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Old 08-07-2014, 08:07 PM
Location: New York NY
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Originally Posted by eschaton View Post
Honestly, New York City, for the following reasons.

1. It's of course fairly racially diverse, with large white, black, Latino, and Asian populations. Queens is the most diverse county in the country measured alone, with nearly half (48.5%) of the population born outside the U.S.

2. Beyond racial diversity, there's huge diversity in terms of national origin. There are many "white ethnic" enclaves left in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island in particular. Some of the white ethnic groups, such as Albanians and Russians, are first-generation as well. Probably over half of the black population is actually not African-American, but first or second-generation migrants from the Caribbean or Africa. The Latino population is diverse, because no one Latino group dominates. There are more Puerto Ricans and Dominicans than anyone else, but there are large populations of Mexicans, Ecuadorians, Colombians, and Salvadorans as well.

3. Compared to the rest of the U.S., there's tremendous religious diversity as well. New York famously has a large Jewish population. 23% of the population of Brooklyn is Jewish. Many of the Jews in New York (especially Brooklyn and Queens) are also ultra-Orthodox Hasids now, and still live in their own ethnically segregated neighborhoods and speak Yiddish.

4. New York has tremendous income diversity, even with the tremendous gentrification of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The Bronx is still mostly very low income, containing one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Queens is the only county in the country where black families have a higher median income than white families.

5. Although little known, for a major U.S. city NYC is pretty politically diverse. It's Democratic overall, but with many Republican enclaves. Staten Island as a whole leans Republican, and many of the southernmost neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens are also Republican, with a few enclaves elsewhere as well. The ultra-orthodox neighborhoods do not generally support Democrats any longer, for example, and tend to vote around 90% Republican in presidential elections (higher than most places in the deep South!) The residual "white ethnic" areas aren't anywhere near that right wing, but if you're white and don't live in a gentrified area, you do tend to be somewhat conservative. This Republican lean among white ethnics in the "outer boroughs" is how Giuliani got elected (Bloomberg was nominally a Republican, but didn't count as much, since he had a broader coalition).

Yeah, for diversity across religious, ethnic, racial, income, even ideological and and political lines, I think NYC would have to be No. 1. And FWIW, we're not wildly liberal politically. Time and again our mayors, no matter how they've identified politically, have basically run the city as moderate Democrats. I suspect that diBlasio will fall into that category eventually too.
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