These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New York For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in New York.


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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 York 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 169 cities in New York from most to least diverse.

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where New York 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:

How we determined the most diverse cities in New York for 2019

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 York.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 169 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 2,429 (Valley Stream) to 9,922 (Kaser).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Valley Stream took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Kaser was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New York 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New York For 2019

Valley Stream, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,843

HHI: 2,429
% White: 32.1%
% African American: 23.1%
% Asian: 14.7%
More on Valley Stream: PhotosData

Valley Stream is a village in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population in the Village of Valley Stream was 37,511 at the 2010 census.

New York, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,560,072

HHI: 2,559
% White: 32.1%
% African American: 22.0%
% Asian: 13.9%
More on New York: PhotosData

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world with an estimated 23.7million residents as of 2016. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports. The city’s fast pace defines the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Monticello, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,562

HHI: 2,724
% White: 29.3%
% African American: 27.4%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Monticello: PhotosData

Monticello is a village located in Thompson in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 6,726 at the 2010 census. It is the seat for the Town of Thompson and the county seat of Sullivan County. The village was named after the residence of Thomas Jefferson.

Westbury, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,396

HHI: 2,859
% White: 37.8%
% African American: 24.3%
% Asian: 9.2%
More on Westbury: PhotosData

Westbury incorporated in 1932 as a village in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 15,146 at the 2010 census. The Incorporated Village of Westbury is in the Town of North Hempstead. It is located about 18 miles east of Manhattan.

Peekskill, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,111

HHI: 3,040
% White: 32.4%
% African American: 19.9%
% Asian: 3.1%
More on Peekskill: PhotosData

Peekskill, officially the City of Peekskill, is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States, in the New York City metropolitan area. Peekskill is situated on a bay along the east side of the Hudson River, across from Jones Point. The population was 23,583 during the 2010 census.

Spring Valley, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,538

HHI: 3,078
% White: 29.3%
% African American: 36.3%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Spring Valley: PhotosData

Spring Valley is a village in the towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Chestnut Ridge, east of Airmont and Monsey, south of Hillcrest, and west of Nanuet. The population was 31,347 at the 2010 census, making it the 2nd most populous community in Rockland County, after New City.

Yonkers, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 200,999

HHI: 3,153
% White: 39.4%
% African American: 15.2%
% Asian: 7.1%
More on Yonkers: PhotosData

Coordinates: 405629N 735152W 40.94139; -73.86444

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,729

HHI: 3,162
% White: 32.7%
% African American: 19.5%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Middletown: Data

Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 209,463

HHI: 3,175
% White: 36.8%
% African American: 38.5%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Rochester: PhotosData

Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York. Rochester is the third most populous city in New York state with over 210,000 residents, and its metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million people.

New Rochelle, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 79,877

HHI: 3,256
% White: 45.0%
% African American: 18.5%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on New Rochelle: PhotosData

New Rochelle is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States, in the southeastern portion of the state.

There You Have It – Diversity Across New York

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in New York:

