Most diverse counties in West Virginia

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(STACKER)—The United States has a longstanding reputation as being a melting pot (or salad bowl), with its diversity manifesting itself across many different demographics. However, some places across the country are notably more heterogeneous than others.

Stacker compiled a list of the most diverse counties in West Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest Simpson’s diversity index score. Simpson’s diversity index measures community diversity on a scale of 0 (least diverse) to 1 (most diverse), more on the calculation can be read here.

Think you know which counties in your home state might be the most diverse? Keep reading to see if your predictions are correct.

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#50. Lincoln County

– Index: 0.034
– Total population: 20,850
– White: 98.3% (20,495)
– Black or African American: 0.2% (39)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.1% (24)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (23)
– 2 or more races: 1.3% (269)
– Some other Race: 0.0% (0)

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#49. Boone County

– Index: 0.040
– Total population: 22,368
– White: 98.0% (21,915)
– Black or African American: 1.0% (218)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (10)
– Asian: 0.1% (26)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.9% (194)
– Some other Race: 0.0% (5)

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#48. Roane County

– Index: 0.042
– Total population: 14,020
– White: 97.9% (13,723)
– Black or African American: 0.1% (9)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (15)
– Asian: 0.2% (22)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.6% (228)
– Some other Race: 0.2% (23)

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#47. Wetzel County

– Index: 0.044
– Total population: 15,436
– White: 97.8% (15,093)
– Black or African American: 1.1% (164)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.9% (138)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (41)

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#46. Tyler County

– Index: 0.047
– Total population: 8,811
– White: 97.6% (8,602)
– Black or African American: 0.4% (32)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (18)
– Asian: 0.7% (62)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.9% (80)
– Some other Race: 0.2% (17)

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#45. Jackson County

– Index: 0.047
– Total population: 28,907
– White: 97.6% (28,219)
– Black or African American: 0.4% (109)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (219)
– Asian: 0.3% (97)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.8% (243)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (20)

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#44. Wayne County

– Index: 0.048
– Total population: 40,303
– White: 97.6% (39,330)
– Black or African American: 0.9% (347)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (62)
– Asian: 0.3% (113)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.7% (297)
– Some other Race: 0.4% (154)

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#43. Marshall County

– Index: 0.050
– Total population: 31,308
– White: 97.5% (30,512)
– Black or African American: 0.9% (270)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (46)
– Asian: 0.3% (79)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.3% (92)
– 2 or more races: 0.9% (292)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (17)

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#42. Ritchie County

– Index: 0.050
– Total population: 9,844
– White: 97.4% (9,592)
– Black or African American: 0.3% (27)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.7% (163)
– Some other Race: 0.6% (62)

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#41. Lewis County

– Index: 0.051
– Total population: 16,166
– White: 97.4% (15,744)
– Black or African American: 0.2% (29)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (87)
– Asian: 0.5% (81)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.2% (198)
– Some other Race: 0.2% (27)

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#40. Tucker County

– Index: 0.052
– Total population: 6,982
– White: 97.4% (6,799)
– Black or African American: 0.5% (33)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.5% (38)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.3% (88)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (24)

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#39. Wyoming County

– Index: 0.052
– Total population: 21,281
– White: 97.3% (20,716)
– Black or African American: 1.2% (262)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.3% (54)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.1% (224)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (25)

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#38. Mason County

– Index: 0.053
– Total population: 26,820
– White: 97.3% (26,092)
– Black or African American: 0.4% (112)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (35)
– Asian: 0.6% (172)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.4% (369)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (40)

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#37. Monroe County

– Index: 0.055
– Total population: 13,401
– White: 97.2% (13,027)
– Black or African American: 0.9% (125)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (66)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.4% (183)
– Some other Race: 0.0% (0)

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#36. Nicholas County

– Index: 0.057
– Total population: 25,078
– White: 97.1% (24,351)
– Black or African American: 0.9% (214)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (92)
– Asian: 0.2% (56)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.0% (244)
– Some other Race: 0.5% (121)

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#35. Hampshire County

– Index: 0.057
– Total population: 23,309
– White: 97.1% (22,627)
– Black or African American: 1.1% (258)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (71)
– Asian: 0.4% (104)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.0% (239)
– Some other Race: 0.0% (10)

