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View Poll Results: Nation's Racial Melting Pot
Washington, DC 5 4.72%
New York 39 36.79%
Houston 30 28.30%
Los Angeles 18 16.98%
Atlanta 5 4.72%
Miami 4 3.77%
Kansas City 2 1.89%
Philadelphia 3 2.83%
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:38 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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I've heard that Houston is the most diverse city in the United States, as far as different nationalities and races goes, and Indianapolis is the most integrated city in the United States, as far as a high percentage of black, white, Hispanic, and Asian residents all living hamoniously in the same neighborhoods goes.
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:55 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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just FYI, while we are incredibly diverse ethnically, maybe more than anywhere else, the segregation is very high by income and wealth—partly by choice and/or history, but a lot, IMO, because housing here is stratospherically expensive. Money does the sorting.

FWIW I also think that Cali cities like Oakland and Long Beach should be contenders. Never visited Sacramento.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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While some key American population groups are under-represented, Honolulu fits the premise of this thread very well. There is very high racial and cultural mixing in neighborhoods of all socio-economic levels and segregation is minimal.

I can't really say my hometown of Atlanta (or most other mainland cities) would qualify because there are significant non-diverse areas where people have little random interaction around their homes with those of other backgrounds.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Not trying to be rude, but youíre really underestimating the diversity in Boston if you think any of that puts Philly way ahead of Boston.
That's good to hear. I haven't lived there since the early 1980s, and back then, the one non-African-American ethnic group I noticed in any sizable numbers were Hispanics in Allston; I'm not sure whether they were Caribbean or Mexican, but I think they were the former.

African-Americans make up a larger share of the city and metropolitan populations of Philadelphia, though. As for the other ethnic groups, I'd probably have to go wading through Census data.

In Philly's case, I also left out West African immigrants who have settled in West and Southwest Philadelphia. I'm acquainted with the Liberian-born publisher of a magazine here aimed at the African diaspora in the city. That wouldn't have been a going proposition a decade ago.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:47 PM
 
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Of those cities, NYC has by far the most culturally diverse African, Asian, European, and Hispanic American population.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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I was shocked at how integrated Providence, RI seemed to be when I visited. Lots of mixed groups of friends, interracial couples and all of that.. I know its not a huge city like the rest (minus Kansas City that snuck its way in) but just wanted to give an honorable mention.

- College towns are usually good for integration and diversity.

- Upper middle class suburbs directly outside of ghetto cities are sometimes good too since they get the elite minorities who often have roots from the poor city who live alongside the affluent white liberals (think the whole South Orange - Montclair corridor in NJ outside of Newark).

Highly-immigrant/ethnic areas are usually the WORST since most people just stick to their ethnic group due to language barriers and/or because they haven't fully grasped American society so they heavily rely on their community for resources.

Large older cities and older inner-suburbs are usually terrible too since they have a long history of housing discrimination like redlining, blockbusting, steering, restrictive covenants, white flight and all of that other nonsense. People need to understand that racism is still relevant in society; and not just some archaic thing that people like to whine about for fun. What happened in the past has directly affected what happens today.

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Old 02-17-2019, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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I was shocked at how integrated Providence, RI seemed to be when I visited. Lots of mixed groups of friends, interracial couples and all of that.. I know its not a huge city like the rest (minus Kansas City that snuck its way in) but just wanted to give an honorable mention.

- College towns are usually good for integration and diversity.

- Upper middle class suburbs directly outside of ghetto cities are sometimes good too since they get the elite minorities who often have roots from the poor city who live alongside the affluent white liberals (think the whole South Orange - Montclair corridor in NJ outside of Newark).

Highly-immigrant/ethnic areas are usually the WORST since most people just stick to their ethnic group due to language barriers and/or because they haven't fully grasped American society so they heavily rely on their community for resources.

Large older cities and older inner-suburbs are usually terrible too since they have a long history of housing discrimination like redlining, blockbusting, steering, restrictive covenants, white flight and all of that other nonsense. People need to understand that racism is still relevant in society; and not just some archaic thing that people like to whine about for fun. What happened in the past has directly affected what happens today.
Good points all here. Especially that last paragraph. The sins of the fathers are indeed visited on the sons.

A note, however, on Kansas City: While it's not the size of any of the other cities on this list, neither is it as small a metro as Providence. It's about twice Providence's size: the city's population of just under 500,000 is about three times Providence's, and its metro population of 2.2 million roughly doubles it.

Back when it was No. 25 on the list of largest metropolitan areas in the country (its population then: 1.2 million in the metro, 475,000 in the city, about 10,000 less than live in the city now - it lost population from 1970 to 2000 and has since rebounded), I referred to my hometown as "the smallest of the big cities and the biggest of the middle-sized ones." It's still that now.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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I'd say Houston

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The seemingly random inclusion of Kansas City among the nations largest metros is intriguing here.
I thought the same exact thing lol
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Boston
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That's good to hear. I haven't lived there since the early 1980s, and back then, the one non-African-American ethnic group I noticed in any sizable numbers were Hispanics in Allston; I'm not sure whether they were Caribbean or Mexican, but I think they were the former.

African-Americans make up a larger share of the city and metropolitan populations of Philadelphia, though. As for the other ethnic groups, I'd probably have to go wading through Census data.

In Philly's case, I also left out West African immigrants who have settled in West and Southwest Philadelphia. I'm acquainted with the Liberian-born publisher of a magazine here aimed at the African diaspora in the city. That wouldn't have been a going proposition a decade ago.
Boston is virtually nothing like that today. It's undergone a much more dramatic racial shift than any of the major easy coast citires. Less than 25% of the city today is Irish or African American (muktigenerational from the south. Irish Americans are about 14% of the city and traditional African Americans are about 10%.

Today is is thirty percent foreign born and 56 percent minority. Is is the sixth most diverse major city in the country circa

2017. Hispanics are 20% and Black's are 23%, 10% age Asian a and 4% age mixed raced. Most immigrant groups in Boston today are from the west Indies, east/south Asia, west africa and brazil-its been that way since the early 1990s.

Several cities around Boston have become manority-minority since 2000- Lynn, Lowell, Chelsea, Malden, Randolph, Brockton, Everett, Revere and other cities are heading that at way as well. The Boston metro when excluding the 2 new Hampshire counties is about 63/-65% white and 20% foreign born. The Philly metro is just under 60% white and is slightly less foreign born.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Boston is virtually nothing like that today. It's undergone a much more dramatic racial shift than any of the major easy coast citires. Less than 25% of the city today is Irish or African American (muktigenerational from the south. Irish Americans are about 14% of the city and traditional African Americans are about 10%.

Today is is thirty percent foreign born and 56 percent minority. Is is the sixth most diverse major city in the country circa

2017. Hispanics are 20% and Black's are 23%, 10% age Asian a and 4% age mixed raced. Most immigrant groups in Boston today are from the west Indies, east/south Asia, west africa and brazil-its been that way since the early 1990s.

Several cities around Boston have become manority-minority since 2000- Lynn, Lowell, Chelsea, Malden, Randolph, Brockton, Everett, Revere and other cities are heading that at way as well. The Boston metro when excluding the 2 new Hampshire counties is about 63/-65% white and 20% foreign born. The Philly metro is just under 60% white and is slightly less foreign born.
Thatís true, but Boston is very segregated.
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