Census Finds Least Diverse Part of Nation (2024)

April 10 -- America, the melting pot.

Most of it, anyway.

According to the Census Bureau, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire all have mostly white populations — in fact, at least 96 percent of the population of each state is white.

According to John Tucker of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vt., African-Americans find it hard to live in the states. Tucker said the small number of people with the same background combined with a lack of job opportunities and cultural offerings keep minority populations away.

Breaking the Color Barrier

Tucker, an African-American himself, said being black in Vermont today is like being Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball's color barrier.

"They are evaluated differently," he said. "They're put under great pressure and that certainly happened to Jackie Robinson for the first two years after his entry into baseball."

He said blacks who move to New England are pioneers, much like the baseball great.

"Some of the most courageous people in America are these small black communities that exist in rural outposts, who are trying to pave the way for growing diversity," he said.

One theory for the lack of diversity in the region: northern New England didn't have the same kinds of industries that drew African-American workers from the South in the 1930s and 1940s.

The 10 Whitest States

In all, 10 states are more than 90 percent white, including the three northern New England states, West Virginia, Iowa, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Kentucky and North Dakota.

Maine tops the nation with 96.9 percent of its population described as white, while 96.7 percent of Vermont and 96 percent of New Hampshire are white, according to the census. All three were at least 98 percent white in the 1990 census.

Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland and Georgia had the smallest percentage of whites, according to the census.

Full results of the 2000 census are being released piecemeal.

ABCNEWS Radio contributed to this report.

Census Finds Least Diverse Part of Nation (2024)


How do you answer the race question on the census? ›

How should I answer the question on race? An individual's response to the race question is based upon self-identification. The Census Bureau does not tell individuals which boxes to mark or what heritage to write in.

How is diversity defined by the US Census? ›

While the concept of racial and ethnic composition refers to the racial and ethnic makeup of a population, the concept of diversity refers to the representation and relative size of different racial and ethnic groups within a population.

Is the U.S. population becoming more or less diverse? ›

It grows to 365 million people at the end of the century under the medium immigration scenario and to 435 million residents with high immigration. In each immigration scenario, the country is on track to become older and more diverse. Americans of college age and younger are already part of a majority-minority cohort.

What does the census tell U.S. about race? ›

The data on race are based on self-identification and the categories on the form generally reflect a social definition of race. The categories are not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically. Respondents can mark more than one race on the form to indicate their racial mixture.

What is the race method answer? ›

It helps them develop their writing skills by encouraging them to restate the question, provide a clear answer, support their answer with evidence, explain their reasoning, and summarize their response.

What are the answers for race? ›

New Race and Ethnicity Standards
  • American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • Asian.
  • Black or African American.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  • White.

How diverse is the US today? ›

Racial categories
2021 estimates, including separate category for Latino / Hispanic
Self-identified race and ethnicityPercent of population
Hispanic and Latino18.9%
5 more rows

How do you prove diversity? ›

How to promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace
  1. Work to highlight and remove bias.
  2. Recognise awareness, cultural, and religious holidays.
  3. Diversity and inclusion training for employees.
  4. Have clear diversity and inclusivity policies.
  5. Ensure equal pay for equal work.
  6. Write inclusive job ads.

How do you answer what is your definition of diversity? ›

I believe that diversity means representation across a wide range of traits, backgrounds, and experiences. When we can connect and engage with coworkers with different perspectives than our own, we can more successfully achieve our overall goals. Inclusion refers to a sense of belonging in any environment.

What percent of America is white? ›

the U.S. the U.S. Source: United States census bureau. White Americans constitute the majority of the 332 million people living in the United States, with 71% of the population in the 2020 United States Census, including 61.6% who identified as 'white alone.'

What is the largest minority in the United States? ›

Overview (Demographics)

In 2021, 40.1 million people in the United States were non-Hispanic black alone, which represents 12.1 percent of the total population of 331.9 million. Blacks/African Americans are the second largest minority population in the United States, following the Hispanic/Latino population.

What part of the U.S. is the most diverse? ›

In Hawaii, the most diverse U.S. state, 44% of marriages are interracial. Overall, the Hawaiian population is 36.5% Asian, 21.5% white, 10.2% Native Hawaiian or Pacific, and 9.5% Latino or Hispanic. Meanwhile, California ranks as the second most-diverse state in the country.

How does the US census define white? ›

The following five race categories are used in all census data products as well as MCDC's data applications. White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

What is the largest ethnicity in the world? ›

As of January 2024, there were about 5 billion global Internet users, constituting 66% of the world population. The Han Chinese are the world's largest single ethnic group, constituting over 19% of the global population in 2011.

What is the ethnic breakdown of the United States? ›

White: 60.1% (Non-Hispanic) Hispanic: 18.5% Black: 12.2% Asian: 5.6%

What is the race format answer? ›

RACE stands for Restate, Answer, Cite Evidence, Explain. As you may have guessed, RACE is not just for literature responses! However, it does make a great tool to help learners construct their answers in a clear, logical format.

What are the options for race on the census? ›

OMB requires five minimum categories: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

What to fill in race in form? ›

The minimum categories for data on race and ethnicity for Federal statistics, program administrative reporting, and civil rights compliance reporting are defined by OMB as follows:
  • American Indian or Alaska Native. ...
  • Asian. ...
  • Black or African American. ...
  • Hispanic or Latino. ...
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. ...
  • White.

How do you answer the census? ›

If you are responding from your housing residence:

Gather the materials we mailed to you, including the address label. Go to https://respond.census.gov/acs. Input the information from the address label (as shown to the right). If you don't have your materials, you can call 1-800-354-7271 to get your User ID.


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