February 17, 2015
By Richie Bernardo
In many American cities, the grass isn’t just greener — it’s more colorful, thanks to rapid ethnic and racial diversification within the past four decades. High immigration rates, a surge in native births and a rise in the number of interracial partnerships have significantly altered the social fabric — and economic landscape — of America.
Since 2011, more than half of all babies born in the U.S. have belonged to an ethnic or a racial minority. By 2019, the total minority population will have grown to 40.4 percent from 30.9 percent in 2000. But change isn’t confined to the next four years. By its estimates, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that no single ethnic group will comprise the majority in the U.S. for the first time in 2043.
Given such forecasts, it’s ever more imperative to close the racial gaps across U.S. cities to ensure economic prosperity. Experts have proposed many ways to achieve this goal such as promoting minority-owned firms as well as narrowing the disparities in educational attainment and income.
In light of Black History Month, WalletHub identified the most ethnically and linguistically diverse landscapes among 350 of the most populated U.S. cities. In order to do so, we examined each city across three key metrics, including racial and ethnic diversity, language diversity and region of birth diversity.