A new study by WalletHub based on U.S. Census data ranks Nashville slightly above the midpoint when it comes to cultural and ethnic diversity, and Franklin slightly below.
Other cities in Williamson County were not ranked in the study, which compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics, including ethnoracial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.
Nashville was ranked 37th among cities of 300,000 or more, and 147 overall, with a score of 64.2 on a 100-point scale. The study looked inside city limits only.
Franklin was ranked 141 among small cities, and 319 overall. Jackson, Tennessee, was the only other small city ranked in the state, at 127.
Memphis ranked 270 overall, with a score of 48.3.
Chattanooga and Murfreesboro were ranked 96 and 97 among midsize cities, 259 and 262 overall.
Knoxville ranked 334 overall.
The most culturally and ethnically diverse city, according to the study, is Jersey City, New Jersey, with a score of 95.74.
WalletHub is a consumer finance website that offers credit monitoring and credit improvement services, as well as financial and place data.
In order to determine the most culturally diverse places in America, WalletHub compared 501 of the most populated U.S. cities across three key metrics: 1) Ethnoracial diversity, 2) Linguistic Diversity and 3) Birthplace Diversity. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most cultural diversity.
They then figured each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its “Cultural Diversity Score.”
Each city in the sample refers to city proper and excludes the surrounding metro area. The sample was limited to no more than 10 cities from each state and was categorized according to the following population sizes:
- Large city: More than 300,000 people
- Midsize city: 100,000 to 300,000 people
- Small city: Fewer than 100,000 people
Ethnoracial Diversity: Total Points – 50
- Hispanic or Latino
- White (not Hispanic or Latino)
- Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino)
- Asian (not Hispanic or Latino)
- All Others (American Indian and Alaska native; native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander; some other race alone; two or more races but not Hispanic or Latino)
Linguistic Diversity: Total Points – 33
- Other Indo-European Languages
- Asian & Pacific Islander Languages
- Other Languages
Birthplace Diversity: Total Points – 17
- In State of Residence
- Northeast Region
- Midwest Region
- South Region
- West Region
- U.S. Territory & Abroad (if born to American parent(s))
- Foreign Nation
Sources: Data used to create this ranking were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.
To read the full study, visit WalletHub HERE.