The Diversity score is a measure of racial/ethnic diversity in a given region. Here, it measures the representation of six major racial/ethnic groups (White, Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and Mixed/other race) in the population. Latinos include people of Hispanic origin of any race and all other groups are non-Hispanic. The maximum diversity score (1.79) would occur if each group were evenly represented in the region. Data for 2015 represent a 2011-2015 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Are regions becoming more diverse?
Why it matters
Diversity—in the context of inclusion—is a driver of innovation, business growth, and economic progress. Research shows that companies with more diverse workforces are more competitive, with greater market share, higher revenues, and more customers.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to leverage diversity as an asset
- Foster racial inclusion in governance
- Build multiracial alliances, coalitions, and movements to advance policy change
- Dismantle barriers and build pathways to economic opportunity for boys and men of color
- Include immigrants by ensuring access to health care, driver’s licenses, and municipal ID cards regardless of immigration status; increasing language access; facilitating naturalization; limiting the participation of local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and extending voting rights
- Strengthen democracy by increasing participation of marginalized groups, expanding voting rights (and preventing rollback), and building leadership development pipelines
Why Illinois is Known as the Most Immigrant-Friendly State
Due in large part to the advocacy of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Illinois is one of the most welcoming states for immigrants. In 2005, the governor passed an executive order creating the nation’s first Office of New Americans to take proactive action to integrate its 1.8 million immigrants into their communities and the state’s economy. Since 2005, the state budget has included an “Immigrant Services” line item that has helped tens of thousands of immigrants access vital services like health care and education as well as apply for citizenship, and the state passed the Illinois DREAM act in 2011 make it easier undocumented students to access college. Learn more.