2018 Columbus and Peer City Diversity Comparison



Yesterday, the Census released tons of new demographic data for 2018. The next few posts will detail some of that data and how Columbus compares to Midwestern and national peers. These peers are based on either large Midwestern cities or metro areas between 1.5-2.5 million.
This post will directly compare racial diversity.

Total Non-Hispanic White Population by City by Year
2010———————————–2018

1. Chicago: 853,910————–1. Chicago: 899,980
2. Indianapolis: 482,195———2. Columbus: 486,431
3. Columbus: 470,971———–3. Austin: 470,620
4. Jacksonville, FL: 452,926—-4. Indianapolis: 465,466
5. Portland, OR: 417,876——–5. Portland: 457,042
6. Austin: 384,065—————6. Jacksonville: 455,487
7. Virginia Beach: 282,812——7. Omaha: 307,845
8. Las Vegas: 280,604———-8. Virginia Beach: 275,371
9. Omaha, NE: 277,606———9. Las Vegas: 272,870
10. San Jose, CA: 265,311——10. Kansas City: 269,854
11. Kansas City, MO: 247,473–11. San Jose: 253,571
12. Wichita, KS: 245,146——-12. Minneapolis: 252,327
13. Minneapolis: 242,848——13. Wichita: 242,671
14. Milwaukee: 221,514——–14. Lincoln: 227,215
15. Lincoln, NE: 216,076——-15. Milwaukee: 204,250
16. Pittsburgh: 203,622——–16. Pittsburgh: 195,468
17. Fort Wayne, IN: 179,646—17. Madison: 186,034
18. Madison, WI: 178,307——18. Fort Wayne: 173,088
19. Toledo: 177,341————–19. St. Paul: 159,782
20. Sacramento, CA: 165,610–20. Sacramento: 158,333
21. St. Paul, MN: 159,704——-21. Toledo: 157,967
22. Des Moines, IA: 145,937—22. Cincinnati: 150,693
23. Cincinnati: 143,120———23. Des Moines: 137,268
24. Cleveland: 137,977———24. St. Louis: 133,688
25. St. Louis: 134,146———–25. Cleveland: 131,010
26. Grand Rapids, MI: 104,636–26. Grand Rapids: 115,719
27. Providence, RI: 64,284——27. Detroit: 72,982
28. Detroit: 55,298————–28. Providence: 58,856

Previous peers, such as San Antonio, Charlotte and Orlando were removed as their metros are now larger than the 2.5 million comparison limit.  Jacksonville, Florida entered the comparison with a metro population of just over 1.5 million in 2018.  Smaller Ohio cities like Dayton, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, which are normally compared, did not have this data available.

Total Non-Hispanic White Change 2010-2018
1. Austin: +86,555
2. Chicago: +46,070
3. Portland: +39,166
4. Omaha: +30,239
5. Kansas City: +22,381
6. Detroit: +17,684
7. Columbus: +15,460
8. Lincoln: +11,139
9. Grand Rapids: +11,083
10. Minneapolis: +9,479
11. Madison: +7,727
12. Cincinnati: +7,573
13. Jacksonville: +2,561
14. St. Paul: +28
15. St. Louis: -458
16. Wichita: -2,475
17. Providence: -5,428
18. Fort Wayne: -6,558
19. Cleveland: -6,967
20. Sacramento: -7,277
21. Virginia Beach: -7,441
22. Las Vegas: -7,734
23. Pittsburgh: -8,154
24. Des Moines: -8,669
25. San Jose: -11,740
26. Indianapolis: -16,729
27. Milwaukee: -17,264
28. Toledo: -19,374

Non-Hispanic White % of Total Population by City in 2018
1. Lincoln: 79.1%
2. Madison: 72.1%
3. Portland: 70.0%
4. Omaha: 65.7%
5. Fort Wayne: 65.5%
6. Pittsburgh: 64.9%
7. Des Moines: 63.3%
8. Wichita: 62.3%
9. Virginia Beach: 61.2%
10. Minneapolis: 59.3%
11. Grand Rapids: 57.8%
12. Toledo: 57.5%
13. Kansas City: 54.9%
14. Columbus: 54.3%
15. Indianapolis: 53.9%
16. St. Paul: 51.9%
17. Jacksonville: 50.4%
18. Cincinnati: 49.8%
19. Austin: 48.8%
20. St. Louis: 44.2%
21. Las Vegas: 42.3%
22. Milwaukee: 34.5%
23. Cleveland: 34.1%
24. Chicago: 33.3%
25. Providence: 32.8%
26. Sacramento: 31.1%
27. San Jose: 24.6%
28. Detroit: 10.9%

