Most and least diverse U.S. states

/ 10:16 AM September 11, 2020

This year, racial diversity has had a prominent place in the news, as widespread protests that began with a focus on police brutality sparked larger conversations on various forms of racial inequality.


But while discussions on race are important, U.S. diversity spans far more than just racial lines. The U.S. population reflects a mix of not just races and ethnicities but also cultures, religions, economic statuses, educational backgrounds and other characteristics. These groups come together in everyday life, influencing and experiencing one another.

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 — the personal-finance website WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.


WalletHub released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Diverse States in America, as well as accompanying videos:

Most Diverse States in America Least Diverse States in America
1. California 41. Wyoming
2. Texas 42. Utah
3. Hawaii 43. Ohio
4. New Jersey 44. Iowa
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

Key Stats 

  • Alaska has the highest income diversity, which is 1.5 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest.
  • 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.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

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