CT by the Numbers breaks down an analysis of cultural diversity that ranks five Connecticut cities in the top tier of American cities.  Bridgeport leads Connecticut’s list as the 15th most culturally diverse city in the US, with Stamford coming in at number 22, and New Haven, Hartford & New Britain all close at numbers 30, 31 and 32 respectively.  The financial website WalletHub conducted the study resulting in a ranking of 500 cities.  Scores were determined by a weighted average of three factors:  racial & ethnic diversity, language diversity and region of birth diversity.

“The country as a whole is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse, and living in an ethically diverse city today is good exposure to the opportunities and challenges all cities will be facing sooner or later,” said Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.  “Ethnic diversity in neighborhoods is associated with a strong preponderance of businesses and local organizations that generate economic activity and sustain community.  Children exposed to ethnic and language diversity early on, develop a broader and more sophisticated understanding of the diversity of the world.”

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