By CBS Baltimore Staff

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland ranks among the top states in the nation when it comes to diversity, according to a recent study.

The WalletHub study ranked the Old Line State at No. 7 among the most diverse states, trailing California, Texas, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and New Mexico.

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On the flip side, the least diverse states were West Virginia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Montana.

According to the personal finance website, researchers compared all 50 states based on a wide range of metrics, from diversity in economic factors such as household income and educational achievement to cultural factors including racial makeup and languages spoken.

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The highest possible score was 100, but even the most diverse state (California) fell well short of that with a total score of 70.64. Maryland wasn’t too far behind with a score of 68.64.

Here’s a list of the top 10 most diverse states:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Hawaii
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. New Mexico
  7. Maryland
  8. Florida
  9. Nevada
  10. Arizona
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A detailed breakdown of the rankings can be found on

CBS Baltimore Staff