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 99 cities in Tennessee from most to least diverse.
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.
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The 10 Most Diverse Places In Tennessee For 2023
% White: 48.0%
% African American: 23.5%
% Asian: 3.6%
More on La Vergne: Data
% White: 53.0%
% African American: 20.9%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Springfield: Data
% White: 56.7%
% African American: 21.8%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Clarksville: Data
% White: 55.0%
% African American: 26.9%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Nashville: Data
% White: 54.1%
% African American: 30.8%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Millington: Data
% White: 58.3%
% African American: 11.9%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Shelbyville: Data
% White: 56.3%
% African American: 30.3%
% Asian: 2.7%
More on Chattanooga: Data
% White: 60.0%
% African American: 20.5%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Goodlettsville: Data
% White: 45.5%
% African American: 45.7%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Jackson: Data
% White: 61.6%
% African American: 17.0%
% Asian: 5.0%
More on Smyrna: Data
Methodology: How we determined the most diverse cities in Tennessee for 2023
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the Census — and Saturday Night Science. So that’s where we went to get the race breakdown across Tennessee.
That leads us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2017-2021 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
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 99 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 3,302 (La Vergne) to 9,377 (Mount Carmel).
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 Mount Carmel was the least diverse city.
We updated this article for 2023. This report is our tenth time ranking the most diverse places in Tennessee.
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:
- Mount Carmel
- Signal Mountain
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