These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia


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. Keyser (Photos)
  7. Morgantown (Photos)
  8. Huntington (Photos)
  9. South Charleston (Photos)
  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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In West Virginia

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 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 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 5139 (Beckley) to 9259 (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: 17,375
HHI: 5,139
% White: 66.83%
% African American: 25.68%
% Asian: 2.91%

2. Charles Town

Source: Google Maps

Households: 5,587
HHI: 5,630
% White: 73.33%
% African American: 12.21%
% Asian: 2.63%

3. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,564
HHI: 5,653
% White: 73.51%
% African American: 13.66%
% Asian: 0.63%

4. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,431
HHI: 5,826
% White: 71.73%
% African American: 26.09%
% Asian: 0.69%

5. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,566
HHI: 6,690
% White: 81.02%
% African American: 9.24%
% Asian: 2.29%

6. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,320
HHI: 7,149
% White: 83.85%
% African American: 9.17%
% Asian: 0.17%

7. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,164
HHI: 7,311
% White: 85.14%
% African American: 5.9%
% Asian: 4.2%

8. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,944
HHI: 7,381
% White: 85.45%
% African American: 7.89%
% Asian: 1.15%

9. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,276
HHI: 7,612
% White: 86.88%
% African American: 4.56%
% Asian: 0.79%

10. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,082
HHI: 7,759
% White: 87.85%
% African American: 4.52%
% Asian: 0.77%

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 5,139 17,375
Charles Town 2 5,630 5,587
Martinsburg 3 5,653 17,564
Bluefield 4 5,826 10,431
Charleston 5 6,690 50,566
Keyser 6 7,149 5,320
Morgantown 7 7,311 30,164
Huntington 8 7,381 48,944
South Charleston 9 7,612 13,276
Princeton 10 7,759 6,082
Dunbar 11 7,843 7,798
Fairmont 12 7,878 18,773
Wheeling 13 8,118 27,894
Bridgeport 14 8,387 8,338
Elkins 15 8,511 7,244
Clarksburg 16 8,592 16,347
St. Albans 17 8,599 10,882
Weirton 18 8,613 19,432
Oak Hill 19 8,646 8,249
Buckhannon 20 8,674 5,650
Vienna 21 8,682 10,623
Parkersburg 22 8,883 31,133
Grafton 23 8,918 5,173
Nitro 24 9,014 6,711
Moundsville 25 9,116 8,888
Hurricane 26 9,189 6,388
New Martinsville 27 9,259 5,295

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