The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Ohio

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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 Ohio 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 253 cities in Ohio from most to least diverse.

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

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

Whitehall, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,915

HHI: 3,239
% White: 37.3%
% African American: 39.2%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Whitehall: PhotosData

Springdale, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,217

HHI: 3,497
% White: 43.0%
% African American: 37.0%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Springdale: PhotosData

Cleveland, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 385,282

HHI: 3,621
% White: 33.8%
% African American: 48.2%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Cleveland: PhotosData

Youngstown, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 64,783

HHI: 3,633
% White: 42.9%
% African American: 40.7%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Youngstown: PhotosData

Campbell, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,889

HHI: 3,636
% White: 51.6%
% African American: 20.6%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Campbell: PhotosData

Forest Park, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,657

HHI: 3,676
% White: 20.1%
% African American: 55.9%
% Asian: 5.7%
More on Forest Park: PhotosData

Lorain, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 63,801

HHI: 3,720
% White: 51.6%
% African American: 15.3%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Lorain: PhotosData

Painesville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,845

HHI: 3,802
% White: 53.4%
% African American: 15.0%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Painesville: PhotosData

Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 878,553

HHI: 3,945
% White: 55.1%
% African American: 28.6%
% Asian: 5.8%
More on Columbus: PhotosData

Cleveland Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 44,571

HHI: 3,993
% White: 47.9%
% African American: 40.7%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Cleveland Heights: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Ohio 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 Ohio.

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 253 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 3,239 (Whitehall) to 9,869 (Germantown).

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

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

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

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

  1. Germantown
  2. Wellston
  3. Canal Fulton

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Ohio For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Whitehall, OH 18,915 3,239
2 Springdale, OH 11,217 3,497
3 Cleveland, OH 385,282 3,621
4 Youngstown, OH 64,783 3,633
5 Campbell, OH 7,889 3,636
6 Forest Park, OH 18,657 3,676
7 Lorain, OH 63,801 3,720
8 Painesville, OH 19,845 3,802
9 Columbus, OH 878,553 3,945
10 Cleveland Heights, OH 44,571 3,993
11 South Euclid, OH 21,572 4,005
12 Cincinnati, OH 301,394 4,116
13 Shaker Heights, OH 27,387 4,244
14 Dayton, OH 140,569 4,251
15 Richmond Heights, OH 10,406 4,263
16 Toledo, OH 276,614 4,269
17 Akron, OH 198,051 4,301
18 Garfield Heights, OH 27,814 4,369
19 Reynoldsburg, OH 38,129 4,414
20 North College Hill, OH 9,335 4,424
21 Mount Healthy, OH 6,767 4,441
22 Bedford, OH 12,631 4,483
23 Lima, OH 37,117 4,596
24 Brooklyn, OH 10,773 4,652
25 Sandusky, OH 24,829 4,729
26 Canton, OH 71,243 4,769
27 Grafton, OH 5,996 4,807
28 Groveport, OH 5,617 4,829
29 Euclid, OH 47,159 4,931
30 Warren, OH 39,307 5,098
31 Willoughby Hills, OH 9,527 5,167
32 Oberlin, OH 8,296 5,168
33 Beachwood, OH 11,663 5,254
34 Trotwood, OH 24,375 5,264
35 Fairfield, OH 42,634 5,275
36 Mansfield, OH 46,576 5,306
37 Solon, OH 22,947 5,319
38 Clayton, OH 13,205 5,356
39 University Heights, OH 13,025 5,360
40 Fremont, OH 16,073 5,451
41 Elyria, OH 53,821 5,459
42 Springfield, OH 59,132 5,466
43 Pickerington, OH 20,631 5,501
44 Dublin, OH 46,499 5,529
45 Blue Ash, OH 12,252 5,542
46 Twinsburg, OH 18,707 5,589
47 Huber Heights, OH 40,006 5,704
48 Maple Heights, OH 22,383 5,923
49 Mayfield Heights, OH 18,669 5,991
50 Sharonville, OH 14,133 6,010
51 West Carrollton, OH 12,913 6,126
52 Steubenville, OH 17,988 6,127
53 Riverside, OH 25,093 6,139
54 Kent, OH 29,811 6,226
55 Englewood, OH 13,463 6,231
56 New Albany, OH 10,925 6,239
57 Willard, OH 6,041 6,267
58 Fostoria, OH 13,316 6,309
59 Fairlawn, OH 7,514 6,339
60 Bedford Heights, OH 10,565 6,367
61 Fairborn, OH 33,462 6,414
62 Cheviot, OH 8,254 6,465
63 Middletown, OH 48,621 6,474
64 Gahanna, OH 35,268 6,482
65 Ashtabula, OH 18,171 6,490
66 Defiance, OH 16,990 6,508
67 Oxford, OH 22,700 6,542
68 Parma Heights, OH 20,045 6,551
69 Mason, OH 33,224 6,555
70 Hamilton, OH 62,182 6,568
71 Norwood, OH 19,883 6,597
72 Wyoming, OH 8,548 6,621
73 Orrville, OH 8,339 6,664
74 Obetz, OH 5,024 6,678
75 Pataskala, OH 15,585 6,769
76 Reading, OH 10,353 6,795
77 Athens, OH 24,984 6,797
78 Lyndhurst, OH 13,533 6,859
79 Xenia, OH 26,534 6,862
80 Wauseon, OH 7,413 6,901
81 Powell, OH 13,141 6,963
82 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,573 6,966
83 Marion, OH 36,188 6,967
84 Zanesville, OH 25,200 6,975
85 Pepper Pike, OH 6,269 6,998
86 Macedonia, OH 11,873 7,003
87 Bowling Green, OH 31,526 7,013
88 Hilliard, OH 36,411 7,065
89 Lakewood, OH 50,259 7,093
90 Beavercreek, OH 46,942 7,169
91 The Village Of Indian Hill, OH 5,762 7,190
92 Findlay, OH 41,335 7,200
93 Westerville, OH 39,877 7,204
94 Bexley, OH 13,786 7,206
95 Streetsboro, OH 16,406 7,206
96 Moraine, OH 6,486 7,219
97 Brook Park, OH 18,617 7,222
98 Berea, OH 18,788 7,223
99 Alliance, OH 21,842 7,247
100 Centerville, OH 23,796 7,253

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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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