The United States is renowned for its cultural diversity, and many states have a wide range of religious, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds. While Texas didn't rank first in any category, it placed fourth in cultural diversity, sixth in religious diversity, and ninth in socioeconomic diversity. New Jersey is the fourth most diverse state in the US, with fifth place rankings in socioeconomic diversity, seventh in cultural diversity, and fourth in political diversity. About 30.7% of the population of New Jersey over the age of 5 speaks a language other than English at home.
The most common are Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese. New York is the fifth most diverse state, with eighth place rankings in socioeconomic diversity and cultural diversity, and sixth place rankings in household diversity and political diversity. New York has the third highest diversity of educational attainment, the fifth highest diversity of household types, and the fifth highest linguistic diversity. West Virginia is the least diverse state in the US, with a score of 58.40.
It ranks 50th in terms of socioeconomic diversity and cultural diversity, and has the lowest linguistic diversity and second lowest income diversity and educational attainment diversity. West Virginia is also the third state with the lowest racial and ethnic diversity, with 93.5% of its residents identifying as white. Maine is the second least diverse state, with a score of 58.59 and rankings of fifth in cultural diversity and fourth in religious diversity. Maine is also the whitest state in the US, making it the least racially and ethnically diverse state.
In addition, it has one of the lowest levels of industrial diversity and household size. Vermont is the third least diverse state in the US, ranking 48th in cultural diversity and 47th in religious diversity. It is second only to Maine as one of the states with the lowest racial and ethnic diversity, with a white population of 94.2%. Vermont also has the second lowest level of industrial diversity.
New Hampshire is the fourth least diverse state in the country, ranking 47th in cultural diversity, 46th in religious diversity and 42nd in household diversity. New Hampshire compensates for its lack of diversity by ranking ninth in socioeconomic diversity. As the fourth most racially and ethnically diverse state, New Hampshire is 93.1% white. Montana is the fifth least diverse state in the US despite ranking third in economic diversity. It ranks 46th in household diversity, 44th in cultural diversity and 42nd in socioeconomic diversity and political diversity.
Montana is also tenth whitest state in the US with third lowest linguistic diversity and fifth lowest household type diversity. The most diverse states are California, Texas and Hawaii; while West Virginia was found to be least diverse due to low scores on religious, cultural and socioeconomic diversities. New York University has always been rated as “open to all” since its founding 1831. Their website states: “We continually strive to foster a dynamic and rigorous teaching and learning environment that represents a variety of viewpoints. As a community of academics (faculty, students, staff) that includes divergent backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups, NYU engages a variety of viewpoints, perspectives, and approaches. This noble mission is defended and supported by many student resources such as Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, Student Resource Center & Office of Equal Opportunity.