Personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2021’s Most & Least Diverse States in America.

Maryland ranked as the 7th most diverse state in America on the list for the fourth year in a row. Our neighbor Virginia ranked 12th, while California came in 1st.

To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population is relatively more homogeneous — WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.

Diversity in Maryland (1=Most Diverse, 25=Avg.):

  • 10th – Income Diversity
  • 4th – Educational-Attainment Diversity
  • 5th – Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  • 15th – Linguistic Diversity
  • 9th – Birthplace Diversity
  • 5th – Worker-Class Diversity*
  • 26th – Marital-Status Diversity
  • 25th – Generational Diversity
  • 9th – Household-Size Diversity
  • 30th – Religious Diversity

*Includes civilian employed population aged 16 and older

Source: WalletHub

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Gaithersburg and Silver Spring both cracked the top ten of Wallethub’s “2021 Most & Least Diverse Cities in the U.S.” list again this year. Some will note that Silver Spring and other areas included in the list aren’t technically cities, but many areas listed are census designated places. Germantown comes in just outside of the top ten at 12, while Rockville comes in at 34.

Earlier this year, Wallethub released their “2021’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.” list and Montgomery County also had a strong showing there, but it is unclear as to what changed the rankings in the last few months (Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, and Rockville all came in the top seven on that list). WalletHub is a personal finance website that branched into producing research reports and surveys on topics with varying degrees of relevance to personal finance.

It combines household diversity and religious diversity with our previous reports on socioeconomic diversity, cultural diversity and economic diversity. WalletHub tallied the scores across the five major diversity categories for 501 of the largest cities across 13 metrics.


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