New Hampshire Cities Tank in Diversity Rankings Across United States
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Well, as the rest of the United States seems to be advancing, New Hampshire seems well the behind the curve in the attempt to equal ethnic and racial diversification.
If the trend regarding equal diversification continues, "America will be more colorful than ever by 2045, at which point no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S. for the first time," according to a Wallet Hub article.
Let's make this clear...New Hampshire is not helping that cause.
A study was done to see what cities were the most and least diverse, with #1 being the most diverse city and #501 being the least diverse.
Of the 501 cities involved in this study, Laconia, New Hampshire, ranked in the bottom 10 with a ranking of 492/501.
That's not the worst part.
Excluding Manchester (245) and Nashua (226), the other "major cities" all scored in the 400's (the bottom 20%).
Again, out of the 501 states...
Rochester was 482nd in diversification.
Keene was 475th.
Derry was 473rd.
Dover was 438th.
Portsmouth was 423rd.
Concord was 421st.
Lebanon was 402nd.
The image below gives you a visual of the diversification by state. Blue states represent the most diverse, whereas orange states represent the least diverse.
I don't know about you, but I love visualizing it this way. It really shows not only New Hampshire, but New England as a whole.
The entire top right of the United States is orange or burgundy. New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont are nowhere near diverse.
Vermont actually had three cities in the bottom 10 of the 501 cities tested. Rutland ranked 496th, Barre 494th, and Bennington 491st.
To learn about the study, where the data came from, and what else went into the rankings, click here.