Total Non-Hispanic Black Population by City by Year
2010————————————2018
1.  Chicago: 895,294————1. Chicago: 784,266
2. Detroit: 587,707————–2. Detroit: 520,161
3. Jacksonville: 249,532——-3. Jacksonville: 274,290
4. Milwaukee: 230,473——–4. Columbus: 259,803
5. Indianapolis: 226,314——-5. Indianapolis: 251,958
6. Columbus: 216,486———6. Milwaukee: 222,619
7. Cleveland: 208,528———7. Cleveland: 178,909
8. St. Louis: 157,382———–8. Kansas City: 137,867
9. Kansas City: 138,461——-9. St. Louis: 137,087
10. Cincinnati: 131,909——-10. Cincinnati: 122,261
11. Virginia Beach: 79,583—11. Virginia Beach: 84,333
12. Toledo: 75,033————12. Minneapolis: 81,930
13. Pittsburgh: 71,539——-13. Austin: 78,354
14. Minneapolis: 63,749—–14. Toledo: 74,630
15. Sacramento: 61,976—–15. Pittsburgh: 68,637
16. Austin: 61,833————16. Las Vegas: 68,488
17. Las Vegas: 60,187——–17. Sacramento: 64,824
18. Omaha: 55,086———–18. Omaha: 56,503
19. Wichita: 42,662———-19. St. Paul: 44,572
20. St. Paul: 41,923———-20. Wichita: 42,874
21. Grand Rapids: 41,848—21. Fort Wayne: 40,640
22. Fort Wayne: 39,016—–22. Portland: 39,882
23. Portland: 37,355——–23. Grand Rapids: 35,264
24. San Jose: 29,831——–24. San Jose: 29,432
25. Des Moines: 19,962—-25. Providence: 26,594
26. Providence: 19,265—–26. Des Moines: 24,018
27. Madison: 17,560——–27. Madison: 20,276
28. Lincoln: 9,023———-28. Lincoln: 12,203

Total Non-Hispanic Black Change 2010-2018
1. Columbus: +43,317
2. Indianapolis: +25,644
3. Jacksonville: +24,758
4. Minneapolis: +18,181
5. Austin: +16,521
6. Las Vegas: +8,301
7. Providence: +7,329
8. Virginia Beach: +4,750
9. Des Moines: +4,056
10. Lincoln: +3,180
11. Sacramento: +2,848
12. Madison: +2,716
13. St. Paul: +2,649
14. Portland: +2,527
15. Fort Wayne: +1,624
16. Omaha: +1,417
17. Wichita: +212
18. San Jose: -399
19. Toledo: -403
20. Kansas City: -594
21. Pittsburgh: -2,902
22. Grand Rapids: -6,584
23. Milwaukee: -7,854
24. Cincinnati: -9,648
25. St. Louis: -20,295
26. Cleveland: -29,619
27. Detroit: -67,546
28. Chicago: -111,028

Non-Hispanic Black % of Total Population by City in 2018
1. Detroit: 77.3%
2. Cleveland: 46.6%
3. St. Louis: 45.3%
4. Cincinnati: 40.4%
5. Milwaukee: 37.7%
6. Jacksonville: 30.4%
7. Indianapolis: 29.2%
8. Columbus: 29.0%
9. Chicago: 29.0%
10. Kansas City: 28.0%
11. Toledo: 27.1%
12. Pittsburgh: 22.8%
13. Minneapolis: 19.3%
14. Virginia Beach: 18.7%
15. Grand Rapids: 17.6%
16. Fort Wayne: 15.4%
17. Providence: 14.8%
18. St. Paul: 14.5%
19. Sacramento: 12.8%
20. Omaha: 12.1%
21. Des Moines: 11.1%
22. Wichita: 11.0%
23. Las Vegas: 10.6%
24. Austin: 8.1%
25. Madison: 7.9%
26. Portland: 6.1%
27. Lincoln: 4.3%
28. San Jose: 2.9%

