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Report: The Least (And The Most) Diverse States In The U.S. For 2018

West Virginia is the least diverse state in America, according to a new nationwide analysis of cultural, economic, and racial inequalities in the U.S. by WalletHub. The Mountain State was joined by Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Montana for lack of diversity.

California, Texas, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York topped the list as most diverse states. The study ranked each U.S. state based on 6 metrics of diversity: culture; economic; household marital status & age groups; politics; religion; and socio-economic.

Ranking Diversity in America: From most to least diverse states in the U.S.:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Hawaii
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. New Mexico
  7. Maryland
  8. Florida
  9. Nevada
  10. Illinois
  11. Arizona
  12. Virginia
  13. Georgia
  14. Connecticut
  15. Alaska
  16. Delaware
  17. Colorado
  18. Washington
  19. Massachusetts
  20. North Carolina
  21. Rhode Island
  22. Oklahoma
  23. Louisiana
  24. South Carolina
  25. Kansas
  26. Nebraska
  27. Alabama
  28. Minnesota
  29. Mississippi
  30. Pennsylvania
  31. Oregon
  32. Tennessee
  33. Arkansas
  34. Idaho
  35. South Dakota
  36. North Dakota
  37. Michigan
  38. Missouri
  39. Wisconsin
  40. Indiana
  41. Wyoming
  42. Ohio
  43. Utah
  44. Iowa
  45. Kentucky
  46. Montana
  47. New Hampshire
  48. Vermont
  49. Maine
  50. West Virginia
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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.


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