The 10 Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota

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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 North Dakota 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 13 cities in North Dakota from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in North Dakota for 2021:

  1. Williston
  2. Devils Lake
  3. Watford City
  4. Minot
  5. Grand Forks
  6. Fargo
  7. Dickinson
  8. Wahpeton
  9. Mandan
  10. Bismarck

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

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

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,250

HHI: 5,987
% White: 76.5%
% African American: 5.5%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Williston: PhotosData

Devils Lake, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,344

HHI: 6,243
% White: 77.6%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Devils Lake: PhotosData

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,912

HHI: 6,312
% White: 77.9%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Watford City: PhotosData

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,261

HHI: 6,630
% White: 80.9%
% African American: 4.2%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Minot: PhotosData

Grand Forks, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 56,500

HHI: 6,892
% White: 82.7%
% African American: 4.0%
% Asian: 3.3%
More on Grand Forks: PhotosData

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 121,889

HHI: 6,915
% White: 82.7%
% African American: 7.0%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Fargo: PhotosData

Dickinson, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,882

HHI: 7,341
% White: 85.4%
% African American: 2.4%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Dickinson: PhotosData

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,802

HHI: 7,395
% White: 85.7%
% African American: 1.3%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Wahpeton: PhotosData

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,301

HHI: 7,668
% White: 87.3%
% African American: 1.4%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Mandan: PhotosData

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 72,777

HHI: 7,786
% White: 88.1%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Bismarck: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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 6,000 people. That left us with 13 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 5,987 (Williston) to 8,164 (Jamestown).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Dakota 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 North Dakota

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

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

  1. Jamestown
  2. West Fargo
  3. Valley City

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In North Dakota For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Williston, ND 27,250 5,987
2 Devils Lake, ND 7,344 6,243
3 Watford City, ND 6,912 6,312
4 Minot, ND 48,261 6,630
5 Grand Forks, ND 56,500 6,892
6 Fargo, ND 121,889 6,915
7 Dickinson, ND 22,882 7,341
8 Wahpeton, ND 7,802 7,395
9 Mandan, ND 22,301 7,668
10 Bismarck, ND 72,777 7,786
11 Valley City, ND 6,460 7,934
12 West Fargo, ND 35,397 7,995
13 Jamestown, ND 15,289 8,164

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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.

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