Laconia ranks 4th from bottom in diversity, study says

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With immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Most and Least ethnically diverse cities.

To identify the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics, including ethnoracial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.

Most Ethnically Diverse Cities Least Ethnically Diverse Cities
1 Jersey City, NJ 492 Rutland, VT
2 Gaithersburg, MD 493 Fairmont, WV
3 Germantown, MD 494 Bennington, VT
4 Silver Spring, MD 495 Laconia, NH
5 Spring Valley, NV 496 Miles City, MT
6 New York, NY 497 Barre, VT
7 Oakland, CA 498 Watertown, SD
8 San Jose, CA 499 Hialeah, FL
9 Rockville, MD 500 Clarksburg, WV
10 Kent, WA 501 Parkersburg, WV

Key Stats

  • Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is four times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest.
  • Hialeah, Florida has the highest concentration of Hispanics or Latinos, at 96.26 percent.
  • Laconia, New Hampshire has the highest concentration of whites, at 95.55 percent.
  • Jackson, Mississippi has the highest concentration of blacks, at 80.84 percent.

To view the full report and your city's rank, please visit:

(Wallet Hub is a personal finance website that launched in early August 2013 and has recently begun compiling survey on topics both financial and not financial. They offer their surveys for use by The Rochester Voice.)

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