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Dorchester named one of nation's most diverse neighborhoods

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 14, 2012 03:20 PM

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Dorchester was recently named the eighth most diverse neighborhood in the nation by the Atlantic Cities blog.

Using Census data, Jed Kolko, the chief economist of the on-line real estate firm Trulia, declared that a suburb of Dallas is the most diverse neighborhood in the nation.

"That Zip Code is 26 percent Asian, 25 percent black, 23 percent Hispanic, and 23 percent white,'' Kolko wrote. "The next-most diverse neighborhoods are Queens Village (11428) in the borough of Queens, New York, and San Francisco’s Treasure Island (94130).''

The post compared neighborhoods and metropolitan areas across the United States. It said that Dorchester, identified as Zip Code 02125, ranked eighth.

"What do these neighborhoods have in common? Although many, like Queens Village and Dorchester, are within the city limits, they are not the densest, most central, or best-known neighborhoods. None of the top-10 most diverse neighborhoods in the country is a familiar name to out-of-towners. Also, some of the most diverse neighborhoods in America are located in metro areas that aren’t especially diverse overall, like Seattle (67 percent white) and Boston (69 percent white),'' Kolko wrote.

Among cities overall, San Jose, Calif., was ranked as the most diverse.

How did Kolko and Trulia make their calculations? "We measured diversity as the share of a metro area’s or ZIP code’s population in its largest racial or ethnic group: the smaller the share of the largest group, the more diverse the neighborhood is,'' he wrote.

To read more from Atlantic Cities, click here.

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