Most Diverse Cities in the U.S.
Diversity has long been one of the U.S.’ strengths. Not only can people learn about each other’s traditions and culture, but the resulting melting pot is America’s fabric. In approximately 25 years, it is that no single ethnic group will constitute a U.S. majority. That means more opportunities for people from different backgrounds to learn more about the ties that bind all of us.
The most diverse cities in the U.S. range from East to West, North and South. If you’re a newcomer to the U.S. through the EB-5 visa program, you’ll find yourself welcome in this diverse country of ours, soon to be your country, too.
New York City
New York City is unquestionably the most diverse area in the U.S. It’s historically the place where large immigrant populations have always settled, and it’s no accident that the Statute of Liberty stands proudly in New York Harbor. Walk the streets of New York City and you’ll encounter individuals from every part of the globe – and they bring their restaurants, ethnic shops, entertainment and other aspects of their culture with them. Since New York is truly a world-class city, it has world-class cultural venues, ranging from Broadway and Off-Broadway plays; great museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim; and performances by the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and many smaller dance and music troupes. Note that many of Lightstone’s projects are located in the Big Apple, including the Marriott Moxy at NYU, the Empire State Marriott Moxy and the Marriott Moxy Times Square, to name just a few.
For those seeking a culturally diverse state, look across the river from Manhattan to New Jersey. Jersey City, just a short hop across the Hudson River via the PATH train, is considered one of the most diverse cities in the country. For those who prefer suburban to city living, northern and central New Jersey offer good schools, plenty of recreational opportunities, a wide choice of housing options and neighbors from varied backgrounds.
It’s no coincidence that a city hosting some of the most prestigious colleges and universities is also a beacon of diversity. Since the 1980s, the Asian and Latino populations of the city have grown significantly. Boston is also one of the most cultured cities in the U.S., offering world-class museums, theaters and other performing arts venues along with a lively music scene. Here’s a small sampling of Boston museums:
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Museum of Fine Arts
- National Center of Afro-American Artists
That doesn’t count the many galleries and museums situated at major universities that are open to the public, including Harvard, Boston, Brandeis and Tufts Universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Wellesley College.
While San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the U.S., it is also among the most diverse. The tech industry is responsible for much of the wealth explosion in the city, and the diversity in this particular industry is legendary. In the past few decades – and often much more recently – major companies located in the greater San Francisco area such as Google, Twitter, Apple, Facebook and Uber have transformed the city. It’s one of the most highly educated cities in the country. And while San Francisco ranks high on the overall diversity scale, the high cost of living increasingly makes it a city for the affluent.
Over the past 20 years, Houston has grown increasingly diverse, so much so that no one ethnic or racial group is a demographic majority. That includes Anglos, Asians, Latinos and African-Americans. Ninety languages are spoken within the greater Houston metropolitan area, and the city boasts two separate “Chinatowns.” The Vietnamese presence in the city is also strong. There’s a large gay and lesbian population, and the annual Houston Gay Pride Parade is one of the city’s biggest events. According to a by Rice University, “Houston can lead the nation in the transition to a fully inclusive, unified multiracial/multiethnic region.”
Culturally, Houston has a lot to offer. Of course, there’s rodeo and traditional Houston entertainment options, but there’s also the annual Greek Festival and International Festival. Houston is celebrated as the “dining out capital of the nation” with all types of cuisines available. In fact, because there are so many local dining establishments, Houston has fewer fast-food chains than other cities of its size. The music scene ranges from opera to blues to Tejano. Top museums include the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Menil Collection and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Los Angeles’ diversity goes beyond race and ethnicity. Although there is plenty of ethnic and racial diversity in the City of Angels, Los Angeles ranks high in language, economic, household and educational attainment diversity. Of course, it’s also the world’s entertainment capital, influencing virtually every culture with its dominance in movies and TV. Keep in mind that many major cultural and artistic trends start in Los Angeles and move globally. Lightstone also has projects in Los Angeles, including the Downtown Los Angeles Marriott.
Culturally Diverse Small Cities
Cultural diversity in the United States isn’t limited to its largest cities. There are plenty of smaller cities throughout the country with residents of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland both rank high on the small city diversity scale. Gaithersburg, a Washington D.C. suburb with a population of roughly 60,000, was number one for ethnic diversity among smaller cities and came in second for social class diversity. Nearby Germantown is slightly larger with 90,000 residents.
Other small, culturally diverse cities include:
- Aurora, Illinois
- Durham, North Carolina
- Enterprise, Nevada
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Johns Creek, Georgia
- Lynn, Massachusetts
- Norwalk, Connecticut
- Plano, Texas
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Renton, Washington
- Springdale, Arkansas
- Tampa, Florida
- Tempe, Arizona
How Lightstone Can Help
Lightstone can help make your dreams of living and working in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. a reality for you, your spouse, and your minor, unmarried children. Currently, Lightstone has US $6 billion assets under management and development – primarily in the country’s most diverse cities. To date, Lightstone has more than US $400 million of EB-5 capital raised for seven successful projects, including those in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. Our proven track record means you can put your trust in Lightstone as an EB-5 investor.