Queens is crowned nation’s most diverse large county

Queens is crowned nation’s most diverse large county

When it comes to diversity, Queens is king.

The city borough claimed the highest rate of racial and ethnic variety of all populous counties in the nation, according to a new study of 2017 census data by the website Axios.

The news outlet devised an index that calculates the probability of two randomly selected people in a given county hailing from different backgrounds.

In the 2.34 million-person potpourri of Queens, that figure hit 76.4 on the scale — or tops in the country for counties with more than a million residents.

The rest of New York City followed with Brooklyn at 72.6; Manhattan, 68.3; the Bronx, 59.3 and Staten Island, 56.3.

While Staten Island was the city’s least diverse swath, it saw the steepest increase in racial and ethnic assortment since 2009, with a surge of 10.1%.

The Bronx, with its longstanding preponderance of Latinos, was the only city borough to become less diverse over that span, dropping by 5%, the report showed.

Long Island’s Suffolk County had a markedly lower diversity rating than its city neighbors, at 48.9 — but posted the sharpest increase in the region since 2009, according to the report.

In just eight years, Suffolk’s index jumped by 19.3%.

Nassau County, with a population of 1.36 million residents, also saw an acute rise in its diversity rating, jumping by 17.6 %, to 57.6 between 2009 and 2017, according to the report.

With 975,000 residents, Westchester County logged a 62.5 diversity number — an 8.7% increase since 2009.

“The most diverse counties tend to contain a big city or be near one,” the report concluded.

The country as a whole logged a diversity rating of 57.5% in 2017 and jumped by 5% since 2009, according to the report.

Of smaller counties, Hawaii County, with a population of 196,000, had the country’s top diversity index number of 77.8.

Axios found that formerly homogeneous counties in Midwestern states had some of the highest recent increases in diversity and that whites are likely to become a minority for the first time in 2045.

While much of the nation saw rising diversity rates, some areas became increasingly homogeneous.

Several counties in Texas along the Mexican border are now mostly Hispanic, decreasing their diversity index, the report found.

Of all counties with more than 1 million people, the country’s least diverse was Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, with an index of 35.7.