The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Texas

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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 Texas 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 353 cities in Texas from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Stafford
  2. Killeen
  3. Selma
  4. Missouri City
  5. Irving
  6. Pearland
  7. Arlington
  8. Addison
  9. Garland
  10. Carrollton

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

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

Stafford, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 17,206

HHI: 2,396
% White: 19.6%
% African American: 29.5%
% Asian: 21.2%
More on Stafford: PhotosData

Killeen, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 145,686

HHI: 2,755
% White: 28.1%
% African American: 34.9%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Killeen: PhotosData

Selma, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,419

HHI: 2,763
% White: 33.0%
% African American: 13.2%
% Asian: 7.4%
More on Selma: PhotosData

Missouri City, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 74,557

HHI: 2,800
% White: 21.8%
% African American: 41.6%
% Asian: 17.8%
More on Missouri City: PhotosData

Irving, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 239,783

HHI: 2,832
% White: 21.6%
% African American: 13.8%
% Asian: 19.6%
More on Irving: PhotosData

Pearland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 122,078

HHI: 2,837
% White: 42.2%
% African American: 17.7%
% Asian: 14.1%
More on Pearland: PhotosData

Arlington, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 395,477

HHI: 2,904
% White: 38.6%
% African American: 22.3%
% Asian: 6.5%
More on Arlington: PhotosData

Addison, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,302

HHI: 2,933
% White: 44.6%
% African American: 14.0%
% Asian: 10.3%
More on Addison: PhotosData

Garland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 238,418

HHI: 2,979
% White: 28.9%
% African American: 14.8%
% Asian: 11.0%
More on Garland: PhotosData

Carrollton, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 135,834

HHI: 3,002
% White: 40.1%
% African American: 9.9%
% Asian: 15.1%
More on Carrollton: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Texas 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 Texas.

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 353 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 2,396 (Stafford) to 9,993 (Progreso).

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

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

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

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

  1. Progreso
  2. Roma
  3. Hidalgo

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Texas For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Stafford, TX 17,206 2,396
2 Killeen, TX 145,686 2,755
3 Selma, TX 10,419 2,763
4 Missouri City, TX 74,557 2,800
5 Irving, TX 239,783 2,832
6 Pearland, TX 122,078 2,837
7 Arlington, TX 395,477 2,904
8 Addison, TX 15,302 2,933
9 Garland, TX 238,418 2,979
10 Carrollton, TX 135,834 3,002
11 Lewisville, TX 106,386 3,010
12 Converse, TX 26,930 3,044
13 Port Arthur, TX 55,109 3,047
14 Mexia, TX 7,356 3,089
15 Texas City, TX 48,569 3,093
16 La Marque, TX 16,627 3,093
17 Live Oak, TX 15,855 3,124
18 Fort Worth, TX 874,401 3,134
19 Harker Heights, TX 30,861 3,138
20 Houston, TX 2,310,432 3,153
21 Pflugerville, TX 61,737 3,156
22 Mesquite, TX 143,456 3,163
23 Webster, TX 11,222 3,169
24 Dallas, TX 1,330,612 3,174
25 Hutchins, TX 5,718 3,211
26 Lufkin, TX 35,465 3,225
27 Livingston, TX 5,115 3,229
28 Grand Prairie, TX 192,565 3,251
29 Corsicana, TX 23,746 3,260
30 Euless, TX 55,763 3,278
31 Little Elm, TX 45,967 3,279
32 Wharton, TX 8,711 3,280
33 Red Oak, TX 12,724 3,283
34 Humble, TX 15,864 3,289
35 Duncanville, TX 39,415 3,315
36 Sugar Land, TX 118,709 3,336
37 Waco, TX 135,858 3,341
38 Sunnyvale, TX 6,484 3,358
39 Center, TX 5,250 3,368
40 Bellmead, TX 10,556 3,381
41 Navasota, TX 7,565 3,391
42 Diboll, TX 5,266 3,394
43 Hillsboro, TX 8,342 3,408
44 Hempstead, TX 7,691 3,417
45 Bryan, TX 84,096 3,422
46 Marshall, TX 23,080 3,425
47 Universal City, TX 20,459 3,438
48 Richardson, TX 116,432 3,459
49 Elgin, TX 10,064 3,468
50 Jacksonville, TX 14,790 3,473
51 Plano, TX 287,064 3,489
52 Terrell, TX 17,869 3,490
53 Murphy, TX 20,612 3,491
54 Beaumont, TX 118,151 3,495
55 Cibolo, TX 28,920 3,504
56 Palestine, TX 17,989 3,506
57 Crockett, TX 6,447 3,506
58 Rusk, TX 5,559 3,508
59 Baytown, TX 76,635 3,528
60 Commerce, TX 9,293 3,530
61 Galveston, TX 50,241 3,542
62 Glenn Heights, TX 12,802 3,544
63 Rowlett, TX 63,793 3,550
64 Tyler, TX 104,789 3,563
65 Hitchcock, TX 7,800 3,564
66 Giddings, TX 5,055 3,569
67 Round Rock, TX 124,434 3,577
68 Henderson, TX 13,237 3,590
69 Lacy-Lakeview, TX 6,633 3,595
70 Athens, TX 12,664 3,596
71 Manvel, TX 10,179 3,597
72 Wylie, TX 49,759 3,597
73 Austin, TX 950,807 3,599
74 Marlin, TX 5,607 3,604
75 Keene, TX 6,396 3,607
76 Seagoville, TX 16,514 3,612
77 Brenham, TX 17,123 3,614
78 Hutto, TX 25,320 3,623
79 Huntsville, TX 41,592 3,623
80 Sachse, TX 25,607 3,629
81 Haltom City, TX 44,223 3,636
82 Copperas Cove, TX 32,715 3,641
83 Nacogdoches, TX 33,200 3,641
84 Cedar Hill, TX 48,560 3,644
85 Ennis, TX 19,559 3,673
86 Cameron, TX 5,489 3,678
87 Cleveland, TX 8,061 3,681
88 Willis, TX 6,566 3,689
89 Schertz, TX 41,199 3,691
90 Cuero, TX 8,297 3,706
91 Farmers Branch, TX 39,039 3,720
92 Richmond, TX 12,646 3,721
93 Mount Pleasant, TX 15,973 3,731
94 Mansfield, TX 69,557 3,747
95 Everman, TX 6,255 3,751
96 Crowley, TX 15,439 3,779
97 Temple, TX 74,762 3,794
98 Edna, TX 5,767 3,795
99 Taylor, TX 17,001 3,801
100 Longview, TX 81,653 3,809

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About Chris Kolmar

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