Most Diverse States 2019

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 2019 Pop.
California170.8911132639,747,267
Texas27041362829,087,070
Hawaii369.693434111,416,589
New Jersey469.3873919128,922,547
New York569.2183721219,491,339
New Mexico669.135522222,096,034
Maryland768.6410263096,062,917
Florida868.1863438321,646,155
Nevada96824445323,087,025
Illinois1067.9312387412,700,381
Arizona1167.8192541217,275,070
Virginia1267.71141625168,571,946
Georgia1367.451318162610,627,767
Connecticut1467.0815452793,567,871
Alaska1566.491114447735,720
Delaware1666.461740351975,033
Colorado1766.25182840135,770,545
Washington1866.02161243157,666,343
Massachusetts1965.88195033396,939,373
North Carolina2065.822029262410,497,741
Rhode Island2165.6721493651,056,738
Oklahoma2265.4622618373,948,950
Louisiana2365.2525143464,652,581
South Carolina2465.2232014385,147,111
Kansas2564.9227241182,910,931
Nebraska2664.2433224191,940,919
Alabama2764.04281712434,898,246
Minnesota2863.9536435205,655,925
Mississippi2963.93261014492,987,895
Pennsylvania3063.873248101712,813,969
Oregon3163.81242148284,245,901
Tennessee3263.73312320416,833,793
Arkansas3363.43291524353,026,412
Idaho3463.1535813471,790,182
South Dakota3563.13429234892,631
North Dakota3662.84447123760,900
Michigan3762.84344731710,020,472
Missouri3862.83393517246,147,861
Wisconsin3962.7440419315,832,661
Indiana4062.57374629136,718,616
Wyoming4162.493823742572,381
Ohio4262.144142282811,718,568
Utah4361.91303049503,221,610
Iowa4461.8846318353,167,997
Kentucky4561.54452723184,484,047
Montana4660.9543339451,074,532
New Hampshire4760.78473646261,363,852
Vermont4859.7848334740627,180
Maine4958.4493250331,342,097
West Virginia5058.29501942441,791,951