These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey


We used data and science to determine the 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 191 cities in New Jersey from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. Jersey City (Photos)
  2. Atlantic City (Photos)
  3. Englewood (Photos)
  4. Carteret (Photos)
  5. Hackensack (Photos)
  6. Bergenfield (Photos)
  7. Rahway (Photos)
  8. Lindenwold (Photos)
  9. Linden (Photos)
  10. Pleasantville (Photos)

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.

You can also check out the whitest places in New Jersey for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey

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 2011-2015 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 191 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 2387 (Jersey City) to 9189 (Audubon).

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 Audubon was the least diverse city.

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.

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1. Jersey City

Jersey City, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 259,651
HHI: 2,387
% White: 21.54%
% African American: 23.05%
% Asian: 24.97%

2. Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,547
HHI: 2,593
% White: 18.6%
% African American: 35.64%
% Asian: 16.45%

3. Englewood

Englewood, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,992
HHI: 2,637
% White: 33.38%
% African American: 30.01%
% Asian: 12.41%

4. Carteret

Carteret, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,965
HHI: 2,685
% White: 34.43%
% African American: 12.51%
% Asian: 22.3%

5. Hackensack

Hackensack, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,035
HHI: 2,762
% White: 30.47%
% African American: 20.77%
% Asian: 11.06%

6. Bergenfield

Bergenfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,339
HHI: 2,877
% White: 35.77%
% African American: 6.38%
% Asian: 26.46%

7. Rahway

Rahway, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,644
HHI: 2,939
% White: 35.45%
% African American: 30.75%
% Asian: 3.88%

8. Lindenwold

Lindenwold, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,492
HHI: 2,987
% White: 39.14%
% African American: 29.81%
% Asian: 1.69%

9. Linden

Linden, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,322
HHI: 3,108
% White: 38.02%
% African American: 26.67%
% Asian: 2.38%

10. Pleasantville

Pleasantville, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,518
HHI: 3,166
% White: 17.59%
% African American: 34.22%
% Asian: 2.45%

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. Audubon
  2. Point Pleasant
  3. Little Silver

For more New Jersey reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey

City Rank HHI Population
Jersey City 1 2,387 259,651
Atlantic City 2 2,593 39,547
Englewood 3 2,637 27,992
Carteret 4 2,685 23,965
Hackensack 5 2,762 44,035
Bergenfield 6 2,877 27,339
Rahway 7 2,939 28,644
Lindenwold 8 2,987 17,492
Linden 9 3,108 41,322
Pleasantville 10 3,166 20,518
Edgewater 11 3,260 11,935
Dunellen 12 3,262 7,368
Plainfield 13 3,320 50,678
Asbury Park 14 3,331 15,945
Little Ferry 15 3,334 10,856
Ridgefield 16 3,352 11,256
Penns Grove 17 3,379 5,032
Secaucus 18 3,382 18,170
Leonia 19 3,397 9,129
North Plainfield 20 3,410 22,156
Ridgefield Park 21 3,485 12,969
Harrison 22 3,517 14,629
Bogota 23 3,543 8,329
Lodi 24 3,574 24,590
Haledon 25 3,600 8,412
Burlington 26 3,614 9,868
Somerville 27 3,636 12,212
Roselle Park 28 3,640 13,555
Fort Lee 29 3,664 36,251
Wharton 30 3,671 6,607
South Plainfield 31 3,680 23,871
Freehold 32 3,686 11,978
Clifton 33 3,691 85,552
Morri 34 3,693 18,563
Roselle 35 3,696 21,466
Newark 36 3,729 279,793
Bridgeton 37 3,739 25,201
Vineland 38 3,757 60,987
Long Branch 39 3,757 30,721
East Rutherford 40 3,778 9,076
New Brunswick 41 3,797 56,338
Cliffside Park 42 3,807 24,493
Trenton 43 3,811 84,632
Bayonne 44 3,819 65,378
Elmwood Park 45 3,829 19,959
Prospect Park 46 3,838 5,924
Red Bank 47 3,869 12,238
Sayreville 48 3,882 44,051
Palisades Park 49 3,924 20,364
Kearny 50 3,976 41,866
Paulsboro 51 3,982 6,025
New Milford 52 4,046 16,640
Bound Brook 53 4,167 10,515
Fairview 54 4,175 14,233
Camden 55 4,218 76,904
Raritan 56 4,220 7,328
Pine Hill 57 4,286 10,419
Woodbury 58 4,287 10,087
Englewood Cliffs 59 4,346 5,369
Paterson 60 4,359 146,987
Maywood 61 4,384 9,694
Somerdale 62 4,391 5,298
Millville 63 4,391 28,515
Garfield 64 4,395 31,265
Ventnor City 65 4,399 10,593
Hight 66 4,405 5,529
South River 67 4,434 16,274
Tenafly 68 4,436 14,788
Paramus 69 4,437 26,760
Dumont 70 4,460 17,820
Highland Park 71 4,468 14,263
Eato 72 4,504 12,298
Closter 73 4,528 8,582
Cresskill 74 4,558 8,729
Elizabeth 75 4,617 127,759
North Arlington 76 4,636 15,734
Rutherford 77 4,647 18,434
Norwood 78 4,679 5,823
Carlstadt 79 4,696 6,225
Woodland Park 80 4,769 12,267
Wildwood 81 4,793 5,234
River Edge 82 4,831 11,566
Demarest 83 4,946 5,004
Princeton 84 4,953 28,936
Keyport 85 4,991 7,195
Jamesburg 86 5,002 5,978
Dover 87 5,006 18,324
Guttenberg 88 5,031 11,595
Rockaway 89 5,113 6,490
Metuchen 90 5,117 13,765
Clayton 91 5,166 8,292
Somers Point 92 5,170 10,776
Old Tappan 93 5,217 5,922
Fair Lawn 94 5,259 33,164
Middlesex 95 5,310 13,831
Totowa 96 5,355 10,931
Matawan 97 5,365 8,887
Westwood 98 5,408 11,140
Summit 99 5,421 21,869
Glassboro 100 5,454 18,958

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