Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey For 2020


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in New Jersey.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most diverse places in New Jersey.


Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven't dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it's not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of New Jersey where there's a high level of diversity -- where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 188 cities in New Jersey from most to least diverse.

So what city is the most diverse in New Jersey? According to the most Census data, Jersey City took the number one over all spot for diversity in New Jersey.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where New Jersey ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New Jersey For 2020

Jersey City, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 261,746

HHI: 2,389
% White: 21.0%
% African American: 21.9%
% Asian: 24.9%
More on Jersey City: PhotosData

Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. It is the seat of Hudson County as well as the county's largest city. As of 2016, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program calculated that Jersey City's population was 264,152, with the largest population increase of any municipality in New Jersey since 2010, an increase of about 6.7% from the 2010 United States Census, when the city's population was at 247,597, ranking the city the 77th-largest in the nation.

Atlantic City, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 38,372

HHI: 2,628
% White: 15.4%
% African American: 33.8%
% Asian: 16.9%
More on Atlantic City: PhotosData

Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558. The city was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. It borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, West Atlantic City, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Carteret, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,682

HHI: 2,659
% White: 27.5%
% African American: 15.1%
% Asian: 20.5%
More on Carteret: PhotosData

Englewood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,332

HHI: 2,745
% White: 33.6%
% African American: 28.1%
% Asian: 8.3%
More on Englewood: PhotosData

Englewood is a city located in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 27,147, reflecting an increase of 944 from the 26,203 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,353 from the 24,850 counted in the 1990 Census.

Hackensack, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 44,381

HHI: 2,794
% White: 26.7%
% African American: 22.6%
% Asian: 10.8%
More on Hackensack: PhotosData

Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, and serves as its county seat. The area was officially named New Barbadoes Township until 1921, but it was informally known as Hackensack. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 43,010, reflecting an increase of 333 from the 42,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had, in turn, increased by 5,628 from the 37,049 counted in the 1990 Census.

Bergenfield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 27,372

HHI: 2,925
% White: 36.4%
% African American: 6.4%
% Asian: 27.0%
More on Bergenfield: PhotosData

Rahway, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,370

HHI: 2,936
% White: 33.4%
% African American: 27.4%
% Asian: 3.0%
More on Rahway: PhotosData

Rahway is a city in southern Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the New York metropolitan area, 21.6 miles southwest of Manhattan and 5 miles west of Staten Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 27,346, reflecting an increase of 846 from the 26,500 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,175 from the 25,325 counted in the 1990 Census.

Linden, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,033

HHI: 2,974
% White: 33.4%
% African American: 30.4%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Linden: PhotosData

Lindenwold, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,354

HHI: 3,052
% White: 34.6%
% African American: 35.4%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Lindenwold: PhotosData

Lindenwold is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 17,613, reflecting an increase of 199 from the 17,414 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 1,320 from the 18,734 counted in the 1990 Census.

Ridgefield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,248

HHI: 3,122
% White: 36.5%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 29.8%
More on Ridgefield: PhotosData

Ridgefield is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,032, reflecting an increase of 202 from the 10,830 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 834 from the 9,996 counted in the 1990 Census.

How we determined the most diverse cities in New Jersey for 2020

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across New Jersey.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2014-2018 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 188 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 2,389 (Jersey City) to 8,773 (Little Silver).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Jersey City took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Little Silver was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Jersey ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Diversity Across New Jersey

If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across New Jersey, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in New Jersey:

