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Provo is one of the least-diverse cities in America, a new study says; Orem isn't far behind

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Apr 14th, 2019 @ 4:11pm



PROVO — A new study ranks Provo the least-diverse out of 501 U.S. cities, with Orem not far behind.

Credit reporting website WalletHub examined socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious diversity and found Provo ranked dead last out of the cities included.

Orem is listed at 499 on the list. No Utah cities cracked the top 100 on the study. Here’s the full list of Utah cities included in the study, along with the city’s ranking:

  • West Valley City: 111
  • Salt Lake City: 165
  • Ogden: 252
  • Taylorsville: 258
  • West Jordan: 346
  • Sandy: 413
  • St. George: 458
  • Layton: 473
  • Orem: 499
  • Provo: 501

Houston, Texas, was named the most diverse city in the study, followed by Jersey City, New Jersey; New York, New York; Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Dallas, Texas, in the top five.

WalletHub included the most populous U.S. cities, limiting each state to no more than 10, according to the website.

Socioeconomic diversity includes factors such as diversity of household income and education level, according to WalletHub’s methodology.

The cultural diversity category examined factors such as race and ethnicity, primary language and birthplace. Economic diversity includes data on occupation and industry.

Household diversity collected information about marital status, age, household type and size, according to WalletHub.

Orem and Provo tied for last in the religious diversity category. At the 2010 census, just over 90 percent of people in the Provo-Orem area were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives.

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