  1. Kaser
  2. New Square
  3. Kiryas Joel

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New York For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Valley Stream, NY 37,843 2,429
2 New York, NY 8,560,072 2,559
3 Monticello, NY 6,562 2,724
4 Westbury, NY 15,396 2,859
5 Peekskill, NY 24,111 3,040
6 Spring Valley, NY 32,538 3,078
7 Yonkers, NY 200,999 3,153
8 Middletown, NY 27,729 3,162
9 Rochester, NY 209,463 3,175
10 New Rochelle, NY 79,877 3,256
11 Nyack, NY 7,057 3,270
12 Poughkeepsie, NY 30,505 3,282
13 Freeport, NY 43,380 3,302
14 White Plains, NY 58,404 3,344
15 New Hyde Park, NY 9,906 3,368
16 Buffalo, NY 259,574 3,415
17 Syracuse, NY 144,405 3,472
18 Albany, NY 98,498 3,472
19 Ossining, NY 25,386 3,473
20 West Haverstraw, NY 10,353 3,538
21 Schenectady, NY 65,705 3,551
22 Newburgh, NY 28,444 3,610
23 Beacon, NY 14,279 3,677
24 Utica, NY 61,114 3,803
25 Hudson, NY 6,452 3,848
26 Manorhaven, NY 6,627 3,904
27 Glen Cove, NY 27,376 3,912
28 Chestnut Ridge, NY 8,118 4,024
29 Mount Kisco, NY 10,994 4,183
30 Hempstead, NY 55,698 4,198
31 Wappingers Falls, NY 5,416 4,218
32 New Hempstead, NY 5,359 4,241
33 Monroe, NY 8,579 4,272
34 Kingston, NY 23,419 4,320
35 Pelham, NY 7,016 4,322
36 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10,190 4,367
37 Patchogue, NY 12,425 4,380
38 Mamaroneck, NY 19,327 4,473
39 Tarr, NY 11,534 4,521
40 Ithaca, NY 30,720 4,523
41 Troy, NY 49,826 4,535
42 Salamanca, NY 5,594 4,566
43 Mount Vernon, NY 68,671 4,639
44 Washingtonville, NY 5,774 4,899
45 Mineola, NY 19,223 4,902
46 Tuckahoe, NY 6,656 4,923
47 Dunkirk, NY 12,064 4,924
48 Great Neck Plaza, NY 6,964 4,962
49 Amsterdam, NY 17,974 4,979
50 Geneva, NY 13,048 5,030
51 Port Chester, NY 29,623 5,030
52 Niagara Falls, NY 48,976 5,097
53 Suffern, NY 10,984 5,101
54 Mastic Beach, NY 14,850 5,105
55 Amityville, NY 9,513 5,197
56 Haverstraw, NY 12,181 5,209
57 New Paltz, NY 7,040 5,302
58 Lynbrook, NY 19,706 5,347
59 Woodbury, NY 10,791 5,415
60 Binghamton, NY 45,964 5,443
61 Walden, NY 6,781 5,453
62 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,141 5,470
63 Port Jervis, NY 8,670 5,494
64 Harrison, NY 28,319 5,508
65 Webster, NY 5,558 5,569
66 Croton-On-Hudson, NY 8,257 5,618
67 Long Beach, NY 33,657 5,662
68 Williston Park, NY 7,334 5,666
69 Goshen, NY 5,381 5,701
70 North Hills, NY 5,524 5,740
71 Farmingdale, NY 8,719 5,748
72 Elmira, NY 28,302 5,784
73 Rensselaer, NY 9,375 5,817
74 Watervliet, NY 10,201 5,941
75 Rye Brook, NY 9,543 5,945
76 Solvay, NY 6,438 6,025
77 Johnson City, NY 14,728 6,026
78 Scarsdale, NY 17,856 6,100
79 Briarcliff Manor, NY 7,864 6,110
80 Lackawanna, NY 18,012 6,117
81 Lindenhurst, NY 27,257 6,128
82 Albion, NY 5,614 6,202
83 Rockville Centre, NY 24,485 6,307
84 Port Jefferson, NY 7,833 6,316
85 Watertown, NY 26,437 6,374
86 Malverne, NY 8,583 6,422
87 Pleasantville, NY 7,275 6,424
88 Floral Park, NY 16,269 6,474
89 East Rockaway, NY 9,839 6,526
90 Endicott, NY 12,980 6,535
91 Airmont, NY 8,869 6,564
92 Cedarhurst, NY 6,685 6,589
93 Larchmont, NY 6,111 6,643
94 Colonie, NY 7,856 6,681
95 Newark, NY 9,029 6,765
96 Pelham Manor, NY 5,634 6,788
97 Lake Grove, NY 11,205 6,819
98 Jamestown, NY 30,094 6,889
99 Oneonta, NY 13,932 6,912
100 East Rochester, NY 6,646 6,954

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