Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S (2022)

The U.S. today is a melting pot of cultures, thanks to increasing ethnic and racial diversification. If the trend continues, America will be more colorful than ever by 2045, at which point no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S. for the first time.

But with immigration reform still a hot-button issue, the U.S. ethnic landscape may change again in the near future. In light of this and the discussions of racial and ethnic equality that have been prominent in the past year, WalletHub took a snapshot of America’s current cultural profile, comparing more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key indicators of ethnic diversity. We examined each city based on ethnicity and race, language and birthplace.

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Main FindingsRatio – Over TimeConcentrations by CategoryRanking by City SizeAsk the ExpertsMethodology

Main Findings

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Most Culturally Diverse Cities in the U.S.

Overall RankCityEthnic Diversity ScoreEthnoracial DiversityLinguistic DiversityBirthplace Diversity
1Jersey City, NJ72.6222158
2Gaithersburg, MD71.935463
3Germantown, MD71.933665
4Spring Valley, NV70.4171617
5Silver Spring, MD69.8691137
6New York, NY69.3965261
7Rockville, MD68.8730929
8Kent, WA68.74814112
9San Jose, CA68.64211268
10Oakland, CA68.58130199
11Paradise, NV66.53224614
12Bridgeport, CT66.323517146
13Renton, WA66.25173596
14San Francisco, CA66.252922119
15Orlando, FL66.14235121
16Sacramento, CA66.1437331
17Providence, RI66491998
18North Las Vegas, NV65.99146516
19Enterprise, NV65.94117811
20Federal Way, WA65.77105797
21Boston, MA65.732434120
22San Diego, CA65.62829137
23Los Angeles, CA65.18658236
24Clifton, NJ64.63953271
25New Haven, CT64.621369135
26Stamford, CT64.546823129
27Long Beach, CA64.481925328
28Lynn, MA64.445910315
29Yonkers, NY64.373413343
30Pawtucket, RI64.345424191

Note: With the exception of “Ethnic Diversity Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

Ratio – Over Time

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Birthplaces of Population as of 2019