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#34. Grant County

– Index: 0.060
– Total population: 11,616
– White: 97.0% (11,262)
– Black or African American: 1.6% (181)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.2% (23)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (22)
– 2 or more races: 0.8% (89)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (39)

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#33. Braxton County

– Index: 0.060
– Total population: 14,190
– White: 96.9% (13,757)
– Black or African American: 0.7% (106)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (48)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (19)
– 2 or more races: 1.8% (250)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (10)

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#32. Upshur County

– Index: 0.061
– Total population: 24,502
– White: 96.9% (23,741)
– Black or African American: 2.0% (500)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (22)
– Asian: 0.2% (43)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.7% (164)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (32)

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#31. Logan County

– Index: 0.065
– Total population: 33,154
– White: 96.7% (32,050)
– Black or African American: 1.8% (584)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (56)
– Asian: 0.1% (29)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (3)
– 2 or more races: 1.2% (402)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (30)

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#30. Putnam County

– Index: 0.070
– Total population: 56,610
– White: 96.4% (54,592)
– Black or African American: 1.4% (801)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (42)
– Asian: 0.8% (438)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (58)
– 2 or more races: 1.1% (611)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (68)

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#29. Randolph County

– Index: 0.071
– Total population: 28,930
– White: 96.4% (27,883)
– Black or African American: 2.1% (620)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (67)
– Asian: 0.6% (160)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.4% (103)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (97)

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#28. Taylor County

– Index: 0.072
– Total population: 16,864
– White: 96.3% (16,245)
– Black or African American: 1.3% (218)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.3% (52)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.4% (232)
– Some other Race: 0.7% (117)

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#27. Brooke County

– Index: 0.073
– Total population: 22,459
– White: 96.3% (21,620)
– Black or African American: 1.7% (392)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (22)
– Asian: 0.5% (108)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (52)
– 2 or more races: 1.0% (224)
– Some other Race: 0.2% (41)

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#26. Pleasants County

– Index: 0.074
– Total population: 7,482
– White: 96.2% (7,196)
– Black or African American: 0.3% (21)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.9% (70)
– Some other Race: 2.6% (195)

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#25. Wood County

– Index: 0.074
– Total population: 84,960
– White: 96.2% (81,720)
– Black or African American: 1.4% (1,208)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (378)
– Asian: 0.5% (445)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (51)
– 2 or more races: 1.3% (1,063)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (95)

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#24. Barbour County

– Index: 0.081
– Total population: 16,633
– White: 95.8% (15,939)
– Black or African American: 0.9% (146)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (48)
– Asian: 0.8% (128)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.9% (324)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (48)

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#23. Mingo County

– Index: 0.082
– Total population: 24,290
– White: 95.8% (23,258)
– Black or African American: 2.3% (568)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (21)
– Asian: 0.1% (19)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.1% (266)
– Some other Race: 0.7% (158)

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#22. Pendleton County

– Index: 0.086
– Total population: 7,001
– White: 95.5% (6,689)
– Black or African American: 3.3% (233)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (6)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.7% (49)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (24)

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#21. Doddridge County

– Index: 0.087
– Total population: 8,560
– White: 95.5% (8,178)
– Black or African American: 1.6% (137)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (45)
– Asian: 0.5% (45)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.7% (147)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (8)

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#20. Morgan County

– Index: 0.087
– Total population: 17,709
– White: 95.5% (16,914)
– Black or African American: 1.1% (193)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (120)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 2.4% (418)
– Some other Race: 0.4% (64)

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#19. Harrison County

– Index: 0.091
– Total population: 67,908
– White: 95.3% (64,720)
– Black or African American: 1.6% (1,069)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.6% (396)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (22)
– 2 or more races: 2.2% (1,494)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (207)

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#18. Hancock County

– Index: 0.097
– Total population: 29,383
– White: 95.0% (27,901)
– Black or African American: 2.0% (578)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (13)
– Asian: 0.5% (136)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (6)
– 2 or more races: 2.5% (749)
– Some other Race: 0.0% (0)

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#17. Mineral County

– Index: 0.101
– Total population: 27,167
– White: 94.8% (25,742)
– Black or African American: 3.4% (925)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (4)
– Asian: 0.4% (116)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.2% (315)
– Some other Race: 0.2% (65)

