The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2021


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

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


Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin 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 142 cities in Wisconsin from most to least diverse.

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

  1. Milwaukee
  2. Brown Deer
  3. Racine
  4. Beloit
  5. Fitchburg
  6. Kenosha
  7. Green Bay
  8. Sturtevant
  9. Hobart
  10. Sheboygan

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

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

Milwaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 594,548

HHI: 3,084
% White: 35.1%
% African American: 38.3%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Milwaukee: PhotosData

Brown Deer, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,965

HHI: 3,535
% White: 49.3%
% African American: 31.4%
% Asian: 5.4%
More on Brown Deer: PhotosData

Racine, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 77,081

HHI: 3,594
% White: 50.9%
% African American: 22.3%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Racine: PhotosData

Beloit, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,836

HHI: 4,260
% White: 60.7%
% African American: 12.1%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Beloit: PhotosData

Fitchburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 29,450

HHI: 4,605
% White: 64.7%
% African American: 9.2%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on Fitchburg: PhotosData

Kenosha, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 99,688

HHI: 4,816
% White: 66.1%
% African American: 11.0%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Kenosha: PhotosData

Green Bay, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 104,777

HHI: 5,030
% White: 68.7%
% African American: 4.1%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Green Bay: PhotosData

Sturtevant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,606

HHI: 5,088
% White: 68.8%
% African American: 13.7%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Sturtevant: PhotosData

Hobart, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,053

HHI: 5,450
% White: 72.3%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 6.8%
More on Hobart: PhotosData

Sheboygan, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,327

HHI: 5,513
% White: 72.5%
% African American: 2.9%
% Asian: 11.7%
More on Sheboygan: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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 142 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 3,084 (Milwaukee) to 9,593 (Suamico).

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

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

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

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

  1. Suamico
  2. Evansville
  3. Waterford

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Wisconsin For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Milwaukee, WI 594,548 3,084
2 Brown Deer, WI 11,965 3,535
3 Racine, WI 77,081 3,594
4 Beloit, WI 36,836 4,260
5 Fitchburg, WI 29,450 4,605
6 Kenosha, WI 99,688 4,816
7 Green Bay, WI 104,777 5,030
8 Sturtevant, WI 6,606 5,088
9 Hobart, WI 9,053 5,450
10 Sheboygan, WI 48,327 5,513
11 Delavan, WI 8,303 5,546
12 Madison, WI 254,977 5,604
13 West Allis, WI 60,025 5,650
14 Glendale, WI 12,943 5,777
15 Sun Prairie, WI 33,321 5,848
16 Shawano, WI 8,974 6,058
17 Mount Pleasant, WI 26,928 6,126
18 Greenfield, WI 37,099 6,147
19 Oak Creek, WI 36,066 6,180
20 Franklin, WI 36,064 6,288
21 Whitewater, WI 14,722 6,370
22 Waukesha, WI 72,412 6,388
23 Bellevue, WI 15,701 6,503
24 Appleton, WI 74,139 6,620
25 St. Francis, WI 9,549 6,631
26 Wausau, WI 38,735 6,741
27 South Milwaukee, WI 20,957 6,743
28 Allouez, WI 13,882 6,816
29 Cudahy, WI 18,271 6,825
30 Brookfield, WI 38,358 6,937
31 Weston, WI 15,110 6,942
32 Greendale, WI 14,176 6,945
33 Caledonia, WI 25,120 6,961
34 Menasha, WI 18,114 6,976
35 Middleton, WI 19,487 6,980
36 Fond Du Lac, WI 42,909 7,068
37 Whitefish Bay, WI 13,972 7,122
38 Wauwatosa, WI 47,971 7,188
39 Manitowoc, WI 32,702 7,209
40 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 17,770 7,244
41 Shorewood, WI 13,290 7,353
42 Lake Geneva, WI 7,894 7,372
43 Menomonee Falls, WI 37,160 7,377
44 Elkhorn, WI 9,925 7,450
45 Burlington, WI 10,847 7,466
46 Waupun, WI 11,276 7,468
47 Beaver Dam, WI 16,345 7,489
48 Portage, WI 10,406 7,495
49 Ashland, WI 7,892 7,502
50 Onalaska, WI 18,662 7,518
51 Hales Corners, WI 7,646 7,528
52 Fort Atkinson, WI 12,443 7,537
53 Ashwaubenon, WI 17,149 7,544
54 Sparta, WI 9,717 7,549
55 Watertown, WI 23,633 7,574
56 Lake Mills, WI 5,895 7,639
57 Oshkosh, WI 66,773 7,656
58 Fox Point, WI 6,650 7,663
59 Deforest, WI 10,179 7,689
60 Tomah, WI 9,383 7,704
61 Stevens Point, WI 26,229 7,711
62 Germa, WI 20,166 7,734
63 Holmen, WI 9,854 7,774
64 Pleasant Prairie, WI 20,832 7,802
65 Eau Claire, WI 68,187 7,820
66 Jefferson, WI 7,991 7,825
67 Oregon, WI 10,353 7,843
68 Cottage Grove, WI 7,020 7,876
69 Janesville, WI 64,245 7,884
70 La Crosse, WI 51,666 7,889
71 Sturgeon Bay, WI 8,885 7,899
72 Neenah, WI 25,967 7,945
73 North Fond Du Lac, WI 5,076 7,949
74 Berlin, WI 5,383 7,950
75 Mequon, WI 24,144 7,956
76 Reedsburg, WI 9,508 7,963
77 Pewaukee, WI 14,431 7,972
78 Pewaukee, WI 8,164 7,988
79 New London, WI 6,879 7,993
80 Verona, WI 13,004 8,007
81 Mount Horeb, WI 7,449 8,029
82 Kimberly, WI 6,770 8,036
83 Elm Grove, WI 6,153 8,049
84 Rhinelander, WI 7,570 8,052
85 Baraboo, WI 12,138 8,082
86 Superior, WI 26,223 8,099
87 Antigo, WI 7,780 8,140
88 Kronenwetter, WI 7,796 8,171
89 Two Rivers, WI 11,154 8,182
90 Plover, WI 12,803 8,197
91 De Pere, WI 24,903 8,204
92 Howard, WI 19,658 8,221
93 Sheboygan Falls, WI 7,893 8,225
94 Monona, WI 8,122 8,229
95 Altoona, WI 7,625 8,233
96 Hartland, WI 9,268 8,265
97 Little Chute, WI 11,484 8,269
98 Platteville, WI 12,264 8,314
99 Edgerton, WI 5,550 8,319
100 Menomonie, WI 16,408 8,319

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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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