WalletHub has conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Culturally Diverse Cities. Danbury ranks 39th overall and 10th among small cities in terms of cultural diversity.
The personal-finance website's data team took a snapshot of America's current cultural profile, comparing 501 of the largest U.S. cities across three key indicators of cultural diversity. The data was used to determine the most multifaceted of the group. Each city was examined based on ethnicity and race, language and birthplace.
Analyst Jill Gonzalez says the U.S. today is a melting pot of cultures, thanks to rapid ethnic and racial diversification of the past four decades. If the trend continues, she says America will be more colorful than ever by 2044, at which point no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S. for the first time.
Danbury's cultural diversity was scored in three categories, where 1 is the most diverse and 250 is the average:
117th – Ethnoracial Diversity
15th – Linguistic Diversity
128th – Birthplace Diversity
Ethnoracial Diversity includes indicators from linguistics to ethnicity to where the population was born.
About 26-percent of Danbury's population is Spanish-speaking, 15-percent speak other indo-European languages and 4-percent are Asian or Pacific Islander language speakers.
20-percent of the population of Danbury was born in the Northeast and 3-percent born in the South. Another 3-percent of the population was born outside the United States, but in a territory like Puerto Rico. 32-percent of the population was foreign-born.