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#16. Greenbrier County

– Index: 0.117
– Total population: 35,155
– White: 93.9% (33,010)
– Black or African American: 2.8% (996)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (10)
– Asian: 0.6% (217)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 2.0% (703)
– Some other Race: 0.6% (219)

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#15. Marion County

– Index: 0.122
– Total population: 56,355
– White: 93.6% (52,748)
– Black or African American: 3.5% (1,975)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (203)
– Asian: 0.5% (268)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.4% (803)
– Some other Race: 0.6% (358)

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#14. Fayette County

– Index: 0.124
– Total population: 43,576
– White: 93.5% (40,722)
– Black or African American: 5.2% (2,274)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (146)
– Asian: 0.1% (24)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (25)
– 2 or more races: 0.8% (343)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (42)

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#13. Summers County

– Index: 0.130
– Total population: 12,848
– White: 93.1% (11,967)
– Black or African American: 4.6% (586)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
– Asian: 0.0% (0)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 2.2% (284)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (11)

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#12. Ohio County

– Index: 0.134
– Total population: 42,143
– White: 92.9% (39,166)
– Black or African American: 3.9% (1,641)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (94)
– Asian: 0.7% (300)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.9% (806)
– Some other Race: 0.3% (136)

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#11. Preston County

– Index: 0.148
– Total population: 33,683
– White: 92.2% (31,044)
– Black or African American: 5.1% (1,717)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (240)
– Asian: 0.3% (85)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
– 2 or more races: 1.2% (399)
– Some other Race: 0.6% (190)

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#10. Hardy County

– Index: 0.161
– Total population: 13,805
– White: 91.4% (12,618)
– Black or African American: 5.6% (768)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (84)
– Asian: 1.6% (227)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 0.8% (106)
– Some other Race: 0.0% (2)

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#9. Mercer County

– Index: 0.163
– Total population: 59,919
– White: 91.2% (54,664)
– Black or African American: 6.4% (3,838)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (102)
– Asian: 0.6% (362)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.5% (921)
– Some other Race: 0.1% (32)

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#8. Cabell County

– Index: 0.175
– Total population: 94,339
– White: 90.6% (85,501)
– Black or African American: 4.9% (4,587)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (170)
– Asian: 1.4% (1,283)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (16)
– 2 or more races: 2.3% (2,216)
– Some other Race: 0.6% (566)

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#7. Monongalia County

– Index: 0.196
– Total population: 105,474
– White: 89.5% (94,397)
– Black or African American: 3.6% (3,781)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (80)
– Asian: 3.5% (3,644)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 2.7% (2,831)
– Some other Race: 0.7% (741)

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#6. McDowell County

– Index: 0.199
– Total population: 18,661
– White: 89.1% (16,628)
– Black or African American: 8.3% (1,551)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (47)
– Asian: 0.1% (13)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.3% (241)
– Some other Race: 1.0% (181)

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#5. Kanawha County

– Index: 0.211
– Total population: 183,279
– White: 88.5% (162,196)
– Black or African American: 7.2% (13,154)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (370)
– Asian: 1.2% (2,208)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 2.7% (5,032)
– Some other Race: 0.2% (319)

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#4. Raleigh County

– Index: 0.217
– Total population: 75,252
– White: 88.1% (66,312)
– Black or African American: 7.7% (5,816)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (220)
– Asian: 1.0% (731)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (10)
– 2 or more races: 2.0% (1,532)
– Some other Race: 0.8% (631)

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#3. Jefferson County

– Index: 0.235
– Total population: 56,506
– White: 87.2% (49,263)
– Black or African American: 6.2% (3,504)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (147)
– Asian: 1.4% (769)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 3.1% (1,740)
– Some other Race: 1.9% (1,083)

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#2. Berkeley County

– Index: 0.239
– Total population: 115,329
– White: 86.8% (100,097)
– Black or African American: 7.8% (9,039)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (89)
– Asian: 1.1% (1,242)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 3.0% (3,458)
– Some other Race: 1.2% (1,404)

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#1. Gilmer County

– Index: 0.292
– Total population: 8,041
– White: 83.2% (6,694)
– Black or African American: 12.0% (966)
– American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (20)
– Asian: 0.9% (75)
– Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
– 2 or more races: 1.9% (155)
– Some other Race: 1.6% (131)

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