These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2018


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 141 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
  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.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in Wisconsin or the worst places to live in Wisconsin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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 141 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 3152 (Milwaukee) to 9593 (Suamico).

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 Suamico 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: 598,672
HHI: 3,152
% White: 35.96%
% African American: 38.8%
% Asian: 3.81%

2. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,931
HHI: 3,625
% White: 51.24%
% African American: 21.76%
% Asian: 0.86%

3. Brown Deer

Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,075
HHI: 4,266
% White: 57.47%
% African American: 30.25%
% Asian: 4.51%

4. Fitchburg


Population: 27,254
HHI: 4,526
% White: 63.49%
% African American: 7.4%
% Asian: 6.01%

5. Beloit

Beloit, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,812
HHI: 4,613
% White: 64.19%
% African American: 10.4%
% Asian: 0.92%

6. Kenosha

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 99,865
HHI: 5,067
% White: 68.19%
% African American: 10.56%
% Asian: 1.31%

7. Delavan

Delavan, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,410
HHI: 5,321
% White: 66.69%
% African American: 0.14%
% Asian: 1.87%

8. Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,951
HHI: 5,392
% White: 71.67%
% African American: 3.46%
% Asian: 4.13%

9. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,961
HHI: 5,661
% White: 73.6%
% African American: 13.32%
% Asian: 1.68%

10. Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 246,034
HHI: 5,767
% White: 74.81%
% African American: 6.85%
% Asian: 8.51%

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. Suamico
  2. Jackson
  3. Rothschild

For more Wisconsin reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin

City Rank HHI Population
Milwaukee 1 3,152 598,672
Racine 2 3,625 77,931
Brown Deer 3 4,266 12,075
Fitchburg 4 4,526 27,254
Beloit 5 4,613 36,812
Kenosha 6 5,067 99,865
Delavan 7 5,321 8,410
Green Bay 8 5,392 104,951
Sturtevant 9 5,661 6,961
Madison 10 5,767 246,034
Sheboygan 11 5,822 48,813
Cottage Grove 12 6,128 6,729
Glendale 13 6,185 12,880
West Allis 14 6,236 60,543
Waukesha 15 6,276 72,016
Oak Creek 16 6,339 35,218
Greenfield 17 6,405 37,070
Wausau 18 6,440 39,138
St. Francis 19 6,486 9,516
Mount Pleasant 20 6,535 26,237
Hobart 21 6,572 7,779
Sun Prairie 22 6,615 31,721
Lake Geneva 23 6,677 7,754
Shawano 24 6,800 9,130
Whitewater 25 6,800 14,840
Bellevue 26 6,803 15,187
Franklin 27 6,805 36,155
Middleton 28 6,848 18,707
Allouez 29 6,954 13,933
Appleton 30 7,033 73,446
Ashland 31 7,088 8,083
South Milwaukee 32 7,118 21,197
Cudahy 33 7,119 18,321
Fort Atkinson 34 7,124 12,470
Pleasant Prairie 35 7,133 20,395
Waupun 36 7,136 11,337
Jefferson 37 7,240 7,976
Menasha 38 7,268 17,930
Onalaska 39 7,308 18,396
Fond Du Lac 40 7,353 43,018
Wauwatosa 41 7,356 47,388
Whitefish Bay 42 7,415 14,088
Weston 43 7,433 14,989
Manitowoc 44 7,451 33,183
Shorewood 45 7,505 13,300
Burlington 46 7,517 10,571
Sparta 47 7,702 9,659
Fox Point 48 7,725 6,695
Brookfield 49 7,726 37,991
Portage 50 7,763 10,255
Ashwaubenon 51 7,787 17,157
Stevens Point 52 7,790 26,714
Beaver Dam 53 7,804 16,440
Hales Corners 54 7,812 7,720
Janesville 55 7,812 63,880
Neenah 56 7,828 25,849
La Crosse 57 7,834 52,140
Greendale 58 7,889 14,303
Elkhorn 59 7,891 9,931
Oshkosh 60 7,938 66,713
Caledonia 61 7,942 24,767
Howard 62 7,950 18,950
Germa 63 7,970 19,927
De Pere 64 7,997 24,544
Lake Mills 65 8,000 5,796
North Fond Du Lac 66 8,018 5,020
Menomonee Falls 67 8,022 36,118
Monona 68 8,042 7,919
Eau Claire 69 8,046 67,654
Menomonie 70 8,054 16,295
Watertown 71 8,073 23,878
Stoughton 72 8,144 13,041
New Berlin 73 8,159 39,807
Altoona 74 8,200 7,193
Wisconsin Rapids 75 8,215 17,987
Baraboo 76 8,238 12,097
Mequon 77 8,253 23,663
Superior 78 8,260 26,676
Sturgeon Bay 79 8,291 9,007
Rhinelander 80 8,322 7,552
Pewaukee 81 8,324 8,225
Deforest 82 8,327 9,468
Verona 83 8,336 12,113
Oregon 84 8,345 9,912
Hartland 85 8,370 9,195
Waunakee 86 8,407 13,092
Monroe 87 8,426 10,771
Hartford 88 8,433 14,350
Oconomowoc 89 8,440 16,289
Grafton 90 8,450 11,563
Tomah 91 8,455 9,380
Cedarburg 92 8,458 11,516
Plover 93 8,464 12,350
Marshfield 94 8,485 18,410
Pewaukee 95 8,494 13,979
Chippewa Falls 96 8,512 13,939
West Bend 97 8,549 31,661
Sheboygan Falls 98 8,558 7,792
Edgerton 99 8,575 5,494
Berlin 100 8,575 5,471

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