State

In State

Northeast Region

Midwest Region

South Region

West Region

U.S. Territory*

Foreign Nation

Alabama69.24%2.65%5.04%16.07%2.60%0.86%3.55%
Alaska42.89%5.98%10.57%11.45%18.65%2.42%8.05%
Arizona39.86%6.71%14.88%6.83%16.93%1.38%13.41%
Arkansas60.53%1.87%10.06%15.37%6.34%0.73%5.11%
California56.11%3.67%4.52%4.24%3.30%1.41%26.76%
Colorado42.22%6.68%15.77%11.00%13.05%1.61%9.67%
Connecticut53.77%18.61%2.67%4.36%1.84%3.91%14.85%
Delaware43.99%25.43%3.13%13.59%1.89%1.88%10.08%
District of Columbia37.21%14.32%7.77%20.90%5.64%2.00%12.17%
Florida35.80%16.31%10.18%10.00%2.72%3.85%21.13%
Georgia54.41%6.85%6.71%17.26%3.06%1.40%10.31%
Hawaii52.33%3.78%4.30%6.04%10.86%3.45%19.23%
Idaho46.08%2.69%6.68%5.29%32.33%0.99%5.95%
Illinois67.42%2.14%8.13%4.98%2.20%1.15%13.99%
Indiana67.72%2.31%13.01%8.42%2.46%0.70%5.38%
Iowa69.71%1.44%14.94%3.68%3.90%0.64%5.69%
Kansas59.15%2.03%15.52%8.89%6.24%1.02%7.15%
Kentucky68.25%2.49%12.99%8.90%2.19%0.71%4.47%
Louisiana77.60%1.65%2.91%10.48%2.34%0.68%4.34%
Maine61.61%22.08%3.36%5.17%2.79%1.11%3.87%
Maryland47.38%10.83%3.93%18.46%2.44%1.54%15.41%
Massachusetts59.37%11.98%2.62%3.60%2.09%3.08%17.25%
Michigan76.24%2.13%6.59%5.15%2.05%0.79%7.06%
Minnesota67.73%1.89%14.47%3.23%3.67%0.74%8.28%
Mississippi71.49%1.62%4.53%17.27%2.27%0.69%2.14%
Missouri65.85%2.17%13.67%8.46%4.75%0.83%4.28%
Montana53.44%3.65%13.41%5.41%20.84%0.85%2.40%
Nebraska64.72%1.74%13.63%4.52%7.19%0.85%7.35%
Nevada27.24%6.08%9.48%6.73%28.86%1.78%19.84%
New Hampshire40.62%40.49%3.80%4.47%2.86%1.30%6.47%
New Jersey51.46%16.50%1.51%3.65%1.13%2.27%23.48%
New Mexico53.81%4.10%6.85%11.93%12.54%1.11%9.66%
New York63.08%4.76%1.93%3.63%1.58%2.57%22.45%
North Carolina55.96%10.61%5.99%14.54%3.28%1.20%8.42%
North Dakota61.79%1.64%17.02%5.10%9.50%0.96%3.99%
Ohio74.73%4.30%4.89%8.51%1.93%0.85%4.80%
Oklahoma60.59%2.00%9.08%13.59%7.65%0.99%6.12%
Oregon45.61%3.82%8.08%5.39%26.12%1.18%9.80%
Pennsylvania71.37%8.86%2.87%6.31%1.54%1.97%7.08%
Rhode Island56.65%19.11%2.08%3.48%2.15%2.56%13.98%
South Carolina54.98%10.36%6.21%18.88%2.75%1.12%5.70%
South Dakota63.63%1.22%19.94%3.47%7.06%0.62%4.06%
Tennessee59.11%4.09%9.51%17.39%3.60%0.82%5.47%
Texas59.46%2.75%5.70%7.81%5.59%1.55%17.15%
Utah61.69%2.24%4.17%4.51%17.82%1.06%8.50%
Vermont48.80%32.00%4.03%5.53%3.86%0.96%4.82%
Virginia49.47%10.72%5.70%15.47%4.06%1.90%12.69%
Washington46.40%3.83%7.52%6.32%19.31%1.78%14.85%
West Virginia68.54%5.32%7.13%15.10%1.61%0.60%1.71%
Wisconsin70.93%1.75%15.36%3.39%2.58%0.95%5.05%
Wyoming43.03%4.26%17.20%7.29%24.49%0.71%3.03%

*Also includes persons born abroad to American parents.

Concentrations by Category

Metric

Cities with Highest Concentration

Cities with Lowest Concentration

Ethnoracial Diversity
Hispanic or LatinoHialeah, FL
(95.91%)
Greenville, MS
(0.58%)
White (Not Hispanic or Latino)Saco, ME
(94.79%)
Hialeah, FL
(2.68%)
Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino)Jackson, MS
(81.97%)
Green River, WY
(<0.01%)
Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino)Waipahu, HI
(66.05%)
Pierre, SD
(0.02%)
All Others (American Indian and Alaska native, native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander; some other race alone; two or more races) (not Hispanic or Latino)Hilo, HI
(38.59%)
Hialeah, FL
(0.19%)
Linguistic Diversity
EnglishClarksburg, WV
(99.05%)
Hialeah, FL
(6.24%)
SpanishHialeah, FL
(93.03%)
Waipahu, HI
(0.28%)
Other Indo-European LanguagesBrockton, MA
(35.36%)
Gillette, WY
(0.10%)
Asian & Pacific Islander LanguagesWaipahu, HI
(52.71%)
Pierre, SD
(<0.01%)
Other LanguagesDearborn, MI
(46.10%)
Smyrna, DE
(<0.01%)
Birthplace Diversity
In State of ResidenceGreenville, MS
(86.76%)
Hilton Head Island, SC
(17.95%)
Northeast RegionDerry, NH
(57.64%)
Greenville, MS
(0.39%)
Midwest RegionWahpeton, ND
(49.31%)
Hialeah, FL
(0.28%)
South RegionOlive Branch, MS
(54.56%)
Hialeah, FL
(0.43%)
West RegionPost Falls, ID
(47.20%)
Paterson, NJ
(0.21%)
U.S. Territory & Abroad (if born to American parent(s))Reading, PA
(17.29%)
Barre, VT
(0.14%)
Foreign NationHialeah, FL
(74.41%)
Clarksburg, WV
(0.39%)

