Most Diverse Cities In Vermont For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020:

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

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 2020

Winooski, VT

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Population: 7,232

HHI: 6,131
% White: 76.8%
% African American: 2.9%
% Asian: 14.9%
More on Winooski: PhotosData

Winooski is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Located on the Winooski River, as of the 2010 U.S. Census the municipal population was 7,267. The city is the most densely populated municipality in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is the smallest in area of Vermont's nine incorporated cities. As part of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area, it is bordered by Burlington, Colchester, and South Burlington.

Burlington, VT

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Population: 42,513

HHI: 6,952
% White: 82.9%
% African American: 5.1%
% Asian: 6.3%
More on Burlington: PhotosData

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles south of the Canada-United States border and 94 miles south of Canada's second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city's population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

Essex Junction, VT

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Population: 10,395

HHI: 7,337
% White: 85.2%
% African American: 2.4%
% Asian: 8.2%
More on Essex Junction: PhotosData

Essex Junction is a village located within the town of Essex in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 9,271 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated on November 15, 1892.

St. Albans, VT

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Population: 6,824

HHI: 7,556
% White: 86.7%
% African American: 2.5%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on St. Albans: PhotosData

South Burlington, VT

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 18,975

HHI: 7,573
% White: 86.8%
% African American: 2.0%
% Asian: 4.7%
More on South Burlington: PhotosData

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's and Vermont's largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one in the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.

Montpelier, VT

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Population: 7,547

HHI: 8,363
% White: 91.3%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Montpelier: PhotosData

Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont's state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census. However, the daytime population swells to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. It was named for Montpellier, France.

Barre, VT

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Population: 8,711

HHI: 8,980
% White: 94.7%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Barre: PhotosData

Rutland, VT

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Population: 15,577

HHI: 9,023
% White: 95.0%
% African American: 1.3%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Rutland: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Vermont for 2020

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 2014-2018 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 6,131 (Winooski) to 9,023 (Rutland).

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 Rutland 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. Rutland
  2. Barre
  3. Montpelier

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Vermont For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Winooski, VT 7,232 6,131
2 Burlington, VT 42,513 6,952
3 Essex Junction, VT 10,395 7,337
4 St. Albans, VT 6,824 7,556
5 South Burlington, VT 18,975 7,573
6 Montpelier, VT 7,547 8,363
7 Barre, VT 8,711 8,980
8 Rutland, VT 15,577 9,023

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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.

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