Most diverse counties in Arkansas

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October 16, 2021
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Most diverse counties in Arkansas

The United States has a longstanding reputation as being a melting pot (or salad bowl), with its diversity manifesting itself across many different demographics. However, some places across the country are notably more heterogeneous than others.

Stacker compiled a list of the most diverse counties in Arkansas using data from using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest Simpson's diversity index score. Simpson’s diversity index measures community diversity on a scale of 0 (least diverse) to 1 (most diverse), more on the calculation can be read here.

Think you know which counties in your home state might be the most diverse? Keep reading to see if your predictions are correct.

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#50. White County

- Index: 0.167
- Total population: 78,762
- White: 91.1% (71,754)
- Black or African American: 4.4% (3,434)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (475)
- Asian: 0.7% (583)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (1,749)
- Some other Race: 1.0% (767)
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#49. Independence County

- Index: 0.168
- Total population: 37,427
- White: 91.1% (34,101)
- Black or African American: 1.9% (720)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (70)
- Asian: 0.7% (264)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (1,016)
- Some other Race: 3.3% (1,248)
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#48. Pike County

- Index: 0.172
- Total population: 10,756
- White: 90.9% (9,774)
- Black or African American: 4.1% (439)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (56)
- Asian: 0.6% (61)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (147)
- Some other Race: 2.6% (279)
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#47. Scott County

- Index: 0.203
- Total population: 10,376
- White: 89.0% (9,239)
- Black or African American: 0.2% (25)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.9% (197)
- Asian: 0.7% (75)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 5.1% (528)
- Some other Race: 3.0% (312)
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#46. Lonoke County

- Index: 0.209
- Total population: 72,528
- White: 88.7% (64,339)
- Black or African American: 5.7% (4,110)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (518)
- Asian: 0.9% (653)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.3% (193)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (1,748)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (967)

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#45. Saline County

- Index: 0.212
- Total population: 119,415
- White: 88.4% (105,610)
- Black or African American: 7.1% (8,518)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (466)
- Asian: 1.3% (1,528)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (154)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (2,378)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (761)
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#44. Poinsett County

- Index: 0.214
- Total population: 23,896
- White: 88.4% (21,113)
- Black or African American: 4.6% (1,093)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (38)
- Asian: 0.1% (12)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 6.0% (1,433)
- Some other Race: 0.9% (207)
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#43. Crawford County

- Index: 0.222
- Total population: 62,739
- White: 88.1% (55,246)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (993)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.3% (1,427)
- Asian: 1.9% (1,177)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (15)
- 2 or more races: 3.2% (1,979)
- Some other Race: 3.0% (1,902)
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#42. Benton County

- Index: 0.230
- Total population: 265,759
- White: 87.6% (232,718)
- Black or African American: 1.7% (4,541)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.4% (3,707)
- Asian: 3.9% (10,253)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.6% (1,620)
- 2 or more races: 3.0% (8,055)
- Some other Race: 1.8% (4,865)
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#41. Cleveland County

- Index: 0.248
- Total population: 8,128
- White: 85.8% (6,970)
- Black or African American: 12.8% (1,040)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (14)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (104)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)

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#40. Prairie County

- Index: 0.250
- Total population: 8,189
- White: 85.7% (7,020)
- Black or African American: 12.4% (1,017)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (36)
- Asian: 0.2% (17)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (45)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (54)
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#39. Garland County

- Index: 0.252
- Total population: 98,555
- White: 86.1% (84,807)
- Black or African American: 8.2% (8,092)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (890)
- Asian: 0.6% (588)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.8% (2,725)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (1,453)
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#38. Conway County

- Index: 0.263
- Total population: 20,858
- White: 85.1% (17,760)
- Black or African American: 10.4% (2,167)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (53)
- Asian: 0.3% (69)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.7% (770)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (39)
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#37. Hot Spring County

- Index: 0.270
- Total population: 33,597
- White: 84.6% (28,434)
- Black or African American: 11.4% (3,834)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (152)
- Asian: 0.4% (133)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (583)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (453)
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#36. Faulkner County

- Index: 0.312
- Total population: 123,624
- White: 82.1% (101,450)
- Black or African American: 11.4% (14,094)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (532)
- Asian: 1.3% (1,641)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (154)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (3,297)
- Some other Race: 2.0% (2,456)