Ranking by City Size

Rank*

Large City Name
(Score)

Rank

Midsize City Name
(Score)

Rank

Small City Name
(Score)

1New York, NY
(69.39)
1Jersey City, NJ
(72.62)
1Gaithersburg, MD
(71.93)
2San Jose, CA
(68.64)
2Spring Valley, NV
(70.41)
2Germantown, MD
(71.93)
3Oakland, CA
(68.58)
3Kent, WA
(68.74)
3Silver Spring, MD
(69.86)
4San Francisco, CA
(66.25)
4Paradise, NV
(66.53)
4Rockville, MD
(68.87)
5Sacramento, CA
(66.10)
5Bridgeport, CT
(66.32)
5Federal Way, WA
(65.77)
6Boston, MA
(65.73)
6Renton, WA
(66.25)
6Clifton, NJ
(64.63)
7San Diego, CA
(65.60)
7Orlando, FL
(66.14)
7Lynn, MA
(64.44)
8Los Angeles, CA
(65.18)
8Providence, RI
(66.00)
8Pawtucket, RI
(64.34)
9Long Beach, CA
(64.48)
9North Las Vegas, NV
(65.99)
9Danbury, CT
(63.96)
10Houston, TX
(64.28)
10Enterprise, NV
(65.94)
10Johns Creek, GA
(63.71)
11Aurora, CO
(63.68)
11New Haven, CT
(64.62)
11New Britain, CT
(63.43)
12Las Vegas, NV
(63.63)
12Stamford, CT
(64.54)
12Brockton, MA
(63.32)
13Arlington, TX
(63.48)
13Yonkers, NY
(64.37)
13New Rochelle, NY
(62.95)
14Chicago, IL
(63.32)
14Lowell, MA
(63.96)
14Norwalk, CT
(61.86)
15Dallas, TX
(62.60)
15Alexandria, VA
(63.57)
15Springdale, AR
(60.83)
16Anaheim, CA
(62.12)
16Plano, TX
(63.11)
16Lancaster, PA
(60.54)
17Tampa, FL
(61.13)
17Bellevue, WA
(63.02)
17Bear, DE
(60.51)
18Phoenix, AZ
(60.95)
18Sunrise Manor, NV
(62.89)
18Ewa Gentry, HI
(60.42)
19Fort Worth, TX
(60.75)
19Hartford, CT
(62.82)
19Brooklyn Park, MN
(60.14)
20Fresno, CA
(60.43)
20Waterbury, CT
(62.44)
20Waukegan, IL
(59.61)
21St. Paul, MN
(59.75)
21Aurora, IL
(62.32)
21Kahului, HI
(59.02)
22Honolulu, HI
(59.65)
22Newark, NJ
(62.28)
22Ellicott City, MD
(58.96)
23Austin, TX
(59.33)
23Kansas City, KS
(61.36)
23Frederick, MD
(58.40)
24Charlotte, NC
(58.90)
24Springfield, MA
(61.17)
24Hammond, IN
(58.35)
25Tucson, AZ
(58.83)
25Allentown, PA
(61.02)
25Trenton, NJ
(58.15)
26Bakersfield, CA
(57.85)
26Fort Lauderdale, FL
(60.80)
26Farmington, NM
(56.59)
27Denver, CO
(56.72)
27Cambridge, MA
(60.34)
27Camden, NJ
(56.57)
28Philadelphia, PA
(56.48)
28Columbia, MD
(60.31)
28Quincy, MA
(56.40)
29Albuquerque, NM
(55.55)
29Glendale, AZ
(60.02)
29Kenner, LA
(56.21)
30Washington, DC
(55.29)
30West Valley City, UT
(59.68)
30Central Falls, RI
(55.71)
31Milwaukee, WI
(54.93)
31Worcester, MA
(59.58)
31New Bedford, MA
(55.70)
32Oklahoma City, OK
(54.14)
32Hillsboro, OR
(59.22)
32Clovis, NM
(55.68)
33Tulsa, OK
(53.58)
33Elgin, IL
(58.61)
33Santa Fe, NM
(55.05)
