The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2021


We used data and science to determine which cities in Florida are ethno-racial meccas… and deserts.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most diverse places in Florida.


Most Diverse Cities In Florida

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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 Florida 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 220 cities in Florida from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Florida for 2021:

  1. Sunrise
  2. Oakland Park
  3. Orlando
  4. Sanford
  5. Margate
  6. Tamarac
  7. Coral Springs
  8. Ocoee
  9. Plantation
  10. Winter Garden

So what city is the most diverse in Florida? According to the most Census data, Sunrise took the number one over all spot for diversity in Florida.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Florida 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 Florida For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 94,060

HHI: 2,938
% White: 27.0%
% African American: 34.4%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Sunrise: Data

Oakland Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 44,699

HHI: 2,972
% White: 35.8%
% African American: 26.6%
% Asian: 3.8%
More on Oakland Park: PhotosData

Orlando, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 280,832

HHI: 2,973
% White: 36.5%
% African American: 23.5%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Orlando: PhotosData

Sanford, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 59,700

HHI: 2,999
% White: 39.0%
% African American: 27.1%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Sanford: PhotosData

Margate, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 58,023

HHI: 3,008
% White: 35.8%
% African American: 29.5%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Margate: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 65,874

HHI: 3,015
% White: 34.9%
% African American: 29.8%
% Asian: 3.0%
More on Tamarac: Data

Coral Springs, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 132,568

HHI: 3,032
% White: 41.0%
% African American: 21.2%
% Asian: 5.2%
More on Coral Springs: PhotosData

Ocoee, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 46,305

HHI: 3,052
% White: 43.3%
% African American: 18.8%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on Ocoee: PhotosData

Plantation, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 93,449

HHI: 3,111
% White: 43.8%
% African American: 21.3%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Plantation: PhotosData

Winter Garden, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 43,648

HHI: 3,133
% White: 46.4%
% African American: 15.8%
% Asian: 7.2%
More on Winter Garden: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Florida for 2021

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 Florida.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 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 220 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 2,938 (Sunrise) to 9,367 (Sanibel).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Sunrise took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Sanibel was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Florida 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 Florida

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Florida:

  1. Sanibel
  2. Fort Myers Beach
  3. Hialeah Gardens

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Florida For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Sunrise, FL 94,060 2,938
2 Oakland Park, FL 44,699 2,972
3 Orlando, FL 280,832 2,973
4 Sanford, FL 59,700 2,999
5 Margate, FL 58,023 3,008
6 Tamarac, FL 65,874 3,015
7 Coral Springs, FL 132,568 3,032
8 Ocoee, FL 46,305 3,052
9 Plantation, FL 93,449 3,111
10 Winter Garden, FL 43,648 3,133
11 West Palm Beach, FL 109,767 3,157
12 Royal Palm Beach, FL 38,962 3,171
13 Tampa, FL 387,916 3,189
14 Pembroke Pines, FL 170,072 3,191
15 Greenacres, FL 40,529 3,197
16 Apopka, FL 51,800 3,199
17 Avon Park, FL 10,461 3,213
18 Miramar, FL 139,468 3,299
19 Pompano Beach, FL 110,062 3,305
20 Miami Shores, FL 10,459 3,314
21 Groveland, FL 13,672 3,315
22 Fort Pierce, FL 45,329 3,316
23 Hollywood, FL 152,511 3,323
24 North Miami Beach, FL 42,971 3,361
25 Dania Beach, FL 32,008 3,380
26 Haines City, FL 24,164 3,393
27 Hallandale Beach, FL 39,656 3,412
28 Temple Terrace, FL 26,539 3,493
29 Fort Myers, FL 79,927 3,493
30 Altamonte Springs, FL 43,810 3,512
31 Deerfield Beach, FL 80,312 3,513
32 Fort Lauderdale, FL 180,124 3,514
33 Pembroke Park, FL 6,677 3,519
34 Lake Worth, FL 38,010 3,525
35 Mascotte, FL 5,743 3,527
36 Arcadia, FL 8,072 3,549
37 Davie, FL 104,399 3,569
38 Cocoa, FL 18,285 3,614
39 Boynton Beach, FL 76,832 3,619
40 Live Oak, FL 6,890 3,640
41 Jacksonville, FL 890,467 3,679
42 Cooper City, FL 35,556 3,694
43 Minneola, FL 11,559 3,745
44 South Bay, FL 5,158 3,753
45 Plant City, FL 39,012 3,756
46 Leesburg, FL 22,672 3,764
47 Fort Meade, FL 6,104 3,778
48 Gainesville, FL 132,127 3,791
49 Bartow, FL 19,440 3,805
50 Dade City, FL 7,121 3,812
51 Coconut Creek, FL 60,490 3,824
52 West Park, FL 15,012 3,824
53 South Miami, FL 12,046 3,829
54 North Lauderdale, FL 44,020 3,834
55 Lake Wales, FL 16,035 3,846
56 Sebring, FL 10,377 3,847
57 Winter Haven, FL 41,248 3,869
58 Deltona, FL 90,403 3,871
59 Tallahassee, FL 191,279 3,872
60 Lantana, FL 11,695 3,877
61 Daytona Beach, FL 67,604 3,906
62 Labelle, FL 5,106 3,912
63 Lake Park, FL 8,508 3,929
64 Lake Alfred, FL 5,788 3,935
65 Clewiston, FL 7,781 3,951
66 St. Cloud, FL 51,158 3,963
67 Port St. Lucie, FL 189,396 3,970
68 Lake City, FL 12,063 3,972
69 Casselberry, FL 27,950 3,976
70 Pinecrest, FL 19,244 3,978
71 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,333 3,988
72 Orange Park, FL 8,734 3,997
73 Palatka, FL 10,363 4,015
74 Weston, FL 70,614 4,055
75 Southwest Ranches, FL 7,921 4,075
76 Callaway, FL 14,958 4,117
77 Palmetto, FL 13,611 4,119
78 Delray Beach, FL 68,217 4,129
79 Maitland, FL 17,765 4,139
80 Ocala, FL 59,267 4,182
81 Wellington, FL 64,396 4,188
82 Lakeland, FL 107,922 4,234
83 Okeechobee, FL 5,724 4,236
84 Palm Bay, FL 111,997 4,266
85 Perry, FL 6,896 4,278
86 Quincy, FL 7,334 4,290
87 Key West, FL 24,843 4,297
88 Eustis, FL 20,700 4,302
89 Clermont, FL 35,209 4,309
90 Bay Harbor Islands, FL 5,861 4,332
91 Bradenton, FL 56,551 4,353
92 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 21,942 4,382
93 Springfield, FL 9,319 4,398
94 North Miami, FL 62,489 4,427
95 Belle Glade, FL 19,654 4,452
96 Pensacola, FL 52,642 4,456
97 Cutler Bay, FL 44,222 4,457
98 Miami Beach, FL 90,108 4,505
99 Marathon, FL 8,702 4,514
100 Parkland, FL 31,454 4,534

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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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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