The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Vermont For 2021

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

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

Most Diverse Cities In Vermont

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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 Vermont 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 Vermont from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Winooski
  2. Essex Junction
  3. Burlington
  4. South Burlington
  5. St. Albans
  6. Montpelier
  7. Rutland
  8. Barre

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

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

Winooski, VT

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Population: 7,242

HHI: 5,966
% White: 75.3%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 16.8%
More on Winooski: PhotosData

Essex Junction, VT

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Population: 10,603

HHI: 6,852
% White: 82.2%
% African American: 2.4%
% Asian: 8.0%
More on Essex Junction: PhotosData

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 42,545

HHI: 6,951
% White: 82.9%
% African American: 5.5%
% Asian: 5.8%
More on Burlington: PhotosData

South Burlington, VT

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,162

HHI: 7,712
% White: 87.6%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 5.0%
More on South Burlington: PhotosData

St. Albans, VT

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,804

HHI: 8,297
% White: 90.9%
% African American: 2.2%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on St. Albans: PhotosData

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,477

HHI: 8,512
% White: 92.2%
% African American: 1.6%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Montpelier: PhotosData

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 15,398

HHI: 8,783
% White: 93.7%
% African American: 1.6%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Rutland: PhotosData

Barre, VT

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 8,646

HHI: 8,984
% White: 94.7%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Barre: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Vermont 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 Vermont.

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 6,000 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 5,966 (Winooski) to 8,984 (Barre).

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

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

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

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

  1. Barre
  2. Rutland
  3. Montpelier

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Vermont For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Winooski, VT 7,242 5,966
2 Essex Junction, VT 10,603 6,852
3 Burlington, VT 42,545 6,951
4 South Burlington, VT 19,162 7,712
5 St. Albans, VT 6,804 8,297
6 Montpelier, VT 7,477 8,512
7 Rutland, VT 15,398 8,783
8 Barre, VT 8,646 8,984

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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