34Raleigh, NC
(53.32)
34Arlington, VA
(58.47)
34Harrisburg, PA
(55.04)
35Minneapolis, MN
(53.12)
35Tempe, AZ
(57.93)
35Beaverton, OR
(54.84)
36Seattle, WA
(52.99)
36Durham, NC
(56.99)
36Roswell, GA
(54.65)
37San Antonio, TX
(52.58)
37Sandy Springs, GA
(56.98)
37Yakima, WA
(54.37)
38Jacksonville, FL
(52.36)
38Paterson, NJ
(56.96)
38Hobbs, NM
(54.32)
39Nashville, TN
(52.29)
39Port St. Lucie, FL
(56.86)
39Reading, PA
(54.01)
40Mesa, AZ
(51.49)
40Chandler, AZ
(56.82)
40Kailua, HI
(54.00)
41Henderson, NV
(50.99)
41High Point, NC
(55.20)
41Hilo, HI
(53.34)
42Columbus, OH
(48.96)
42Rochester, NY
(55.12)
42East Honolulu, HI
(53.17)
43Virginia Beach, VA
(48.79)
43Las Cruces, NM
(54.89)
43Woonsocket, RI
(53.12)
44Corpus Christi, TX
(48.77)
44Elizabeth, NJ
(54.87)
44Bethlehem, PA
(52.90)
45Kansas City, MO
(48.57)
45Cary, NC
(54.81)
45Rogers, AR
(52.78)
46Cleveland, OH
(48.29)
46Sparks, NV
(54.79)
46Fort Smith, AR
(52.22)
47Portland, OR
(47.75)
47Reno, NV
(54.39)
47Mililani Town, HI
(52.00)
48Indianapolis, IN
(47.74)
48Everett, WA
(54.21)
48Lawton, OK
(51.93)
49Wichita, KS
(47.72)
49Joliet, IL
(54.11)
49Pearl City, HI
(51.81)
50Atlanta, GA
(46.76)
50Anchorage, AK
(54.03)
50Waipahu, HI
(51.78)
51Miami, FL
(46.48)
51Fayetteville, NC
(53.67)
51Roswell, NM
(51.77)
52Omaha, NE
(45.85)
52Tacoma, WA
(53.20)
52Caldwell, ID
(51.38)
53Colorado Springs, CO
(45.60)
53Gresham, OR
(52.98)
53Kaneohe, HI
(51.34)
54St. Louis, MO
(44.62)
54Winston-Salem, NC
(52.82)
54Albany, NY
(51.19)
55Cincinnati, OH
(42.79)
55Thornton, CO
(52.80)
55Fairbanks, AK
(51.06)
56Baltimore, MD
(41.95)
56Salt Lake City, UT
(52.56)
56Alamogordo, NM
(50.93)
57Pittsburgh, PA
(41.64)
57Syracuse, NY
(52.43)
57Dover, DE
(50.81)
58Lexington-Fayette, KY
(41.57)
58Rockford, IL
(52.31)
58Brookside, DE
(50.73)
59El Paso, TX
(41.33)
59Buffalo, NY
(51.98)
59Rio Rancho, NM
(50.61)
60New Orleans, LA
(40.92)
60Greensboro, NC
(51.32)
60Mount Vernon, NY
(50.57)
61Memphis, TN
(40.78)
61North Charleston, SC
(50.97)
61Taylorsville, UT
(49.42)
62Louisville, KY
(39.98)
62Newport News, VA
(50.36)
62Racine, WI
(49.39)
63Detroit, MI
(32.42)
63South Bend, IN
(50.23)
63Middletown, DE
(49.34)
64Ann Arbor, MI
(50.01)
64Carson City, NV
(49.09)
65Athens, GA
(50.00)
65Ogden, UT
(48.91)
66Norfolk, VA
(49.99)
66Schenectady, NY
(48.84)
67Clarksville, TN
(49.70)
67Glasgow, DE
(48.76)
68Naperville, IL
(49.17)
68Grand Island, NE
(48.19)
69Tallahassee, FL
(48.45)
69Sitka and, AK
(47.79)
