As a Houstonian I’ve been particularly proud of the fact that we surpassed New York as the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the U.S., according to US Census data. All this did was validate what I already knew: in Houston you can find something from almost any corner of the world, including people.
Because of this, I have to admit that I was surprised when I read that (according to WalletHub) Houston isn’t the most diverse city in the country. We only ranked 6th, which is still in the top ten, but doesn’t get us the title of “best.”
WalletHub’s rankings are based on reports on economic class diversity, ethno-racial and linguistic diversity, and diversified economies with household diversity. How did Houston fare?
- Houston ranked 6th OVERALL
- Houston ranked 67th in “Economic Class Diversity”
- Houston ranked 16th in “Ethno-Racial & Linguistic Diversity” — and this is the one that surprised me the most
- Houston ranked 20th in “Diversified Economies”
- Houston ranked 81th in “Household Diversity”
Houston, we can do better.
Other Texas cities broke into the top 20: Fort Worth ranked 12th, Arlington ranked 14th, Dallas ranked 16th, and Austin ranked 20th. So we’re the only city that make it into the top 10, but I still say that we can do better.
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- Source: It’s official: Houston is named one of the most diverse cities in USA – CultureMap Houston
- Source: 2015’s Most Diverse Cities in America | WalletHub