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 Oklahoma 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 73 cities in Oklahoma from most to least diverse.
So what city is the most diverse in Oklahoma? According to the most Census data, Anadarko took the number one over all spot for diversity in Oklahoma.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Oklahoma ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.
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The 10 Most Diverse Places In Oklahoma For 2023
% White: 31.9%
% African American: 6.3%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Anadarko: Data
% White: 44.6%
% African American: 20.1%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Hugo: Data
% White: 49.4%
% African American: 15.0%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Muskogee: Data
% White: 49.1%
% African American: 17.8%
% Asian: 2.9%
More on Lawton: Data
% White: 49.6%
% African American: 17.3%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Idabel: Data
% White: 45.9%
% African American: 2.2%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Tahlequah: Data
% White: 49.8%
% African American: 17.3%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Okmulgee: Data
% White: 46.8%
% African American: 11.1%
% Asian: 4.8%
More on Warr Acres: Data
% White: 53.2%
% African American: 14.6%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Tulsa: Data
% White: 53.1%
% African American: 13.6%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Oklahoma City: Data
Methodology: How we determined the most diverse cities in Oklahoma for 2023
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the Census — and Saturday Night Science. So that’s where we went to get the race breakdown across Oklahoma.
That leads us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2017-2021 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
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 73 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 2,676 (Anadarko) to 7,143 (Tuttle).
Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI, with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Anadarko took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Tuttle was the least diverse city.
We updated this article for 2023. This report is our tenth time ranking the most diverse places in Oklahoma.
Summary: Diversity Across Oklahoma
If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across Oklahoma, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in Oklahoma:
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