Top 15 Most Diverse Cities in the US [Report 2024]

most diverse cities in the US

Sixty-four percent of Americans see variety of race and culture as a strength for the country. White people make up 60% of the population, Hispanics are the second largest at 19%, and black people make up 12%.

The United States is becoming a more diverse and multicultural society as time goes on, and there is a favorable correlation between diversity and economic growth. However, the fastest-growing communities are those that value diversity the most and work hardest to achieve racial and economic parity.

Below is a list of the most diverse cities in the US.

1. Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas is one of the most diverse cities in the US

Houston is one of the largest cities in the nation with a population of 2.3 million, and also ranks as the most ethnically diverse city in the US. 24% of Houston’s population is White, while 44% are Hispanic and 23% are African Americans. Over 145 languages are spoken by Houston citizens, with Spanish being the primary language for around 40% of its people.

2. Jersey City, New Jersey

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One of the most diverse cities in terms of culture is Jersey City, a small metropolitan city that is only 4 miles away from NYC. Jersey City’s population is 283,000, among whom 22% are White, 27% are Hispanic, 23% are African Americans and 26% are Asian. It is culturally America’s most diverse city with four races represented almost equally.

3. New York City, New York

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New York City, New York

Known as the “Big Apple”, New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world with over 8.4 million residents. It is also one of the most iconic cities in the world, and one of America’s most diverse cities. 32% of New York City’s population are White, while 29% are Hispanic, 24% are African Americans and 14% are Asian.

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4. Dallas, Texas

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Dallas is one of the most vibrant and affluent cities in the United States. But, what most people don’t realize about Dallas is, it’s also a very ethnically diverse city. Dallas has a population of around 1.3 million, with 29% being White, while 41% being Hispanic, 24% being African Americans and 3% being Asian.

5. Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California

Referred to as “The City of Angels” due to the glamorous lifestyles presented in areas like Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles is one of the modern pioneers of cultural diversity. Los Angeles has a population of around 3.9 million, among whom 28% are White, 48% are Hispanic, 9% are African Americans and 12% are Asian.

6. Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Gaithersburg is a relatively small city, and one of the smallest cities on this list with around 70,000 residents. 33% of Gaithersburg’s population are White, while 25% are Hispanic, 18% are African Americans and 20% are Asian. It is one of the best cities in the US in terms of socioeconomic development.

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7. Silver Spring, Maryland

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In terms of socioeconomic development and diversity, Silver Spring ranks as the America’s best city. Silver Spring has a population of around 81,000, with 34% being White, while 26% being Hispanic, 29% being African Americans and 7% being Asian. It is a tranquil, peaceful suburban city in Maryland.

8. Arlington, Texas

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One of the most educated cities in the United States, Arlington is also one of the most diverse cities in the US. Arlington has a population of 392,000, with 38% representing Whites, 29% representing Hispanics, 23% representing African Americans and 7% representing Asians.

9. Long Beach, California

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Close to Los Angeles, in the seaside city of Long Beach is situated, which features a vibrant, culturally diverse community. The city is well-known, inclusive universities like California State University, and has a sizable population of 456,000. Long Beach’s population consists of 28% Whites, 43% Hispanics, 13% African Americans and 13% Asians.

10. Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest with a population of 2.7 million. The city is renowned for being the home to cultural icons from minority races like Michael Jordan and Kanye. 33% of Chicago’s population are White, while 28% are Hispanic, 29% are African Americans and 7% are Asian. This city has one of the largest African American populations in the United States.

11. Danbury, Connecticut

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Danbury has a modest population of 86,759, with 52% representing Whites, 29% representing Hispanics, 10% representing African Americans and 6% representing Asians. Danbury’s is part of a New England state that is enriched in history, and situated quite close to New York, making it one of the most diverse cities in the US.

12. Oakland, California

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Oakland is an affluent Californian city situated in the eastern region of San Francisco’s Bay Area. The city is home to the current NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, a team with around 90% African Americans. Moreover, 28% of its 430,000 residents are African American, whereas, 42% are White or Hispanic with 19% being Asians.

13. Las Vegas, Nevada

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The percentage of residents born in state is 25.6%, while the percentage of residents foreign born is21.8% in Las Vegas, making it one of the most diverse cities in the US. Moreover, it has a overall diversity score of 66.5, which ranks very high in the country.

14. Aurora, Colorado

It is one of the most diverse cities in the United States since Aurora has a percentage of inhabitants who were born in the state that is 40.0%, while the percentage of residents who were born outside the country is 22.9%. In addition to this, it has an overall diversity score of 64.5, which places it among the highest in the nation.

15. Honolulu, Hawaii

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The state capital of Hawaii and the primary entry point to the Hawaiian islands, Honolulu is located on the southeastern coast of the island of Oahu. The Waikiki district is the epicenter of the city’s dining, nightlife, and shopping scenes.

It is also famous for its picture-perfect crescent beach flanked by palm trees and high-rise hotels, with the volcanic crater of Diamond Head visible in the distance. In addition to this, it has an overall diversity score of 64, which places it among the highest in the country.

The list above is based on the rates of population of America’s prominent ethnic races, and the distribution of these races in each city. Many people in these cities come from more than one race, and can be representing at least two races. California’s cities seem to have the highest number of Asian population, while they are relatively much lower in cities of other states.

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