Total Non-Hispanic Asian Population by City by Year
2010——————————-2018
1. San Jose: 303,227————1. San Jose: 367,280
2. Chicago: 148,280————2. Chicago: 179,841
3. Sacramento: 84,556——–3. Sacramento: 97,192
4. Austin: 46,575—————4. Austin: 73,185
5.  Portland: 43,185————5. St. Paul: 59,395
6. St. Paul: 41,989————–6. Portland: 57,526
7. Las Vegas: 37,406———-7. Columbus: 54,902
8. Columbus: 35,468———-8. Las Vegas: 46,422
9. Jacksonville: 33,663——–9. Jacksonville: 42,639
10. Virginia Beach: 27,303—10. Virginia Beach: 31,875
11. Milwaukee: 22,670——–11. Indianapolis: 31,777
12. Minneapolis: 21,426——12. Minneapolis: 26,768
13.  Wichita: 19,420———-13. Milwaukee: 25,17
14. Indianapolis: 17,137——14. Madison: 23,594
15. Madison: 16,671———-15. Wichita: 17,410
16. Pittsburgh: 12,036——-16. Omaha: 17,185
17. Providence: 11,497——-17. Pittsburgh: 16,724
18. Lincoln: 10,452———–18. Des Moines: 15,057
19. Kansas City: 10,263—–19. Fort Wayne: 13,661
20. Des Moines: 8,867——20. Providence: 12,556
21. St. Louis: 8,717———–21. Lincoln: 12,494
22. Omaha: 8,397———–22. Kansas City: 12,130
23. Fort Wayne: 6,945—–23. St. Louis: 10,662
24. Detroit: 6,549———-24. Detroit: 10,597
25. Cincinnati: 5,938——25. Cleveland: 10,595
26. Cleveland: 5,392——26. Cincinnati: 6,999
27. Grand Rapids: 3,695–27. Grand Rapids: 4,431
28. Toledo: 3,125———-28. Toledo: 2,802

Total Non-Hispanic Asian Change 2010-2018
1. San Jose: +64,053
2. Chicago: +31,561
3. Austin: +26,610
4. Columbus: +19,434
5. St. Paul: +17,406
6. Indianapolis: +14,640
7. Portland: +14,341
8. Sacramento: +12,636
9. Las Vegas: +9,016
10. Jacksonville: +8,976
11. Omaha: +8,788
12. Madison: +6,923
13. Fort Wayne: +6,716
14. Des Moines: +6,190
15. Minneapolis: +5,342
16. Cleveland: +5,203
17. Pittsburgh: +4,688
18. Virginia Beach: +4,572
19. Detroit: +4,048
20. Milwaukee: +2,501
21. Lincoln: +2,042
22. St. Louis: +1,945
23. Kansas City: +1,867
24. Cincinnati: +1,061
25. Providence: +1,059
26. Grand Rapids: +736
27. Toledo: -323
28. Wichita: -2,010

Non-Hispanic Asian % of Total Population by City in 2018
1. San Jose: 35.7%
2. St. Paul: 19.3%
3. Sacramento: 19.1%
4. Madison: 9.1%
5. Portland: 8.8%
6. Austin: 7.6%
7. Las Vegas: 7.2%
8. Virginia Beach: 7.1%
9. Providence: 7.0%
10. Des Moines: 6.9%
11. Chicago: 6.7%
12. Minneapolis: 6.3%
13. Columbus: 6.1%
14. Pittsburgh: 5.6%
15. Fort Wayne: 5.2%
16. Jacksonville: 4.7%
17. Wichita: 4.5%
18. Lincoln: 4.4%
19. Milwaukee: 4.3%
20. Indianapolis: 3.7%
21. Omaha: 3.7%
22. St. Louis: 3.5%
23. Cleveland: 2.8%
24. Kansas City: 2.5%
25. Cincinnati: 2.3%
26. Grand Rapids: 2.2%
27. Detroit: 1.6%
28. Toledo: 1.0%



