Image source: Google Maps
For a long time, Queens has held the place as the most diverse county in the US. But recently, Trulia real estate expert Jed Kolko looked at most diverse zip codes around the country and determined where the most diverse communities are nationwide. So, the most diverse zip code in the US is…
75038 - Irving, Texas. What?
Yes, Irving, TX. The breakdown is as follows, and the split is pretty even - Hispanic: 22.9%, Asian: 25.7%, Black: 25.4%, White: 22.7%, Multi-racial: 2.5%.
In Queens, 11428 Queens Village (GMAP) achieved second place with the following racial split - Hispanic: 25.2%, Asian: 26.4%, Black: 22.9%, White: 10.8%, Other: 7.0% , Multi-racial: 6.8%.
Image source: jim.henderson on Wikimedia Commons – St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Queens Village
Business Insider says, “Queens Village, which is smack in the middle of the borough, is the epitome of a melting pot, with Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians each counting for more than twice the number of white residents.” Well, it’s not actually “smack dab in the middle” or Queens, it’s a neighborhood in eastern Queens that straddles the border with Nassau and is surrounded by Hollis and St. Albans to the west, Hollis Hills to the north, Bellerose and Elmont to the east, and Cambria Heights to the south.
It’s also known as the home to the Howard Johnson’s where celebrated chef Jacques Pepin ran the test kitchen and commissary (see p. 8) for some years.
Business Insider also reports that Kolko looked at the most diverse zip codes in the US and found an interesting trend – these areas had faster population growth, and rising home value. He concluded that Americans are seeking out more diverse areas of the country. He also had this tidbit to consider in the grand scheme of things – “Growth in those neighborhoods could affect their diversity. If prices in diverse neighborhoods rise, lower-income residents may get priced out over time.”
The other diverse zip codes include 94130, Treasure Island, California; 77407, Lakemont, Texas; 96786, Wahiawa, Hawaii; 96731, Kahuku, Honolulu; 98178, Rainier View, Seattle; 02125, Dorchester, Boston; 96707, Kapolei, Honolulu; and 95834, South Natomas, Sacramento.