The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island For 2021

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

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

Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island

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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 Rhode Island 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 8 cities in Rhode Island from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Rhode Island for 2021:

  1. Providence
  2. Pawtucket
  3. Woonsocket
  4. Central Falls
  5. Cranston
  6. Newport
  7. East Providence
  8. Warwick

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

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

Providence, RI

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Population: 179,494

HHI: 3,205
% White: 33.1%
% African American: 13.9%
% Asian: 5.9%
More on Providence: PhotosData

Pawtucket, RI

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 71,844

HHI: 3,249
% White: 48.2%
% African American: 15.9%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Pawtucket: PhotosData

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 41,603

HHI: 4,365
% White: 62.5%
% African American: 7.7%
% Asian: 5.8%
More on Woonsocket: PhotosData

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,429

HHI: 4,885
% White: 19.8%
% African American: 8.6%
% Asian: 0.6%
More on Central Falls: PhotosData

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 81,254

HHI: 5,135
% White: 69.4%
% African American: 5.3%
% Asian: 6.1%
More on Cranston: PhotosData

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 24,663

HHI: 6,115
% White: 77.2%
% African American: 6.3%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Newport: PhotosData

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 47,483

HHI: 6,337
% White: 78.9%
% African American: 6.2%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on East Providence: PhotosData

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 80,993

HHI: 7,732
% White: 87.7%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 3.0%
More on Warwick: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 19,000 people. That left us with 8 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 3,205 (Providence) to 7,732 (Warwick).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

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

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

  1. Warwick
  2. East Providence
  3. Newport

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Rhode Island For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Providence, RI 179,494 3,205
2 Pawtucket, RI 71,844 3,249
3 Woonsocket, RI 41,603 4,365
4 Central Falls, RI 19,429 4,885
5 Cranston, RI 81,254 5,135
6 Newport, RI 24,663 6,115
7 East Providence, RI 47,483 6,337
8 Warwick, RI 80,993 7,732

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About Chris Kolmar

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