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Mapped: Racial Diversity by U.S. State

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This map shows the most diverse states in the U.S. by race

The Most Diverse States in the U.S.

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As of 2020, there was a 61.1% likelihood that two people chosen at random will be from different ethnicities in America.

This number comes from the Census Bureau’s Diversity Index, which ranges from 0% to 100% per jurisdiction. A value closer to 0% means that a population is more homogenous, while 100% means that a population has more racial diversity.

This graphic maps the most diverse states in the U.S., based on the most recently available data.

Racial Diversity Across U.S. States

Below, we rank states based on their Diversity Index score in 2020. Each score represents the probability that two people chosen at random will be of different racial or ethnic backgrounds:

RankStateDiversity Index (%)
1Hawaii76.0
2California69.7
3Nevada68.8
4Maryland67.3
5Washington, D.C.67.2
6Texas67.0
7New Jersey65.8
8New York65.8
9Georgia64.1
10Florida64.1
11New Mexico63
12Alaska62.8
13Arizona61.5
14Virginia60.5
15Illinois60.3
16Delaware59.6
17Oklahoma59.5
18Louisiana58.6
19North Carolina57.9
20Washington55.9
21Mississippi55.9
22Connecticut55.7
23South Carolina54.6
24Alabama53.1
25Colorado52.3
26Massachusetts51.6
27Arkansas49.8
28Rhode Island49.4
29Tennessee46.6
30Oregon46.1
31Kansas45.4
32Michigan45.2
33Pennsylvania44
34Indiana41.3
35Nebraska40.8
36Missouri40.8
37Utah40.7
38Minnesota40.5
39Ohio40.4
40Wisconsin37
41Idaho35.9
42South Dakota35.6
43Kentucky32.8
44North Dakota32.6
45Wyoming32.4
46Iowa30.8
47Montana30.1
48New Hampshire23.6
49Vermont20.2
50West Virginia20.2
51Maine18.5

In Hawaii, the most diverse U.S. state, 44% of marriages are interracial. Overall, the Hawaiian population is 36.5% Asian, 21.5% white, 10.2% Native Hawaiian or Pacific, and 9.5% Latino or Hispanic.

Meanwhile, California ranks as the second most-diverse state in the country. As the largest ethnic population in the state, Hispanics and Latinos make up 39.4% of residents, followed by 34.7% white, and 15.1% Asian.

In terms of counties, the Aleutians East Borough in Alaska is the most diverse in the country. The least diverse state is Maine, and it also ranks as the oldest state in the country by median age.

Diversity in America, meanwhile, has increased roughly 6% according to the Diversity Index since 2010.

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The World’s Most Popular Religions

The world’s three biggest religions have a combined 5 billion followers. We rank the most popular religions, based on recent estimates.

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The World’s Most Popular Religions

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Religion has played a pivotal role in shaping the beliefs, values, and cultures of societies around the world.

While estimating the exact number of followers for each faith poses a considerable challenge, figures from reputable sources like Britannica and Pew Research provide valuable insights into the global religious landscape.

The Religions With the Most Followers

Below are the seven most popular religions, based on Britannica’s analysis and estimates:

RankReligionEstimated number of followers
1Christianity2,200,000,000
2Islam1,800,000,000
3Hinduism1,100,000,000
4Buddhism500,000,000
5Shinto104,000,000
6Sikhism25,000,000
7Judaism14,000,000

Note: These estimates provide a broad perspective on the distribution of followers for each religion, recognizing the inherent difficulty in accurately counting global adherents.

There are three major religions with over 1 billion followers: Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.

Buddhism is also a big player, with 500 million followers worldwide. After this, there’s a significant dropoff, with the next three largest religions (Shintō, Sikhism, and Judaism) adding up to fewer than 150 million followers between them.

It’s also worth mentioning that practically speaking, many of these popular religions have various sects, denominations, branches, or interpretations that they can be further grouped into.

For example, Christianity itself can be further categorized into denominations such as Catholic (50.1%), Protestant (36.7%), Eastern Orthodox (9.4%), Oriental Orthodox (2.5%), and other smaller Christian denominations (1.3%).

What Religions Missed the Cut?

Not captured in the above visual are many smaller organized religions, as well as folk and traditional religions, that are distributed all around the world.

Examples of notable religions that did not make the top seven list include: Taoism, Muism, Cao Dai, Baháʼí Faith, Jainism, Tenrikyo, Wicca, and Zoroastrianism.

Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people also practice African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, Native American religions, and Australian aboriginal religions.

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