These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in Wisconsin.


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Wisconsin for 2019:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Wisconsin? According to the most Census data, 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in Wisconsin for 2019

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 2013-2017 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 3,127 (Milwaukee) to 9,666 (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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Wisconsin For 2019

Milwaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 599,086

HHI: 3,127
% White: 35.8%
% African American: 38.5%
% Asian: 4.0%
More on Milwaukee: PhotosData

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States. The county seat of Milwaukee County, it is on Lake Michigan’s western shore. Ranked by estimated 2014 population, Milwaukee was the 31st largest city in the United States. The city’s estimated population in 2015 was 600,155. Milwaukee is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is also part of the larger Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha combined statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,026,243 in the 2010 census.

Racine, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 77,740

HHI: 3,539
% White: 50.2%
% African American: 21.8%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Racine: PhotosData

Racine is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is located 22 miles south of Milwaukee. As of the 2013 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,199, making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625 makes it one of the most affordable cities in Wisconsin to buy a home. In January 2017, it was rated “the most affordable place to live in the world” by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey. Also in 2017, Racine was ranked the fourth worst city in America for black residents.

Brown Deer, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,076

HHI: 3,974
% White: 54.9%
% African American: 29.8%
% Asian: 4.9%
More on Brown Deer: PhotosData

Brown Deer is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. As a suburb of Milwaukee, it is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was 11,999 at the 2010 census.

Beloit, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,733

HHI: 4,343
% White: 61.3%
% African American: 13.1%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Beloit: PhotosData

Beloit is a city in Rock County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 36,966.

Fitchburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 27,914

HHI: 4,711
% White: 65.5%
% African American: 9.6%
% Asian: 4.3%
More on Fitchburg: PhotosData

Fitchburg is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 25,260 at the 2010 census. Fitchburg is a suburb of Madison and is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fitchburg consists of a mix of suburban neighborhoods closer the border with the city of Madison, commercial and industrial properties, and more rural properties in the southern portion of the city. Despite its status as an incorporated city, some rural parts of Fitchburg still lack certain municipal services such as sewer, water, and natural gas.

Kenosha, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 99,623

HHI: 4,960
% White: 67.3%
% African American: 10.8%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Kenosha: PhotosData

Kenosha is a city in and the county seat of Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. Kenosha is on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. With an estimated population of 99,889 as of July 1, 2013, it is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin and the fourth-largest city on Lake Michigan. The city is part of the United States Census Bureau’s Chicago Combined Statistical Area.

Delavan, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,383

HHI: 5,289
% White: 66.1%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Delavan: PhotosData

Delavan is a city in Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,463 at the 2010 census. The city is located partially within the Town of Delavan but the two entities are politically independent. City events include the Delavan Train Show in March, Cinco de Mayo in May, Heritage Fest in August, and Scarecrow Fest in September.

Green Bay, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 104,796

HHI: 5,308
% White: 71.1%
% African American: 3.7%
% Asian: 3.9%
More on Green Bay: PhotosData

Green Bay is a city in and the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It is 581 feet above sea level and 112 miles north of Milwaukee. The population was 104,057 at the 2010 census. Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison, and the third-largest city on Lake Michigan’s west shore, after Chicago and Milwaukee. Green Bay is home to the National Football League team Green Bay Packers.

Sturtevant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,977

HHI: 5,609
% White: 73.2%
% African American: 13.1%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Sturtevant: PhotosData

Sturtevant is a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,970 at the 2010 census.

Sheboygan, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,560

HHI: 5,699
% White: 73.9%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 11.1%
More on Sheboygan: PhotosData

Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50mi north of Milwaukee and 64mi south of Green Bay.

