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It’s long been said that people are a product of their environments, and one look at the social disparities between Beverly Hills and Compton in California alone can be used as proof of that.

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WalletHub recently did a study on both the most and least diverse states in America, with the results coming from a look at how we cohabitate as it relates to income, education, and of course along race and ethnicity lines.

Top 10 Least Diverse States In America

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States like California, New York, and Texas made the top five list, with Cali even boasting the highest language diversity. Utah proved to be the place with the most diverse income, and Massachusetts came in as the state with the most diverse ways of attaining education. When it came to racial and ethnic diversity, Hawaii surprisingly came out on top.

More on how the metrics were calculated below, via Wallet Hub:

“In order to determine the most and least diverse states in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key dimensions: 1) Socio-economic Diversity, 2) Cultural Diversity, 3) Economic Diversity, 4) Household Diversity, 5) Religious Diversity and 6) Political Diversity.

We evaluated those dimensions using 14 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights and subcomponents. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale.

Finally, we determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states. A total score of 100 represents the most diverse state.”

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The map seen above breaks down the highest from the lowest over the span of a decade on a color scale. The split goes nearly down the middle, with Northern states steadily appearing orange for the lowest and Southern states maintaining a blue for the highest.

There is no question that America is moving in a more diverse direction. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2045 they will no longer have a single ethnic majority and will continue to grow more diverse.

Take a look at the 10 least diverse states in America below, and see if your community is doing a good job or needs improvement.

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Here Are The 10 Least Diverse States In America  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Iowa

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41 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

2. Ohio

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42 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

3. Utah

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43 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

4. Wyoming

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44 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

5. Kentucky

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45 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

6. Montana

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46 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

7. New Hampshire

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47 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

8. Vermont

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48 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

9. Maine

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49 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

10. West Virginia

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50 of 50, with 50 being least diverse state in America.

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