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Which US cities are the most — and least — diverse?

WalletHub examined 501 cities based on ethnicity and race, birthplace and language.
The Statue of Liberty is seen with Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Wikimedia

Immigration, refugees and race have been thrust into the spotlight in the U.S. and across the globe since President Donald Trump took office last month.

He has issued executive orders that have included moving forward on the construction of the wall along Mexico’s border, banning refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations and possible mass deportations.

While it’s too soon to tell the long-term effect Trump’s policies will have on the diversity of a country that has long been called a cultural melting pot, WalletHub took a look at its current demographics to see just how diverse we really are.

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The personal finance website analyzed 501 of America’s biggest cities based on ethnicity and race, birthplace and language to give each a “Cultural Diversity Score.”

While its prime view of the immigrant icon known as the Statue of Liberty may not have played a part in WalletHub’s study, Jersey City, New Jersey,ranked No. 1 overall as the most diverse city.

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Rounding out the overall Top 5 are three Maryland towns in the Washington, D.C. metro region — Germantown, Gaithersburg and Silver Spring — and Spring Valley, Nevada. New York appears at No. 6, while Boston ranked 20th.

The five least diverse cities include two from West Virginia, Parkersburg and Clarksburg, followed by Watertown, South Dakota, Hialeah, Florida, and Rutland, Vermont.

For cities with more than 300,000 people, New York is the most diverse, while Boston ranked 8th and Philadelphia came in 29th.

Other notable findings from WalletHub’s study:

• Oakland, California, features the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is four times more than Hialeah, the lowest.

• With 96 percent of its residents Hispanic or Latino, 92 percent of the population of Hialeahspeaks Spanish. The Florida cityalso has the largest number of foreign-born residents, with 72.75 percent.

• Rutland has the biggest white population, with 65.45 percent, while Gary, Indiana, at 81.41 percent, has the largest black population.

• More than 87 percent of Greenville, Mississippi’s population was born in-state.

Click here to see the WalletHub’s full study.

 
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