Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020:

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

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Wisconsin For 2020

Milwaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 596,886

HHI: 3,096
% White: 35.3%
% African American: 38.4%
% Asian: 4.2%
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: 77,576

HHI: 3,529
% White: 49.9%
% African American: 22.2%
% Asian: 0.9%
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
/10

Population: 12,039

HHI: 3,766
% White: 52.1%
% African American: 31.1%
% Asian: 4.8%
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: 36,813

HHI: 4,329
% White: 61.2%
% African American: 12.7%
% Asian: 1.1%
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: 28,722

HHI: 4,831
% White: 66.9%
% African American: 9.1%
% Asian: 5.0%
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: 99,810

HHI: 4,887
% White: 66.7%
% African American: 10.8%
% Asian: 1.6%
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.

Green Bay, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 104,818

HHI: 5,139
% White: 69.7%
% African American: 3.9%
% Asian: 4.2%
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

8.5
/10

Population: 6,611

HHI: 5,313
% White: 70.8%
% African American: 12.9%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Sturtevant: PhotosData

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

Delavan, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,338

HHI: 5,430
% White: 67.6%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 2.1%
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.

Glendale, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,015

HHI: 5,514
% White: 72.3%
% African American: 15.5%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Glendale: PhotosData

Glendale is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 12,872 at the 2010 census.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Wisconsin for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 3,096 (Milwaukee) to 9,618 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Slinger

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Milwaukee, WI 596,886 3,096
2 Racine, WI 77,576 3,529
3 Brown Deer, WI 12,039 3,766
4 Beloit, WI 36,813 4,329
5 Fitchburg, WI 28,722 4,831
6 Kenosha, WI 99,810 4,887
7 Green Bay, WI 104,818 5,139
8 Sturtevant, WI 6,611 5,313
9 Delavan, WI 8,338 5,430
10 Glendale, WI 13,015 5,514
11 Sheboygan, WI 48,531 5,548
12 Madison, WI 252,086 5,643
13 West Allis, WI 60,250 5,887
14 Sun Prairie, WI 32,757 6,042
15 Hobart, WI 8,606 6,215
16 Greenfield, WI 37,083 6,240
17 Mount Pleasant, WI 26,738 6,247
18 Waukesha, WI 72,382 6,353
19 Oak Creek, WI 35,843 6,389
20 Shawano, WI 9,009 6,422
21 Cottage Grove, WI 6,904 6,601
22 Bellevue, WI 15,515 6,601
23 Cudahy, WI 18,349 6,618
24 Franklin, WI 36,185 6,630
25 Whitewater, WI 14,766 6,635
26 Wausau, WI 38,801 6,635
27 Appleton, WI 74,234 6,704
28 South Milwaukee, WI 21,089 6,733
29 Middleton, WI 19,235 6,780
30 St. Francis, WI 9,509 6,806
31 Allouez, WI 13,891 6,853
32 Lake Geneva, WI 7,815 6,856
33 Menasha, WI 18,075 7,014
34 Weston, WI 15,093 7,020
35 Wauwatosa, WI 47,882 7,179
36 Fond Du Lac, WI 42,858 7,192
37 Waupun, WI 11,296 7,219
38 Brookfield, WI 38,151 7,229
39 Shorewood, WI 13,344 7,275
40 Manitowoc, WI 32,798 7,286
41 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 17,842 7,376
42 Whitefish Bay, WI 14,039 7,391
43 Fort Atkinson, WI 12,429 7,446
44 Portage, WI 10,361 7,453
45 Caledonia, WI 24,875 7,457
46 Beaver Dam, WI 16,366 7,461
47 Ashwaubenon, WI 17,181 7,468
48 Menomonee Falls, WI 36,784 7,473
49 Hales Corners, WI 7,666 7,558
50 Deforest, WI 9,936 7,569
51 Lake Mills, WI 5,850 7,577
52 Ashland, WI 7,963 7,583
53 Pleasant Prairie, WI 20,722 7,585
54 Tomah, WI 9,349 7,598
55 Stevens Point, WI 26,402 7,634
56 Onalaska, WI 18,546 7,638
57 Watertown, WI 23,677 7,653
58 Holmen, WI 9,909 7,685
59 Elkhorn, WI 9,907 7,688
60 Fox Point, WI 6,688 7,779
61 Oshkosh, WI 66,610 7,781
62 Pewaukee, WI 8,207 7,788
63 Jefferson, WI 7,964 7,794
64 Janesville, WI 64,128 7,820
65 Oregon, WI 10,215 7,881
66 Altoona, WI 7,499 7,920
67 Eau Claire, WI 68,086 7,936
68 La Crosse, WI 51,866 7,938
69 Burlington, WI 10,758 7,941
70 Menomonie, WI 16,312 7,986
71 Baraboo, WI 12,093 7,989
72 Mequon, WI 23,984 8,013
73 Sturgeon Bay, WI 8,907 8,019
74 Rhinelander, WI 7,528 8,043
75 Monona, WI 8,068 8,047
76 Neenah, WI 25,886 8,050
77 De Pere, WI 24,836 8,060
78 Sparta, WI 9,656 8,070
79 Germa, WI 19,997 8,073
80 Elm Grove, WI 6,172 8,077
81 Pewaukee, WI 14,299 8,084
82 Greendale, WI 14,245 8,093
83 Howard, WI 19,396 8,142
84 Antigo, WI 7,799 8,142
85 New London, WI 6,772 8,146
86 Hartford, WI 14,761 8,153
87 Superior, WI 26,346 8,178
88 Edgerton, WI 5,522 8,183
89 North Fond Du Lac, WI 5,066 8,189
90 Little Chute, WI 11,225 8,210
91 Verona, WI 12,743 8,219
92 Reedsburg, WI 9,484 8,254
93 Plover, WI 12,686 8,302
94 Berlin, WI 5,428 8,305
95 Mukwonago, WI 7,833 8,348
96 Sheboygan Falls, WI 7,878 8,354
97 New Berlin, WI 39,774 8,363
98 Grafton, WI 11,627 8,372
99 Prairie Du Chien, WI 5,695 8,403
100 Two Rivers, WI 11,219 8,427

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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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