The following is from WalletHub:

With the U.S. needing to stamp out hatred after anti-Asian hate crimes spiked by nearly 150% in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Most Diverse Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious.

Most Diverse Cities in America Least Diverse Cities in America
1. Houston, TX 491. Huntington, WV/ Saco, ME
2. Jersey City, NJ 493. Parkersburg, WV
3. New York, NY 494. Lewiston, ID
4. Dallas, TX 495. Rochester, NH
5. Los Angeles, CA 496. Keene, NH
6. Gaithersburg, MD 497. Barre, VT
7. Silver Spring, MD 498. Bangor, ME
8. Arlington, TX 499. Orem, UT
9. Long Beach, CA 500. Brattleboro, VT
10. Danbury, CT/ Chicago, IL 501. Provo, UT

Key Stats

  • Bloomington, Minnesota, has the highest income diversity, which is 2.3 times higher than in Camden, New Jersey, the city with the lowest.
  • Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is 3.9 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest.
  • Thornton, Colorado, has the highest industry diversity, which is 2.8 times higher than in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the city with the lowest.
  • Caldwell, Idaho, has the highest occupational diversity, which is three times higher than in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the city with the lowest.


Columbia ranked 77th in the WalletHub study. Cities in Maryland that made the top 100 include:

  • 6th: Gaithersburg, MD
  • 7th: Silver Spring, MD
  • 12th: Germantown, MD
  • 34th: Rockville, MD
  • 57th: Frederick, MD
  • 77th: Columbia, MD

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Scott E


  1. I am amused to see that I have either lived in (or have very close friends living in) four of the least diverse cities in the United States. Moving there was an absolute shock, though we did come to find things to love about the places. I am not at all surprised to see them on that list.

  2. Still the only reason that Columbia has any crime at all….Also it’s kind of interesting that such an Uber liberal ‘city’ is not that high on the list. Is it about NIMBY? Diversity for others but they still want their own space?

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