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The 20 most diverse places to live in America are also some of the most expensive

Aerial view of New York CitySeveral neighborhoods in New York City are among the most diverse — yet most expensive — places to live in the US.

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  • Every year, Niche releases a list of the best places to live in America.
  • One of its metrics is ethnic and economic diversity, including racial makeup and household income.
  • The most diverse places to live in the US are also among the most expensive, often with higher costs of living.

Along with the strength of public schools, housing, and safety, diversity has become a factor to consider when picking a place to live.

Niche, which collects and analyzes federal and local government datasets about various locations in addition to its own proprietary data, has released its 2023 list of best places to live in America. One of its subcategories is diversity, which is based on ethnic and economic statistics from the US Census Bureau.

All of the top 20 most diverse places to live in America, which include neighborhoods, suburbs, and cities, are located along the coasts. They are also among the places that have higher costs of living, such as New York City, Jersey City, and Sacramento in California.

For example, Rodeo, which ranks third on the list, has a median household income of $85,825 and median rent of $1,603. By comparison, the national median household income is $69,021, and the national median rent is $1,163.

Keep reading to discover the 20 most diverse places to live in America, along with their relative costs of living.

20. Jersey City, New JerseyJersey City skylineJersey City.

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Jersey City, which ranks among the best paces to live in New Jersey, is home to many families and young professionals. Residents tend to be lean liberal and are racially diverse, with a 28% Hispanic, 25% Asian, 22% white, and 21% Black demographic.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 287,146

Median Household Income: $81,390

Median Rent: $1,611

19. Old San Leandro, CaliforniaSan LeandroSan Leandro.

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Old San Leandro is a small neighborhood in Alameda County, California, near Oakland and across the bay from San Francisco. Its residents are 31% white, 27% Hispanic, 19% Black, and 11% Asian.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 3,561

Median Household Income: $67,685

Median Rent: $1,909

18. Richmond Hill, New YorkRichmond Hill QueensRichmond Hill.

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Richmond Hill is a neighborhood in Queens, New York City, bordered by Kew Gardens, Jamaica, and Little Guyana. It has 32% Asian, 27% Hispanic, and 12% Black residents.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 101,569

Median Household Income: $83,370

Median Rent: $1,700

17. Federal Way, WashingtonFederal Way WashingtonFederal Way.

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Federal Way is a suburb of Seattle, popular with many families and young professionals. Its residents, which are 40% white, 17% Hispanic, 17% Black and 14% Asian, tend to lean liberal.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 99,792

Median Household Income: $72,969

Median Rent: $1,487

16. The Lakes, WashingtonLakes WashingtonKent, Washington.

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The Lakes is a neighborhood in Kent, Washington. Its residents are 34% white, 23% Hispanic, 21% Black, and 14% Asian, and many have children.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 7,745

Median Household Income: $67,639

Median Rent: $1,761

15. Antioch, CaliforniaAntioch CAAntioch, California.

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Antioch is a suburb in Oakland, California, where most residents own their homes (62% own, while 38% rent). The median home value is $467,500, compared to the national average of $244,900. It’s considered the third most diverse suburb in California, with 35% Hispanic, 26% white, and 19% Black residents.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 114,750

Median Household Income: $82,244

Median Rent: $1,986

14. Briarwood, New YorkBriarwood QueensBriarwood, Queens.

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Ranked the #1 most diverse neighborhood in New York City, Briarwood is flanked by Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, and Jamaica in Queens. Its residents are 28% Hispanic, 26% Asian, 24% white, and 16% Black.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 29,331

Median Household Income: $82,768

Median Rent: $1,755

13. Lynn/Highland Park, OaklandOaklandOakland.

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Lynn/Highland Park is ranked the most diverse neighborhood in Oakland. Its residents are 34% Asian, 24% Hispanic, 20% Black, and 15% white. The neighborhood is just a few minutes’ drive from Oakland’s Chinatown and Little Saigon.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 3,392

Median Household Income: $64,249

Median Rent: $1,398

12. Mill Creek, WashingtonMill CreekMill Creek.

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Mill Creek is a neighborhood in Kent, Washington, approximately 20 miles northeast of Seattle. It has 34% white, 21% Hispanic, 15% Black, and 14% Asian residents.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 11,548

Median Household Income: $57,462

Median Rent: $1,426

11. Oakland, CaliforniaOakland skylineOakland skyline.

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The city of Oakland is among the most diverse places to live in America, which comes as no surprise given the number of diverse neighborhoods within the city. It is ranked the #4 diverse city in the country. 

