The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas

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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 Arkansas 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 63 cities in Arkansas from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Hope
  2. Warren
  3. Springdale
  4. Little Rock
  5. Jacksonville
  6. Fort Smith
  7. North Little Rock
  8. Marion
  9. El Dorado
  10. Siloam Springs

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

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

Hope, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,768

HHI: 3,443
% White: 31.3%
% African American: 44.6%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Hope: PhotosData

Warren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,646

HHI: 3,568
% White: 34.9%
% African American: 43.5%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Warren: PhotosData

Springdale, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 79,598

HHI: 3,710
% White: 47.2%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Springdale: PhotosData

Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 197,958

HHI: 3,867
% White: 45.1%
% African American: 42.0%
% Asian: 3.3%
More on Little Rock: PhotosData

Jacksonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,456

HHI: 4,024
% White: 49.3%
% African American: 39.2%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Jacksonville: PhotosData

Fort Smith, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 87,743

HHI: 4,052
% White: 59.4%
% African American: 9.4%
% Asian: 6.2%
More on Fort Smith: PhotosData

North Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 66,075

HHI: 4,064
% White: 45.8%
% African American: 43.8%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on North Little Rock: PhotosData

Marion, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,404

HHI: 4,079
% White: 53.3%
% African American: 34.2%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Marion: PhotosData

El Dorado, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 17,982

HHI: 4,181
% White: 43.5%
% African American: 47.4%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on El Dorado: PhotosData

Siloam Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,715

HHI: 4,219
% White: 60.1%
% African American: 0.9%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Siloam Springs: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 63 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 3,443 (Hope) to 8,907 (Mountain Home).

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

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

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

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

  1. Mountain Home
  2. Greenwood
  3. Walnut Ridge

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Arkansas For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Hope, AR 9,768 3,443
2 Warren, AR 5,646 3,568
3 Springdale, AR 79,598 3,710
4 Little Rock, AR 197,958 3,867
5 Jacksonville, AR 28,456 4,024
6 Fort Smith, AR 87,743 4,052
7 North Little Rock, AR 66,075 4,064
8 Marion, AR 12,404 4,079
9 El Dorado, AR 17,982 4,181
10 Siloam Springs, AR 16,715 4,219
11 Osceola, AR 6,908 4,249
12 White Hall, AR 5,078 4,442
13 Magnolia, AR 11,562 4,495
14 Texarkana, AR 29,901 4,522
15 Rogers, AR 66,344 4,601
16 Clarksville, AR 9,601 4,603
17 West Memphis, AR 24,823 4,618
18 Arkadelphia, AR 10,670 4,619
19 Monticello, AR 9,508 4,641
20 Camden, AR 10,999 4,668
21 De Queen, AR 6,556 4,738
22 Blytheville, AR 14,011 4,754
23 Malvern, AR 10,920 4,788
24 Stuttgart, AR 8,720 4,924
25 Hot Springs, AR 38,559 5,008
26 Wynne, AR 7,934 5,027
27 Berryville, AR 5,442 5,109
28 Newport, AR 7,616 5,120
29 Jonesboro, AR 76,036 5,137
30 Bentonville, AR 49,467 5,203
31 Lowell, AR 9,175 5,270
32 Morrilton, AR 6,645 5,296
33 Sherwood, AR 31,004 5,473
34 Russellville, AR 29,193 5,543
35 Conway, AR 66,127 5,610
36 Forrest City, AR 14,285 5,647
37 Maumelle, AR 18,142 5,804
38 Van Buren, AR 23,413 5,830
39 Fayetteville, AR 85,166 6,114
40 Batesville, AR 10,706 6,256
41 Pine Bluff, AR 43,091 6,257
42 Centerton, AR 14,203 6,368
43 Helena-West Helena, AR 10,749 6,425
44 Searcy, AR 23,767 6,578
45 Bryant, AR 20,231 6,758
46 Benton, AR 35,679 6,985
47 Trumann, AR 7,059 7,371
48 Cabot, AR 26,217 7,566
49 Alma, AR 5,742 7,608
50 Ward, AR 5,060 7,925
51 Farmington, AR 6,992 7,993
52 Pea Ridge, AR 5,717 8,042
53 Prairie Grove, AR 5,845 8,281
54 Heber Springs, AR 6,992 8,329
55 Paragould, AR 28,568 8,344
56 Mena, AR 5,558 8,391
57 Harrison, AR 13,063 8,395
58 Pocahontas, AR 6,528 8,494
59 Greenbrier, AR 5,478 8,518
60 Beebe, AR 8,078 8,558
61 Walnut Ridge, AR 5,098 8,674
62 Greenwood, AR 9,387 8,835
63 Mountain Home, AR 12,393 8,907

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