Total Hispanic Population by City By Year
2010———————————2018
1. Chicago: 763,968————-1. Chicago: 776,661
2. San Jose: 318,389————2. San Jose: 333,819
3. Austin: 288,130—————3. Austin: 314,949
4. Las Vegas: 181,923———–4. Las Vegas: 222,860
5. Sacramento: 124,461———5. Sacramento: 148,343
6. Milwaukee: 104,619———-6. Milwaukee: 119,876
7. Indianapolis: 78,467———-7. Jacksonville: 94,158
8.  Providence: 76,645———-8. Indianapolis: 88,022
9. Jacksonville: 64,081———-9. Providence: 75,177
10. Wichita: 59,823————-10. Wichita: 70,564
11. Portland: 58,986————11. Omaha: 68,747
12. Omaha: 53,661————–12. Portland: 60,760
13. Kansas City: 49,800——–13. Columbus: 53,935
14. Detroit : 45,580————-14. Detroit: 52,718
15. Columbus: 43,276———-15. Kansas City: 52,638
16. Cleveland: 36,067———-16. Cleveland: 47,144
17. Minneapolis: 34,504——-17. Minneapolis: 40,912
18. Grand Rapids: 30,659—–18. Virginia Beach: 37,365
19. Virginia Beach: 29,206—-19. Grand Rapids: 36,469
20. St. Paul: 28,725————20. Des Moines: 31,706
21. Des Moines: 23,832——-21. St. Paul: 26,081
22. Toledo: 21,346————-22. Toledo: 24,625
23. Fort Wayne: 19,576——-23. Fort Wayne: 24,623
24. Lincoln: 16,007————24. Lincoln: 22,339
25. Madison: 14,062———-25. Madison: 18,867
26. St. Louis: 11,207———–26. St. Louis: 12,509
27. Cincinnati: 8,710———-27. Cincinnati: 10,773
28. Pittsburgh: 7,282———28. Pittsburgh: 10,180

Total Hispanic Population Change 2010-2018
1. Las Vegas: +40,937
2. Jacksonville: +30,077
3. Austin: +26,819
4. Sacramento: +23,882
5. San Jose: +15,430
6. Milwaukee: +15,257
7. Omaha: +15,086
8. Chicago: +12,693
9. Cleveland: +11,077
10. Wichita: +10,741
11. Columbus: +10,659
12. Indianapolis: +9,555
13. Virginia Beach: +8,159
14. Des Moines: +7,874
15. Detroit: +7,138
16. Minneapolis: +6,408
17. Lincoln: +6,332
18. Grand Rapids: +5,810
19. Fort Wayne: +5,047
20. Madison: +4,805
21. Toledo: +3,279
22. Pittsburgh: +2,898
23. Kansas City: +2,838
24. Cincinnati: +2,063
25. Portland: +1,774
26. St. Louis: +1,302
27. Providence: -1,468
28. St. Paul: -2,644

Hispanic % of Total Population by City in 2018
1. Providence: 41.9%
2. Las Vegas: 34.6%
3. Austin: 32.7%
4. San Jose: 32.4%
5. Sacramento: 29.2%
6. Chicago: 28.7%
7. Milwaukee: 20.3%
8. Grand Rapids: 18.2%
9. Wichita: 18.1%
10. Omaha: 14.7%
11. Des Moines: 14.6%
12. Cleveland: 12.3%
13. Kansas City: 10.7%
14. Jacksonville: 10.4%
15. Indianapolis: 10.2%
16. Minneapolis: 9.6%
17. Portland: 9.3%
18. Fort Wayne: 9.3%
19. Toledo: 9.0%
20. St. Paul: 8.5%
21. Virginia Beach: 8.3%
22. Detroit: 7.8%
23. Lincoln: 7.8%
24. Madison: 7.3%
25. Columbus: 6.0%
26. St. Louis: 4.1%
27. Cincinnati: 3.6%
28. Pittsburgh: 3.4%

Total Non-Hispanic Other Population by City by Year
2010——————————–2018

1. Chicago: 37,379————–1. Chicago: 65,240
2. San Jose: 32,439————-2. San Jose: 46,017
3. Sacramento: 30,900——–3. Columbus: 40,806
4. Portland: 28,027————-4. Sacramento: 39,825
5. Las Vegas: 24,521———–5. Portland: 37,363
6. Columbus: 23,738———–6. Jacksonville: 37,322
7. Jacksonville: 23,114———-7. Las Vegas: 34,024
8. Minneapolis: 20,753———8. Austin: 27,135
9. Virginia Beach: 20,268——9. Indianapolis: 26,908
10. Indianapolis: 20,086——10. Minneapolis: 23,458
11. Detroit: 16,776————-11. Virginia Beach: 21,245
12. Milwaukee: 16,311——– 12. Kansas City: 19,320
13. Wichita: 16,091————13. Milwaukee: 19,286
14. Omaha: 15,519————14. Omaha: 17,987
15. Austin: 14,915————-15. St. Paul: 17,871
16. Kansas City: 14,668——16. Detroit: 16,223
17. St. Paul: 13,098———–17. Cleveland: 16,123
18.  Pittsburgh: 11,280——-18. Wichita: 15,740
19. Toledo: 10,134————19. Toledo: 14,949
20. Fort Wayne: 8,513——-20. Lincoln: 13,148
21. Cleveland: 8,276———21. Fort Wayne: 12,158
22. St. Louis: 7,704———-22. Cincinnati: 11,889
23. Lincoln: 7,483———–23. Pittsburgh: 10,029
24. Grand Rapids: 7,376—24. Madison: 9,263
25. Cincinnati: 7,230——-25. Des Moines: 8,944
26. Madison: 7,177———26. St. Louis: 8,892
27. Providence: 6,471——27: Grand Rapids: 8,347
28. Des Moines: 5,598—–28. Providence: 6,152

