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10 Most, Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America

Cities in one state appear 4 times in the top 10
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2020 9:00 AM CST
10 Most, Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America
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In 25 years, the United States will be the most "colorful" it's ever been, as WalletHub puts it. That's because by 2045, it's estimated there will be no single ethnic group that can claim the most people in the nation. To find out which US cities are ahead of the pack as the most ethnically diverse, the site looked at more than 500 of them across three key metrics: ethnoracial diversity, languages spoken, and birthplace diversity (whether they were born abroad, in US territories, or in various sections of the US). Maryland claimed four cities in the top 10. Read on to see how cities across the US ranked:

  1. Jersey City, NJ (No. 1 in the "Linguistic Diversity" category)
  2. Gaithersburg, Md.
  3. Germantown, Md.
  4. Spring Valley, Nev.
  5. Silver Spring, Md.
  6. New York
  7. Rockville, Md.
  8. Oakland, Calif. (No. 1 in the "Ethnoracial Diversity" category)
  9. San Jose, Calif.
  10. Kent, Wash.
Read on for the least diverse cities in America.

The least diverse cities:

  1. Parkersburg, W. Va.
  2. Hialeah, Fla. (last in "Ethnoracial Diversity" category)
  3. Watertown, SD
  4. Barre, Vt.
  5. Clarksburg, W. Va. (last in "Linguistic Diversity" category)
  6. Rutland, Vt.
  7. Laconia, NH
  8. Miles City, Mont.
  9. Augusta, Maine
  10. Wheeling, W. Va.
Check out the rest of the list. (Here, the most and least educated US cities.)

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