Diversity in the United States


What is diversity and why is it important, you might ask? Diversity can be defined as people from different races, nationalities, religions, genders and sexual orientation coming together to form a group, organization or community. The United States of America is known for its diverse communities from the East to West coast and everything in between, but does that mean that it is welcomed and practiced everywhere? Absolutely not. This website was created to inform our community about how diversity makes America a better place through datasets. A diverse community is one that embraces the difference in people and values what each person has to offer. A diverse community acknowledges people with different backgrounds, skills, values and experiences who help build fresh ideas and perceptions. The encouragement of diversity benefits society and a diverse society is empowering. Overall, diversity should be celebrated, not frowned upon on.


Here is a video with different reasons why people believe diversity is important. From the perspective of a school teacher to several students, the people interviewed felt that diversity was a good thing for our country and plays a huge role in building America's identity.


In this section, you will find a dropdown menu where you can select five different categories to learn more about diversity living here in the United States. By hovering over each column in each data chart, you will be able to find out the population of each race/ethnicity, number of foreign language speakers, how many degrees were earned by race, annual median income by race and citizenship percentage in America.

Bilingual Population in the U.S.

In the map above, you will be able to visually explore how many people in each state of the United States can speak a language other than English. The map is not limited to bilingual speakers, but also include the population of people who are trilingual or multilingual, meaning they can speak three languages or more. It is important to embrace our population of foreign language speakers because they are the people who can create deep connections with people from different cultures, races or backgrounds. If you haven't conquered learning another language, it is never too late to start! The map above provides the percentage of population in each state who can speak a language other than English as of 2011. By hovering over each state, you will be able to see the percent of the bilingual, trilingual or multilingual population in each state. To find out more about language use in the United States, check out this PDF dataset.



Diversity in the workplace goes beyond color. Diversity is about learning and accepting our differences whether it'd be in appearance, gender or culture. It is essential for companies to have diversity because it offers more creativity and innovation in the workplace. The workforce is becoming more global, so businesses must adapt to remain competitive. A diverse workforce ensures that companies obtain the brightest people with the skills necessary to do the job regardless of appearance, gender or culture. With all this in mind, raises an issue that America still faces: pay gaps. Difference in race, religion or gender should not translate to a difference in pay. A hot topic of discussion is the pay gap between men and women who are working the same job, but are getting paid unequally. Below is an API dropdown showing the pay gap (in $ American dollars) between women and men who work the same job in 2015.

Gender Pay Gap by Occupation:

TitleWomen SalaryMen SalaryPay Gap


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