,120 30,364
Keyser 7 7,260 5,261
Huntington 8 7,287 48,735
Dunbar 9 7,399 7,714
Princeton 10 7,423 6,056
South Charleston 11 7,505 13,182
Fairmont 12 7,871 18,699
Wheeling 13 8,125 27,758
Bridgeport 14 8,378 8,364
Buckhannon 15 8,444 5,645
Elkins 16 8,465 7,232
Oak Hill 17 8,467 8,722
Weirton 18 8,523 19,307
St. Albans 19 8,546 10,788
Clarksburg 20 8,625 16,226
Nitro 21 8,681 6,505
Parkersburg 22 8,785 30,962
Vienna 23 8,842 10,566
Grafton 24 8,852 5,156
Moundsville 25 9,233 8,858
Hurricane 26 9,282 6,460
New Martinsville 27 9,484 5,255

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