These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey For 2018


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 190 cities in New Jersey from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out the best places to live in New Jersey or the worst places to live in New Jersey.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 190 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 2386 (Jersey City) to 9143 (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.

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: 261,666
HHI: 2,386
% White: 21.44%
% African American: 22.64%
% Asian: 24.91%

2. Englewood

Englewood, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,184
HHI: 2,593
% White: 32.32%
% African American: 29.06%
% Asian: 12.27%

3. Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,306
HHI: 2,600
% White: 17.46%
% African American: 35.46%
% Asian: 16.44%

4. Carteret

Carteret, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,966
HHI: 2,659
% White: 31.86%
% African American: 14.12%
% Asian: 20.45%

5. Hackensack

Hackensack, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,271
HHI: 2,790
% White: 29.26%
% African American: 22.44%
% Asian: 9.86%

6. Bergenfield

Bergenfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,513
HHI: 2,914
% White: 36.74%
% African American: 6.41%
% Asian: 28.57%

7. Rahway

Rahway, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,884
HHI: 2,931
% White: 33.41%
% African American: 28.11%
% Asian: 3.87%

8. Lindenwold

Lindenwold, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,482
HHI: 2,975
% White: 35.69%
% African American: 32.14%
% Asian: 1.72%

9. Linden

Linden, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,595
HHI: 2,976
% White: 34.95%
% African American: 28.24%
% Asian: 3.27%

10. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,294
HHI: 3,113
% White: 36.55%
% African American: 1.24%
% Asian: 32.01%

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. Point Pleasant
  3. Audubon

For more New Jersey reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Jersey

City Rank HHI Population
Jersey City 1 2,386 261,666
Englewood 2 2,593 28,184
Atlantic City 3 2,600 39,306
Carteret 4 2,659 23,966
Hackensack 5 2,790 44,271
Bergenfield 6 2,914 27,513
Rahway 7 2,931 28,884
Lindenwold 8 2,975 17,482
Linden 9 2,976 41,595
Ridgefield 10 3,113 11,294
Little Ferry 11 3,246 10,868
North Plainfield 12 3,253 22,106
Dunellen 13 3,299 7,355
Burlington 14 3,303 9,850
Secaucus 15 3,336 18,737
Asbury Park 16 3,345 15,850
Ridgefield Park 17 3,379 12,976
Harrison 18 3,399 15,007
Leonia 19 3,402 9,137
Plainfield 20 3,464 50,578
Bogota 21 3,490 8,348
Pleasantville 22 3,497 20,532
Edgewater 23 3,514 11,998
Roselle Park 24 3,525 13,560
Lodi 25 3,527 24,654
Bayonne 26 3,607 65,772
Freehold 27 3,614 11,944
Haledon 28 3,618 8,399
Cliffside Park 29 3,663 24,661
Clifton 30 3,669 85,578
Wharton 31 3,680 6,586
South Plainfield 32 3,681 23,963
Fort Lee 33 3,706 36,607
Vineland 34 3,707 60,876
Long Branch 35 3,711 30,705
Bridgeton 36 3,733 25,209
Morri 37 3,735 18,677
Somerville 38 3,742 12,207
Newark 39 3,761 280,139
Trenton 40 3,775 84,559
Roselle 41 3,787 21,507
New Brunswick 42 3,820 56,427
East Rutherford 43 3,825 9,236
Elmwood Park 44 3,888 20,135
Prospect Park 45 3,894 5,919
Kearny 46 3,981 42,029
Red Bank 47 4,008 12,218
Palisades Park 48 4,023 20,499
New Milford 49 4,025 16,682
Hight 50 4,072 5,532
Woodbury 51 4,098 10,024
Camden 52 4,145 76,005
Sayreville 53 4,150 44,260
Pine Hill 54 4,197 10,472
South River 55 4,213 16,305
Raritan 56 4,231 7,539
Paulsboro 57 4,284 6,009
Rockaway 58 4,306 6,472
Bound Brook 59 4,334 10,512
Middlesex 60 4,339 13,811
Tenafly 61 4,348 14,821
Englewood Cliffs 62 4,351 5,405
Paramus 63 4,368 26,795
Highland Park 64 4,376 14,245
Somerdale 65 4,385 5,362
Rutherford 66 4,409 18,480
Paterson 67 4,417 146,894
Fairview 68 4,441 14,314
Garfield 69 4,454 31,456
Closter 70 4,455 8,650
Maywood 71 4,462 9,726
Dumont 72 4,463 17,788
Woodland Park 73 4,465 12,358
River Edge 74 4,469 11,586
Demarest 75 4,475 5,007
Eato 76 4,482 12,233
Elizabeth 77 4,498 128,042
Millville 78 4,511 28,399
North Arlington 79 4,558 15,788
Ventnor City 80 4,601 10,505
Norwood 81 4,646 5,828
Keyport 82 4,842 7,136
Cresskill 83 4,847 8,745
Wildwood 84 4,853 5,192
Jamesburg 85 4,896 6,001
Princeton 86 4,917 30,168
Carlstadt 87 4,991 6,238
Glassboro 88 5,006 19,195
Kenilworth 89 5,034 8,129
Westwood 90 5,089 11,170
Somers Point 91 5,099 10,686
Guttenberg 92 5,148 11,628
Metuchen 93 5,158 13,791
Palmyra 94 5,170 7,299
Keansburg 95 5,201 9,904
Summit 96 5,298 21,895
Fair Lawn 97 5,346 33,205
Phillipsburg 98 5,398 14,570
Dover 99 5,403 18,317
Old Tappan 100 5,430 5,942

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