A new study has ranked Houston as the No. 2 most diverse city in the country. The (somewhat dubious) first-place honor of The Most Diverse City in America goes to Jersey City, New Jersey. But with Houston already anointed as the most the diverse city in the nation, is this new report a case of fuzzy math?
Dr. Stephen Klineberg, a lauded local academic, researcher, and speaker points out a particular flaw in the report published by WalletHub. Jersey City’s overall diversity score is 71.51; Houston comes in at 71.49. The rankings measure socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, and religious diversity across 501 cities in the U.S.
“Yes, Jersey City may be listed as more ethnically diverse,” Klineberg tells CultureMap. “But it’s much smaller. You have to take size into consideration — Houston is by far the most ethnically diverse large city in America.” (To wit: Houston is more than 627 square miles; Jersey City is little more than 21 square miles. Not a small difference in sample size.) When measured by city size, Houston ranks first overall among large cities.
By Steven Devadanam 5.8.18 | 10:05 am
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