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2019’s Most & Least Diverse States in America

With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and the leadership in Fortune 500 companies still dominated by Caucasian males, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2019’s Most & Least Diverse States in America as well as accompanying videos.

To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population is relatively more homogeneous — WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.

 

Most Diverse States in America Least Diverse States in America
1 California 41 Wyoming
2 Texas 42 Ohio
3 Hawaii 43 Iowa
4 New Jersey 44 Utah
5 New York 45 Kentucky
6 New Mexico 46 Montana
7 Maryland 47 New Hampshire
8 Florida 48 Vermont
9 Nevada 49 Maine
10 Illinois 50 West Virginia

 

Key Stats

  • Alaska has the highest income diversity, which is 1.5 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest.
  • Hawaii has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is 3.1 times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest.
  • California has the highest language diversity, which is 2.3 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest.
  • Nevada has the highest birthplace diversity, which is three times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest.
  • North Dakota has the highest religious diversity, which is two times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest.

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