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Jersey City is ranked the second-most diverse city in the nation in the annual WalletHub.com study. (Journal file photo)

Jersey Citys two-year reign as the most diverse city in the United States has come to an end, according to an annual study.

The champion has been dethroned by the city of Houston, which was No. 2 last year in the annual WalletHub.com rankings.

Whether were No. 1 this year or 2, well continue the many initiatives weve implemented over the past few years to support and empower our diverse population, Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

The city can celebrate that it is the most diverse mid-sized city in the nation, beating Sandy Springs, Georgia, and Stamford, Connecticut for that honor. Cities with more than 300,000 residents fall into the large category, while cities with 100,000-300,000 are considered mid-sized in the rankings.

Jersey City represents a melting pot of nations, cultural traditions and ethnicities,” Scalcione said. “We will continue to celebrate the many people that make up this great city which is proudly home to Ellis Island, where so many diverse people entered this nation from all over the world.”

WalletHub, a personal-finance website, compared 501 of the most populated cities across five key categories — socioeconomic diversity, cultural diversity, economic diversity, household diversity and religious diversity.

Three other New Jersey municipalities cracked the top 100, with Clifton at No. 18, Newark No. 47 and Trenton No. 87. The only other Hudson County municipality appearing in the rankings, Union City, was 250th.

Jersey City was No. 1 in the country in linguistic diversity, and second-ranked in the racial and ethnic diversity category.

We are a unique city, and were happy to share the title with Houston, another great city that celebrates a diverse population, Wallace-Scalcione said.

The analysis from WalletHub.com, a personal finance website, isnt just about ethnic diversity. Thats one of five major categories, along with religious, household, socioeconomic, cultural and economic diversity.

Provo and Orem — where the population overwhelmingly identifies as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — tied for last place in religious diversity. In other categories, Provo was ranked No. 252 in socio-economic diversity; No. 249 in cultural diversity; No. 488 in economic diversity; and No. 466 in household diversity. Orems came in No. 98, No. 258, No. 376 and No. 476, respectively, in those categories.

West Valley City is Utahs most diverse city, according to the survey, coming in at No. 111. Other Utah cities on the list are:

According to WalletHub, it tallied scores across a variety of metrics — household income, education, race and ethnicity, language, birthplace, industries, occupations, marital status, age, household structure, household size and religion.


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