New York City is the Most Diverse Place in the U.S. Thanks to Under-the-Radar Asians


New York tops Los Angeles as the “ethnic-diversity capital of the U.S.” according to the latest census numbers, as compared to ten years ago, due mostly to an increase in Asians and Hispanics. Both cities saw a decrease in the number of white and black people, but NYC’s Asian population grew 31.8 percent since 2000, and now accounts for 12.6 percent of all residents. The “diversity gauge” quantifies the likelihood that “two residents selected at random in the same census tract will be of a different race or ethnicity,” and is illustrated best in the traditionally Italian section of Brooklyn known as Dyker Heights: “Some of the residents here were so concerned about blacks moving in, they didn’t even notice the influx of Asians.” [Bloomberg]