The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2021


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

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


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 98 cities in Tennessee from most to least diverse.

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

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

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 2021

La Vergne, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,411

HHI: 3,589
% White: 52.1%
% African American: 22.5%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on La Vergne: PhotosData

Clarksville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 152,934

HHI: 3,921
% White: 56.7%
% African American: 23.3%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Clarksville: PhotosData

Nashville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 663,750

HHI: 3,952
% White: 55.4%
% African American: 27.4%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on Nashville: PhotosData

Shelbyville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,591

HHI: 4,067
% White: 57.3%
% African American: 15.1%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Shelbyville: PhotosData

Springfield, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,092

HHI: 4,202
% White: 58.8%
% African American: 21.0%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Springfield: PhotosData

Jackson, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,870

HHI: 4,265
% White: 47.6%
% African American: 44.5%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Jackson: PhotosData

Chattanooga, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 179,690

HHI: 4,297
% White: 57.3%
% African American: 31.1%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Chattanooga: PhotosData

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,645

HHI: 4,400
% White: 61.5%
% African American: 22.5%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Millington: PhotosData

Ripley, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 7,947

HHI: 4,446
% White: 41.9%
% African American: 51.7%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Ripley: PhotosData

Humboldt, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,169

HHI: 4,522
% White: 49.3%
% African American: 45.5%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Humboldt: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 98 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 3,589 (La Vergne) to 9,356 (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.

There You Have It - 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. Church Hill
  3. Soddy-Daisy

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 La Vergne, TN 35,411 3,589
2 Clarksville, TN 152,934 3,921
3 Nashville, TN 663,750 3,952
4 Shelbyville, TN 21,591 4,067
5 Springfield, TN 17,092 4,202
6 Jackson, TN 66,870 4,265
7 Chattanooga, TN 179,690 4,297
8 Millington, TN 10,645 4,400
9 Ripley, TN 7,947 4,446
10 Humboldt, TN 8,169 4,522
11 Covington, TN 8,857 4,554
12 Collegedale, TN 11,275 4,719
13 Memphis, TN 651,932 4,789
14 Smyrna, TN 49,552 4,847
15 Murfreesboro, TN 136,366 4,860
16 Bolivar, TN 5,031 4,982
17 Dyersburg, TN 16,476 5,026
18 Fayetteville, TN 7,034 5,085
19 Columbia, TN 38,380 5,106
20 Brownsville, TN 9,647 5,112
21 East Ridge, TN 21,168 5,126
22 Morristown, TN 29,782 5,150
23 Goodlettsville, TN 16,870 5,152
24 Union City, TN 10,424 5,160
25 Lewisburg, TN 11,910 5,213
26 Milan, TN 7,672 5,256
27 Bartlett, TN 59,102 5,258
28 Collierville, TN 50,086 5,316
29 Pulaski, TN 7,643 5,474
30 Gallatin, TN 38,156 5,527
31 Knoxville, TN 186,173 5,567
32 Henderson, TN 6,289 5,670
33 Lebanon, TN 33,159 5,744
34 Paris, TN 10,043 5,846
35 Martin, TN 10,635 5,893
36 Lenoir City, TN 9,162 5,932
37 Munford, TN 6,034 5,937
38 Lakeland, TN 12,606 5,953
39 Cleveland, TN 44,595 6,000
40 Arlington, TN 11,697 6,092
41 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,229 6,129
42 Franklin, TN 77,939 6,148
43 Lexington, TN 7,848 6,198
44 Alcoa, TN 9,561 6,212
45 Oak Ridge, TN 29,037 6,397
46 Loudon, TN 5,747 6,404
47 Dayton, TN 7,344 6,623
48 Nolensville, TN 8,390 6,680
49 Mcminnville, TN 13,695 6,791
50 Millersville, TN 6,350 6,811
51 Athens, TN 13,851 6,812
52 Mount Juliet, TN 34,377 6,815
53 Sevierville, TN 16,743 6,828
54 Johnson City, TN 66,515 6,850
55 Winchester, TN 8,706 6,878
56 Dickson, TN 15,447 6,991
57 Tullahoma, TN 19,852 7,044
58 Hendersonville, TN 57,083 7,155
59 Red Bank, TN 11,745 7,161
60 Brentwood, TN 42,407 7,162
61 Savannah, TN 6,947 7,183
62 Manchester, TN 10,721 7,187
63 Hartsville/trousdale County, TN 10,231 7,201
64 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,877 7,325
65 Cookeville, TN 33,454 7,338
66 Greenbrier, TN 6,818 7,342
67 Spring Hill, TN 39,711 7,355
68 Portland, TN 12,729 7,358
69 Jefferson City, TN 8,237 7,447
70 Mckenzie, TN 5,328 7,463
71 Atoka, TN 9,241 7,493
72 Sweetwater, TN 5,873 7,569
73 Thompson's Station, TN 5,456 7,661
74 Greeneville, TN 14,942 7,754
75 Rockwood, TN 5,423 7,809
76 Newport, TN 6,848 7,857
77 Germantown, TN 39,193 7,882
78 Fairview, TN 8,762 7,887
79 Farragut, TN 22,631 7,914
80 Oakland, TN 7,893 7,949
81 Maryville, TN 28,974 8,024
82 Kingsport, TN 53,376 8,102
83 Elizabethton, TN 13,577 8,110
84 Kingston, TN 5,927 8,119
85 Harriman, TN 6,126 8,253
86 Bristol, TN 26,852 8,283
87 White House, TN 11,843 8,416
88 Crossville, TN 11,545 8,441
89 Erwin, TN 5,921 8,521
90 Lafayette, TN 5,171 8,543
91 Jonesborough, TN 5,427 8,555
92 Clinton, TN 9,964 8,599
93 Dunlap, TN 5,103 8,642
94 La Follette, TN 6,857 8,877
95 Mount Carmel, TN 5,293 9,153
96 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,398 9,205
97 Church Hill, TN 6,667 9,281
98 Signal Mountain, TN 8,539 9,356

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