Most diverse counties in Wisconsin

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October 16, 2021
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Most diverse counties in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin 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. St. Croix County

- Index: 0.080
- Total population: 88,732
- White: 95.9% (85,085)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (710)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (173)
- Asian: 1.0% (869)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (1)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (1,589)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (305)
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#49. Pierce County

- Index: 0.084
- Total population: 41,977
- White: 95.7% (40,164)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (233)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (97)
- Asian: 1.3% (535)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (8)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (767)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (173)
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#48. Richland County

- Index: 0.088
- Total population: 17,459
- White: 95.5% (16,672)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (164)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (67)
- Asian: 0.7% (126)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (1)
- 2 or more races: 0.9% (152)
- Some other Race: 1.6% (277)
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#47. Crawford County

- Index: 0.089
- Total population: 16,235
- White: 95.4% (15,494)
- Black or African American: 2.0% (323)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (57)
- Asian: 0.6% (101)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (257)
- Some other Race: 0.0% (3)
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#46. Langlade County

- Index: 0.091
- Total population: 19,146
- White: 95.3% (18,246)
- Black or African American: 1.3% (240)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (133)
- Asian: 0.2% (42)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (4)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (354)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (127)

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#45. Price County

- Index: 0.092
- Total population: 13,416
- White: 95.3% (12,779)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (112)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (139)
- Asian: 0.6% (81)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.8% (114)
- 2 or more races: 1.0% (140)
- Some other Race: 0.4% (51)
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#44. Washburn County

- Index: 0.093
- Total population: 15,688
- White: 95.2% (14,934)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (120)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.4% (220)
- Asian: 0.6% (100)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.3% (46)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (258)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (10)
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#43. Chippewa County

- Index: 0.097
- Total population: 63,892
- White: 95.0% (60,684)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (1,017)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (89)
- Asian: 1.3% (860)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (1,126)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (116)
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#42. Columbia County

- Index: 0.098
- Total population: 57,133
- White: 95.0% (54,254)
- Black or African American: 1.4% (772)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (295)
- Asian: 0.8% (445)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (17)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (865)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (485)
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#41. Washington County

- Index: 0.101
- Total population: 134,925
- White: 94.8% (127,872)
- Black or African American: 1.3% (1,815)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (296)
- Asian: 1.3% (1,762)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (46)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (2,083)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (1,051)

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#40. Barron County

- Index: 0.104
- Total population: 45,229
- White: 94.6% (42,809)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (718)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7% (332)
- Asian: 0.7% (314)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.2% (563)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (493)
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#39. Calumet County

- Index: 0.105
- Total population: 49,928
- White: 94.6% (47,224)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (426)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (273)
- Asian: 2.4% (1,203)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (1)
- 2 or more races: 1.0% (504)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (297)
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#38. Wood County

- Index: 0.112
- Total population: 73,112
- White: 94.2% (68,862)
- Black or African American: 0.7% (513)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (388)
- Asian: 2.0% (1,491)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (17)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (1,209)
- Some other Race: 0.9% (632)
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#37. Jefferson County

- Index: 0.113
- Total population: 84,701
- White: 94.1% (79,705)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (753)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (94)
- Asian: 0.6% (530)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (33)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (1,944)
- Some other Race: 1.9% (1,642)
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#36. Sauk County

- Index: 0.114
- Total population: 63,922
- White: 94.1% (60,126)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (528)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (730)
- Asian: 0.6% (387)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (1,313)
- Some other Race: 1.3% (831)

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#35. Dunn County

- Index: 0.115
- Total population: 44,759
- White: 94.0% (42,081)
- Black or African American: 0.7% (292)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (108)
- Asian: 2.7% (1,223)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (34)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (881)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (140)
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#34. Manitowoc County

- Index: 0.116
- Total population: 79,185
- White: 94.0% (74,419)
- Black or African American: 1.1% (869)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (392)
- Asian: 2.7% (2,161)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (3)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (1,122)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (219)
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#33. Juneau County

- Index: 0.120
- Total population: 26,478
- White: 93.8% (24,826)
- Black or African American: 2.3% (608)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.2% (313)
- Asian: 0.6% (147)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (6)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (398)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (180)
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#32. Dodge County

