While non-Hispanic whites are still the majority today, this picture is changing as the U.S. is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Projections made by the U.S Census Bureau indicate that non-Hispanic whites will make up less than 50 percent of the population by 2045. This demographic milestone will occur even sooner for children under the age of 18, with whites estimated to comprise less than 50 percent of the young population by 2020.
While the trend is clear at a national level, diversity varies widely by location. To find the most diverse cities and states in the U.S., researchers at HeyTutor analyzed both racial/ethnic diversity and birthplace diversity using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. At the state level, Hawaii, California, and Florida are the most diverse overall, while Vermont, Maine, and West Virginia are the least diverse. In general, states on the coasts tend to be more diverse than states in the middle of the country.
Interestingly, states in the U.S. are as different as the cities that comprise them. The data shows that cities within the same state can differ substantially with regard to diversity and that some of the most diverse cities in the U.S. are not found within the most diverse states.
The table below shows the 10 most diverse cities in the United States: