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Northwood News ♦ June 2018

Our City Rated the Fourth Most Ethnically Diverse in the Country

By Jacquie Bokow

A new WalletHub report places four cities in Maryland among the top most ethnically diverse locations in the country.  The top scorer was Jersey City, N.J. (with a score of 95.74), a mid-size city.  The top three small cities, all in Maryland, scored higher than the #2 mid-size city (Spring Valley, Nev., 91.51) and even beat the #1 large city, New York, N.Y. (90.93).  They are Gaithersburg (94.01), Germantown (93.91), and our own Silver Spring (92.58).  The fourth highest-scoring small city was Rockville (87.95), which still beat the fourth highest-scoring large city, San Francisco. (87.00).

The study looked at population, race, language, birthplace, and ethnicity.  The top 10 most culturally diverse cities in the U.S. are:

  1. Jersey City, N.J. (95.74)
  2. Gaithersburg, Md. (94.01)
  3. Germantown, Md. (93.91)
  4. Silver Spring, Md. (92.58)
  5. Spring Valley, Nev. (91.51)
  6. New York, N.Y. (90.93)
  7. Oakland, Calif. (90.04)
  8. San Jose, Calif. (89.69)
  9. Rockville, Md. (87.95)
  10. Kent, Wash. (87.43)

The city in last place (#501) was Parkersburg, W.Va. (9.56), which just edged out Clarksburg, W.Va. (#500, 9.93) as least diverse, the only two cities with scores less than 10.

Washington, D.C., was ranked 28th for diversity among large cities (69.78).

The research report also shared that 47.64 percent of Marylanders were born in the state, while 15 percent come from foreign nations.   ■

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