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Fort Lauderdale, Not Miami, Is The Most Diverse City In Florida: Study

Fort LauderdaleThe most diverse city in Florida might surprise you. 

Fort Lauderdale was determined to be the most diverse city in the Sunshine State in a recent study by finance social network WalletHub

Of the 230 U.S. cities evaluated, Fort Lauderdale ranked 23 overall. Miami came in second, ranked at 39, while Tampa ranked 64, Jacksonville ranked 69 and Orlando ranked 129. 

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Other Florida cities on the list include Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, Cape Coral, Hialeah and Port St. Lucie.

California fared the best in terms of diversity, with five of its cities earning the top five spots in the ranking.

For the study, WalletHub selected the most populated cities in the United States and used the Herfindahl Index method to compute scores. As WalletHub explains, the method is used in economics and social sciences “as a measure of diversity (of race/ethnicity, occupations, languages, nationalities, etc.).”

The scores from the Herfindahl Index were then used to determine the amount of diversity in four categories: economic class diversity, ethno-racial and linguistic diversity, diversified economies and household diversities.