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Seattle Among Most Geographically Diverse Cities in America

The only major U.S. cities that are more geographically diverse are Las Vegas and Colorado Springs

The Seattle Times' FYI Guy Gene Balk is back with his latest Census-driven analysis and he's found out that Seattle's residents are among the most geographically diverse in the nation in terms of where they originally come from.

Among the 50 biggest U.S. cities, Seattle ranks No. 3 on the "geographic diversity index" with a score of 79.3 Here’s what that means:

The undrafted free agents who might have the best chance to make the Seahawks' roster If you were to compare any two Seattleites at random, there’s about a 79 percent chance they were born in different areas of the country or the world.

The only cities that are more geographically diverse are Las Vegas and Colorado Springs.

Only 38 percent of the people who live in Seattle are native Washingtonians, the fourth-lowest of the top 50 U.S. cities. So who is Seattle attracting? Midwesterners, for one. Seattle has the highest percentage of Midwestern transplants of any West Coast city. One area they're not coming from is other West Coast cities. Despite what we've heard about NoCal transplants, Seattle is behind Las Vegas, Portland, and Mesa.

Balk also dug into specific Seattle neighborhoods to see what the breakdown is. If you're looking for diversity, look to Downtown, First Hill, and Pioneer Square. Looking for the least diverse neighborhoods (for some reason)? Try Fauntleroy, Broadview, Greenwood. If you want to be among Northeasterners, move to Capitol Hill. If you want to be among Southerners, move to South Lake Union. The most international of all the Seattle neighborhoods? The aptly-named International District (60 percent foriegn-born-born).
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