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Tennessee's major cities ranked for diversity


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The mid-state’s immigrant population has swelled dramatically in recent years, but a new study says Tennessee is still one of the least diverse states in the Union.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com released a study this week ranking diversity among 230 of the nation’s largest cities. In addition to racial diversity, the study also ranked economic, and linguistic diversity.

The report says Nashville is Tennessee most diverse city, but it only ranked 71st compared to metro areas nationwide. Knoxville was the least diverse city ranking 221 out of 230 metro areas.

A map of the diversity data is telling. Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says nearly all of the most diverse cities can be found along the coasts, especially the West Coast.

“A lot of the cities that did do really well across the board were all in California, actually. So Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles…that’s where you’ll see a lot of those ethnicities and linguistic diversity really spread out there.”

Gonzalez says if current trends continue, by the year 2050 that map will look quite different, with the American heartland showing the kind of diversity seen today along the nation’s coasts.

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