It only makes sense that the geographic home of the Statue of Liberty is the most diverse city in all the land.
The financial services company examined the top 500 cities in America and evaluated each city based on key indicators such as ethnicity and race, language and birthplace. Jersey City ranked #1 overall, with an ethnic diversity score of 72.56—five slots above New York City.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop took to social media to celebrate the “asset” of Jersey City’s diversity, which he says “makes the city a better place to live.”
We know that Immigration policies impact #JerseyCity a great deal. Not only have we been vocal on this issue but we built an amazing immigrant affairs office to help new residents. We believe the different communities in #JC is an asset and makes the city a better place to live
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) February 11, 2020
Running with the City’s tagline of #MakeItYours, its appears a lot of people from a lot of places have done just that.
Perhaps the most noticeable indication of Jersey City’s cultural variety is its cuisine—with everything from Cuban diners to Polish delis to the best Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Indian and so much more.
Ironically, as the city’s diversity remains one of its main attractions, it has sparked an unprecedented development boom. The resulting gentrification continues to put a considerable strain on Jersey City’s well-established cultural communities.
For the time being though, the numbers and the view clearly indicate that Jersey City still has Lady Liberty’s back—and she still has ours.