Austin Earns Spot on List of the Most Diverse Cities in the U.S

As America continues to grow, so does the amount of diversity in the Great Land of the Free! The 'great American melting pot' continues to diversify, bringing fresh perspectives, skills, and technologies to help the U.S. develop of strong adaptability to change. 

Wallethub has conducted a series of studies focusing on the diversity of the United States based on socioeconomic, cultural, and economic diversity. They tallied the scores across the five major diversity categories for 501 of the largest cities across 13 metrics. Our very own Austin, Texas comes out as #18 on the list of most diverse U.S. cities. Read on to learn more about WalletHubs methodology.

In order to determine the most diverse cities in America, WalletHub compared 501 of the most populated cities — limiting each state to no more than 10 cities each — across five key dimensions: 1) Socioeconomic Diversity, 2) Cultural Diversity, 3) Economic Diversity, 4) Household Diversity and 5) Religious Diversity.Wallethub conducted their analysis using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index method, which is a commonly accepted measure of market concentration that also works effectively as a general-purpose measure of diversity. Each city was categorized according to the following population-size guidelines:
  • Large cities: More than 300,000 residents
  • Midsize cities: 100,000 to 300,000 residents
  • Small cities: Fewer than 100,000 residents

Source: WalletHub

They then evaluated the five dimensions using 13 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most diversity. The cities weighted averages were weighted across all metrics to calculate its overall score. As we continue to grow as a country, the importance of staying diverse will also grow. We are proud to live in a place where diversity is well established and encouraged, way to go Austin, TX!

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