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


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

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

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 best places to live in New York or the worst places to live in New York.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In New York 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 York.

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 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 2564 (Valley Stream) to 9882 (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.

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1. Valley Stream

Valley Stream, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,626
HHI: 2,564
% White: 32.96%
% African American: 19.91%
% Asian: 14.3%

2. New York

New York, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,461,961
HHI: 2,566
% White: 32.26%
% African American: 22.21%
% Asian: 13.6%

3. Monticello

Monticello, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,577
HHI: 2,687
% White: 25.24%
% African American: 28.78%
% Asian: 3.41%

4. Westbury

Westbury, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,319
HHI: 3,012
% White: 41.52%
% African American: 22.21%
% Asian: 8.51%

5. Peekskill

Peekskill, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,977
HHI: 3,044
% White: 33.07%
% African American: 19.76%
% Asian: 3.26%

6. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,415
HHI: 3,107
% White: 28.66%
% African American: 37.8%
% Asian: 2.54%

7. Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,511
HHI: 3,129
% White: 37.03%
% African American: 36.5%
% Asian: 2.1%

8. Middletown


Population: 27,601
HHI: 3,159
% White: 34.85%
% African American: 20.6%
% Asian: 3.62%

9. Yonkers

Yonkers, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 199,725
HHI: 3,163
% White: 40.04%
% African American: 15.72%
% Asian: 6.66%

10. Rochester

Rochester, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 210,291
HHI: 3,174
% White: 36.74%
% African American: 38.63%
% Asian: 3.31%

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

City Rank HHI Population
Valley Stream 1 2,564 37,626
New York 2 2,566 8,461,961
Monticello 3 2,687 6,577
Westbury 4 3,012 15,319
Peekskill 5 3,044 23,977
Spring Valley 6 3,107 32,415
Poughkeepsie 7 3,129 30,511
Middletown 8 3,159 27,601
Yonkers 9 3,163 199,725
Rochester 10 3,174 210,291
Freeport 11 3,249 43,217
West Haverstraw 12 3,342 10,334
New Rochelle 13 3,342 79,299
White Plains 14 3,375 57,925
Buffalo 15 3,475 258,989
Schenectady 16 3,530 65,554
Ossining 17 3,533 25,299
Syracuse 18 3,537 144,350
Newburgh 19 3,551 28,406
Albany 20 3,558 98,425
Hudson 21 3,647 6,549
New Hyde Park 22 3,663 9,854
Beacon 23 3,790 14,289
Wappingers Falls 24 3,804 5,429
Manorhaven 25 3,843 6,601
Pelham 26 3,874 6,996
Nyack 27 3,957 6,788
Utica 28 3,980 61,337
Chestnut Ridge 29 4,191 8,096
Glen Cove 30 4,219 27,246
Hempstead 31 4,232 55,454
Sleepy Hollow 32 4,273 10,117
Kingston 33 4,300 23,506
Mount Kisco 34 4,327 11,062
New Hempstead 35 4,372 5,311
Mamaroneck 36 4,444 19,263
Patchogue 37 4,470 12,293
Mount Vernon 38 4,495 68,217
Washingtonville 39 4,623 5,813
Ithaca 40 4,644 30,625
Salamanca 41 4,645 5,638
Mineola 42 4,678 19,071
Haverstraw 43 4,706 12,120
Troy 44 4,708 49,881
Monroe 45 4,712 8,547
Port Chester 46 4,774 29,417
Tarr 47 4,790 11,460
Dunkirk 48 4,860 12,186
Amsterdam 49 5,034 18,063
Tuckahoe 50 5,065 6,596
Port Jervis 51 5,089 8,650
Walden 52 5,119 6,769
Amityville 53 5,147 9,484
Niagara Falls 54 5,168 49,180
Suffern 55 5,263 10,936
Geneva 56 5,302 13,136
New Paltz 57 5,328 7,034
Croton-On-Hudson 58 5,405 8,209
Mastic Beach 59 5,419 14,867
Great Neck Plaza 60 5,430 6,924
Long Beach 61 5,483 33,670
Binghamton 62 5,492 46,277
Lynbrook 63 5,518 19,584
Webster 64 5,561 5,532
Dobbs Ferry 65 5,615 11,058
Williston Park 66 5,620 7,282
Harrison 67 5,694 28,082
Woodbury 68 5,789 11,015
Elmira 69 5,830 28,583
Farmingdale 70 5,862 8,532
North Hills 71 5,912 5,420
Rensselaer 72 5,939 9,435
Albion 73 6,015 5,802
Goshen 74 6,093 5,378
Johnson City 75 6,095 14,835
Cedarhurst 76 6,191 6,652
Lackawanna 77 6,213 17,992
Scarsdale 78 6,220 17,684
Briarcliff Manor 79 6,242 7,732
Rye Brook 80 6,307 9,513
Rockville Centre 81 6,310 24,262
Pleasantville 82 6,427 7,134
Lindenhurst 83 6,493 27,234
Watervliet 84 6,521 10,207
Larchmont 85 6,529 6,031
Port Jefferson 86 6,539 7,795
Watertown 87 6,576 26,997
Solvay 88 6,589 6,455
Floral Park 89 6,603 16,189
Newark 90 6,667 9,068
Irvington 91 6,711 6,559
Great Neck 92 6,719 10,183
Endicott 93 6,723 13,073
Airmont 94 6,745 8,833
Pelham Manor 95 6,905 5,564
Jamestown 96 6,961 30,345
Colonie 97 6,978 7,888
Lake Grove 98 7,019 11,206
Medina 99 7,086 5,885
Potsdam 100 7,095 9,682

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