Most diverse counties in Maine

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October 16, 2021
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Most diverse counties in Maine

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 Maine 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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#16. Lincoln County

- Index: 0.061
- Total population: 34,201
- White: 96.9% (33,143)
- Black or African American: 0.4% (129)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (148)
- Asian: 1.0% (340)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.1% (367)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (74)
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#15. Somerset County

- Index: 0.068
- Total population: 50,520
- White: 96.5% (48,759)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (313)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (244)
- Asian: 0.4% (194)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (950)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (60)
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#14. Franklin County

- Index: 0.069
- Total population: 29,982
- White: 96.5% (28,920)
- Black or African American: 0.2% (73)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (39)
- Asian: 0.4% (113)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (61)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (707)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (69)
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#13. Oxford County

- Index: 0.073
- Total population: 57,550
- White: 96.2% (55,391)
- Black or African American: 0.4% (212)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (182)
- Asian: 0.4% (217)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 2.5% (1,453)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (88)
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#12. Waldo County

- Index: 0.074
- Total population: 39,539
- White: 96.2% (38,044)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (234)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (176)
- Asian: 0.5% (182)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (748)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (155)

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#11. Knox County

- Index: 0.076
- Total population: 39,759
- White: 96.1% (38,200)
- Black or African American: 0.5% (205)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (201)
- Asian: 0.5% (201)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (2)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (842)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (108)
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#10. Hancock County

- Index: 0.081
- Total population: 54,601
- White: 95.9% (52,344)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (469)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (254)
- Asian: 1.1% (624)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (75)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (770)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (65)
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#9. Piscataquis County

- Index: 0.082
- Total population: 16,836
- White: 95.8% (16,128)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (96)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (135)
- Asian: 0.8% (131)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (227)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (119)
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#8. Sagadahoc County

- Index: 0.083
- Total population: 35,452
- White: 95.7% (33,941)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (278)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (127)
- Asian: 0.8% (271)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (777)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (58)
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#7. Kennebec County

- Index: 0.083
- Total population: 121,753
- White: 95.7% (116,530)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (1,039)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (661)
- Asian: 0.9% (1,108)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (85)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (2,106)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (224)

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#6. York County

- Index: 0.087
- Total population: 204,316
- White: 95.5% (195,143)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (1,778)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (903)
- Asian: 1.3% (2,580)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (53)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (3,403)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (456)
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#5. Aroostook County

- Index: 0.098
- Total population: 67,809
- White: 94.9% (64,373)
- Black or African American: 1.0% (682)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.9% (1,275)
- Asian: 0.5% (318)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (12)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (1,053)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (96)
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#4. Penobscot County

- Index: 0.106
- Total population: 151,774
- White: 94.5% (143,465)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (1,291)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.3% (1,910)
- Asian: 1.0% (1,492)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (58)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (3,096)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (462)
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#3. Cumberland County

- Index: 0.156
- Total population: 292,307
- White: 91.7% (268,151)
- Black or African American: 3.0% (8,863)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (578)
- Asian: 2.2% (6,350)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (34)
- 2 or more races: 2.5% (7,240)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (1,091)
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#2. Androscoggin County

- Index: 0.161
- Total population: 107,602
- White: 91.4% (98,386)
- Black or African American: 2.4% (2,562)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (162)
- Asian: 0.8% (839)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 5.0% (5,386)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (267)

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#1. Washington County

- Index: 0.172
- Total population: 31,491
- White: 90.8% (28,604)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (244)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 5.3% (1,665)
- Asian: 0.5% (149)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (9)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (671)
- Some other Race: 0.5% (149)

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