U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: Which city is more diverse? Seattle or Wichita?
Seattle 19 59.38%
Wichita 5 15.63%
Neither of these cities should be mentioned in the same sentence with the word diverse 8 25.00%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-01-2013, 06:57 PM
 
20 posts, read 24,736 times
Reputation: 23

Advertisements

Been wondering what people think about this...Both have been labeled among the whitest cities in America, but which one is more diverse?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-01-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
5,377 posts, read 7,671,696 times
Reputation: 4347
Come on now....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 07:17 PM
 
1,108 posts, read 1,821,454 times
Reputation: 650
Seattle may not be that diverse, but I think it's more diverse than Wichita. In fact, Seattle has the most diverse zip code in the country (see link below), a foreign born population that is much larger, has far more languages spoken in the City, and has several suburbs in South King County that are actually quite diverse by any standard (as opposed to Wichita, which is the most diverse City in its metro).

Finally, Seattle is one of the least segregated cities in the Country, so as a White person you are more likely to run into a minority or a foreigner than many other cities that may technically be more diverse

Seattle's 98118 zip code the most diverse in the country | KING5.com Seattle

Also, Seattle and Wichita are, by definition, not the Whitest cities in America. Portland is (72%) - although Portland is not the least diverse by any stretch (remember, having the highest % of Whites doesn't mean it is the least diverse.) The remaining 28% might represent many races and ethnicities. Meanwhile, a City like Detroit (which actually measures as the least diverse) has a relatively low White population % but also has very little diverstiy.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
5,991 posts, read 7,926,991 times
Reputation: 4214
Isn't Barry Sanders from Wichita?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 08:48 PM
 
1,108 posts, read 1,821,454 times
Reputation: 650
Yeah, and Jason terry, Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Aaron brooks, Jimi Hendrix and many other famous black people are from Seattle. Your point?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 09:43 PM
 
1,000 posts, read 1,430,499 times
Reputation: 713
Quote:
Originally Posted by orzo View Post
Yeah, and Jason terry, Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Aaron brooks, Jimi Hendrix and many other famous black people are from Seattle. Your point?
I think it was just a question.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 11:12 PM
 
7,241 posts, read 12,661,515 times
Reputation: 8518
Here's the facts for racial diversity:

Seattle: Seattle (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
Wichita: Wichita (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

Seattle has more Asians while Wichita has more black and Hispanic/Latino people. Seattle is a bit less white than Wichita.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-02-2013, 02:36 AM
 
1,108 posts, read 1,821,454 times
Reputation: 650
Another huge difference:

Seattle's population is 18% foreign-born (with nearby cities like Tukwila and Bellevue being between 30% and 40% foreign-born)

Wichita's population is 8% foreign-born.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-02-2013, 02:39 AM
 
44 posts, read 239,749 times
Reputation: 36
Seattle is more diverse. Go to neighborhoods like White Center, Rainier Valley, Rainier Beach, Central District, Skyway, Delridge, Beacon Hill and if you tell me there isn't any diversity you are lying. Seattle is a very diverse city.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-02-2013, 03:04 AM
 
1,108 posts, read 1,821,454 times
Reputation: 650
Quote:
Originally Posted by dopeboy206 View Post
Seattle is more diverse. Go to neighborhoods like White Center, Rainier Valley, Rainier Beach, Central District, Skyway, Delridge, Beacon Hill and if you tell me there isn't any diversity you are lying. Seattle is a very diverse city.
With 67% of its population being White (according to 2011 ACS data), the numbers do not point to Seattle being particularly diverse compared to other large American cities, but I completely agree with you that there are a lot more neighborhoods and areas that are/feel quite diverse in Seattle than one would expect.

But there are also a fair number of areas within City Limits that are vast majority White. Of course, these are single family home neighborhoods on the edges of the City (think Sand Point or Magnolia) that you would likely never even go through if you didn't live there, but since they are still technically within city limits they skew the numbers. Much of Seattle's central core, inner neighborhoods, and commercial centers throughout the City are substantially more diverse than you'd expect (save maybe Queen Anne, Wallingford, and Ballard/Fremont, although that is changing quickly).

The fact is if one wants to live in an ethnically and racially diverse neighborhood that is relatively integrated, Seattle offers number of good choices - as you mentioned, the neighborhoods of Columbia City, Beacon Hill, Hillman City, the ID, Delridge, and several others.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top