The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Missouri For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Missouri

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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 Missouri 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 132 cities in Missouri from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Grandview
  2. Olivette
  3. St. Robert
  4. Kansas City
  5. Overland
  6. St. Louis
  7. Hazelwood
  8. University City
  9. Florissant
  10. Raytown

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

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

Grandview, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,069

HHI: 3,528
% White: 46.1%
% African American: 35.5%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Grandview: PhotosData

Olivette, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,849

HHI: 3,598
% White: 52.0%
% African American: 25.4%
% Asian: 14.6%
More on Olivette: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,122

HHI: 3,795
% White: 57.0%
% African American: 16.6%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on St. Robert: Data

Kansas City, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 486,404

HHI: 3,953
% White: 55.2%
% African American: 27.9%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Kansas City: PhotosData

Overland, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,715

HHI: 4,062
% White: 58.6%
% African American: 21.1%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Overland: PhotosData

St. Louis, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 308,174

HHI: 4,074
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 46.2%
% Asian: 3.3%
More on St. Louis: PhotosData

Hazelwood, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,319

HHI: 4,095
% White: 51.3%
% African American: 37.7%
% Asian: 3.3%
More on Hazelwood: PhotosData

University City, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 34,498

HHI: 4,159
% White: 53.4%
% African American: 35.6%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on University City: PhotosData

Florissant, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 51,455

HHI: 4,191
% White: 50.5%
% African American: 40.1%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Florissant: PhotosData

Raytown, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,264

HHI: 4,212
% White: 55.8%
% African American: 32.4%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Raytown: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 132 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 3,528 (Grandview) to 9,903 (Savannah).

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

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

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

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

  1. Savannah
  2. Arnold
  3. De Soto

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Missouri For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Grandview, MO 25,069 3,528
2 Olivette, MO 7,849 3,598
3 St. Robert, MO 6,122 3,795
4 Kansas City, MO 486,404 3,953
5 Overland, MO 15,715 4,062
6 St. Louis, MO 308,174 4,074
7 Hazelwood, MO 25,319 4,095
8 University City, MO 34,498 4,159
9 Florissant, MO 51,455 4,191
10 Raytown, MO 29,264 4,212
11 St. Ann, MO 12,744 4,355
12 St. John, MO 6,396 4,540
13 Maryland Heights, MO 27,080 4,568
14 Charleston, MO 5,614 4,583
15 Bridgeton, MO 11,606 4,630
16 Carthage, MO 14,708 4,711
17 Caruthersville, MO 5,616 4,839
18 Ferguson, MO 20,738 5,168
19 Monett, MO 8,984 5,285
20 Marshall, MO 12,949 5,294
21 Sikeston, MO 16,200 5,404
22 Jefferson City, MO 42,919 5,631
23 Maplewood, MO 8,051 5,634
24 Clayton, MO 16,588 5,634
25 Creve Coeur, MO 18,538 5,714
26 Waynesville, MO 5,257 5,731
27 Columbia, MO 121,230 5,736
28 Kennett, MO 10,062 5,756
29 Independence, MO 117,084 5,930
30 Neosho, MO 11,990 6,064
31 Bowling Green, MO 5,516 6,096
32 Gladstone, MO 27,126 6,259
33 Richmond Heights, MO 8,500 6,265
34 Bonne Terre, MO 7,165 6,267
35 Cameron, MO 9,665 6,339
36 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,517 6,373
37 Boonville, MO 8,418 6,383
38 Cape Girardeau, MO 39,566 6,392
39 Chesterfield, MO 47,605 6,494
40 Branson, MO 11,416 6,503
41 Sedalia, MO 21,633 6,551
42 Ellisville, MO 9,661 6,595
43 Poplar Bluff, MO 17,023 6,629
44 Warrensburg, MO 20,139 6,662
45 Raymore, MO 21,196 6,665
46 St. Charles, MO 70,171 6,688
47 Blue Springs, MO 54,850 6,724
48 St. Joseph, MO 75,913 6,760
49 Lee's Summit, MO 97,275 6,815
50 Black Jack, MO 6,932 6,830
51 Manchester, MO 18,110 6,838
52 Moberly, MO 13,707 6,896
53 Brentwood, MO 8,005 6,987
54 Joplin, MO 50,386 7,009
55 Belton, MO 23,425 7,023
56 Town And Country, MO 11,077 7,169
57 Mexico, MO 11,543 7,201
58 Fulton, MO 12,779 7,221
59 Rolla, MO 20,169 7,242
60 Berkeley, MO 8,927 7,249
61 Springfield, MO 167,051 7,333
62 Battlefield, MO 6,240 7,398
63 Dellwood, MO 5,013 7,438
64 O'fallon, MO 87,242 7,508
65 Macon, MO 5,358 7,528
66 St. Peters, MO 57,273 7,553
67 Liberty, MO 31,328 7,599
68 Osage Beach, MO 5,080 7,610
69 Aurora, MO 7,438 7,641
70 Grain Valley, MO 13,966 7,667
71 Jennings, MO 14,712 7,719
72 Ladue, MO 8,601 7,727
73 Hannibal, MO 17,320 7,733
74 Wildwood, MO 35,459 7,740
75 Webb City, MO 11,721 7,762
76 Pevely, MO 5,893 7,763
77 Ballwin, MO 30,252 7,817
78 Kirkwood, MO 27,708 7,818
79 Kirksville, MO 17,554 7,850
80 Farmington, MO 18,515 7,887
81 Pleasant Hill, MO 8,510 7,929
82 Lebanon, MO 14,652 7,934
83 Valley Park, MO 6,799 7,958
84 Chillicothe, MO 9,162 8,015
85 Lake St. Louis, MO 15,989 8,015
86 Eureka, MO 10,666 8,042
87 Troy, MO 12,079 8,051
88 Shrewsbury, MO 6,150 8,061
89 Excelsior Springs, MO 11,640 8,064
90 Richmond, MO 5,628 8,065
91 Maryville, MO 11,696 8,077
92 Dardenne Prairie, MO 13,293 8,081
93 Greenwood, MO 6,247 8,086
94 Bolivar, MO 10,880 8,087
95 Wentzville, MO 38,841 8,103
96 Smithville, MO 9,884 8,114
97 Clinton, MO 9,118 8,132
98 Harrisonville, MO 10,043 8,177
99 Parkville, MO 6,724 8,230
100 Nixa, MO 21,544 8,239

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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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