The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Virginia

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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 Virginia 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 61 cities in Virginia from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Herndon
  2. Manassas Park
  3. Manassas
  4. Dumfries
  5. Alexandria
  6. Newport News
  7. Norfolk
  8. Culpeper
  9. Fairfax
  10. Richmond

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

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

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,532

HHI: 2,893
% White: 33.7%
% African American: 6.9%
% Asian: 18.4%
More on Herndon: PhotosData

Manassas Park, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,986

HHI: 2,965
% White: 33.1%
% African American: 12.8%
% Asian: 11.1%
More on Manassas Park: PhotosData

Manassas, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 41,174

HHI: 3,222
% White: 40.8%
% African American: 13.2%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on Manassas: PhotosData

Dumfries, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,373

HHI: 3,248
% White: 18.9%
% African American: 28.6%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Dumfries: PhotosData

Alexandria, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 157,613

HHI: 3,472
% White: 51.9%
% African American: 21.1%
% Asian: 5.8%
More on Alexandria: PhotosData

Newport News, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 179,673

HHI: 3,546
% White: 42.9%
% African American: 40.0%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Newport News: PhotosData

Norfolk, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 244,601

HHI: 3,620
% White: 43.4%
% African American: 40.5%
% Asian: 3.5%
More on Norfolk: PhotosData

Culpeper, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,342

HHI: 3,793
% White: 54.9%
% African American: 20.1%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Culpeper: PhotosData

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,531

HHI: 3,794
% White: 56.2%
% African American: 4.9%
% Asian: 17.2%
More on Fairfax: PhotosData

Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 226,622

HHI: 3,896
% White: 40.8%
% African American: 46.6%
% Asian: 2.1%
More on Richmond: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Virginia 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 Virginia.

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 61 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 2,893 (Herndon) to 9,249 (Richlands).

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

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

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

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

  1. Richlands
  2. Abingdon
  3. Poquoson

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Virginia For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Herndon, VA 24,532 2,893
2 Manassas Park, VA 16,986 2,965
3 Manassas, VA 41,174 3,222
4 Dumfries, VA 5,373 3,248
5 Alexandria, VA 157,613 3,472
6 Newport News, VA 179,673 3,546
7 Norfolk, VA 244,601 3,620
8 Culpeper, VA 18,342 3,793
9 Fairfax, VA 23,531 3,794
10 Richmond, VA 226,622 3,896
11 Hampton, VA 135,041 3,928
12 Martinsville, VA 12,852 3,960
13 Hopewell, VA 22,456 4,008
14 Fredericksburg, VA 28,622 4,113
15 Suffolk, VA 90,093 4,147
16 Portsmouth, VA 95,097 4,180
17 Danville, VA 41,070 4,204
18 Chesapeake, VA 239,982 4,216
19 Roanoke, VA 99,229 4,271
20 Leesburg, VA 52,994 4,276
21 Virginia Beach, VA 450,201 4,279
22 Farmville, VA 8,117 4,349
23 Franklin, VA 8,147 4,591
24 Ashland, VA 7,750 4,615
25 Emporia, VA 5,442 4,624
26 Smithfield, VA 8,367 4,668
27 South Boston, VA 7,762 4,715
28 Lynchburg, VA 80,569 4,719
29 Charlottesville, VA 47,096 4,757
30 Winchester, VA 27,897 4,795
31 Vienna, VA 16,489 4,804
32 Harrisonburg, VA 53,273 4,832
33 Williamsburg, VA 14,927 4,914
34 Falls Church, VA 14,128 5,388
35 Colonial Heights, VA 17,428 5,502
36 Purcellville, VA 9,897 5,574
37 Blacksburg, VA 44,303 5,852
38 Waynesboro, VA 22,140 5,894
39 Warrenton, VA 9,913 5,955
40 Front Royal, VA 15,077 5,991
41 Petersburg, VA 31,362 6,076
42 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,257 6,161
43 Lexington, VA 7,241 6,390
44 Galax, VA 6,517 6,490
45 Woodstock, VA 5,210 6,506
46 Staunton, VA 24,432 6,711
47 Covington, VA 5,598 6,730
48 Radford, VA 17,691 7,049
49 Pulaski, VA 8,799 7,302
50 Salem, VA 25,317 7,338
51 Strasburg, VA 6,609 7,490
52 Vinton, VA 8,083 7,623
53 Wytheville, VA 7,957 7,631
54 Christiansburg, VA 22,163 7,659
55 Marion, VA 5,706 7,795
56 Bristol, VA 16,912 7,818
57 Buena Vista, VA 6,484 7,826
58 Bridgewater, VA 6,032 8,139
59 Poquoson, VA 12,090 8,380
60 Abingdon, VA 7,960 8,838
61 Richlands, VA 5,368 9,249

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