These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New York


We used data and science to determine the 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. Here’s a look at the top ten:

  1. New York (Photos)
  2. Valley Stream (Photos)
  3. Monticello (Photos)
  4. Westbury (Photos)
  5. Poughkeepsie (Photos)
  6. Peekskill (Photos)
  7. Spring Valley (Photos)
  8. Rochester (Photos)
  9. Middletown
  10. Yonkers (Photos)

New York 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.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In New York

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 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 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 2577 (New York) to 9739 (New Square).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. New York took the distinction of being the most diverse, while New Square 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.

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1. New York

New York, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,426,743
HHI: 2,577
% White: 32.51%
% African American: 22.37%
% Asian: 13.42%

2. Valley Stream

Valley Stream, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,838
HHI: 2,613
% White: 34.28%
% African American: 19.25%
% Asian: 14.31%

3. Monticello

Monticello, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,685
HHI: 2,872
% White: 26.75%
% African American: 32.34%
% Asian: 0.64%

4. Westbury

Westbury, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,273
HHI: 3,027
% White: 41.38%
% African American: 22.21%
% Asian: 7.73%

5. Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,635
HHI: 3,100
% White: 36.89%
% African American: 35.6%
% Asian: 2.42%

6. Peekskill

Peekskill, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,928
HHI: 3,129
% White: 37.04%
% African American: 19.32%
% Asian: 2.76%

7. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,221
HHI: 3,138
% White: 27.11%
% African American: 39.19%
% Asian: 2.86%

8. Rochester

Rochester, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 210,745
HHI: 3,163
% White: 36.49%
% African American: 38.8%
% Asian: 3.57%

9. Middletown

Source: Google Maps

Households: 27,828
HHI: 3,169
% White: 34.91%
% African American: 21.54%
% Asian: 3.15%

10. Yonkers

Yonkers, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 199,435
HHI: 3,228
% White: 41.18%
% African American: 14.94%
% Asian: 6.69%

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. New Square
  2. Kiryas Joel
  3. Lawrence

For more New York reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New York

City Rank HHI Population
New York 1 2,577 8,426,743
Valley Stream 2 2,613 37,838
Monticello 3 2,872 6,685
Westbury 4 3,027 15,273
Poughkeepsie 5 3,100 30,635
Peekskill 6 3,129 23,928
Spring Valley 7 3,138 32,221
Rochester 8 3,163 210,745
Middletown 9 3,169 27,828
Yonkers 10 3,228 199,435
Freeport 11 3,270 43,251
New Rochelle 12 3,325 79,027
White Plains 13 3,339 57,790
Ossining 14 3,472 25,311
Buffalo 15 3,498 259,517
Syracuse 16 3,558 144,564
Albany 17 3,573 98,468
Schenectady 18 3,577 65,735
Wappingers Falls 19 3,634 5,424
Hudson 20 3,709 6,572
Newburgh 21 3,714 28,495
West Haverstraw 22 3,758 10,347
New Hyde Park 23 3,797 9,788
Chestnut Ridge 24 3,869 8,090
Beacon 25 3,904 14,375
Manorhaven 26 3,934 6,684
Glen Cove 27 4,011 27,245
Utica 28 4,039 61,628
Pelham 29 4,087 6,993
Nyack 30 4,144 6,769
Sleepy Hollow 31 4,158 10,074
Hempstead 32 4,158 55,105
Mount Kisco 33 4,191 11,060
Kingston 34 4,253 23,625
Tarr 35 4,400 11,452
Patchogue 36 4,461 12,173
Mount Vernon 37 4,527 68,221
New Hempstead 38 4,568 5,265
Ithaca 39 4,605 30,565
Mamaroneck 40 4,716 19,219
Haverstraw 41 4,761 12,094
Troy 42 4,765 49,933
Mineola 43 4,846 18,980
Tuckahoe 44 4,856 6,586
Salamanca 45 4,885 5,686
Walden 46 4,887 6,886
Port Chester 47 4,914 29,406
Mastic Beach 48 4,950 14,883
Washingtonville 49 4,994 5,814
Croton-On-Hudson 50 5,063 8,202
Amsterdam 51 5,089 18,157
Suffern 52 5,096 10,914
Amityville 53 5,151 9,515
Dunkirk 54 5,234 12,308
Geneva 55 5,237 13,157
Niagara Falls 56 5,287 49,435
Port Jervis 57 5,302 8,681
Monroe 58 5,340 8,532
Harrison 59 5,346 27,998
New Paltz 60 5,368 7,055
Great Neck Plaza 61 5,416 6,879
Williston Park 62 5,503 7,322
Binghamton 63 5,520 46,495
Farmingdale 64 5,524 8,399
Dobbs Ferry 65 5,524 11,055
Long Beach 66 5,573 33,470
Webster 67 5,805 5,524
Briarcliff Manor 68 5,849 7,739
Elmira 69 5,868 28,817
Woodbury 70 5,877 10,873
Lynbrook 71 5,912 19,556
Johnson City 72 5,954 14,903
North Hills 73 6,043 5,190
Albion 74 6,046 5,631
Goshen 75 6,122 5,394
Lackawanna 76 6,213 18,019
Scarsdale 77 6,482 17,621
Cedarhurst 78 6,484 6,655
Rye Brook 79 6,485 9,510
Watertown 80 6,489 27,250
Rensselaer 81 6,542 9,502
Floral Park 82 6,550 16,093
Lindenhurst 83 6,593 27,310
Irvington 84 6,617 6,540
Newark 85 6,674 8,965
Airmont 86 6,730 8,808
Pleasantville 87 6,739 7,125
Lake Grove 88 6,754 11,262
Watervliet 89 6,758 10,241
Pelham Manor 90 6,769 5,567
Rockville Centre 91 6,775 24,155
Great Neck 92 6,838 10,095
Jamestown 93 6,876 30,546
Endicott 94 6,967 13,143
Babylon 95 6,991 12,186
Geneseo 96 7,003 8,096
Port Jefferson 97 7,013 7,802
Auburn 98 7,096 27,264
Medina 99 7,105 5,936
Larchmont 100 7,114 6,005

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