2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America

Last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released the most diverse states in the United States of America which included California, Texas, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York. And now, they’ve released a deeper dive into the states with the most diverse cities in the country.

First, let’s talk about what diversity actually means. According to Wallethub’s study, it combines household diversity and religious diversity with our previous reports on socioeconomic diversity, cultural diversity, and economic diversity.

To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious.

The top five diverse cities include Jersey City, NJ; Houston, TX; New York, NY; Silver Spring, MD; and Dallas, TX. The least diverse cities are Keene, NJ; Rochester, NH; Orem, UT; Provo, UT; and Bangor, ME.

When asked how local policymakers can do to harness the diversity in their cities to spur innovation, Hilary Green, Assistant Professor of History, Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama says collaboration is key. “First, they should have listening sessions and forums with their constituents. Community stakeholders should be involved in the decisions.” She also says that policymakers need to improve the public schools.

For the full report, click here.

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