PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Despite an influx of new residents — and a reputation for progressive politics — the City of Roses largely remains a monoculture, according to a new study.
A detailed report by WalletHub places Portland as the 5th least diverse major city in America in 2019.
WalletHub’s study took a look at Portland’s racial make-up, as well as socioeconomic, cultural, economic and religious factors.
The personal-finance website determined that Portland ranks 267th out of 500 cities overall. But looking only at major cities, Portland ranked 57th out of 61 — or fifth from the bottom.
The least diverse big city in America is Detroit, Michigan, according to WalletHub, while the most diverse city is Houston, Texas.
Experts like Hilary Green, a history professor at the University of Alabama, say a lack of diversity can block a city’s path to success.
“Multinational businesses will not move or invest in communities that do not share their corporate values and allow their diverse employees to have a high quality of life outside of work,” Green said. “Tax breaks can only go so far.”
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