Long Beach among nation’s 25 most ethnically diverse cities

Long Beach has been named the country’s 25th most ethnically diverse city and the ninth most ethnically diverse “large city” with a population over 250,000.

The analysis used three differing factors—racial diversity, linguistic diversity, and birthplace diversity—across 501 U.S. cities ranging from New York City (the nation’s most diverse large city) to Parkersburg, West Virginia (the country’s least diverse city).

Source: WalletHub

“With immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues and the Supreme Court allowing the Trump administration’s public charge rule to take effect, we felt obligated to analyze our country’s diversity,” said Diana Polk of WalletHub, the financial company which compiled the data.

No. 1 overall was Jersey City, where it’s bested every other city in linguistic diversity, sat second overall in racial diversity, and 158th in the birthplace diversity category; its overall score pushed it to the top spot overall.

Long Beach, meanwhile, sat at 18 out of 501 for racial diversity; 24 out of 501 for linguistic diversity; and 321 out of 501 for birthplace diversity.

Our neighbor to the north, Los Angeles, sat at 22 out of 501 nationally.

Long Beach was once touted as the most diverse city in the country by USA Today but the slip in ranking is likely due to the fact that our black community—once one of the largest demographics in the city—has slowly been decreasing in numbers as our city’s Latino population skyrockets.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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