Cultural diversity represented in Rochester

By VELVET SPICER - 2/22/2017 11:57:54 AM

Rochester’s cultural diversity ranks among the top 25 percent nationwide, a new report from WalletHub shows.

WalletHub compared 501 cities nationwide based on three key indicators of cultural diversity to determine the most multifaceted areas.

Rochester ranked 114th, primarily due to its high ethno-racial diversity rank. When sorted by city size, Rochester ranked 43rd of 144 mid-sized cities.

WalletHub is a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners.

The report ranked Jersey City, N.J., as the most culturally diverse, while Parkersburg, W.V., where nearly 99 percent of the residents speak only English, ranked as the least diverse city nationwide.

The report also found that nearly 96 percent of the residents of Hialeah, Fla., are Hispanic or Latino, while less than 1 percent of the residents of Greenville, Miss., are Hispanic. More than 81 percent of the residents in Gary, Ind., are black, compared with 0.03 percent in Havre, Mont.

The report’s authors suggest that if the racial diversification trend continues, “America will be more colorful than ever by 2044, at which point no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S. for the first time.”

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