The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Washington For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Washington

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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 Washington 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 120 cities in Washington from most to least diverse.

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

  1. SeaTac
  2. Tukwila
  3. Fife
  4. Kent
  5. Federal Way
  6. Renton
  7. Pacific
  8. Burien
  9. Lakewood
  10. Des Moines

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

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

Seatac, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,019

HHI: 2,201
% White: 32.1%
% African American: 24.7%
% Asian: 14.0%
More on Seatac: PhotosData

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,196

HHI: 2,286
% White: 33.8%
% African American: 17.0%
% Asian: 24.7%
More on Tukwila: PhotosData

Fife, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,096

HHI: 2,639
% White: 45.1%
% African American: 9.6%
% Asian: 14.2%
More on Fife: PhotosData

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 131,118

HHI: 2,683
% White: 42.7%
% African American: 12.0%
% Asian: 20.5%
More on Kent: PhotosData

Federal Way, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 96,526

HHI: 2,727
% White: 44.4%
% African American: 14.0%
% Asian: 12.6%
More on Federal Way: PhotosData

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 101,484

HHI: 2,891
% White: 44.5%
% African American: 9.1%
% Asian: 24.1%
More on Renton: PhotosData

Pacific, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,215

HHI: 2,959
% White: 46.1%
% African American: 4.3%
% Asian: 15.0%
More on Pacific: PhotosData

Burien, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 51,477

HHI: 3,123
% White: 47.9%
% African American: 8.0%
% Asian: 12.9%
More on Burien: PhotosData

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,111

HHI: 3,130
% White: 50.5%
% African American: 12.2%
% Asian: 8.6%
More on Lakewood: PhotosData

Des Moines, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 31,734

HHI: 3,261
% White: 51.3%
% African American: 7.4%
% Asian: 11.6%
More on Des Moines: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Washington 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 Washington.

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 120 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 2,201 (Seatac) to 8,146 (Stanwood).

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

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

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

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

  1. Stanwood
  2. Liberty Lake
  3. Port Townsend

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Washington For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Seatac, WA 29,019 2,201
2 Tukwila, WA 20,196 2,286
3 Fife, WA 10,096 2,639
4 Kent, WA 131,118 2,683
5 Federal Way, WA 96,526 2,727
6 Renton, WA 101,484 2,891
7 Pacific, WA 7,215 2,959
8 Burien, WA 51,477 3,123
9 Lakewood, WA 60,111 3,130
10 Des Moines, WA 31,734 3,261
11 Lynnwood, WA 38,143 3,441
12 Auburn, WA 80,134 3,496
13 Connell, WA 5,517 3,759
14 Tacoma, WA 212,869 3,816
15 Bellevue, WA 144,403 3,821
16 Oak Harbor, WA 23,089 3,937
17 Redmond, WA 65,558 3,965
18 Newcastle, WA 11,750 4,073
19 Mountlake Terrace, WA 21,210 4,184
20 Lacey, WA 49,248 4,312
21 Yakima, WA 93,413 4,395
22 Issaquah, WA 37,965 4,409
23 Steilacoom, WA 6,303 4,412
24 Everett, WA 109,766 4,429
25 Mount Vernon, WA 35,026 4,435
26 Seattle, WA 724,305 4,443
27 Shoreline, WA 56,267 4,476
28 Sammamish, WA 64,674 4,518
29 Prosser, WA 6,202 4,536
30 Pasco, WA 72,899 4,540
31 Moses Lake, WA 23,056 4,586
32 Mill Creek, WA 20,553 4,603
33 University Place, WA 33,326 4,604
34 Bothell, WA 45,749 4,657
35 Wenatchee, WA 34,188 4,735
36 Airway Heights, WA 8,560 4,740
37 Dupont, WA 9,435 4,744
38 Monroe, WA 18,865 4,805
39 Union Gap, WA 6,163 4,849
40 Port Orchard, WA 14,062 4,870
41 Bremerton, WA 40,631 4,870
42 Burlington, WA 8,881 4,888
43 Covington, WA 20,825 4,924
44 Kennewick, WA 81,479 4,953
45 Mukilteo, WA 21,336 4,955
46 East Wenatchee, WA 13,960 4,997
47 Walla Walla, WA 32,793 5,217
48 Aberdeen, WA 16,456 5,277
49 Vancouver, WA 180,556 5,361
50 Kirkland, WA 89,438 5,367
51 Pullman, WA 33,598 5,394
52 Shelton, WA 10,167 5,394
53 Fircrest, WA 6,795 5,446
54 Mercer Island, WA 25,675 5,543
55 Cheney, WA 12,165 5,547
56 Marysville, WA 68,633 5,555
57 Kenmore, WA 22,724 5,626
58 College Place, WA 9,182 5,652
59 Ephrata, WA 8,072 5,804
60 Olympia, WA 51,534 5,914
61 Sedro-Woolley, WA 11,739 5,949
62 Kelso, WA 12,123 5,992
63 Sumner, WA 10,053 6,034
64 Yelm, WA 8,985 6,046
65 Lake Stevens, WA 32,487 6,054
66 Edmonds, WA 42,040 6,056
67 Blaine, WA 5,313 6,071
68 Selah, WA 7,856 6,073
69 Ferndale, WA 14,043 6,099
70 Centralia, WA 17,216 6,099
71 Ellensburg, WA 20,167 6,149
72 Puyallup, WA 40,991 6,160
73 Woodinville, WA 12,383 6,213
74 Richland, WA 56,399 6,249
75 Arlington, WA 19,483 6,252
76 Bellingham, WA 88,764 6,260
77 Milton, WA 7,715 6,266
78 Chehalis, WA 7,497 6,309
79 Maple Valley, WA 26,352 6,313
80 Lake Forest Park, WA 13,430 6,337
81 Bonney Lake, WA 20,707 6,344
82 Longview, WA 37,520 6,362
83 Poulsbo, WA 10,602 6,374
84 Wapato, WA 5,041 6,387
85 Sultan, WA 5,166 6,431
86 Snoqualmie, WA 13,480 6,448
87 Sequim, WA 7,248 6,480
88 Brier, WA 6,843 6,512
89 West Richland, WA 14,495 6,548
90 Orting, WA 8,012 6,584
91 Camas, WA 23,200 6,636
92 Spokane, WA 217,353 6,687
93 Othello, WA 8,100 6,699
94 Enumclaw, WA 11,879 6,720
95 North Bend, WA 6,983 6,753
96 Quincy, WA 7,646 6,822
97 Tumwater, WA 22,974 6,822
98 Lynden, WA 14,281 6,855
99 Port Angeles, WA 19,832 6,861
100 Duvall, WA 7,901 6,935

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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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