Most Diverse Cities in America

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American history is a story of immigration and diversity.  As of June 2012, people of color constituted 36% of the workforce, and the Census has predicted that by 2050, there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the United States.  Our nation’s diversity is often a point of pride among residents, as well as an appealing aspect of the United States for newcomers and visitors. In honor of Diversity Day, NerdWallet took a closer look at which cities contribute the most diversity to this melting pot.

The overall scores were calculated by measuring how near the population was to an equal distribution of residents across the four most common ethnic groups: Hispanic/Latino, White (non-Hispanic), Black (non-Hispanic), and Asian/Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic).

Most Diverse Cities

1.    Vallejo, CA
2.    Jersey City, NJ
3.    Suisun City, CA
4.    Oakland, CA
5.    San Leandro, CA
6.    Germantown CDP, MD
7.    Lincolnia CDP, VA
8.    Atlantic City, NJ
9.    New York, NY
10.  Florin CDP, CA

 

Rank City/CDP Hispanic or Latino White (non-Hispanic) Black (non-Hispanic) Asian or Pacific Islander Overall diversity score
1 Vallejo, California 23.70% 24.10% 21.00% 24.50% 96.9
2 Jersey City, New Jersey 27.80% 21.60% 23.80% 23.80% 95.3
3 Suisun City, California 25.70% 26.60% 19.70% 20.20% 91.7
4 Oakland, California 24.90% 26.30% 27.00% 17.50% 91.4
5 San Leandro, California 29.90% 24.80% 12.50% 28.90% 84.6
6 Germantown, Maryland 19.50% 35.80% 21.40% 19.20% 84.2
7 Lincolnia, Virginia 28.00% 32.80% 22.90% 14.20% 84.2
8 Atlantic City, New Jersey 24.20% 20.80% 37.40% 15.20% 82.7
9 New York, New York 28.60% 33.30% 22.90% 12.70% 82.5
10 Florin, California 30.20% 20.80% 12.60% 30.20% 82
11 Springfield, Virginia 24.70% 37.40% 10.90% 25.10% 81.8
12 Sacramento, California 26.60% 34.90% 13.40% 19.70% 81.1
13 Eastvale, California 38.60% 24.20% 9.70% 25.30% 80
14 Fairfield, California 25.90% 36.10% 15.10% 16.80% 79.9
15 SeaTac, Washington 21.20% 39.00% 21.80% 11.60% 79.2
16 Richmond, California 38.70% 17.80% 25.40% 14.80% 79
17 Dale City, Virginia 24.70% 31.50% 30.60% 7.70% 78.8
18 Gaithersburg, Maryland 23.50% 40.40% 14.60% 17.40% 78.1
19 Aspen Hill, Maryland 20.90% 40.70% 24.20% 10.90% 77.9
20 Montgomery Village, Maryland 26.00% 39.20% 22.30% 9.70% 77.9

 

Least Diverse Cities

1.    Huntington Park, CA
2.    East Los Angeles, CA
3.    Lancaster, OH
4.    Rocky River, OH
5.    Forest Hills, MI
6.    Laredo, TX
7.    South Gate, CA
8.    Green, OH
9.    Mentor, OH
10. West Seneca, NY

Rank City/CDP Hispanic or Latino White (non-Hispanic) Black (non-Hispanic) Asian or Pacific Islander Overall diversity score
1 Huntington Park, California 97.90% 1.10% 0.10% 0.90% 2.8
2 East Los Angeles, California 97.70% 1.30% 0.30% 0.70% 3.1
3 Lancaster, Ohio 0.90% 96.30% 0.80% 0.80% 4.5
4 Rocky River, Ohio 0.40% 95.90% 0.90% 2.30% 5.3
5 Forest Hills, Michigan 1.00% 95.20% 0.50% 2.40% 6.1
6 Laredo, Texas 95.40% 3.60% 0.20% 0.70% 6.1
7 South Gate, California 95.10% 3.10% 0.40% 1.00% 6.4
8 Green, Ohio 0.70% 94.90% 0.90% 2.70% 6.5
9 Mentor, Ohio 1.70% 94.80% 1.90% 1.40% 6.9
10 West Seneca, New York 2.60% 94.40% 1.00% 0.60% 7
11 Hialeah, Florida 94.70% 4.40% 0.60% 0.30% 7.1
12 Parkersburg, West Virginia 1.20% 94.10% 1.90% 0.40% 7.1
13 Ashland, Ohio 1.50% 94.30% 1.60% 1.60% 7.3
14 Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 0.70% 94.30% 2.40% 1.70% 7.3
15 Bristol, Tennessee 1.40% 94.10% 3.10% 0.60% 7.6
16 Lewiston, Idaho 2.50% 93.80% 0.40% 1.50% 7.7
17 Brunswick, Ohio 3.20% 93.90% 1.20% 0.30% 7.7
18 Keene, New Hampshire 1.50% 94.00% 1.00% 2.60% 7.7
19 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 1.10% 93.90% 3.20% 0.70% 7.8
20 Winona, Minnesota 0.60% 93.80% 1.70% 2.60% 7.8

Over 1900 places were included in this analysis.  Data was obtained from the U.S. Census.

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