70Lansing, MI
(48.00)
70Glen Burnie, MD
(47.53)
71Salem, OR
(47.88)
71Jackson, WY
(47.49)
72St. Petersburg, FL
(47.37)
72Lorain, OH
(46.82)
73Cape Coral, FL
(47.10)
73Waldorf, MD
(46.77)
74Grand Rapids, MI
(47.01)
74Juneau, AK
(46.68)
75Vancouver, WA
(46.94)
75West Hartford, CT
(46.52)
76Columbus, GA
(46.85)
76Nashua, NH
(46.45)
77Little Rock, AR
(46.40)
77Biloxi, MS
(46.33)
78Des Moines, IA
(46.35)
78Goose Creek, SC
(46.30)
79Richmond, VA
(46.24)
79Winooski, VT
(46.30)
80Columbia, SC
(46.09)
80Cranston, RI
(46.19)
81Westminster, CO
(46.00)
81Passaic, NJ
(46.16)
82Savannah, GA
(45.94)
82College, AK
(46.13)
83Hampton, VA
(45.80)
83Huron, SD
(45.86)
84Peoria, AZ
(45.67)
84Fall River, MA
(45.61)
85Surprise, AZ
(45.61)
85Newark, DE
(45.51)
86Chesapeake, VA
(45.47)
86Rock Hill, SC
(45.50)
87Gilbert, AZ
(45.23)
87Kenosha, WI
(45.26)
88Provo, UT
(44.94)
88Wilmington, DE
(45.03)
89Huntsville, AL
(44.82)
89Horn Lake, MS
(45.01)
90Peoria, IL
(44.78)
90Bentonville, AR
(44.87)
91Lakewood, CO
(44.72)
91Sioux City, IA
(44.57)
92Pueblo, CO
(44.54)
92Youngstown, OH
(44.46)
93Chattanooga, TN
(43.77)
93Bowling Green, KY
(44.18)
94Warren, MI
(43.71)
94Bossier City, LA
(44.10)
95Green Bay, WI
(43.18)
95Decatur, AL
(44.06)
96Murfreesboro, TN
(43.07)
96Bellevue, NE
(43.80)
97Metairie, LA
(43.01)
97Pike Creek Valley, DE
(43.63)
98Manchester, NH
(42.84)
98Bloomington, MN
(43.56)
99Fort Wayne, IN
(42.47)
99Sumter, SC
(43.50)
100Rochester, MN
(42.23)
100Roanoke, VA
(43.35)
101West Jordan, UT
(42.15)
101Nampa, ID
(43.24)
102Augusta, GA
(41.90)
102Gulfport, MS
(43.00)
103Madison, WI
(41.78)
103Iowa City, IA
(42.93)
104Sterling Heights, MI
(41.51)
104Enid, OK
(42.89)
105Norman, OK
(41.36)
105Madison, AL
(42.85)
106Olathe, KS
(41.28)
106Smyrna, DE
(42.80)
107Dayton, OH
(41.24)
107Auburn, AL
(42.59)
108Broken Arrow, OK
(40.62)
108Corvallis, OR
(42.56)
109Akron, OH
(40.52)
109Hoover, AL
(42.48)
110Overland Park, KS
(40.43)
110South Valley, NM
(42.46)
111Topeka, KS
(40.38)
111Greenville, NC
(42.39)
112Baton Rouge, LA
(40.08)
112Scranton, PA
(41.82)
113Toledo, OH
(39.61)
113Olive Branch, MS
(41.74)
114Montgomery, AL
(38.67)
114Union City, NJ
(41.53)
115Wilmington, NC
(38.66)
115Portsmouth, VA
(41.38)
116Scottsdale, AZ
(38.54)
116Southaven, MS
(41.37)
117Centennial, CO
(38.41)
117Orem, UT
(41.25)
118Columbia, MO
(38.26)
118Greenville, SC
(41.17)
119Lafayette, LA
(38.16)
119North Little Rock, AR
(41.15)
120Macon, GA
(38.14)
