American diversity: Cities where it works

America's most diverse cities
America's most diverse cities   

Minorities will be the majority in the United States in 30 years, according to the Census Bureau.

Some cities are already well on the way.

May is Asia Pacific Heritage month, and WalletHub has looked at America's Most Diverse Cities, ranking them not just on racial and ethnic diversity, but also combining research on diversity in economies and how well higher education and income levels are dispersed across different groups.

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The top 20 cities include places such as Dallas (16th), New York (19th) and Renton, Washington (6th).

However, the top five have one thing in common: They're in California.

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

No. 5: Sacramento

California's capital ranks high in "Ethno-Racial & Linguistic Diversity" as well as "Household Diversity" (meaning a variety of households beyond the traditional nuclear family). Less than 35 percent of residents are non-Hispanic whites, according to the Census Bureau, and one in five residents was born outside the United States.

No. 3: Anaheim, California, and San Diego (tie)

"America's Finest City" is tied with "The Happiest Place on Earth, "and both boast diversity and relative prosperity.

San Diego's minority communities make up a total of 55 percent of the population, and it ranks near the top in economic class diversity. Nearly one in three businesses is owned by a woman, and the median household income is $64,000, much higher than the national average of $53,000.

Anaheim, home to Disneyland, is just behind San Diego in terms of economic class diversity, but it has a more diversified economy. More than half of the city's residents are Latino, who also own more than one in five businesses. The city has the largest population in Orange County, a place filled with a range of ethnic communities exercising growing political clout.

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No. 2: Long Beach, California

The city that brought you Snoop Dogg and motorcycle phenom Jesse James (talk about diverse!) ranks highest of the top five in ethnic/racial/linguistic diversity. In addition to a large Latino population, Long Beach also has large African-American and Asian communities. One in four Long Beach residents were born outside the U.S., and while the city ranks high in educational opportunities across diverse communities, 20 percent live below the poverty level.

No. 1: Los Angeles

The City of Angels boasts the largest communities outside their home countries of many nations: Korea, Iran, Thailand, Mexico, El Salvador. You get the picture. There are signs everywhere for Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Little Armenia.

Nearly half of L.A.'s population is Latino, 11 percent is Asian, and 10 percent is African-American. WalletHub ranks L.A. first in terms of educational diversity, and it ranks high in racial and ethnic diversity. However, one area lacks diversity here in America's second-largest city: incomes. The gulf between rich and poor in La-La Land is still as big as the Pacific.