Geography Is Destiny…and Diversity

Axios reports that even some of the least diverse places in America are gaining racial and ethnic diversity, as America heads toward becoming majority non-white in 2045. The counties seeing the greatest relative increase in racial and ethnic diversity are among the least diverse places in the country – particularly in the Midwest. Axios constructed the map using census data and calculated a diversity index–the probability that two people chosen at random will be of a different race or ethnicity–for every U.S. county, going back to 2009. The counties in the map are shaded by the percent change in the index value from 2009 to 2017.  Explore the graphic