The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania

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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 Pennsylvania 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 187 cities in Pennsylvania from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Norri
  2. York
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Coatesville
  5. Steelton
  6. Harrisburg
  7. Lancaster
  8. Folcroft
  9. Allentown
  10. Easton

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

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

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,443

HHI: 2,865
% White: 27.9%
% African American: 36.3%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Norri: Data

York, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 44,022

HHI: 3,031
% White: 36.2%
% African American: 23.7%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on York: PhotosData

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,579,075

HHI: 3,128
% White: 34.5%
% African American: 40.8%
% Asian: 7.2%
More on Philadelphia: PhotosData

Coatesville, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,136

HHI: 3,167
% White: 25.5%
% African American: 41.3%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Coatesville: PhotosData

Steelton, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,953

HHI: 3,245
% White: 38.1%
% African American: 36.1%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Steelton: PhotosData

Harrisburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 49,209

HHI: 3,265
% White: 24.1%
% African American: 46.7%
% Asian: 4.6%
More on Harrisburg: PhotosData

Lancaster, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,433

HHI: 3,286
% White: 40.1%
% African American: 13.0%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Lancaster: PhotosData

Folcroft, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,627

HHI: 3,896
% White: 50.7%
% African American: 34.8%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Folcroft: PhotosData

Allentown, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 120,915

HHI: 3,923
% White: 32.4%
% African American: 10.2%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Allentown: PhotosData

Easton, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,122

HHI: 3,940
% White: 56.8%
% African American: 13.2%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Easton: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 187 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 2,865 (Norri) to 9,920 (Blakely).

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

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

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

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

  1. Blakely
  2. Palmerton
  3. Clearfield

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Norri, PA 34,443 2,865
2 York, PA 44,022 3,031
3 Philadelphia, PA 1,579,075 3,128
4 Coatesville, PA 13,136 3,167
5 Steelton, PA 5,953 3,245
6 Harrisburg, PA 49,209 3,265
7 Lancaster, PA 59,433 3,286
8 Folcroft, PA 6,627 3,896
9 Allentown, PA 120,915 3,923
10 Easton, PA 27,122 3,940
11 Lansdowne, PA 10,638 4,040
12 East Stroudsburg, PA 10,333 4,080
13 Mckees Rocks, PA 5,919 4,166
14 Duquesne, PA 5,543 4,177
15 Bethlehem, PA 75,461 4,246
16 Collingdale, PA 8,791 4,251
17 Wilkes-Barre, PA 40,867 4,273
18 Lebanon, PA 25,793 4,335
19 Oxford, PA 5,515 4,375
20 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,485 4,413
21 Aliquippa, PA 9,004 4,435
22 Wilson, PA 7,797 4,443
23 Pott, PA 22,670 4,556
24 Kennett Square, PA 6,190 4,574
25 Mckeesport, PA 19,225 4,593
26 Chambersburg, PA 20,832 4,753
27 Swissvale, PA 8,760 4,753
28 Pittsburgh, PA 302,205 4,753
29 Stroudsburg, PA 5,499 4,844
30 Hazleton, PA 24,857 4,864
31 Clairton, PA 6,619 4,914
32 Chester, PA 33,982 5,002
33 Downin, PA 7,926 5,005
34 Reading, PA 88,232 5,020
35 Erie, PA 97,263 5,044
36 Bristol, PA 9,605 5,087
37 Ambler, PA 6,489 5,164
38 Lansdale, PA 16,675 5,270
39 Beaver Falls, PA 8,464 5,434
40 Scranton, PA 77,054 5,445
41 Morrisville, PA 8,573 5,450
42 Columbia, PA 10,382 5,457
43 Sharon Hill, PA 5,684 5,525
44 Uniontown, PA 9,837 5,530
45 Middl, PA 9,315 5,658
46 Clifton Heights, PA 6,696 5,723
47 Coraopolis, PA 5,488 5,773
48 Johnstown, PA 19,569 5,835
49 Turtle Creek, PA 5,197 5,893
50 Ambridge, PA 6,707 5,894
51 Souderton, PA 6,962 5,942
52 West Chester, PA 20,034 6,008
53 Sharon, PA 13,227 6,273
54 Gettysburg, PA 7,689 6,291
55 Washington, PA 13,532 6,336
56 Williamsport, PA 28,562 6,347
57 State College, PA 42,275 6,359
58 Carlisle, PA 19,153 6,384
59 Jeannette, PA 9,216 6,444
60 Monessen, PA 7,344 6,497
61 Franklin Park, PA 14,589 6,563
62 Forest Hills, PA 6,377 6,609
63 Collegeville, PA 5,152 6,652
64 New Holland, PA 5,457 6,662
65 New Castle, PA 21,991 6,675
66 Catasauqua, PA 6,568 6,699
67 Phoenixville, PA 16,895 6,740
68 Shillington, PA 5,300 6,751
69 Swarthmore, PA 6,318 6,765
70 Mount Joy, PA 8,163 6,770
71 Baldwin, PA 19,752 6,799
72 Darby, PA 10,695 6,824
73 Wyomissing, PA 10,473 6,861
74 Munhall, PA 11,121 6,895
75 Millersville, PA 8,322 6,973
76 Hatboro, PA 7,449 6,997
77 New Kensington, PA 12,468 7,058
78 Whitehall, PA 13,517 7,059
79 Carnegie, PA 7,883 7,072
80 Bellevue, PA 8,146 7,081
81 New Brighton, PA 5,780 7,102
82 Camp Hill, PA 7,911 7,133
83 Selinsgrove, PA 5,927 7,161
84 Palmyra, PA 7,536 7,190
85 Northampton, PA 9,847 7,217
86 Media, PA 5,487 7,237
87 Shippensburg, PA 5,663 7,239
88 Glenolden, PA 7,161 7,267
89 Plymouth, PA 5,820 7,277
90 Quake, PA 8,827 7,293
91 Emmaus, PA 11,391 7,299
92 Indiana, PA 13,346 7,307
93 Olyphant, PA 5,064 7,365
94 Brentwood, PA 9,386 7,426
95 Helle, PA 5,831 7,471
96 California, PA 6,347 7,483
97 Meadville, PA 12,864 7,491
98 Pittston, PA 7,765 7,516
99 Canonsburg, PA 8,844 7,523
100 West Mifflin, PA 19,834 7,562

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