- Index: 0.123
- Total population: 87,715
- White: 93.6% (82,065)
- Black or African American: 2.8% (2,472)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (323)
- Asian: 0.7% (571)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (31)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (1,615)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (638)
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#31. Ozaukee County

- Index: 0.124
- Total population: 88,597
- White: 93.6% (82,886)
- Black or African American: 1.2% (1,093)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (181)
- Asian: 2.1% (1,859)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (70)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (1,979)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (529)

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#30. Walworth County

- Index: 0.130
- Total population: 103,074
- White: 93.2% (96,079)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (978)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (350)
- Asian: 0.9% (977)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (55)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (2,468)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (2,167)
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#29. Monroe County

- Index: 0.135
- Total population: 45,771
- White: 92.9% (42,540)
- Black or African American: 1.8% (835)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (503)
- Asian: 0.9% (416)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (10)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (622)
- Some other Race: 1.8% (845)
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#28. Portage County

- Index: 0.136
- Total population: 70,632
- White: 92.9% (65,601)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (577)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (232)
- Asian: 3.0% (2,093)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (5)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (1,063)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (1,061)
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#27. Douglas County

- Index: 0.136
- Total population: 43,295
- White: 92.9% (40,205)
- Black or African American: 1.4% (609)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.9% (817)
- Asian: 1.2% (538)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (1,019)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (107)
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#26. Fond du Lac County

- Index: 0.137
- Total population: 102,597
- White: 92.8% (95,232)
- Black or African American: 1.4% (1,448)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (522)
- Asian: 1.2% (1,275)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (29)
- 2 or more races: 2.2% (2,302)
- Some other Race: 1.7% (1,789)

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#25. Waushara County

- Index: 0.138
- Total population: 24,193
- White: 92.8% (22,449)
- Black or African American: 1.4% (342)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (194)
- Asian: 0.4% (85)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (6)
- 2 or more races: 1.8% (444)
- Some other Race: 2.8% (673)
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#24. Trempealeau County

- Index: 0.138
- Total population: 29,499
- White: 92.7% (27,339)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (166)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (106)
- Asian: 0.4% (128)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.9% (269)
- Some other Race: 5.1% (1,491)
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#23. Adams County

- Index: 0.140
- Total population: 20,094
- White: 92.7% (18,621)
- Black or African American: 2.7% (552)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% (162)
- Asian: 0.7% (132)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (3)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (388)
- Some other Race: 1.2% (236)
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#22. Waukesha County

- Index: 0.148
- Total population: 400,475
- White: 92.2% (369,238)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (6,448)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (962)
- Asian: 3.5% (14,193)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (150)
- 2 or more races: 1.6% (6,284)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (3,200)
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#21. Eau Claire County

- Index: 0.153
- Total population: 103,514
- White: 91.9% (95,139)
- Black or African American: 1.2% (1,286)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (520)
- Asian: 4.1% (4,222)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.4% (381)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (1,788)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (178)

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#20. Winnebago County

- Index: 0.156
- Total population: 170,411
- White: 91.8% (156,359)
- Black or African American: 2.3% (3,874)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (1,010)
- Asian: 2.8% (4,748)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (129)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (2,946)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (1,345)
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#19. Burnett County

- Index: 0.160
- Total population: 15,289
- White: 91.5% (13,986)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (85)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 4.1% (625)
- Asian: 0.3% (52)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (1)
- 2 or more races: 3.4% (519)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (21)
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#18. La Crosse County

- Index: 0.171
- Total population: 117,894
- White: 90.9% (107,194)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (1,831)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% (465)
- Asian: 4.4% (5,186)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (12)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (2,362)
- Some other Race: 0.7% (844)
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#17. Marathon County

- Index: 0.176
- Total population: 135,396
- White: 90.5% (122,592)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (810)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (374)
- Asian: 5.8% (7,873)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (114)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (2,783)
- Some other Race: 0.6% (850)
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#16. Outagamie County

- Index: 0.192
- Total population: 185,700
- White: 89.8% (166,701)
- Black or African American: 1.5% (2,750)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.6% (2,976)
- Asian: 3.5% (6,437)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (64)
- 2 or more races: 2.0% (3,624)
- Some other Race: 1.7% (3,148)

