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Montgomery County is one of two counties in country with four towns on ‘most diverse’ list

Gaithersburg, Silver Spring are in the top 10

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Montgomery County was represented four times on a new list of Most Diverse Cities in the U.S., by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

Gaithersburg and Silver Spring were ranked 6th and 7th, respectively. Germantown was 12th and Rockville was 34th. Germantown and Silver Spring are on the list as cities even though they are unincorporated.

Only Fairfield County, Conn., also was on the list four times, with Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport.

WalletHub released the list last week. It assigns cities a score in the categories of socioeconomic, economic, cultural, household and religious diversity.


Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman wrote in a statement last week that being on the list is “a source of pride” and “reminds us how remarkable, vibrant, and inclusive” the city is. He noted that Gaithersburg was also ranked by WalletHub as the most diverse small city in a February ranking.

“It seems that no matter what data points are used to measure diversity, Gaithersburg is consistently at or near the top of these lists,” he said in the statement.

In the WalletHub rankings, lower scores represent greater diversity.

Gaithersburg received a score of 2 for socioeconomic diversity, 2 for cultural diversity, 221 for economic diversity, 392 for household diversity and 308 for religious diversity.

Silver Spring received a score of 1 for socioeconomic diversity, 5 for cultural diversity, 202 for economic diversity, 300 for household diversity and 308 for religious diversity.

Germantown received a score of 18 for socioeconomic diversity, 3 for cultural diversity, 246 for economic diversity, 400 for household diversity and 308 for religious diversity.

Rockville received a score of 71 for socioeconomic diversity, 7 for cultural diversity, 429 for economic diversity, 398 for household diversity and 308 for religious diversity.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com