120Midwest City, OK
(41.10)
121Mobile, AL
(37.91)
121Tuscaloosa, AL
(41.06)
122Eugene, OR
(37.68)
122Riverton, WY
(40.83)
123Charleston, SC
(37.52)
123East Providence, RI
(40.63)
124Knoxville, TN
(37.01)
124Jackson, TN
(40.23)
125Fort Collins, CO
(36.70)
125Summerville, SC
(40.23)
126Davenport, IA
(35.98)
126Franklin, TN
(39.96)
127Shreveport, LA
(35.68)
127Stillwater, OK
(39.88)
128Lincoln, NE
(34.28)
128Bristol, CT
(39.84)
129Arvada, CO
(33.79)
129Erie, PA
(39.67)
130Independence, MO
(33.61)
130Lawrence, KS
(39.59)
131Springfield, IL
(33.25)
131Lake Charles, LA
(39.56)
132Sioux Falls, SD
(33.16)
132Plymouth, MN
(39.40)
133Boise, ID
(32.81)
133Newport, RI
(39.16)
134Birmingham, AL
(32.73)
134Dearborn, MI
(39.10)
135Spokane, WA
(32.28)
135Waterloo, IA
(38.96)
136Fargo, ND
(31.98)
136Bartlett, TN
(38.95)
137Cedar Rapids, IA
(29.93)
137Woodbury, MN
(38.91)
138Evansville, IN
(28.79)
138Williston, ND
(38.90)
139Meridian, ID
(28.73)
139Manhattan, KS
(38.84)
140Billings, MT
(26.43)
140Twin Falls, ID
(38.73)
141Springfield, MO
(26.41)
141Dothan, AL
(38.69)
142Jackson, MS
(21.56)
142Hattiesburg, MS
(38.62)
143Laredo, TX
(19.08)
143Medford, OR
(38.61)
144Hialeah, FL144Columbus, NE
(38.59)
145Moore, OK
(38.44)
146Bloomington, IN
(38.17)
147Tupelo, MS
(38.14)
148Hopkinsville, KY
(38.08)
149Middlebury, VT
(38.00)
150St. Cloud, MN
(37.89)
151Lafayette, IN
(37.78)
152Ames, IA
(37.71)
153Jonesboro, AR
(37.68)
154Wasilla, AK
(37.61)
155Hilton Head Island, SC
(37.56)
156Tanaina, AK
(37.45)
157Elizabethtown, KY
(37.38)
158Badger, AK
(37.28)
159Flint, MI
(37.19)
160Alexandria, LA
(37.07)
161Fayetteville, AR
(37.05)
162Westland, MI
(37.00)
163Edmond, OK
(36.76)
164Lenexa, KS
(36.76)
165West Des Moines, IA
(36.70)
166Laramie, WY
(36.51)
167Essex Junction, VT
(36.23)
168Carmel, IN
(36.21)
169Hockessin, DE
(35.88)
170Conway, AR
(35.73)
171Burlington, VT
(35.70)
172Green River, WY
(35.68)
173Layton, UT
(35.15)
174Portland, ME
(35.13)
175St. George, UT
(34.73)
176Canton, OH
(34.60)
177Fishers, IN
(34.50)
178Martinsburg, WV
(34.33)
179Idaho Falls, ID
(34.23)
180Cheyenne, WY
(34.07)
181Lakes, AK
(33.85)
182Salina, KS
(33.76)
183Valley Falls, RI
(33.69)
184Springfield, OR
(33.68)
185Knik-Fairview, AK
(33.54)
186Monroe, LA
(33.19)
187Meridian, MS
(32.98)
188Waukesha, WI
(32.96)
189Shawnee, KS
(32.81)
190Lebanon, NH
(32.72)
191Fremont, NE
(32.54)
192Rapid City, SD
(32.47)
193Norfolk, NE
(32.41)
194Toms River, NJ
(32.27)
195Minot, ND
