Long Beach Named One of Nation’s Ten Most Diverse Cities

Photo by Brian Addison.

Long Beach loudly touts of its diversity—despite some not wanting it to be so eclectic, pay them no mind–and when WalletHub talks diversity, it means in all its forms, ranging from languages to economic backgrounds.

And Long Beach’s diversity? We’re 10th in the nation.

Following reports on other forms of diversity—socioeconomic diversity (where Long Beach sat at #18, with income and educational history used as markers), cultural diversity (#23—and by “cultural,” WalletHub used race and language as markers), and economic diversity (#9 in large cities, with three markers used to determine ranking: industry diversity, occupational diversity and worker-class diversity)—WalletHub determined that the nation’s top 10 most diverse cities are:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Jersey City, NJ
  3. Dallas, TX
  4. Silver Spring, MD
  5. Aurora, IL
  6. Gaithersburg, MD
  7. Los Angeles, CA
  8. Germantown, MD
  9. Long Beach, CA

WalletHub described their final report as such:

America is undergoing an extreme makeover, thanks to rapid demographic diversification. By 2050, you won’t even recognize her. But America’s transformation is more than skin-deep — it’s economic, too. Not only have waves of immigration changed the face of the nation, they’ve also ushered in fresh perspectives, skills and technologies to help the U.S. develop a strong adaptability to change.

Economies generally fare better when they openly embrace and capitalize on new ideas. Conversely, those relying on old ways and specialized industries tend to be more susceptible to the negative effects of market volatility.

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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.