Nevada ranks 9th in diversity (but its economy doesn’t)

no diversity here tho they all are neckless
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay
no diversity here tho they all are neckless
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

WalletHub, the credit score and credit report company that is probably better known for surveys ranking cities and states and this, that, and the other thing, released a report Tuesday ranking the “most and least diverse states in America.”

Nevada ranked the 9th most diverse.

Nevada ranked 2nd in “cultural diversity,” or racial and ethnic diversity, language, and place of birth. And the state ranked 5th in “household diversity,” by which WalletHub means diversity of marital status, generational diversity,  household type (married, single parent, etc.), and household size.

Nevada also ranked high — 11th — in “political diversity,” meaning there are a lot of conservatives but also a lot of liberals and a lot of moderates and a lot of … “unclaimed.”

In other categories, Nevada, according to WalletHub, is much less diverse. For instance, the state ranked 29th in “socioeconomic diversity,” which accounted for household incomes and educational attainment.

Nevada’s lowest ranking — 45th — was for “religious diversity,” which seems somewhat incongruous given the flashy 2nd place ranking in cultural diversity, but there it is.

Nevada also ranked near the bottom at 43rd in economic diversity, which needs no explanation.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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