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. Rothschild
  3. Richfield

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Milwaukee, WI 599,086 3,127
2 Racine, WI 77,740 3,539
3 Brown Deer, WI 12,076 3,974
4 Beloit, WI 36,733 4,343
5 Fitchburg, WI 27,914 4,711
6 Kenosha, WI 99,623 4,960
7 Delavan, WI 8,383 5,289
8 Green Bay, WI 104,796 5,308
9 Sturtevant, WI 6,977 5,609
10 Sheboygan, WI 48,560 5,699
11 Madison, WI 248,856 5,719
12 Glendale, WI 12,868 5,956
13 West Allis, WI 60,546 5,989
14 Oak Creek, WI 35,588 6,262
15 Hobart, WI 8,178 6,288
16 Mount Pleasant, WI 26,300 6,291
17 Greenfield, WI 37,082 6,318
18 Waukesha, WI 72,173 6,340
19 St. Francis, WI 9,532 6,382
20 Sun Prairie, WI 32,112 6,402
21 Wausau, WI 38,934 6,441
22 Shawano, WI 9,052 6,472
23 Bellevue, WI 15,373 6,559
24 Middleton, WI 18,951 6,593
25 Franklin, WI 36,295 6,607
26 Cottage Grove, WI 6,795 6,661
27 Lake Geneva, WI 7,766 6,707
28 Appleton, WI 73,832 6,724
29 Whitewater, WI 14,762 6,809
30 South Milwaukee, WI 21,185 6,837
31 Weston, WI 15,068 6,960
32 Menasha, WI 17,945 6,967
33 Allouez, WI 13,898 7,109
34 Cudahy, WI 18,350 7,144
35 Fond Du Lac, WI 42,910 7,194
36 Wauwatosa, WI 47,687 7,226
37 Waupun, WI 11,277 7,283
38 Pleasant Prairie, WI 20,552 7,302
39 Shorewood, WI 13,367 7,332
40 Fort Atkinson, WI 12,429 7,342
41 Manitowoc, WI 32,939 7,354
42 Ashwaubenon, WI 17,141 7,356
43 Onalaska, WI 18,452 7,365
44 Whitefish Bay, WI 14,099 7,399
45 Watertown, WI 23,730 7,511
46 Ashland, WI 7,997 7,521
47 Brookfield, WI 37,943 7,525
48 Elkhorn, WI 9,930 7,568
49 Portage, WI 10,321 7,579
50 Greendale, WI 14,293 7,595
51 Jefferson, WI 7,975 7,640
52 Deforest, WI 9,663 7,725
53 Hales Corners, WI 7,704 7,732
54 Menomonee Falls, WI 36,411 7,738
55 De Pere, WI 24,695 7,752
56 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 17,905 7,763
57 Beaver Dam, WI 16,346 7,764
58 Burlington, WI 10,652 7,774
59 Stevens Point, WI 26,526 7,783
60 Sparta, WI 9,621 7,859
61 Neenah, WI 25,821 7,877
62 Caledonia, WI 24,803 7,883
63 Fox Point, WI 6,706 7,891
64 La Crosse, WI 51,928 7,892
65 Oshkosh, WI 66,649 7,917
66 Pewaukee, WI 8,214 7,924
67 Eau Claire, WI 67,945 7,941
68 Germa, WI 19,956 7,949
69 Janesville, WI 63,957 7,954
70 Verona, WI 12,465 7,962
71 Menomonie, WI 16,222 7,963
72 Berlin, WI 5,423 7,975
73 Lake Mills, WI 5,816 7,976
74 Monona, WI 7,989 7,985
75 Tomah, WI 9,347 8,037
76 Howard, WI 19,121 8,101
77 Holmen, WI 9,693 8,137
78 Mequon, WI 23,787 8,141
79 Plover, WI 12,494 8,155
80 Superior, WI 26,473 8,227
81 North Fond Du Lac, WI 5,069 8,246
82 Oregon, WI 10,033 8,279
83 Reedsburg, WI 9,480 8,288
84 Baraboo, WI 12,080 8,296
85 Stoughton, WI 13,058 8,299
86 New Berlin, WI 39,779 8,317
87 Oconomowoc, WI 16,450 8,343
88 Pewaukee, WI 14,112 8,349
89 Chippewa Falls, WI 13,920 8,358
90 Grafton, WI 11,576 8,363
91 Sturgeon Bay, WI 8,917 8,393
92 Rhinelander, WI 7,501 8,403
93 Altoona, WI 7,350 8,415
94 Sheboygan Falls, WI 7,850 8,430
95 Hartford, WI 14,552 8,438
96 West Bend, WI 31,656 8,466
97 Little Chute, WI 11,006 8,475
98 New London, WI 7,001 8,497
99 Hartland, WI 9,218 8,504
100 Ripon, WI 7,738 8,509

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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