The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Oregon For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Oregon

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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 Oregon 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 76 cities in Oregon from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Hillsboro
  2. Madras
  3. Umatilla
  4. Cornelius
  5. Gresham
  6. Beaverton
  7. Ontario
  8. Fairview
  9. Hermiston
  10. Woodburn

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

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

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 106,543

HHI: 3,826
% White: 55.5%
% African American: 2.2%
% Asian: 12.3%
More on Hillsboro: PhotosData

Madras, OR

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,777

HHI: 3,987
% White: 48.3%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 1.2%
More on Madras: PhotosData

Umatilla, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,162

HHI: 4,270
% White: 50.0%
% African American: 3.6%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Umatilla: PhotosData

Cornelius, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,638

HHI: 4,451
% White: 40.9%
% African American: 0.8%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Cornelius: PhotosData

Gresham, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 110,494

HHI: 4,504
% White: 63.1%
% African American: 4.6%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on Gresham: PhotosData

Beaverton, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 97,861

HHI: 4,524
% White: 63.8%
% African American: 2.3%
% Asian: 12.8%
More on Beaverton: PhotosData

Ontario, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,966

HHI: 4,658
% White: 50.8%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Ontario: PhotosData

Fairview, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,363

HHI: 4,780
% White: 66.3%
% African American: 5.7%
% Asian: 2.2%
More on Fairview: PhotosData

Hermiston, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,423

HHI: 4,783
% White: 51.1%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Hermiston: PhotosData

Woodburn, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,738

HHI: 4,791
% White: 39.5%
% African American: 0.6%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Woodburn: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 76 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 3,826 (Hillsboro) to 8,329 (Sutherlin).

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

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

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

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

  1. Sutherlin
  2. Florence
  3. Dallas

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Oregon For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Hillsboro, OR 106,543 3,826
2 Madras, OR 6,777 3,987
3 Umatilla, OR 7,162 4,270
4 Cornelius, OR 12,638 4,451
5 Gresham, OR 110,494 4,504
6 Beaverton, OR 97,861 4,524
7 Ontario, OR 10,966 4,658
8 Fairview, OR 9,363 4,780
9 Hermiston, OR 17,423 4,783
10 Woodburn, OR 25,738 4,791
11 Milton-Freewater, OR 7,037 4,806
12 Independence, OR 9,842 4,994
13 Salem, OR 169,259 5,041
14 Sheridan, OR 6,122 5,137
15 Monmouth, OR 10,282 5,150
16 Portland, OR 645,291 5,191
17 Forest Grove, OR 24,457 5,223
18 Troutdale, OR 16,466 5,233
19 Happy Valley, OR 20,971 5,249
20 Newport, OR 10,559 5,473
21 Stayton, OR 8,130 5,481
22 Tualatin, OR 27,527 5,534
23 Tigard, OR 53,312 5,548
24 Mcminnville, OR 34,010 5,625
25 Keizer, OR 38,980 5,782
26 Talent, OR 6,503 5,891
27 Wilsonville, OR 24,073 5,925
28 The Dalles, OR 15,448 5,941
29 Tillamook, OR 5,231 5,995
30 Corvallis, OR 58,028 6,010
31 Hood River, OR 7,715 6,040
32 Canby, OR 17,695 6,065
33 Medford, OR 81,145 6,076
34 Pendleton, OR 16,733 6,093
35 Klamath Falls, OR 21,335 6,100
36 Eugene, OR 168,302 6,216
37 Newberg, OR 23,396 6,245
38 Gladstone, OR 12,170 6,468
39 Springfield, OR 62,077 6,522
40 Warrenton, OR 5,549 6,528
41 Central Point, OR 18,376 6,625
42 Molalla, OR 9,155 6,637
43 Lincoln City, OR 8,826 6,679
44 Albany, OR 53,521 6,742
45 North Bend, OR 9,652 6,751
46 West Linn, OR 26,656 6,752
47 Astoria, OR 9,836 6,797
48 Redmond, OR 30,167 6,840
49 Coos Bay, OR 16,229 6,842
50 Cottage Grove, OR 10,182 6,849
51 Prineville, OR 10,035 6,859
52 Lake Oswego, OR 39,127 6,929
53 Milwaukie, OR 21,009 7,003
54 Sandy, OR 11,070 7,005
55 Creswell, OR 5,356 7,094
56 Winston, OR 5,416 7,100
57 La Grande, OR 13,310 7,249
58 Grants Pass, OR 37,545 7,271
59 St. Helens, OR 13,559 7,290
60 Junction City, OR 6,053 7,365
61 Bend, OR 93,917 7,404
62 Ashland, OR 21,056 7,425
63 Silverton, OR 10,242 7,501
64 Sherwood, OR 19,625 7,501
65 Lebanon, OR 16,870 7,511
66 Brookings, OR 6,431 7,511
67 Oregon City, OR 36,492 7,579
68 Roseburg, OR 23,083 7,592
69 Scappoose, OR 7,270 7,618
70 Seaside, OR 6,737 7,658
71 Sweet Home, OR 9,619 7,696
72 Eagle Point, OR 9,154 7,906
73 Baker City, OR 9,752 8,015
74 Dallas, OR 16,168 8,064
75 Florence, OR 8,921 8,125
76 Sutherlin, OR 8,033 8,329

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