Hialeah

This Miami-Dade city is ranked as one of the least diverse. How could that be?

Cuban Alvaro Moreno, far rightm reunited with his cousins, from left, Merisi Roman, Maria Eugenia Fernandez and Horacio Wilson, in Hialeah. Moreno arriving in a van from Texas after crossing into the United States from Mexico on Jan. 12. He was one of the last Cubans allowed into the U.S. under the wet foot, dry foot policy.
Cuban Alvaro Moreno, far rightm reunited with his cousins, from left, Merisi Roman, Maria Eugenia Fernandez and Horacio Wilson, in Hialeah. Moreno arriving in a van from Texas after crossing into the United States from Mexico on Jan. 12. He was one of the last Cubans allowed into the U.S. under the wet foot, dry foot policy. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

Hialeah “homogeneous?” Yes, according to a WalletHub comparison of 501 U.S. cities.

Hialeah’s very different than the average U.S. city. Yet, there’s enough sameness within its borders that it ranked as the fourth least diverse city when WalletHub used U.S Census American Community Survey to rank municipalities.

Hialeah is downright exotic compared to the three less diverse cities. There are two West Virginia cities, Parkersburg and Clarksburg, Watertown, South Dakota. The city that’s right behind Hialeah in everyone being alike — Rutland, Vermont — can claim to be the whitest city, 95.45 percent.

Hialeah has the highest concentration of Hispanics (95.64 percent), Spanish speakers as a first language (92.25 percent), foreign-born residents (72.75 percent) and the lowest concentration of white non-Hispanics (3.39 percent), ethnicities other than Hispanic, white, black or Asian (0.13 percent), people born in the U.S. South (0.79 percent) and English speakers as a first language (7.22 percent).

The list uses numbers that don’t break down ethnicity beyond broad chunks. So the survey fails to reflect the various ethnic flavors of Miami-Dade County.

Which is why Florida’s two most diverse cities on this list are Orlando (No. 21 nationally) and Tampa (No. 60). Miami was 175th.

A Hialeah police officer gave chase to a flamingo running through traffic Monday. Hialeah Police Officer Jose Romero spotted the pink tropical bird, which had escaped from its colony at Hialeah Park, and gave chase. It took three officers to save

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

TEN MOST DIVERSE U.S. CITIES (according to WalletHub)

1. Jersey City, New Jersey

2. Germantown, Maryland

3. Gaithersburg, Maryland

4. Silver Spring, Maryland

5. Spring Valley, Nevada

6. New York

7. Oakland

8. San Jose

9. Rockville, Maryland

10. Kent, Washington

TEN LEAST DIVERSE U.S. CITIES (according to WalletHub)

1. Parkersburg, WV

2. Clarksburg, WV

3. Watertown, South Dakota

4. Hialeah

5. Rutland, Vermont

6. Jamestown, North Dakota

7. Barre, Vermont

8. Bennington, Vermont

9. Laconia, New Hampshire

10. Miles City, Montana

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