JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City has been ranked as the most ethnically diverse mid-sized city in the United States based on a study from the personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. Mid-sized cities are those with populations of between 100,000 and 300,000 residents.
Overall, Jersey City ranked second in the nation for ethnoracial diversity, second for linguistic diversity, but 158th for those racial groups born here.
Jersey City’s ascendance to the top of the rankings comes despite the fact that the state of New Jersey falls about mid-way in the rankings as compared to other states for diversity.
Wallet Hub’s 2021 study was conducted to measure the degree to which the United States remains a melting pot of cultures, due to increasing ethnic and racial diversification.
“If the trend continues, America will be more colorful than ever by 2045,” the study concluded, “at which point no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S. for the first time.
“Being named the most diverse city in the nation once again is more than just a ranking to us here in Jersey City, it is a fact that highlights all we have to offer as one of the state’s largest cities, as a sanctuary city, and as a place where we support all of our residents regardless of ethnicity, race, or gender as we see our diversity as an asset that sets us apart as the best place to live and work,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “In Jersey City, we celebrate our diversity, and we will continue to serve as a model for other municipalities to follow as we build upon the multitude of resources implemented by this administration to ensure equal opportunity for all.”
Wallethub pointed out that with immigration reform still a hot-button issue, the U.S. ethnic landscape may change again in the near future.
“In light of this and the discussions of racial and ethnic equality that have been prominent in the past year, WalletHub took a snapshot of America’s current cultural profile, comparing more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key indicators of ethnic diversity. We examined each city based on ethnicity and race, language and birthplace.”
In order to determine the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared 501 of the most populated U.S. cities across three key metrics: 1) Ethnoracial Diversity, 2) Linguistic Diversity and 3) Birthplace Diversity. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most ethnic diversity.
“We then determined city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its ‘Ethnic Diversity Score’ and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample,” Wallethub said. “Each city in our sample refers to city proper and excludes the surrounding metro area. We limited our sample to no more than 10 cities from each state and categorized them according to the population sizes”
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