UPDATED: San Diego County's Most Diverse Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods in southern and eastern San Diego County, including Rolando, Encanto and Paradise Hills in San Diego and eastern Chula Vista, are among the region’s most diverse. So are northern San Diego neighborhoods of Mira Mesa and Rancho Peñasquitos. Coastal communities from Carlsbad to Point Loma, and border communities including San Ysidro and western Chula Vista, are among the least diverse.

That’s based on a diversity index calculated by inewsource using U.S. Census Bureau data. The index, based on a scale from 0 to 100, measures the odds that two randomly selected residents in a ZIP code will have different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Click here to learn more about the methodology behind the index (bottom of page).

Use the map to find the diversity index by ZIP code. A darker shade of blue indicates a more diverse neighborhood. A lighter shade indicates a lower level of diversity.

San Diego County has a diversity index of 65.6.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 five-year American Community Survey


Searching for San Diego County’s most diverse neighborhood

by Leonardo Castañeda, inewsource

When two residents in the southeastern San Diego neighborhood of Encanto meet, there’s a 71 percent chance they’re of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the coastal community of Cardiff, there’s only a 25 percent chance of that happening.

That makes Encanto one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego County, and Cardiff one of the least diverse. Those findings are based on an inewsource analysis of ZIP codes with at least 10,000 residents.

The diversity index was calculated using the 2016 five-year American Community Survey from the Census Bureau. A higher index number indicates a more diverse neighborhood, where the odds are higher of two random residents having different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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