The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Arizona

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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 Arizona 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 58 cities in Arizona from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Holbrook
  2. Winslow
  3. Maricopa
  4. Coolidge
  5. Phoenix
  6. Glendale
  7. Avondale
  8. Florence
  9. Tempe
  10. Tucson

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

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

Holbrook, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,037

HHI: 2,908
% White: 40.3%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Holbrook: PhotosData

Winslow, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 9,476

HHI: 2,962
% White: 25.1%
% African American: 3.9%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Winslow: PhotosData

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,629

HHI: 3,485
% White: 49.9%
% African American: 11.6%
% Asian: 4.0%
More on Maricopa: PhotosData

Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,685

HHI: 3,538
% White: 38.1%
% African American: 7.7%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Coolidge: PhotosData

Phoenix, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,633,017

HHI: 3,693
% White: 42.5%
% African American: 6.7%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Phoenix: PhotosData

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 247,813

HHI: 3,758
% White: 47.2%
% African American: 6.3%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Glendale: PhotosData

Avondale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 84,736

HHI: 3,775
% White: 31.0%
% African American: 10.2%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Avondale: PhotosData

Florence, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,420

HHI: 3,782
% White: 46.3%
% African American: 6.9%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Florence: PhotosData

Tempe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 187,454

HHI: 3,846
% White: 56.7%
% African American: 6.5%
% Asian: 8.9%
More on Tempe: PhotosData

Tucson, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 541,482

HHI: 3,868
% White: 43.9%
% African American: 4.8%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Tucson: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Arizona 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 Arizona.

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 58 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 2,908 (Holbrook) to 9,417 (San Luis).

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

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

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

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

  1. San Luis
  2. Somerton
  3. Nogales

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arizona For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Holbrook, AZ 5,037 2,908
2 Winslow, AZ 9,476 2,962
3 Maricopa, AZ 48,629 3,485
4 Coolidge, AZ 12,685 3,538
5 Phoenix, AZ 1,633,017 3,693
6 Glendale, AZ 247,813 3,758
7 Avondale, AZ 84,736 3,775
8 Florence, AZ 26,420 3,782
9 Tempe, AZ 187,454 3,846
10 Tucson, AZ 541,482 3,868
11 Casa Grande, AZ 55,653 3,875
12 El Mirage, AZ 35,333 3,921
13 Eloy, AZ 18,666 3,947
14 Goodyear, AZ 80,371 3,959
15 Chandler, AZ 252,692 4,002
16 Sierra Vista, AZ 43,398 4,008
17 Youn, AZ 6,802 4,156
18 Globe, AZ 7,348 4,178
19 Page, AZ 7,531 4,321
20 Mesa, AZ 499,720 4,555
21 Safford, AZ 9,749 4,593
22 Marana, AZ 45,279 4,604
23 Flagstaff, AZ 72,402 4,614
24 Camp Verde, AZ 11,196 4,671
25 Yuma, AZ 96,349 4,677
26 Sahuarita, AZ 29,905 4,682
27 Bisbee, AZ 5,203 5,137
28 Surprise, AZ 135,450 5,151
29 Gilbert, AZ 243,254 5,161
30 Peoria, AZ 168,196 5,200
31 South Tucson, AZ 5,667 5,258
32 Bullhead City, AZ 40,252 5,585
33 Guadalupe, AZ 6,482 5,621
34 Prescott Valley, AZ 44,311 5,930
35 Queen Creek, AZ 43,129 5,938
36 Thatcher, AZ 5,047 5,958
37 Show Low, AZ 11,130 6,068
38 Kingman, AZ 29,726 6,082
39 Oro Valley, AZ 44,630 6,146
40 Douglas, AZ 16,307 6,154
41 Chino Valley, AZ 11,670 6,288
42 Cottonwood, AZ 11,959 6,345
43 Litchfield Park, AZ 6,073 6,361
44 Apache Junction, AZ 40,592 6,582
45 Scottsdale, AZ 250,602 6,600
46 Lake Havasu City, AZ 54,495 6,640
47 Snowflake, AZ 5,811 6,955
48 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,362 6,986
49 Payson, AZ 15,545 7,323
50 Tolleson, AZ 7,246 7,513
51 Wickenburg, AZ 7,495 7,644
52 Sedona, AZ 10,322 7,762
53 Prescott, AZ 42,785 7,851
54 Fountain Hills, AZ 24,729 8,340
55 Cave Creek, AZ 5,670 8,504
56 Nogales, AZ 20,201 8,939
57 Somerton, AZ 16,146 9,241
58 San Luis, AZ 32,985 9,417

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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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