It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to North Texas residents that as the population in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has grown, so too has the diversity. But how many people would believe that the Metroplex – not New York, Los Angeles, or Miami – is home to the most diverse zip code in the country? A study conducted by the residential real estate site Trulia revealed that Irving’s 75038 zip code is leading the way as the country’s most diverse neighborhood.
The 75038 zip code, which is just east of DFW Airport and near Highway 114,is home to almost an exactly even split of white, black, Hispanic and Asian residents. According to Trulia, 26 percent of the residents are Asian, 25 percent are black, 23 percent are Hispanic, and 23 percent are white. The 11428 zip code in New York’s Queens Village neighborhood checked in at number two, while the 94130 zip code in San Francisco’s Treasure Island is third.
Trulia notes that along with being diverse, the neighborhoods that made their list also have several other traits in common. Most of the neighborhoods are in areas that are neither dense nor central to the metropolitan area they are a part of. The neighborhoods are also relatively unknown to people who aren’t familiar with the area.
Diversity also has an impact on population growth and home prices. Trulia says they found that from October 2011 to October 2012 neighborhoods that are more diverse have higher population growth and stronger growth in home prices. As a result, as home prices continue to rise these neighborhoods could become less diverse over time. This could lead to Trulia’s list looking quite different by the time the next census is released in 2020.