With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and women holding a record number of Fortune 500 CEO positions (still only 8.1% of the total), the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Most & Least Diverse States in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population is relatively more homogeneous — WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.
|Most Diverse States in America||Least Diverse States in America|
|1. California||41. Ohio|
|2. Texas||42. Iowa|
|3. Hawaii||43. Utah|
|4. New Jersey||44. Wyoming|
|5. New York||45. Kentucky|
|6. New Mexico||46. Montana|
|7. Maryland||47. New Hampshire|
|8. Florida||48. Vermont|
|9. Nevada||49. Maine|
|10. Arizona||50. West Virginia|
- Hawaii has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is 3.1 times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest.
- California has the highest language diversity, which is 2.3 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest.
- Nevada has the highest birthplace diversity, which is three times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest.
- North Dakota has the highest religious diversity, which is two times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest.