The personal finance website WalletHub declares that the American narrative is a story of diversity. Our history tells of many different peoples coming together from every walk of life to form what is today a complex tapestry of backgrounds, the website notes. WalletHub also asserts that our story will continue to advance that narrative in the decades to come.
According to the website, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2045 the U.S. will no longer have a single ethnic majority, currently non-Hispanic whites, and will grow increasingly more diverse in the years to follow.
Some U.S. states promote diversity more than others. To determine where idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level and where the population is relatively more homogeneous, WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key diversity categories and then ranked them from most diverse to least diverse.
Virginia emerged as one of the country’s most diverse states, coming in as the nation’s 12th-most diverse state.
The six key diversity categories WalletHub used to determine its rankings were socioeconomic diversity, cultural diversity, economic diversity, household diversity, religious diversity, and political diversity.
The states WalletHub determined to be more diverse than Virginia were (in order from most diverse to less diverse) 1. California 2. Texas 3. Hawaii 4. New Jersey 5. New York 6. New Mexico 7. Maryland 8. Florida 9. Nevada 10. Arizona 11. Illinois.
The states WalletHub determined to be the least diverse were 41. Ohio 42. Iowa 43. Utah 44. Wyoming 45. Kentucky 46. Montana 47. New Hampshire 8. Vermont 49. Maine 50. West Virginia.