California is most diverse state in US, study finds


SAN DIEGO — California was named the most diverse state in the U.S. in a recent study, while San Diego ranked among the top 20 most diverse cities in America.

WalletHub released a report Tuesday on 2021’s Most & Least Diverse States. Researchers with the personal finance website compared the 50 states across six main categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.

Source: WalletHub

California came in at No. 1 for being the most diverse, followed by Texas, Hawaii and New Jersey. West Virginia, Maine and Vermont came in at the end of the list.

Diversity in California (1=Most Diverse, 25=Avg.):

  • 12th – Income Diversity
  • 2nd – Educational-Attainment Diversity
  • 2nd – Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  • 1st – Linguistic Diversity
  • 24th – Birthplace Diversity
  • 1st – Industry Diversity*
  • 16th – Worker-Class Diversity*
  • 2nd – Household-Size Diversity

WalletHub also looked at the most diverse cities in America. San Diego ranked 20th while Los Angeles came in at No. 5 and Long Beach at No. 9.

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