The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2022


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

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Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee

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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 Tennessee 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 97 cities in Tennessee from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in Tennessee for 2022:

  1. La Vergne
  2. Springfield
  3. Nashville
  4. Clarksville
  5. Millington
  6. Shelbyville
  7. Chattanooga
  8. Jackson
  9. Goodlettsville
  10. Ripley

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Tennessee 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 Tennessee For 2022

La Vergne, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,556

HHI: 3,513
% White: 50.6%
% African American: 24.9%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on La Vergne: PhotosData

Springfield, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,147

HHI: 3,754
% White: 53.7%
% African American: 21.5%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Springfield: PhotosData

Nashville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 667,070

HHI: 3,932
% White: 55.3%
% African American: 27.2%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Nashville: PhotosData

Clarksville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 156,092

HHI: 3,968
% White: 57.5%
% African American: 22.2%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Clarksville: PhotosData

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,650

HHI: 4,001
% White: 54.9%
% African American: 29.1%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Millington: PhotosData

Shelbyville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,841

HHI: 4,082
% White: 57.5%
% African American: 13.2%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Shelbyville: PhotosData

Chattanooga, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 181,370

HHI: 4,188
% White: 56.5%
% African American: 30.5%
% Asian: 2.9%
More on Chattanooga: PhotosData

Jackson, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 67,036

HHI: 4,269
% White: 46.9%
% African American: 45.3%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Jackson: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,829

HHI: 4,559
% White: 63.4%
% African American: 21.5%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Goodlettsville: Data

Ripley, TN

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 7,852

HHI: 4,579
% White: 40.5%
% African American: 54.0%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Methodology: How we determined the most diverse cities in Tennessee for 2022

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 Tennessee.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 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 97 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 3,513 (La Vergne) to 9,518 (Signal Mountain).

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Tennessee 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.

Summary: Diversity Across Tennessee

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

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

  1. Signal Mountain
  2. Soddy-Daisy
  3. Mount Carmel

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Race By City In Tennessee For 2022

Rank City Population HHI
1 La Vergne, TN 35,556 3,513
2 Springfield, TN 17,147 3,754
3 Nashville, TN 667,070 3,932
4 Clarksville, TN 156,092 3,968
5 Millington, TN 10,650 4,001
6 Shelbyville, TN 21,841 4,082
7 Chattanooga, TN 181,370 4,188
8 Jackson, TN 67,036 4,269
9 Goodlettsville, TN 16,829 4,559
10 Ripley, TN 7,852 4,579
11 Humboldt, TN 8,145 4,601
12 Covington, TN 8,863 4,607
13 Smyrna, TN 50,820 4,718
14 Murfreesboro, TN 141,704 4,771
15 Memphis, TN 650,910 4,793
16 Collegedale, TN 11,402 4,934
17 Columbia, TN 39,515 5,050
18 Dyersburg, TN 16,371 5,085
19 Morristown, TN 29,887 5,130
20 Bolivar, TN 5,005 5,136
21 Union City, TN 10,426 5,158
22 Fayetteville, TN 7,046 5,182
23 Brownsville, TN 9,497 5,261
24 Lebanon, TN 34,759 5,317
25 Milan, TN 7,642 5,319
26 Gallatin, TN 40,262 5,414
27 Bartlett, TN 59,252 5,433
28 Paris, TN 10,021 5,487
29 Lewisburg, TN 12,150 5,545
30 Knoxville, TN 187,487 5,565
31 Alcoa, TN 9,809 5,576
32 East Ridge, TN 21,187 5,595
33 Collierville, TN 50,596 5,614
34 Pulaski, TN 7,614 5,866
35 Henderson, TN 6,323 5,893
36 Arlington, TN 11,715 6,001
37 Franklin, TN 80,675 6,013
38 Martin, TN 10,585 6,088
39 Oak Ridge, TN 29,124 6,104
40 Lakeland, TN 12,644 6,114
41 Cleveland, TN 45,115 6,158
42 Lexington, TN 7,838 6,161
43 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,247 6,213
44 Millersville, TN 6,403 6,287
45 Athens, TN 13,931 6,290
46 Mckenzie, TN 5,517 6,421
47 Munford, TN 6,090 6,482
48 Manchester, TN 10,896 6,527
49 Mount Juliet, TN 35,834 6,570
50 Lenoir City, TN 9,191 6,653
51 Johnson City, TN 66,934 6,673
52 Mcminnville, TN 13,707 6,689
53 Sevierville, TN 17,185 6,698
54 Dayton, TN 7,357 6,724
55 Winchester, TN 8,818 6,724
56 Oakland, TN 8,135 6,853
57 Dickson, TN 15,500 6,925
58 Hartsville/trousdale County, TN 10,910 6,951
59 Cookeville, TN 33,922 6,996
60 Savannah, TN 6,934 7,074
61 Hendersonville, TN 57,888 7,094
62 Brentwood, TN 42,700 7,098
63 Spring Hill, TN 41,797 7,149
64 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,925 7,149
65 Red Bank, TN 11,785 7,203
66 Nolensville, TN 9,221 7,211
67 Newport, TN 6,865 7,333
68 Jefferson City, TN 8,220 7,357
69 Atoka, TN 9,407 7,373
70 Rockwood, TN 5,446 7,447
71 Tullahoma, TN 19,982 7,465
72 Sweetwater, TN 5,894 7,580
73 Greeneville, TN 14,938 7,617
74 Fairview, TN 8,989 7,621
75 Portland, TN 12,928 7,623
76 White House, TN 12,258 7,640
77 Greenbrier, TN 6,859 7,699
78 Germantown, TN 39,196 7,729
79 Farragut, TN 23,110 7,798
80 Kingston, TN 5,946 7,934
81 Maryville, TN 29,325 7,947
82 Elizabethton, TN 13,568 7,977
83 Thompson's Station, TN 6,116 7,993
84 Dunlap, TN 5,159 8,087
85 Kingsport, TN 53,699 8,175
86 Erwin, TN 5,910 8,295
87 Bristol, TN 26,973 8,311
88 Crossville, TN 11,704 8,315
89 Jonesborough, TN 5,539 8,322
90 Lafayette, TN 5,239 8,462
91 Harriman, TN 6,144 8,568
92 Clinton, TN 10,006 8,925
93 La Follette, TN 6,762 8,987
94 Church Hill, TN 6,664 9,057
95 Mount Carmel, TN 5,297 9,109
96 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,510 9,251
97 Signal Mountain, TN 8,574 9,518

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most diverse places in Tennessee.

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