Study: Texas among most diverse U.S. states

While the Lone Star State ranked high in many types of diversity, it landed near the bottom for political diversity.

click to enlarge In 2022, non-white Hispanics officially became the plurality in Texas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. - Shutterstock / Trong Nguyen
Shutterstock / Trong Nguyen
In 2022, non-white Hispanics officially became the plurality in Texas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
From Big Bend in the west to bayous in the east, Texas is a place of diverse landscapes. In addition to its varied scenery, the state also boasts one of the nation's most diverse populations, according to a new study.

Indeed, the Lone Star State is the second-ranked state for diversity, falling only behind California, in the analysis conducted by financial site WalletHub.

WalletHub looked at more than state populations' racial makeup to create the rankings, however. Researchers compared states across six key categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.

Texas had the nation's third-highest religious diversity, and it also ranked No. 6 for cultural diversity and No. 9 for socioeconomic diversity. However, the state was below average in both household diversity (No. 28) and political diversity (No. 39).

In 2022, non-white Hispanics officially became the plurality in Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. will no longer have a single ethnic majority by 2045, WalletHub wrote, citing federal projections.

The 10 Most Diverse States in the U.S., according to WalletHub are:
  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Hawaii
  4. New Jersey
  5. Florida
  6. New Mexico
  7. Nevada
  8. New York
  9. Maryland
  10. Arizona
West Virginia was ranked as the least-diverse state, followed by Maine and New Hampshire.

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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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