  1. Little Silver
  2. Audubon
  3. Haddon Heights

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey For 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Jersey City, NJ 261,746 2,389
2 Atlantic City, NJ 38,372 2,628
3 Carteret, NJ 23,682 2,659
4 Englewood, NJ 28,332 2,745
5 Hackensack, NJ 44,381 2,794
6 Bergenfield, NJ 27,372 2,925
7 Rahway, NJ 29,370 2,936
8 Linden, NJ 42,033 2,974
9 Lindenwold, NJ 17,354 3,052
10 Ridgefield, NJ 11,248 3,122
11 Little Ferry, NJ 10,827 3,183
12 North Plainfield, NJ 21,640 3,212
13 Asbury Park, NJ 15,674 3,242
14 Somerville, NJ 12,121 3,304
15 Roselle Park, NJ 13,568 3,324
16 Leonia, NJ 9,111 3,325
17 Secaucus, NJ 19,390 3,344
18 Bayonne, NJ 65,300 3,353
19 Cliffside Park, NJ 24,883 3,355
20 Edgewater, NJ 12,184 3,371
21 Bogota, NJ 8,362 3,373
22 New Brunswick, NJ 56,084 3,409
23 South Plainfield, NJ 23,906 3,411
24 Harrison, NJ 16,180 3,450
25 East Rutherford, NJ 9,466 3,537
26 Haledon, NJ 8,338 3,563
27 Ridgefield Park, NJ 12,934 3,583
28 Fort Lee, NJ 36,990 3,584
29 Clifton, NJ 85,169 3,608
30 Burlington, NJ 9,814 3,608
31 Hight, NJ 5,413 3,639
32 Lodi, NJ 24,498 3,651
33 Vineland, NJ 60,357 3,675
34 Pleasantville, NJ 20,374 3,677
35 Plainfield, NJ 50,508 3,688
36 Prospect Park, NJ 5,861 3,708
37 Roselle, NJ 21,582 3,721
38 Long Branch, NJ 30,611 3,745
39 Newark, NJ 280,463 3,756
40 Woodbury, NJ 9,929 3,767
41 Dunellen, NJ 7,284 3,769
42 Freehold, NJ 11,855 3,774
43 Bridgeton, NJ 24,841 3,784
44 Elmwood Park, NJ 20,112 3,791
45 Sayreville, NJ 44,285 3,823
46 Trenton, NJ 83,734 3,834
47 Highland Park, NJ 13,992 3,870
48 Morristown, NJ 18,769 3,884
49 Maywood, NJ 9,654 3,941
50 New Milford, NJ 16,578 3,995
51 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,356 3,997
52 Somerdale, NJ 5,407 3,997
53 Kearny, NJ 41,567 4,087
54 Wharton, NJ 6,521 4,121
55 Camden, NJ 74,608 4,157
56 Tenafly, NJ 14,687 4,203
57 Palisades Park, NJ 20,554 4,237
58 South River, NJ 16,091 4,244
59 Red Bank, NJ 12,120 4,244
60 Dumont, NJ 17,694 4,300
61 Pine Hill, NJ 10,443 4,301
62 Millville, NJ 27,950 4,323
63 Woodland Park, NJ 12,489 4,335
64 Paramus, NJ 26,613 4,350
65 River Edge, NJ 11,530 4,355
66 Rutherford, NJ 18,427 4,378
67 Bound Brook, NJ 10,328 4,411
68 Garfield, NJ 31,578 4,423
69 Middlesex, NJ 13,659 4,425
70 Paterson, NJ 145,800 4,426
71 Eato, NJ 12,237 4,461
72 Ventnor City, NJ 10,232 4,485
73 Closter, NJ 8,585 4,508
74 Raritan, NJ 7,797 4,512
75 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 12,091 4,580
76 North Arlington, NJ 15,724 4,596
77 Fairview, NJ 14,269 4,613
78 Elizabeth, NJ 128,153 4,623
79 Jamesburg, NJ 5,947 4,670
80 Guttenberg, NJ 11,436 4,687
81 Cresskill, NJ 8,730 4,723
82 Glassboro, NJ 19,580 4,791
83 Boonton, NJ 8,302 4,842
84 Westwood, NJ 11,145 4,864
85 Upper Saddle River, NJ 8,242 4,891
86 Carlstadt, NJ 6,191 4,912
87 Princeton, NJ 30,728 4,951
88 Paulsboro, NJ 5,937 4,979
89 Norwood, NJ 5,819 4,992
90 Metuchen, NJ 13,858 5,039
91 Wood-Ridge, NJ 8,511 5,040
92 Dover, NJ 18,091 5,050
93 Palmyra, NJ 7,223 5,055
94 Kenilworth, NJ 8,160 5,062
95 Phillipsburg, NJ 14,415 5,091
96 Rockaway, NJ 6,404 5,095
97 Keyport, NJ 7,070 5,126
98 Emerson, NJ 7,611 5,259
99 Montvale, NJ 8,438 5,262
100 Somers Point, NJ 10,460 5,271

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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