Most Diverse States 2020

The United States is known as a melting pot – a country of people from every corner of the world.

Cultural diversity is the most common measure of diversity. Six races are officially recognized in the United States: White, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. The U.S. Census Bureau also classifies Americans as “Hispanic or Latino” and “Not Hispanic or Latino.” A “person of color” is used in the United States to describe anyone who is not white. People of color, unfortunately, share the common experience of racism.

Although the majority of the population in the United States are White Americans, the country is increasingly becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. The Hispanic population, for example, is expected to comprise one-quarter of the population by 2050.

Contemporary immigrants often settle in seven states: California, New York, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois. About 70% of the immigrant population lives in one of these seven states.

While racial and ethnic diversity are the primary factors of diversity, there are several other types that can be measured to give a bigger picture of overall diversity. These include economic diversity, religious diversity and political diversity. A state’s diversity score is each state’s weighted average across all metrics. A score of 100 represents the most diverse state.

When all four of these are taken into account, California is the most diverse state in the United States. California is the most culturally diverse state and ranks sixth in political diversity, 11th in economic diversity, and thirty-second in religious diversity. California’s total diversity score is 70.89.

Texas is ranked the second most diverse state with an overall score of 70.

The least diverse state in the United States is West Virginia. West Virginia is the least culturally diverse state and ranks 19th in economic diversity, 42nd in religious diversity, and 44th in political diversity. West Virginia’s diversity score is 58.29.

Below is a table with each state’s diversity ranking for overall diversity, economic diversity, cultural diversity, religious diversity, and political diversity as well as diversity scores.

State Most Diverse Rank Total Score Cultural Diversity Rank Economic Diversity Rank Religious Diversity Rank Political Diversity Rank 2020 Pop.
California170.8911132639,937,489
Texas27041362829,472,295
Hawaii369.693434111,412,687
New Jersey469.3873919128,936,574
New York569.2183721219,440,469
New Mexico669.135522222,096,640
Maryland768.6410263096,083,116
Florida868.1863438321,992,985
Nevada96824445323,139,658
Illinois1067.9312387412,659,682
Arizona1167.8192541217,378,494
Virginia1267.71141625168,626,207
Georgia1367.451318162610,736,059
Connecticut1467.0815452793,563,077
Alaska1566.491114447734,002
Delaware1666.461740351982,895
Colorado1766.25182840135,845,526
Washington1866.02161243157,797,095
Massachusetts1965.88195033396,976,597
North Carolina2065.822029262410,611,862
Rhode Island2165.6721493651,056,161
Oklahoma2265.4622618373,954,821
Louisiana2365.2525143464,645,184
South Carolina2465.2232014385,210,095
Kansas2564.9227241182,910,357
Nebraska2664.2433224191,952,570
Alabama2764.04281712434,908,621
Minnesota2863.9536435205,700,671
Mississippi2963.93261014492,989,260
Pennsylvania3063.873248101712,820,878
Oregon3163.81242148284,301,089
Tennessee3263.73312320416,897,576
Arkansas3363.43291524353,038,999
Idaho3463.1535813471,826,156
South Dakota3563.13429234903,027
North Dakota3662.84447123761,723
Michigan3762.84344731710,045,029
Missouri3862.83393517246,169,270
Wisconsin3962.7440419315,851,754
Indiana4062.57374629136,745,354
Wyoming4162.493823742567,025
Ohio4262.144142282811,747,694
Utah4361.91303049503,282,115
Iowa4461.8846318353,179,849
Kentucky4561.54452723184,499,692
Montana4660.9543339451,086,759
New Hampshire4760.78473646261,371,246
Vermont4859.7848334740628,061
Maine4958.4493250331,345,790
West Virginia5058.29501942441,778,070