(32.02)
196Maple Grove, MN
(31.99)
197Sandy, UT
(31.87)
198Lewiston, ME
(31.81)
199Covington, KY
(31.71)
200Appleton, WI
(31.43)
201Johnson City, TN
(31.34)
202Morgantown, WV
(31.31)
203Gary, IN
(31.30)
204Beckley, WV
(31.26)
205Rock Springs, WY
(31.20)
206Grand Forks, ND
(31.06)
207St. Charles, MO
(30.80)
208Florence, KY
(30.56)
209Gillette, WY
(30.54)
210South Burlington, VT
(30.43)
211Council Bluffs, IA
(30.22)
212Concord, NH
(30.11)
213Bend, OR
(30.06)
214Charleston, WV
(29.60)
215Lee's Summit, MO
(29.58)
216Evanston, WY
(29.42)
217Hastings, NE
(29.29)
218Pocatello, ID
(29.27)
219Portsmouth, NH
(29.02)
220Cicero, IL
(28.96)
221St. Joseph, MO
(28.74)
222Albany, GA
(28.56)
223Biddeford, ME
(28.38)
224South Portland, ME
(28.22)
225Parma, OH
(27.83)
226Dover, NH
(27.60)
227Dickinson, ND
(27.58)
228Aberdeen, SD
(27.54)
229Casper, WY
(27.47)
230Mount Pleasant, SC
(26.84)
231Pierre, SD
(26.83)
232Cheektowaga, NY
(26.69)
233Pine Bluff, AR
(26.56)
234Levittown, PA
(26.48)
235Brookings, SD
(26.31)
236Owensboro, KY
(26.26)
237Georgetown, KY
(26.03)
238Great Falls, MT
(25.75)
239Bozeman, MT
(25.75)
240Missoula, MT
(25.70)
241North Platte, NE
(25.68)
242Westerly, RI
(25.62)
243Havre, MT
(25.60)
244Kearney, NE
(25.48)
245Wahpeton, ND
(25.34)
246Warwick, RI
(25.32)
247Coeur d'Alene, ID
(24.68)
248St. Peters, MO
(24.46)
249O'Fallon, MO
(24.41)
250Eau Claire, WI
(24.32)
251Richmond, KY
(24.13)
252Westbrook, ME
(24.08)
253Huntington, WV
(24.00)
254West Fargo, ND
(23.92)
255Livonia, MI
(23.59)
256Sanford, ME
(23.47)
257Auburn, ME
(23.01)
258Yankton, SD
(22.91)
259Sheridan, WY
(22.84)
260Dubuque, IA
(22.76)
261Bangor, ME
(22.45)
262Mandan, ND
(22.39)
263Oshkosh, WI
(22.37)
264Keene, NH
(22.16)
265Bismarck, ND
(22.03)
266Montpelier, VT
(21.83)
267Helena, MT
(21.69)
268Janesville, WI
(21.46)
269Anaconda, MT
(21.39)
270Derry, NH
(21.21)
271Kalispell, MT
(21.19)
272Weirton, WV
(21.12)
273Duluth, MN
(21.08)
274Post Falls, ID
(21.05)
275Greenville, MS
(21.03)
276Rochester, NH
(20.94)
277Lewiston, ID
(20.92)
278Mitchell, SD
(20.83)
279Brattleboro, VT
(20.75)
280Spearfish, SD
(20.68)
281Fairmont, WV
(19.88)
282Butte-Silver Bow, MT
(19.71)
283Jamestown, ND
(19.65)
284Saco, ME
(19.30)
285Augusta, ME
(19.11)
286Rutland, VT
(19.04)
287Wheeling, WV
(18.54)
288Bennington, VT
(18.36)
289Miles City, MT
(18.33)
290Laconia, NH
(17.92)
291Watertown, SD
(17.39)
292Barre, VT
(16.71)
293Clarksburg, WV
(16.26)
294Parkersburg, WV
(14.18)

