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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.

Here are the 10 states with the highest diversity score:

  1. California (70.89)
  2. Texas (70)
  3. Hawaii (69.69)
  4. New Jersey (69.38)
  5. New York (69.21)
  6. New Mexico (69.13)
  7. Maryland (68.64)
  8. Florida (68.18)
  9. Nevada (68)
  10. Illinois (67.93)

Most Diverse States 2020

State Total Score Cultural Diversity Rank Economic Diversity Rank Religious Diversity Rank Political Diversity Rank 2020 Pop.
California70.8911132639,937,500
Texas7041362829,472,300
Hawaii69.693434111,412,690
New Jersey69.3873919128,936,570
New York69.2183721219,440,500
New Mexico69.135522222,096,640
Maryland68.6410263096,083,120
Florida68.1863438321,993,000
Nevada6824445323,139,660
Illinois67.9312387412,659,700
Arizona67.8192541217,378,490
Virginia67.71141625168,626,210
Georgia67.451318162610,736,100
Connecticut67.0815452793,563,080
Alaska66.491114447734,002
Delaware66.461740351982,895
Colorado66.25182840135,845,530
Washington66.02161243157,797,100
Massachusetts65.88195033396,976,600
North Carolina65.822029262410,611,900
Rhode Island65.6721493651,056,160
Oklahoma65.4622618373,954,820
Louisiana65.2525143464,645,180
South Carolina65.2232014385,210,100
Kansas64.9227241182,910,360
Nebraska64.2433224191,952,570
Alabama64.04281712434,908,620
Minnesota63.9536435205,700,670
Mississippi63.93261014492,989,260
Pennsylvania63.873248101712,820,900
Oregon63.81242148284,301,090
Tennessee63.73312320416,897,580
Arkansas63.43291524353,039,000
Idaho63.1535813471,826,160
South Dakota63.13429234903,027
North Dakota62.84447123761,723
Michigan62.84344731710,045,000
Missouri62.83393517246,169,270
Wisconsin62.7440419315,851,750
Indiana62.57374629136,745,350
Wyoming62.493823742567,025
Ohio62.144142282811,747,700
Utah61.91303049503,282,120
Iowa61.8846318353,179,850
Kentucky61.54452723184,499,690
Montana60.9543339451,086,760
New Hampshire60.78473646261,371,250
Vermont59.7848334740628,061
Maine58.4493250331,345,790
West Virginia58.29501942441,778,070