America’s Most Racially Diverse Big Cities

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The United States is becoming more racially diverse – a trend exemplified in many of its cities. Of the 66 U.S. cities with a population of 300,000 or more in 2018, about 70% – 46 cities – were more racially diverse in 2018 than in 2010, according to a U.S. News & World Report analysis.

A majority of Americans – 64% – say racial and ethnic diversity has a positive impact on the country’s culture, according to the Pew Research Center. At the same time, 47% believe having a racially and ethnically diverse population makes it harder for policymakers to tackle the country’s challenges.

U.S. News calculated racial diversity for U.S. cities with a population of 300,000 or more within their legal boundaries. Population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey were used to determine the share each racial and ethnic group accounted for in the city’s population and how likely it would be for two people chosen at random to be from different racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race, according to federal standards, but this overlap among groups is captured in the analysis.

These are the 10 most racially diverse large cities as of 2018, according to the U.S. News analysis:(read more)

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