Most Diverse Cities In New York For 2020


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

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


Most Diverse Cities 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 168 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:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New York For 2020

Valley Stream, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,609

HHI: 2,414
% White: 31.0%
% African American: 26.2%
% Asian: 15.2%
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: 8,443,713

HHI: 2,557
% White: 32.1%
% African American: 21.9%
% Asian: 13.8%
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.

Westbury, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,320

HHI: 2,731
% White: 36.2%
% African American: 25.0%
% Asian: 11.5%
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.

Monticello, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,476

HHI: 2,775
% White: 27.1%
% African American: 30.5%
% Asian: 2.5%
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.

Spring Valley, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,281

HHI: 3,073
% White: 30.8%
% African American: 34.9%
% 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,644

HHI: 3,102
% White: 32.7%
% African American: 19.9%
% Asian: 4.0%
More on Middletown: Data

Peekskill, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,008

HHI: 3,119
% White: 32.7%
% African American: 20.8%
% Asian: 2.1%
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.

Yonkers, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 199,745

HHI: 3,144
% White: 38.6%
% African American: 15.4%
% Asian: 6.9%
More on Yonkers: PhotosData

Coordinates: 405629N 735152W 40.94139; -73.86444

Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 207,778

HHI: 3,153
% White: 36.6%
% African American: 38.2%
% 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.

Freeport, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,128

HHI: 3,195
% White: 24.6%
% African American: 29.2%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Freeport: PhotosData

Freeport is a village in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, USA, on the South Shore of Long Island. The population was 43,713 at the 2010 census. A settlement since the 1640s, it was once an oystering community and later a resort popular with the New York City theater community. It is now primarily a bedroom suburb but retains a modest commercial waterfront and some light industry.

How we determined the most diverse cities in New York 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 York.

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 168 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 2,414 (Valley Stream) to 9,984 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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 2020

Rank City Population HHI
1 Valley Stream, NY 37,609 2,414
2 New York, NY 8,443,713 2,557
3 Westbury, NY 15,320 2,731
4 Monticello, NY 6,476 2,775
5 Spring Valley, NY 32,281 3,073
6 Middletown, NY 27,644 3,102
7 Peekskill, NY 24,008 3,119
8 Yonkers, NY 199,745 3,144
9 Rochester, NY 207,778 3,153
10 Freeport, NY 43,128 3,195
11 New Rochelle, NY 79,205 3,219
12 Poughkeepsie, NY 30,356 3,226
13 New Hyde Park, NY 9,846 3,292
14 Nyack, NY 7,188 3,338
15 Buffalo, NY 257,518 3,365
16 Ossining, NY 25,174 3,368
17 White Plains, NY 58,040 3,405
18 Schenectady, NY 65,482 3,439
19 Albany, NY 97,889 3,442
20 Syracuse, NY 143,293 3,464
21 Newburgh, NY 28,282 3,584
22 West Haverstraw, NY 10,253 3,644
23 Manorhaven, NY 6,620 3,648
24 Hudson, NY 6,339 3,803
25 Glen Cove, NY 27,226 3,804
26 Utica, NY 60,675 3,859
27 Pelham, NY 6,949 3,968
28 Beacon, NY 14,279 3,981
29 Mount Kisco, NY 10,894 4,060
30 Monroe, NY 8,578 4,184
31 Hempstead, NY 55,399 4,213
32 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10,138 4,229
33 Wappingers Falls, NY 5,663 4,250
34 Chestnut Ridge, NY 8,057 4,255
35 Kingston, NY 23,210 4,391
36 Troy, NY 49,610 4,490
37 Mount Vernon, NY 68,035 4,528
38 Patchogue, NY 12,398 4,539
39 Tarr, NY 11,459 4,558
40 Salamanca, NY 5,553 4,565
41 Ithaca, NY 30,568 4,588
42 Mamaroneck, NY 19,213 4,610
43 Great Neck Plaza, NY 6,957 4,766
44 Suffern, NY 10,926 4,825
45 Amsterdam, NY 17,927 4,951
46 Dunkirk, NY 11,950 4,964
47 Niagara Falls, NY 48,661 4,983
48 Geneva, NY 12,888 4,988
49 Woodbury, NY 10,735 5,049
50 Mineola, NY 19,132 5,096
51 Haverstraw, NY 12,081 5,116
52 Washingtonville, NY 5,748 5,137
53 Port Chester, NY 29,418 5,159
54 North Hills, NY 5,639 5,187
55 Walden, NY 6,726 5,261
56 Tuckahoe, NY 6,587 5,278
57 Binghamton, NY 45,503 5,298
58 Lynbrook, NY 19,552 5,334
59 Harrison, NY 27,956 5,457
60 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,027 5,496
61 Pleasantville, NY 7,214 5,501
62 Croton-On-Hudson, NY 8,183 5,543
63 Rye Brook, NY 9,459 5,552
64 Elmira, NY 27,695 5,595
65 New Paltz, NY 7,175 5,604
66 Goshen, NY 5,354 5,619
67 Watervliet, NY 10,120 5,627
68 Rensselaer, NY 9,290 5,662
69 New Hempstead, NY 5,354 5,672
70 Amityville, NY 9,452 5,710
71 Johnson City, NY 14,575 5,725
72 Long Beach, NY 33,509 5,726
73 Farmingdale, NY 8,842 5,827
74 Lackawanna, NY 17,859 5,828
75 Webster, NY 5,565 5,850
76 Mastic Beach, NY 11,953 5,893
77 Williston Park, NY 7,294 5,926
78 Malverne, NY 8,535 5,978
79 Albion, NY 5,439 6,002
80 Scarsdale, NY 17,805 6,003
81 Port Jervis, NY 8,614 6,025
82 Lindenhurst, NY 27,053 6,028
83 Pelham Manor, NY 5,595 6,071
84 Solvay, NY 6,364 6,104
85 Briarcliff Manor, NY 7,697 6,222
86 Great Neck, NY 10,203 6,243
87 Watertown, NY 26,057 6,379
88 Cedarhurst, NY 6,661 6,390
89 Rockville Centre, NY 24,442 6,471
90 Airmont, NY 8,776 6,560
91 Endicott, NY 12,872 6,563
92 Floral Park, NY 16,209 6,683
93 Lake Grove, NY 11,130 6,721
94 East Rockaway, NY 9,802 6,782
95 Medina, NY 5,839 6,786
96 Port Jefferson, NY 7,871 6,799
97 Oneonta, NY 13,834 6,814
98 Rye, NY 15,862 6,816
99 Jamestown, NY 29,799 6,839
100 Larchmont, NY 6,092 6,844

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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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