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Old 11-14-2009, 05:36 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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One of the Assyrian Churches is headquartered in Chicago. Its previous patriarch was killed in San Jose, California and San Jose looks pretty diverse. Sacramento is said to be quite diverse.

Although considering NYC is an international center for trade and diplomacy it probably does have the most different groups.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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Considering that New York has a population over 8 million and doesn't have no ethnic or racial majority, I guess you can say it's the most ethnically diverse city on the East Coast.

And Los Angeles is the most ethnically diverse city on the West Coast. Most Southern California cities are diverse period.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Statistically, Oakland, CA is the most diverse city in the United States.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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If you're talking about in proportion to its population, then no. Then again, if your looking for diversity in terms of total number of thriving communities, then NYC is by far the most diverse place you can be.
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: STL
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Most Diverse Big Cities in the U.S. (data from the 2005-2007 U.S. Census Community Survey)

City---------Population-White %-Black %-Hispanic %-Asian %-Foreign Born %
Boston---------600,980-----50------22.2-------15.6--------8.3----------27.7
San Diego-----1,264,263----48.2------6.7--------27---------14.8---------25.9
San Francsico--757,604----44.7------6.7--------14---------31.5---------35.7
Sacramento----446,721-----38.3-----14.2-------24.8--------17.1--------22.4
New York------8,246,310---35.1-----23.7-------27.4--------11.5---------36.7
San Jose-------898,901-----31.7-----3.1--------31.3--------30.5---------39
Chicago-------2,740,224----30.9-----34.7------28.1---------4.9---------21.7
Dallas---------1,187,603----30.5-----23.2-------42.4--------2.5---------26.5
Los Angeles----3,770,590---29.3------9.7-------48.5--------10.4---------40
Houston-------2,034,749----28-------24--------41.7--------5.3---------28.1
Oakland--------372,247-----24.7-----30.4-------25.3--------15.2--------28.2

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Old 11-15-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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^ Although the problem with looking at diversity purely along the overly simplistic categories of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian, is that it doesn't factor in the huge levels of diversity found within one group of people that may come from all different cultures and parts of the world yet still get folded into one census category. It's a good starting point, but doesn't tell the full story.

Why is NYC "by far" the most diverse place in terms of total number of thriving communities? What exactly does that mean, and what are you basing that on?
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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^ Although the problem with looking at diversity purely along the overly simplistic categories of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian, is that it doesn't factor in the huge levels of diversity found within one group of people that may come from all different cultures and parts of the world yet still get folded into one census category. It's a good starting point, but doesn't tell the full story.

Why is NYC "by far" the most diverse place in terms of total number of thriving communities? What exactly does that mean, and what are you basing that on?
I'm basing that on the number of nationalities/ethnicities represented (which is also a rough approximation of the number of groups represented, but is better than just going by races) and the absolute number of these different groups which should be more important than the percentage. If you look at Demographics of New York City - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

you'll see that NYC consistently has the largest community of various ethnic groups in the US.
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: STL
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^ Although the problem with looking at diversity purely along the overly simplistic categories of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian, is that it doesn't factor in the huge levels of diversity found within one group of people that may come from all different cultures and parts of the world yet still get folded into one census category. It's a good starting point, but doesn't tell the full story.

Why is NYC "by far" the most diverse place in terms of total number of thriving communities? What exactly does that mean, and what are you basing that on?
Those stats were meant to be a starting point, I never meant them to be the finish line. I just gave some facts to help with deciding if NYC is the most diverse city in the nation (which I agree with). And sorry, I don't really understand your last point?!?!
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Those stats were meant to be a starting point, I never meant them to be the finish line. I just gave some facts to help with deciding if NYC is the most diverse city in the nation (which I agree with). And sorry, I don't really understand your last point?!?!
I know, and I wasn't trying to criticize the inclusion of the statistics (they are useful), I was just pointing out the problems as a starting point to larger conversations. I agree that NYC is the most diverse city in the country, just don't think it is "by far" the most diverse, which some people had earlier stated. Places like LA (especially if you look at metro areas, not city limits), Oakland, Houston, etc. are close on its heels, and also have a great deal of diversity within each larger race category.

The last point was in response to an another post; I forgot to multi-quote.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:36 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I know, and I wasn't trying to criticize the inclusion of the statistics (they are useful), I was just pointing out the problems as a starting point to larger conversations. I agree that NYC is the most diverse city in the country, just don't think it is "by far" the most diverse, which some people had earlier stated. Places like LA (especially if you look at metro areas, not city limits), Oakland, Houston, etc. are close on its heels, and also have a great deal of diversity within each larger race category.

The last point was in response to an another post; I forgot to multi-quote.
I said "by far" the most diverse as well as on what grounds it's the most diverse city--that is, absolute number of ethnicities and the size of each ethnicity group represented. In those terms, no city is close on NYC's heels since NYC is fairly diverse and no city is close to NYC's population and no metro population is close to NYC's metro population. NYC's diversity is also boosted by the diversity within the categories of the US Census (i.e. its white population actually includes a very large Middle Eastern contingent as well as intact communities of various European ethnicities, its hispanic population has no plurality let alone a majority, its black community includes large numbers of caribbeans and africans, its asian population includes many different ethnicities from south, southeast, and east asia).

Putting size aside: LA and Houston, though diverse, have significant Mexican pluralities. Oakland does have very strong proportional representation (of course not in absolute numbers, but we're putting size aside for now) in terms of races.

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