Total Non-Hispanic Other Population Change 2010-2018
1. Chicago: +27,861
2. Columbus; +17,068
3. Jacksonville: +14,208
4. San Jose: +13,578
5. Austin: +12,220
6. Las Vegas: +9,503
7. Portland: +9,336
8. Sacramento: +8,925
9. Cleveland: +7.847
10. Indianapolis: +6,822
11. Lincoln: +5,665
12. Toledo: +4,815
13. St. Paul: +4,773
14. Cincinnati: +4,659
15. Kansas City: +4,652
16. Fort Wayne: +3,645
17. Des Moines: +3,346
18. Milwaukee: +2,975
19. Minneapolis: +2,705
20. Omaha: +2,468
21. Madison: +2,086
22. St. Louis: 1,188
23. Virginia Beach: +977
24. Grand Rapids: +971
25. Providence: -319
26. Wichita: -351
27. Detroit: -553
28. Pittsburgh: -1251

Non-Hispanic Other % of Total Population by City in 2018
1. Sacramento: 7.8%
2. St. Paul: 5.8%
3. Portland: 5.7%
4. Minneapolis: 5.5%
5. Toledo: 5.4%
6. Las Vegas: 5.3%
7. Virginia Beach: 4.7%
8. Fort Wayne: 4.6%
9. Lincoln: 4.6%
10. Columbus: 4.6%
11. San Jose: 4.5%
12. Cleveland: 4.2%
13. Grand Rapids: 4.2%
14. Jacksonville: 4.1%
15. Des Moines: 4.1%
16. Wichita: 4.0%
17. Cincinnati: 3.9%
18. Kansas City: 3.9%
19. Omaha: 3.8%
20. Madison: 3.6%
21. Providence: 3.4%
22. Pittsburgh: 3.3%
23. Milwaukee: 3.3%
24. Indianapolis: 3.1%
25. St. Louis: 2.9%
26. Austin: 2.8%
27. Chicago: 2.4%
28. Detroit: 2.4%

Now that we can see all the numbers, what is the 2018 ranking of most to least racially diverse? To find out, I assigned points by the ranking of % of population, so #1 of a particular ranking would get 1 point, the next 2 points and so on. The cities with the fewest points are the most diverse.
Here are the rankings for both 2010 and 2018.

Most to Least Diverse by Year and Total Points
2010——————————–2018

1. Portland: 50—————–1. Portland: 54
2. Sacramento: 52————2. Sacramento: 54
3. St. Paul: 53—————–3. Minneapolis: 55
4. Minneapolis: 54———–4. St. Paul: 58
5. Virginia Beach: 55——–5. Las Vegas: 59
6. Wichita: 57—————-6. Virginia Beach: 59
7. Las Vegas: 60————-7. Fort Wayne: 62
8. Providence: 61————8. Des Moines: 64
9. Omaha: 66—————-9. Jacksonville: 67
10. Grand Rapids: 69——-10. Columbus: 70
11. Des Moines: 71———-11. San Jose: 71
12. Madison: 72————-12. Cleveland: 72
13. San Jose: 72————-13. Wichita: 72
14. Fort Wayne: 73———14. Grand Rapids: 73
15. Kansas City: 73———15. Providence: 73
16. Milwaukee: 73———-16. Omaha: 74
17. Pittsburgh: 74———-17. Madison: 75
18. Jacksonville: 75——–18. Toledo: 75
19. Chicago: 76————-19. Milwaukee: 76
20. Columbus: 77———-20. Chicago: 77
21. Austin: 80—————21. Austin: 78
22. Indianapolis: 81——–22. Kansas City: 78
23. Toledo: 81————–23. Lincoln: 78
24. Lincoln: 85————-24. Indianapolis: 81
25. St. Louis: 94———–25. Pittsburgh: 82
26. Cleveland: 95———-26. Cincinnati: 91
27. Cincinnati: 97———-27. St. Louis: 96
28. Detroit: 104————28. Detroit: 106

Columbus had one of the fastest improvements of its diversity, moving up 10 spots from 20th to 10th.