*1=Most Diverse

Ask the Experts

Ethnic diversity brings about both benefits and challenges. For more insight, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in with their thoughts on the following key questions:

  1. What are the main benefits of living in an ethnically diverse city?
  2. What are some potential challenges of living in an ethnically diverse city?
  3. What does it mean for residents when a city’s ethnic composition changes rapidly?
  4. What are some tips for managing an ethnically diverse workplace?
  5. Younger generations in the US are the most ethnically diverse yet. What impact do you think the increasingly diverse demographic makeup will have on the economy?
  6. What kinds of programs should state and local governments develop in order to promote the benefits of ethnic diversity?

Ask the Experts

Rodney D. Coates
Professor, Global and Intercultural Studies; Sociology, Gerontology and Social Justice; Coordinator of Black World Studies – Miami University
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Jennifer Hamer
Professor, Department of African American Studies; Senior Faculty Mentor, Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity – Pennsylvania State University
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Robert L. Peralta
Ph.D. – Professor, Sociology Department, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences – The University of Akron
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Lata Murti
Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Sociology, Online Campus – Brandman University
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Diane L. Swanson
Ph.D. – Professor of Management, The Edgerley Family Chair in Business Administration; Faculty of Distinction, Founding Chair, Business Ethics Education Initiative – Kansas State University
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Jonathan Feingold
Associate Professor of Law – Boston University School of Law
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Methodology

In order to determine the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared 501 of the most populated U.S. cities across three key metrics: 1) Ethnoracial Diversity, 2) Linguistic Diversity and 3) Birthplace Diversity. Our data set, each metric’s subcomponents and its corresponding weight are listed below. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most ethnic diversity.

We then determined city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its “Ethnic Diversity Score” and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Each city in our sample refers to city proper and excludes the surrounding metro area. We limited our sample to no more than 10 cities from each state and categorized them according to the following population sizes:

  • Large city: More than 300,000 people
  • Midsize city: 100,000 to 300,000 people
  • Small city: Fewer than 100,000 people

This analysis was conducted using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index method, which is a commonly accepted measurement of market concentration that also works effectively as a general-purpose measure of diversity.

Ethnoracial Diversity: Total Points - 50

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White (not Hispanic or Latino)
  • Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino)
  • Asian (not Hispanic or Latino)
  • All Others (American Indian and Alaska native; native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander; some other race alone; two or more races) (but not Hispanic or Latino)

Linguistic Diversity: Total Points - 33

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Other Indo-European Languages
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Languages
  • Other Languages

Birthplace Diversity: Total Points - 17

  • In State of Residence
  • Northeast Region
  • Midwest Region
  • South Region
  • West Region
  • U.S. Territory & Abroad (if born to American parent(s))
  • Foreign Nation


Sources: Data used to create this ranking were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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