The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New York For 2021


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in New York.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most diverse places in New York.


Most Diverse Cities In New York

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven't dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it's not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of New York where there's a high level of diversity -- where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 169 cities in New York from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in New York for 2021:

  1. Valley Stream
  2. New York
  3. Westbury
  4. Monticello
  5. Elmsford
  6. Spring Valley
  7. Yonkers
  8. Middletown
  9. Rochester
  10. New Rochelle

So what city is the most diverse in New York? According to the most Census data, Valley Stream took the number one over all spot for diversity in New York.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where New York ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New York For 2021

Valley Stream, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 37,577

HHI: 2,348
% White: 28.4%
% African American: 25.8%
% Asian: 14.2%
More on Valley Stream: PhotosData

New York, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,419,316

HHI: 2,551
% White: 32.1%
% African American: 21.8%
% Asian: 14.0%
More on New York: PhotosData

Westbury, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,342

HHI: 2,886
% White: 39.8%
% African American: 21.3%
% Asian: 9.4%
More on Westbury: PhotosData

Monticello, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,433

HHI: 2,925
% White: 26.2%
% African American: 26.9%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Monticello: PhotosData

Elmsford, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,085

HHI: 2,933
% White: 21.9%
% African American: 23.8%
% Asian: 8.9%
More on Elmsford: PhotosData

Spring Valley, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,295

HHI: 3,089
% White: 32.3%
% African American: 32.5%
% Asian: 2.4%
More on Spring Valley: PhotosData

Yonkers, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 199,968

HHI: 3,115
% White: 36.7%
% African American: 16.1%
% Asian: 6.3%
More on Yonkers: PhotosData

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,963

HHI: 3,128
% White: 32.0%
% African American: 19.1%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Middletown: Data

Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 206,848

HHI: 3,146
% White: 36.7%
% African American: 37.6%
% Asian: 3.0%
More on Rochester: PhotosData

New Rochelle, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 79,067

HHI: 3,190
% White: 43.6%
% African American: 18.7%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on New Rochelle: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in New York for 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across New York.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 169 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 2,348 (Valley Stream) to 9,721 (New Square).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Valley Stream took the distinction of being the most diverse, while New Square was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New York ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Diversity Across New York

If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across New York, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in New York:

  1. New Square
  2. Kiryas Joel
  3. Kaser

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New York For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Valley Stream, NY 37,577 2,348
2 New York, NY 8,419,316 2,551
3 Westbury, NY 15,342 2,886
4 Monticello, NY 6,433 2,925
5 Elmsford, NY 5,085 2,933
6 Spring Valley, NY 32,295 3,089
7 Yonkers, NY 199,968 3,115
8 Middletown, NY 27,963 3,128
9 Rochester, NY 206,848 3,146
10 New Rochelle, NY 79,067 3,190
11 New Hyde Park, NY 9,841 3,213
12 Poughkeepsie, NY 30,381 3,221
13 Peekskill, NY 24,075 3,248
14 Freeport, NY 43,078 3,258
15 Buffalo, NY 256,480 3,307
16 Schenectady, NY 65,334 3,333
17 Nyack, NY 7,173 3,378
18 White Plains, NY 58,137 3,389
19 Ossining, NY 25,086 3,426
20 Albany, NY 97,478 3,434
21 Syracuse, NY 142,874 3,462
22 Newburgh, NY 28,255 3,536
23 West Haverstraw, NY 10,250 3,634
24 Utica, NY 60,320 3,682
25 Monroe, NY 8,586 3,707
26 Glen Cove, NY 27,232 3,771
27 Manorhaven, NY 6,628 3,835
28 Hudson, NY 6,235 3,838
29 Pelham, NY 6,941 3,971
30 Mount Kisco, NY 10,866 4,126
31 Hempstead, NY 55,300 4,148
32 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10,122 4,252
33 Tarr, NY 11,436 4,383
34 Wappingers Falls, NY 5,648 4,389
35 Beacon, NY 13,634 4,409
36 Troy, NY 49,458 4,432
37 Kingston, NY 23,070 4,453
38 Mount Vernon, NY 67,896 4,455
39 Ithaca, NY 30,569 4,546
40 Patchogue, NY 12,384 4,548
41 New Hempstead, NY 5,385 4,567
42 Mineola, NY 19,186 4,631
43 Suffern, NY 10,943 4,666
44 Woodbury, NY 10,810 4,715
45 North Hills, NY 5,796 4,746
46 Dunkirk, NY 11,865 4,747
47 Amsterdam, NY 17,836 4,776
48 Niagara Falls, NY 48,252 4,780
49 Chestnut Ridge, NY 8,057 4,782
50 Salamanca, NY 5,497 4,792
51 Mamaroneck, NY 19,217 4,853
52 Washingtonville, NY 5,746 4,958
53 Great Neck Plaza, NY 6,957 4,976
54 Port Chester, NY 29,342 5,036
55 Tuckahoe, NY 6,584 5,051
56 Goshen, NY 5,344 5,164
57 Geneva, NY 12,787 5,174
58 Haverstraw, NY 12,065 5,198
59 Lynbrook, NY 19,524 5,219
60 Binghamton, NY 45,140 5,230
61 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,070 5,238
62 Walden, NY 6,724 5,240
63 Amityville, NY 9,443 5,374
64 Pleasantville, NY 7,221 5,400
65 Watervliet, NY 10,050 5,408
66 Harrison, NY 28,135 5,500
67 Williston Park, NY 7,277 5,526
68 Elmira, NY 27,402 5,597
69 Long Beach, NY 33,507 5,614
70 New Paltz, NY 7,165 5,632
71 Johnson City, NY 14,448 5,635
72 Mastic Beach, NY 12,610 5,673
73 Port Jervis, NY 8,595 5,764
74 Croton-On-Hudson, NY 8,155 5,793
75 Scarsdale, NY 17,837 5,803
76 Lackawanna, NY 17,831 5,840
77 Rye Brook, NY 9,487 5,853
78 Farmingdale, NY 8,902 5,882
79 Lindenhurst, NY 26,979 5,885
80 Pelham Manor, NY 5,569 5,892
81 Rensselaer, NY 9,259 5,940
82 Solvay, NY 6,323 6,172
83 Malverne, NY 8,517 6,185
84 Great Neck, NY 10,205 6,186
85 Floral Park, NY 16,003 6,230
86 Airmont, NY 8,770 6,235
87 Watertown, NY 25,622 6,308
88 Albion, NY 5,479 6,315
89 Colonie, NY 7,737 6,438
90 East Rockaway, NY 9,816 6,456
91 Rockville Centre, NY 24,492 6,459
92 Larchmont, NY 6,096 6,487
93 Cohoes, NY 16,684 6,560
94 Potsdam, NY 9,154 6,588
95 Newark, NY 8,914 6,610
96 Lake Grove, NY 11,100 6,627
97 Port Jefferson, NY 7,939 6,741
98 Endicott, NY 12,771 6,747
99 Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 7,921 6,766
100 Auburn, NY 26,601 6,766

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About Chris Kolmar

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