Most Diverse Cities In Nevada For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in Nevada.

Most Diverse Cities In Nevada

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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 Nevada 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 12 cities in Nevada from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Nevada for 2020:

  1. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  2. Las Vegas (Photos)
  3. Sparks (Photos)
  4. Reno (Photos)
  5. Henderson (Photos)
  6. Winnemucca (Photos)
  7. Fallon (Photos)
  8. Elko (Photos)
  9. Carson City (Photos)
  10. Fernley (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in Nevada? According to the most Census data, North Las Vegas took the number one over all spot for diversity in Nevada.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Nevada 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 Nevada For 2020

North Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 236,986

HHI: 2,893
% White: 27.3%
% African American: 20.2%
% Asian: 6.1%
More on North Las Vegas: PhotosData

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 626,637

HHI: 3,218
% White: 44.2%
% African American: 11.6%
% Asian: 6.4%
More on Las Vegas: PhotosData

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Sparks, NV

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Population: 98,524

HHI: 4,286
% White: 58.1%
% African American: 2.2%
% Asian: 5.6%
More on Sparks: PhotosData

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Reno, NV

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Population: 242,633

HHI: 4,406
% White: 61.1%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 6.4%
More on Reno: PhotosData

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah's Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

Henderson, NV

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Population: 291,346

HHI: 4,729
% White: 66.0%
% African American: 5.4%
% Asian: 7.7%
More on Henderson: PhotosData

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,798

HHI: 4,885
% White: 60.4%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Winnemucca: PhotosData

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

Fallon, NV

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Population: 8,330

HHI: 5,085
% White: 69.3%
% African American: 3.7%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Fallon: PhotosData

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley.

Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The "Heart O' Gold" cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,247

HHI: 5,131
% White: 66.0%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 1.9%
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Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

Carson City, NV

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Population: 54,467

HHI: 5,135
% White: 67.5%
% African American: 1.7%
% Asian: 2.6%
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Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.

Fernley, NV

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Population: 19,573

HHI: 5,790
% White: 73.8%
% African American: 1.5%
% Asian: 1.2%
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Coordinates: 393555N 1191254W 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place. The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

How we determined the most diverse cities in Nevada for 2020

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 Nevada.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2014-2018 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 7,000 people. That left us with 12 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 2,893 (North Las Vegas) to 7,557 (Boulder City).

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

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

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

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

  1. Boulder City
  2. Mesquite
  3. Fernley

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Nevada For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 North Las Vegas, NV 236,986 2,893
2 Las Vegas, NV 626,637 3,218
3 Sparks, NV 98,524 4,286
4 Reno, NV 242,633 4,406
5 Henderson, NV 291,346 4,729
6 Winnemucca, NV 7,798 4,885
7 Fallon, NV 8,330 5,085
8 Elko, NV 20,247 5,131
9 Carson City, NV 54,467 5,135
10 Fernley, NV 19,573 5,790
11 Mesquite, NV 17,904 5,816
12 Boulder City, NV 15,680 7,557

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About Chris Kolmar

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