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 437,548

Median Household Income: $85,628

Median Rent: $1,676

10. White Center, WashingtonWhite Center SeattleWhite Center.

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This Seattle suburb is ranked the most diverse place to live in Washington, with a racial makeup of 37% white, 26% Hispanic, 21% Asian and 10% Black residents. Residents have lauded its sense of community and blend of different cultures.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 15,716

Median Household Income: $71,827

Median Rent: $1,408

9. New York City, New YorkManhattan skyline from New Jersey at sunset, New YorkManhattan skyline.

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The dense, cosmopolitan jungle of New York City is ranked the third most ethnically and economically diverse city in America. Overall, its residents are 32% white, 29% Hispanic, 21% Black, and 14% Asian.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 8,736,047

Median Household Income: $70,663

Median Rent: $1,579

8. Valley Hi/North Laguna, CaliforniaNorth LagunaNorth Laguna.

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This neighborhood in Sacramento, California has a population of 29% Asian, 25% Hispanic, 19% Black, and 16% white residents. 

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 38,371

Median Household Income: $69,359

Median Rent: $1,681

6. McGinley Square, New JerseySt. Aedan's in McGinley Square.St. Aedan’s parish in McGinley Square.

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McGinley Square is a neighborhood in Jersey City, New Jersey. Its residents are 31% Hispanic, 24% white, 21% Black, and 20% Asian.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 16,382

Median Household Income: $69,640

Median Rent: $1,231

6. Sacramento, CaliforniaSacramento RiverfrontSacramento Riverfront.

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Sacramento is ranked the second most diverse city in America, both culturally and economically. Its residents are 31% white, 29% Hispanic, 19% Asian, and 13% Black. 

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 518,605

Median Household Income: $71,074

Median Rent: $1,434

5. Queens, New YorkFlushing QueensFlushing, Queens.

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A multicultural borough in New York City, Queens is home to a unique patchwork of different neighborhoods, each with their distinct identity, from Flushing, which has a large and growing Asian community, to Jackson Heights, where there are Hispanic, Asian, Tibetan, and South Asian communities. It also has the most diversified economy of the five boroughs of the city.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 2,393,104

Median Household Income: $75,886

Median Rent: $1,711

4. Oxford Circle, PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia skyline

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Oxford Circle is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, inhabited by a diverse population that includes Jewish, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Haitian communities. It is among the more affordable places on this list.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 55,518

Median Household Income: $53,387

Median Rent: $1,234

3. Rodeo, CaliforniaCalifornia suburbCalifornia suburb.

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Rodeo is a suburb in Oakland, California, and is ranked the second most diverse place to live in the state. It has a 28% Hispanic, 23% white, 22% Asian, and 16% Black population. 

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 9,575

Median Household Income: $85,825

Median Rent: $1,603

2. Vallejo, CaliforniaVallejo CAVallejo, California.

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Vallejo is the second largest city in the North Bay region of the Bay Area, California. Its residents are 29% Hispanic, 23% white, 23% Asian, and 17% Black.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 125,350

Median Household Income: $78,243

Median Rent: $1,688

1. West Side, New Jersey

West Side, a neighborhood in Jersey City, New Jersey, tops the list as the most ethnically and economically diverse place to live in America. It is home to residents who are 32% Black, 25% Hispanic, 22% Asian, and 16% white.

Niche Diversity Ranking: A+

Population: 21,252

Median Household Income: $64,464

Median Rent: $1,500

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