New Report Reveals The Most Diverse Cities In America

July 9, 2013  |  

By 2043, the Census Bureau predicts that Whites will make up less than 50 percent of the population for the first time. A new report from NerdWallet points out the specific cities that add more ethnic flavor to our growing melting pot.

Cities such as Vallejo, California and Jersey City only add to the diminishing reality of a racial majority in the United States. Vallejo had the highest overall diversity score;  its population is comprised of nearly a quarter of each ethnicity—Hispanic, White, Black, and Asian/Pacific Islander. Jersey City comes in at second place with 28 percent Latinos, 22 percent Whites, and 24 percent for both Blacks and Asians.

Atlantic City, known to attract gamblers to its swanky (and not-so-swanky) casinos in New Jersey, made it to number eight on the top 10 list. New York, NY landed a ninth spot on the diversity list.

While the aforementioned cities are rapidly swirling with different cultures and ethnicities, some cities are still lagging in the diversity department. Both Huntington Park and East Los Angeles in California are the most racially homogenous; the two cities are nearly 98 percent Hispanic. Four cities in Ohio –Lancaster, Rocky River, Green, and Mentor — are all more than 94 percent White.

All-in-all, minorities have grown in numbers by 29 percent between 2000 and 2010. California currently leads the nation with the biggest population of minorities with 22.3 million people. Over the same decade, “Texas joined California, D.C., Hawaii, and New Mexico in having a ‘majority-minority’ population, where more than 50 percent of the population was part of a minority group,” added the Census Bureau.

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