These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin


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

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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 Wisconsin 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 140 cities in Wisconsin from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Milwaukee (Photos)
  2. Racine (Photos)
  3. Brown Deer (Photos)
  4. Fitchburg (Photos)
  5. Beloit (Photos)
  6. Kenosha (Photos)
  7. Delavan (Photos)
  8. Green Bay (Photos)
  9. Sturtevant (Photos)
  10. Madison (Photos)

Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for diversity in Wisconsin.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Wisconsin ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin.

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 140 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 3171 (Milwaukee) to 9695 (Mount Horeb).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Wisconsin 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. Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 599,498
HHI: 3,171
% White: 36.31%
% African American: 38.86%
% Asian: 3.58%

2. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,127
HHI: 3,671
% White: 51.88%
% African American: 21.94%
% Asian: 0.93%

3. Brown Deer

Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,101
HHI: 4,140
% White: 55.4%
% African American: 31.82%
% Asian: 4.08%

4. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 26,616
HHI: 4,313
% White: 61.49%
% African American: 10.34%
% Asian: 6.13%

5. Beloit

Beloit, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,858
HHI: 4,608
% White: 64.24%
% African American: 10.4%
% Asian: 1.16%

6. Kenosha

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 99,897
HHI: 5,084
% White: 68.3%
% African American: 10.73%
% Asian: 1.36%

7. Delavan

Delavan, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,439
HHI: 5,338
% White: 65.48%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.4%

8. Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,847
HHI: 5,447
% White: 72.14%
% African American: 3.54%
% Asian: 4.24%

9. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,983
HHI: 5,669
% White: 73.68%
% African American: 12.13%
% Asian: 1.43%

10. Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 243,122
HHI: 5,742
% White: 74.63%
% African American: 6.72%
% Asian: 8.36%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Wisconsin

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

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

  1. Mount Horeb
  2. Rothschild
  3. Suamico

For more Wisconsin reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin

City Rank HHI Population
Milwaukee 1 3,171 599,498
Racine 2 3,671 78,127
Brown Deer 3 4,140 12,101
Fitchburg 4 4,313 26,616
Beloit 5 4,608 36,858
Kenosha 6 5,084 99,897
Delavan 7 5,338 8,439
Green Bay 8 5,447 104,847
Sturtevant 9 5,669 6,983
Madison 10 5,742 243,122
Sheboygan 11 5,896 48,853
Glendale 12 5,938 12,914
Cottage Grove 13 6,041 6,639
St. Francis 14 6,199 9,549
Waukesha 15 6,285 71,324
Wausau 16 6,396 39,210
Greenfield 17 6,418 37,113
Lake Geneva 18 6,548 7,714
West Allis 19 6,562 60,677
Oak Creek 20 6,582 34,974
Cudahy 21 6,627 18,347
Mount Pleasant 22 6,634 26,196
Middleton 23 6,719 18,478
Franklin 24 6,782 36,103
Whitewater 25 6,814 14,866
Hobart 26 6,850 7,356
Allouez 27 6,931 13,947
Sun Prairie 28 6,967 31,174
Appleton 29 6,996 73,118
Shawano 30 7,009 9,181
Ashland 31 7,063 8,116
Waupun 32 7,118 11,355
Fort Atkinson 33 7,131 12,447
Bellevue 34 7,237 15,048
Jefferson 35 7,242 7,965
Burlington 36 7,250 10,548
South Milwaukee 37 7,278 21,229
Pleasant Prairie 38 7,301 20,217
Weston 39 7,472 14,956
Fond Du Lac 40 7,511 43,060
Howard 41 7,550 18,668
Shorewood 42 7,583 13,284
Portage 43 7,603 10,232
Manitowoc 44 7,611 33,301
Sparta 45 7,620 9,638
Menasha 46 7,622 17,546
Wauwatosa 47 7,636 47,126
Onalaska 48 7,674 18,255
Elkhorn 49 7,715 9,998
Caledonia 50 7,744 24,659
Janesville 51 7,767 63,799
Menomonie 52 7,786 16,210
La Crosse 53 7,798 51,993
Neenah 54 7,843 25,781
Ashwaubenon 55 7,855 17,082
Brookfield 56 7,877 38,000
Stevens Point 57 7,895 26,769
Whitefish Bay 58 7,905 14,122
Oshkosh 59 7,952 66,582
Menomonee Falls 60 8,020 35,884
Beaver Dam 61 8,024 16,400
Eau Claire 62 8,061 67,385
De Pere 63 8,082 24,366
Berlin 64 8,085 5,454
Fox Point 65 8,099 6,709
North Fond Du Lac 66 8,112 5,003
New Berlin 67 8,154 39,774
Greendale 68 8,169 14,294
Hales Corners 69 8,171 7,756
Germa 70 8,185 19,830
Watertown 71 8,199 23,878
Monona 72 8,230 7,835
Deforest 73 8,269 9,347
Baraboo 74 8,274 12,071
Oconomowoc 75 8,321 16,111
Stoughton 76 8,321 12,976
Mequon 77 8,324 23,494
Hartford 78 8,329 14,271
Superior 79 8,336 26,817
New London 80 8,344 7,129
Waterford 81 8,394 5,348
Waunakee 82 8,398 12,846
Holmen 83 8,441 9,432
Wisconsin Rapids 84 8,442 18,104
Pewaukee 85 8,468 8,252
Mayville 86 8,481 5,060
Grafton 87 8,491 11,535
Marshfield 88 8,493 18,410
Monroe 89 8,495 10,807
Pewaukee 90 8,498 13,784
Hudson 91 8,498 13,194
Ripon 92 8,509 7,690
Sussex 93 8,511 10,680
Sheboygan Falls 94 8,532 7,803
Altoona 95 8,544 7,053
Plymouth 96 8,560 8,427
Cedarburg 97 8,570 11,508
Oregon 98 8,583 9,769
Waupaca 99 8,584 6,006
Two Rivers 100 8,590 11,500

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