The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Idaho For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Idaho

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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 Idaho 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 33 cities in Idaho from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Caldwell
  2. Burley
  3. Rupert
  4. Jerome
  5. Weiser
  6. Hailey
  7. Nampa
  8. Mountain Home
  9. Blackfoot
  10. Fruitland

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

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

Caldwell, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 54,887

HHI: 4,735
% White: 56.8%
% African American: 0.3%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Caldwell: PhotosData

Burley, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,313

HHI: 4,817
% White: 58.1%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Burley: PhotosData

Rupert, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,796

HHI: 4,837
% White: 52.7%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Rupert: PhotosData

Jerome, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,653

HHI: 5,061
% White: 61.1%
% African American: 0.1%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Jerome: PhotosData

Weiser, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,323

HHI: 5,298
% White: 66.1%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Weiser: PhotosData

Hailey, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,408

HHI: 5,415
% White: 66.1%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Hailey: PhotosData

Nampa, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 93,952

HHI: 5,526
% White: 70.1%
% African American: 0.7%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Nampa: PhotosData

Mountain Home, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,166

HHI: 5,791
% White: 74.6%
% African American: 2.8%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Mountain Home: PhotosData

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,907

HHI: 5,994
% White: 75.3%
% African American: 0.8%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Blackfoot: PhotosData

Fruitland, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,264

HHI: 6,110
% White: 75.7%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Fruitland: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Idaho 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 Idaho.

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 33 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 4,735 (Caldwell) to 8,923 (Hayden).

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

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

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

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

  1. Hayden
  2. Lewiston
  3. Post Falls

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Idaho For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Caldwell, ID 54,887 4,735
2 Burley, ID 10,313 4,817
3 Rupert, ID 5,796 4,837
4 Jerome, ID 11,653 5,061
5 Weiser, ID 5,323 5,298
6 Hailey, ID 8,408 5,415
7 Nampa, ID 93,952 5,526
8 Mountain Home, ID 14,166 5,791
9 Blackfoot, ID 11,907 5,994
10 Fruitland, ID 5,264 6,110
11 Payette, ID 7,487 6,122
12 Twin Falls, ID 48,951 6,273
13 Emmett, ID 6,770 6,385
14 Idaho Falls, ID 61,459 6,685
15 Boise City, ID 226,115 7,017
16 Pocatello, ID 55,525 7,055
17 Chubbuck, ID 14,995 7,078
18 Kuna, ID 19,580 7,264
19 Preston, ID 5,376 7,302
20 Meridian, ID 101,905 7,465
21 Rexburg, ID 28,414 7,531
22 Moscow, ID 25,319 7,589
23 Garden City, ID 11,819 7,687
24 Star, ID 9,115 7,767
25 Ammon, ID 15,859 7,770
26 Coeur D'alene, ID 50,540 7,876
27 Eagle, ID 26,514 7,937
28 Middleton, ID 7,556 8,084
29 Sandpoint, ID 8,386 8,195
30 Rathdrum, ID 8,284 8,201
31 Post Falls, ID 33,225 8,287
32 Lewiston, ID 32,664 8,367
33 Hayden, ID 14,698 8,923

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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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