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#35. Yell County

- Index: 0.355
- Total population: 21,464
- White: 78.6% (16,873)
- Black or African American: 2.5% (526)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (101)
- Asian: 1.1% (237)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (246)
- Some other Race: 16.2% (3,481)
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#34. Craighead County

- Index: 0.356
- Total population: 107,345
- White: 78.8% (84,590)
- Black or African American: 14.5% (15,614)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (482)
- Asian: 1.4% (1,510)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (2,858)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (2,284)
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#33. Calhoun County

- Index: 0.372
- Total population: 5,192
- White: 76.2% (3,957)
- Black or African American: 21.7% (1,125)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (9)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.3% (16)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (76)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (9)
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#32. Jackson County

- Index: 0.372
- Total population: 17,027
- White: 77.7% (13,230)
- Black or African American: 12.3% (2,091)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (26)
- Asian: 0.0% (8)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (6)
- 2 or more races: 9.4% (1,607)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (59)
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#31. Washington County

- Index: 0.390
- Total population: 232,289
- White: 77.2% (179,292)
- Black or African American: 3.7% (8,545)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (2,052)
- Asian: 2.5% (5,767)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 2.3% (5,274)
- 2 or more races: 3.5% (8,144)
- Some other Race: 10.0% (23,215)

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#30. Little River County

- Index: 0.405
- Total population: 12,347
- White: 73.9% (9,124)
- Black or African American: 21.9% (2,710)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (129)
- Asian: 0.3% (42)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (277)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (65)
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#29. Ashley County

- Index: 0.411
- Total population: 20,270
- White: 72.4% (14,682)
- Black or African American: 25.4% (5,150)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (45)
- Asian: 0.2% (39)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (137)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (217)
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#28. Arkansas County

- Index: 0.413
- Total population: 17,914
- White: 72.1% (12,921)
- Black or African American: 25.9% (4,636)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (30)
- Asian: 0.0% (8)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (230)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (89)
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#27. Cross County

- Index: 0.418
- Total population: 16,824
- White: 73.6% (12,380)
- Black or African American: 18.7% (3,141)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (35)
- Asian: 0.0% (5)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 7.5% (1,256)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (7)
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#26. Woodruff County

- Index: 0.433
- Total population: 6,533
- White: 69.8% (4,563)
- Black or African American: 28.1% (1,839)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.9% (59)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (72)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)

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#25. Sebastian County

- Index: 0.442
- Total population: 127,591
- White: 73.5% (93,752)
- Black or African American: 6.8% (8,642)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (1,453)
- Asian: 4.5% (5,737)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (26)
- 2 or more races: 4.7% (5,991)
- Some other Race: 9.4% (11,990)
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#24. Clark County

- Index: 0.447
- Total population: 22,386
- White: 70.2% (15,720)
- Black or African American: 24.3% (5,434)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (80)
- Asian: 0.7% (156)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (286)
- Some other Race: 3.1% (703)
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#23. Drew County

- Index: 0.448
- Total population: 18,417
- White: 68.5% (12,611)
- Black or African American: 28.7% (5,289)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (3)
- Asian: 0.3% (60)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (256)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (198)
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#22. Miller County

- Index: 0.451
- Total population: 43,572
- White: 69.8% (30,408)
- Black or African American: 24.8% (10,789)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.2% (505)
- Asian: 0.4% (173)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (17)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (884)
- Some other Race: 1.8% (796)
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#21. Phillips County

- Index: 0.471
- Total population: 18,606
- White: 36.1% (6,719)
- Black or African American: 63.2% (11,750)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (7)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.5% (91)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (39)

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#20. Lincoln County

- Index: 0.472
- Total population: 13,455
- White: 65.9% (8,872)
- Black or African American: 30.5% (4,106)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (72)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.9% (126)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (279)
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#19. Bradley County

- Index: 0.481
- Total population: 10,874
- White: 65.9% (7,164)
- Black or African American: 28.8% (3,135)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (125)
- Asian: 0.1% (7)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.2% (17)
- Some other Race: 3.9% (426)
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#18. Union County

- Index: 0.485
- Total population: 39,449
- White: 63.9% (25,201)
- Black or African American: 32.7% (12,887)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (347)
- Asian: 0.7% (258)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (448)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (308)
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#17. Nevada County

