The 5 Most Diverse Cities in the U.S.

Evelyn Long

Aug 24, 2022


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The men and women of the past built the United States through diversity, but some areas are more diverse than others. Based on recent data, here are the five most diverse cities in the U.S.

5. Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known as the world’s entertainment capital, so it’s no surprise that people from around the world would come there to take their shot at their dream career. 

The “City of Angels” is home to nearly four million residents, with the 47% majority being Hispanic or Latino. White people make up 30%, and there’s an 11% Asian population. Nearly 9% of the population is black, and almost 2% is American Indian and Alaska Native. 

When you visit Los Angeles, you can stop by the farmer’s market for an around-the-world food experience. There are festivals throughout the year celebrating the variety of cultures that belong to it.

Los Angeles also hosts a lot of economic diversity, from starving artists to multi-millionaires. There’s also a variety of religious beliefs throughout the city. 

4. Dallas, Texas

Dallas’s ninth-largest U.S. metropolitan area attracts residents from all over the world thanks to its ultra-modern feel and inclusive nature. 

Hispanic and Latino people make up 42% of the population. Non-Hispanic White people make up 28% and Black or African American residents make up 23% of the city. Nearly 4% of the population is Asain, and 1% are American Indian or Alaskan Natives. 

The city is home to Oak Lawn, one of Texas’ best neighborhoods for the LGBTQ+ community. Dallas is also socio-economically diverse and is home to various religions. 

Located in one of the largest states in the country, it’s not surprising that Dallas isn’t the only Texas City on this list. 

3. New York, New York

The most populated city in the U.S., it’s no surprise that the City of New York, informally called  New York City, is filled with diversity. The Big Apple is famous for its variety of foods from all over the world and entertainment groups of different cultures and languages. 

Most of the nearly nine million people in New York City are white, making up 34% of the population. The second largest population is Hispanic or Latino, composing 28% of the population. Black or African American people comprise 22% of the city and 15% of people are Asian. American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 1% of the population. 

With so many individuals, it’s natural that there’s a wide range of economic diversity. There’s also a good bit of religious diversity, with the largest practiced religion being Catholic at 33% of the population. 

2. Jersey City, New Jersey

Across the Hudson River from New York City is the second most diverse city in the U.S. and was ranked at the top when examining cultural diversity. 

The city’s majority contains 28% Asian people, 27% non-Hispanic White people and 20% Black or African American people. The town has a good bit of linguistic diversity, with less than half of its residents speaking English at home. These are impressive statistics considering the city is home to less than 300,000 people. 

The city is also home to a fair amount of economic and religious diversity. 

Part of Jersey City’s diversity is its proximity to New York City. People who work in New York City but don’t want to live in such a congested city go to Jersey City for the easy commute. Its beautiful parks and beaches allow them to escape the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple but still offer a range of housing and food options. 

1. Houston, Texas

Houston topped the list of most diverse cities for a variety of reasons. 

“Space City” is home to over two million residents, made up of 44% Hispanic or Latino people, 31% White people and 23% Black people making up the majority of its population. Asian people comprise 7% of the city and 1% are American Indian or Native Alaskan. 

Houston has blossomed in recent decades, serving as a melting pot of race, culture, language and cuisine, which the city prides itself on. 

If you visit Houston, you could find an Indian restaurant, Hispanic health clinic and Middle Eastern pastry shop on the same street. The residents there can reap all of the benefits of living in a diverse community.  

Living in a Diverse City

There are many advantages to living in one of the most diverse cities to experience different cultures, foods and languages.

By choosing to live in a diverse city, you can also better understand different cultures and viewpoints that will help you better commune with the world. 

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