Most Diverse States

The racial diversity of a state is determined by the likelihood that two people chosen at random, within a given state, will be of a different racial background. The percentages mentioned below refer to the chance of two randomly chosen people being racially distinct from one another. As a whole, the United States is 61.1% racially diverse, with the racial diversity in states ranging from 18.5% in Maine, to 76% in Hawaii.

Within the continental United States, California is the most racially diverse state, at 69.7%. It is followed by its primary border state, Nevada, at 68.8%. California’s largest racial group are Hispanics, who make up 39.4% of the state’s total population. The next largest racial groups in California are Caucasians, at 34.7%, and then Asians, at 15.1%. 

In Nevada, the largest groups by racial background are Caucasians, at 45.9%, then Hispanics, at 28.7%, and African Americans, at 9.4%. The 3rd most racially diverse state in the continental United States is Maryland, at 67.3%. 

Based on the Diversity Index Map, created by the United States Census Bureau, there is a marked difference between the racial diversity of the Southern and Coastal states to the Central and Northern states within the United States. With the exceptions of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, the Coastal and Southern states are more racially diverse than the states located in the Central and Northern United States. 

To learn more about the most racially diverse states in the U.S., scroll the data in the charts. 

Racial and Ethnic Diversity by State

Alabama - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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53.1%

#24 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

64%

#30 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

26%

#7 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

264,047

#32 in the US

Alaska - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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62.8%

#12 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

59%

#37 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

3%

#39 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

49,824

#45 in the US

Arizona - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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61.5%

#13 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

60%

#35 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

5%

#33 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

2,192,253

#6 in the US

Arkansas - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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49.8%

#27 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

70%

#26 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

15%

#12 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

256,847

#33 in the US

California - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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69.7%

#2 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

41%

#48 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

6%

#29 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

15,579,652

#1 in the US

Colorado - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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52.3%

#25 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

71%

#24 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

4%

#35 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

1,263,390

#8 in the US

Connecticut - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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55.7%

#20 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

66%

#29 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

11%

#20 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

623,293

#18 in the US

Delaware - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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59.6%

#16 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

6%

#52 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

33%

#3 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

104,290

#41 in the US

District of Columbia - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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67.2%

#4 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

40%

#49 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

41%

#1 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

77,652

#42 in the US

Florida - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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64.1%

#9 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

58%

#38 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

15%

#13 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

5,697,240

#3 in the US

Georgia - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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64.1%

#10 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

52%

#43 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

31%

#4 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

1,123,457

#9 in the US

Hawaii - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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76%

#1 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

23%

#50 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

2%

#41 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

138,923

#39 in the US

Idaho - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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35.9%

#41 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

82%

#9 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

1%

#46 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

239,407

#34 in the US

Illinois - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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60.3%

#14 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

61%

#34 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

14%

#15 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

2,337,410

#5 in the US

Indiana - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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41.3%

#34 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

77%

#16 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

10%

#23 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

554,191

#21 in the US

Iowa - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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30.8%

#46 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

84%

#7 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

4%

#36 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

215,986

#36 in the US

Kansas - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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45.4%

#31 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

76%

#19 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

6%

#30 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

382,603

#27 in the US

Kentucky - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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32.8%

#43 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

82%

#10 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

8%

#25 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

207,854

#37 in the US

Louisiana - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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58.6%

#18 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

57%

#39 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

31%

#5 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

322,549

#30 in the US

Maine - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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18.5%

#51 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

91%

#1 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

2%

#42 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

26,609

#50 in the US

Maryland - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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67.3%

#5 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

49%

#47 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

29%

#6 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

729,745

#17 in the US

Massachusetts - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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51.6%

#26 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

70%

#27 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

7%

#26 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

887,685

#16 in the US

Michigan - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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45.2%

#32 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

74%

#22 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

14%

#16 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

564,422

#20 in the US

Minnesota - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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40.5%

#35 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

78%

#14 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

7%

#27 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

345,640

#29 in the US

Mississippi - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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55.9%

#21 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

56%

#40 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

37%

#2 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

105,220

#40 in the US

Missouri - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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40.8%

#36 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

77%

#17 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

11%

#21 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

303,068

#31 in the US

Montana - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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30.1%

#47 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

85%

#5 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

1%

#47 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

45,199

#46 in the US

Nebraska - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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40.8%

#37 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

78%

#15 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

5%

#34 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

234,715

#35 in the US

Nevada - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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68.8%

#3 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

51%

#44 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

10%

#24 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

890,257

#15 in the US

New Hampshire - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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23.6%

#48 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

88%

#4 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

1%

#48 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

59,454

#43 in the US

New Jersey - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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65.8%

#7 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

55%

#41 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

13%

#17 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

2,002,575

#7 in the US

New Mexico - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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63%

#11 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

51%

#45 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

2%

#43 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

1,010,811

#13 in the US

New York - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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65.8%

#8 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

55%

#42 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

15%

#14 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

3,948,032

#4 in the US

North Carolina - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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57.9%

#19 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

62%

#33 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

21%

#9 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

1,118,596

#10 in the US

North Dakota - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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32.6%

#44 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

83%

#8 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

3%

#40 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

33,412

#49 in the US

Ohio - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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40.4%

#38 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

77%

#18 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

13%

#18 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

521,308

#22 in the US

Oklahoma - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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59.5%

#17 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

64%

#31 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

7%

#28 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

471,931

#25 in the US

Oregon - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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46.1%

#29 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

75%

#20 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

2%

#44 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

588,757

#19 in the US

Pennsylvania - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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44%

#33 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

75%

#21 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

11%

#22 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

1,049,615

#12 in the US

Rhode Island - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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49.4%

#28 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

71%

#25 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

6%

#31 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

182,101

#38 in the US

South Carolina - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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54.6%

#23 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

63%

#32 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

25%

#8 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

352,838

#28 in the US

South Dakota - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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35.6%

#42 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

81%

#11 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

2%

#45 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

38,741

#47 in the US

Tennessee - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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46.6%

#30 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

72%

#23 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

16%

#11 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

479,187

#24 in the US

Texas - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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67%

#6 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

50%

#46 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

12%

#19 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

11,441,717

#2 in the US

Utah - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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40.7%

#39 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

79%

#13 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

1%

#49 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

492,912

#23 in the US

Vermont - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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20.2%

#49 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

90%

#2 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

1%

#50 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

15,504

#51 in the US

Virginia - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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60.5%

#15 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

60%

#36 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

19%

#10 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

908,749

#14 in the US

Washington - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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55.9%

#22 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

67%

#28 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

4%

#37 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

1,059,213

#11 in the US

West Virginia - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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20.2%

#50 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

90%

#3 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

4%

#38 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

34,827

#48 in the US

Wisconsin - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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37%

#40 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

80%

#12 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

6%

#32 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

447,290

#26 in the US

Wyoming - Racial and Ethnic Diversity

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32.4%

#45 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF WHITE POPULATIONhelp

85%

#6 in the US

PERCENTAGE OF BLACK POPULATIONhelp

1%

#51 in the US

HISPANIC OR LATINO POPULATIONhelp

59,046

#44 in the US