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#15. Shawano County

- Index: 0.206
- Total population: 40,904
- White: 88.7% (36,288)
- Black or African American: 0.4% (164)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 7.7% (3,143)
- Asian: 0.4% (164)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 2.6% (1,070)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (68)
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#14. Sheboygan County

- Index: 0.208
- Total population: 115,178
- White: 88.8% (102,224)
- Black or African American: 2.0% (2,280)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (336)
- Asian: 5.7% (6,610)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (1)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (2,426)
- Some other Race: 1.1% (1,301)
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#13. Jackson County

- Index: 0.230
- Total population: 20,522
- White: 87.5% (17,953)
- Black or African American: 2.0% (417)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 5.5% (1,135)
- Asian: 0.4% (87)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.0% (612)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (318)
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#12. Vilas County

- Index: 0.237
- Total population: 21,751
- White: 86.9% (18,895)
- Black or African American: 0.5% (110)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 8.1% (1,770)
- Asian: 0.6% (131)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (11)
- 2 or more races: 3.6% (782)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (52)
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#11. Rock County

- Index: 0.238
- Total population: 162,152
- White: 87.1% (141,160)
- Black or African American: 4.4% (7,083)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (418)
- Asian: 1.3% (2,035)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (28)
- 2 or more races: 3.2% (5,186)
- Some other Race: 3.8% (6,242)

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#10. Bayfield County

- Index: 0.248
- Total population: 14,993
- White: 86.1% (12,904)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (130)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 10.1% (1,516)
- Asian: 0.5% (72)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (348)
- Some other Race: 0.2% (23)
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#9. Kenosha County

- Index: 0.262
- Total population: 168,524
- White: 85.5% (144,055)
- Black or African American: 7.6% (12,757)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (769)
- Asian: 1.6% (2,672)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (73)
- 2 or more races: 2.8% (4,695)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (3,503)
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#8. Brown County

- Index: 0.274
- Total population: 261,368
- White: 85.0% (222,053)
- Black or African American: 2.4% (6,386)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.5% (6,424)
- Asian: 3.2% (8,465)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (54)
- 2 or more races: 3.4% (8,827)
- Some other Race: 3.5% (9,159)
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#7. Menominee County

- Index: 0.281
- Total population: 4,558
- White: 10.9% (496)
- Black or African American: 0.3% (13)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 83.9% (3,826)
- Asian: 0.2% (7)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 4.7% (213)
- Some other Race: 0.1% (3)
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#6. Ashland County

- Index: 0.282
- Total population: 15,617
- White: 83.8% (13,094)
- Black or African American: 0.7% (117)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 11.9% (1,852)
- Asian: 0.5% (73)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (6)
- 2 or more races: 2.7% (423)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (52)

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#5. Dane County

- Index: 0.289
- Total population: 536,078
- White: 83.9% (449,694)
- Black or African American: 5.2% (27,781)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (1,768)
- Asian: 5.9% (31,808)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (224)
- 2 or more races: 3.1% (16,864)
- Some other Race: 1.5% (7,939)
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#4. Racine County

- Index: 0.331
- Total population: 195,602
- White: 80.9% (158,201)
- Black or African American: 11.4% (22,297)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.5% (1,039)
- Asian: 1.3% (2,523)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (95)
- 2 or more races: 3.1% (6,073)
- Some other Race: 2.7% (5,374)
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#3. Forest County

- Index: 0.332
- Total population: 8,995
- White: 80.2% (7,215)
- Black or African American: 0.9% (77)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 15.5% (1,392)
- Asian: 0.8% (70)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (5)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (206)
- Some other Race: 0.3% (30)
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#2. Sawyer County

- Index: 0.373
- Total population: 16,399
- White: 77.1% (12,643)
- Black or African American: 0.3% (42)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 17.7% (2,899)
- Asian: 0.6% (103)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (7)
- 2 or more races: 3.5% (567)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (138)
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#1. Milwaukee County

- Index: 0.574
- Total population: 951,226
- White: 59.2% (562,729)
- Black or African American: 26.4% (251,253)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (5,463)
- Asian: 4.3% (41,067)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (336)
- 2 or more races: 3.7% (35,193)
- Some other Race: 5.8% (55,185)

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