- Index: 0.485
- Total population: 8,351
- White: 62.8% (5,247)
- Black or African American: 34.5% (2,884)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (13)
- Asian: 0.0% (3)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (2)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (202)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (0)
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#16. Howard County

- Index: 0.494
- Total population: 13,311
- White: 67.4% (8,967)
- Black or African American: 20.9% (2,779)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (49)
- Asian: 0.3% (36)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (12)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (294)
- Some other Race: 8.8% (1,174)

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#15. Ouachita County

- Index: 0.502
- Total population: 23,830
- White: 57.0% (13,582)
- Black or African American: 41.6% (9,923)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (19)
- Asian: 0.1% (18)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (266)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (22)
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#14. Columbia County

- Index: 0.502
- Total population: 23,776
- White: 60.5% (14,396)
- Black or African American: 36.1% (8,592)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (48)
- Asian: 1.1% (254)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.0% (243)
- Some other Race: 1.0% (243)
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#13. Lee County

- Index: 0.507
- Total population: 9,194
- White: 43.0% (3,949)
- Black or African American: 55.6% (5,108)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (35)
- Asian: 0.2% (15)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (67)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (20)
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#12. Lafayette County

- Index: 0.510
- Total population: 6,800
- White: 60.0% (4,077)
- Black or African American: 36.0% (2,448)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (28)
- Asian: 0.4% (27)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (110)
- Some other Race: 1.6% (110)
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#11. Monroe County

- Index: 0.517
- Total population: 7,050
- White: 54.6% (3,847)
- Black or African American: 43.0% (3,030)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (21)
- Asian: 0.4% (30)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (111)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (11)

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#10. Chicot County

- Index: 0.520
- Total population: 10,615
- White: 43.5% (4,614)
- Black or African American: 53.9% (5,724)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (15)
- Asian: 0.6% (62)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.2% (131)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (69)
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#9. Mississippi County

- Index: 0.521
- Total population: 42,126
- White: 60.3% (25,411)
- Black or African American: 33.7% (14,212)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (31)
- Asian: 0.6% (238)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (33)
- 2 or more races: 3.2% (1,351)
- Some other Race: 2.0% (850)
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#8. Jefferson County

- Index: 0.523
- Total population: 69,282
- White: 39.7% (27,475)
- Black or African American: 56.5% (39,165)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (196)
- Asian: 1.0% (660)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (89)
- 2 or more races: 1.2% (816)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (881)
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#7. Sevier County

- Index: 0.527
- Total population: 17,081
- White: 62.9% (10,744)
- Black or African American: 4.8% (827)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.3% (394)
- Asian: 0.4% (76)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.5% (81)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (296)
- Some other Race: 27.3% (4,663)
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#6. Dallas County

- Index: 0.527
- Total population: 7,279
- White: 53.4% (3,888)
- Black or African American: 43.2% (3,148)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (41)
- Asian: 0.1% (4)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (18)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (110)
- Some other Race: 1.0% (70)

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#5. Desha County

- Index: 0.544
- Total population: 11,709
- White: 48.8% (5,710)
- Black or African American: 46.6% (5,456)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (33)
- Asian: 0.4% (51)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (217)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (242)
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#4. St. Francis County

- Index: 0.545
- Total population: 25,900
- White: 41.0% (10,630)
- Black or African American: 53.5% (13,845)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (97)
- Asian: 0.6% (160)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (37)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (478)
- Some other Race: 2.5% (653)
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#3. Pulaski County

- Index: 0.550
- Total population: 392,967
- White: 55.9% (219,763)
- Black or African American: 36.8% (144,802)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (1,171)
- Asian: 2.2% (8,801)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (209)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (10,800)
- Some other Race: 1.9% (7,421)
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#2. Hempstead County

- Index: 0.571
- Total population: 21,842
- White: 57.3% (12,523)
- Black or African American: 30.1% (6,582)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (93)
- Asian: 0.1% (26)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.3% (73)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (464)
- Some other Race: 9.5% (2,081)
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#1. Crittenden County

- Index: 0.576
- Total population: 48,672
- White: 43.5% (21,168)
- Black or African American: 48.0% (23,352)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (131)
- Asian: 0.7% (337)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (21)
- 2 or more races: 7.1% (3,468)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (195)

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