We now live in a world without borders. Thanks to immigration, cities all over the world are transforming into baskets and melting pots of culture. The result – the top 10 culturally diverse cities in the world, the most interesting, culturally diverse and amazing cities. More people are becoming exposed to the various cultural differences of different regions. People are being exposed to the delicious cuisine from various nations, and we are all reminded that in spite of our diversity, we still have many similarities as human beings.
Many of the cities listed below are the destinations of choice of up to 20% of the total immigrant population in the world. The majority of the culturally diverse cities in the world are in North America, followed by Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia/Oceania.
10. Dubai, UAE
Unlike other cities, the majority of the city’s population is made up of expatriates from different countries of the world. Two-thirds of the entire population of the Emirates is of Asian descent, with people coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Arabic is recognized as the official language, but many languages are readily spoken in the streets of Dubai, including English, Urdu, Punjabi, Tagalog, Bengali, Hindi, Persian and Chinese.
More than a quarter of the city’s 5.3 million population is foreign born. The bulk of the city-state’s residents are Chinese, while Malays and Indians are the other residents of the city. Four official languages are spoken in the city: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English, though English is used in business and in schools.
8. Hong Kong
The city of Hong Kong has always been considered a fusion of the East and West. The diversity of this former British colony is partly the reasons why the IMB World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011 gave the top spot to Hong Kong in terms of Global Competitiveness. The residents of the city have protection from the “Basic Law”, which allows various religions and Chinese Folk Religion to coexist, which is why Hong Kong residents are free to practice Taoism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islamism, Christianity and any other belief they choose. They primarily speak Cantonese, but also English and Mandarin.
7. San Francisco, USA
The City by the Bay boasts not only of the Golden Gate Bridge, but a large population of Asian (almost 24%) and Latin American (21.7%) heritage. Close to 400,000 residents of the city are multilingual. The city is home to the biggest Chinese New Year Parade in the country. As of 2010, the nearby areas of Vallejo and Fairfield, California rank as having the highest number of immigrants from Latin America and Asia in the United States.
6. Sydney, Australia
The most populated city of Australia is also its most diverse. About 4.6 million residents call Sydney their home, of which, almost 40% were born on foreign soil. The majority of the immigrants to Sydney come from the countries of the UK, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Lebanon and Italy. Aside from this, there are also Aborigines in the city. This diversity has resulted in various languages spoken in the city, including English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Vietnamese.
5. Paris, France
The Dutch, English, Scottish, Irish, Polish, Belgians, Spanish, Portuguese, Africans and Eastern Asians have been migrating to Paris since the Middle Ages. It is believed that just under 20% of the total population of the metropolitan area of Paris are born on foreign soil.
4. Los Angeles, USA
At 57% of the total population, more than half of the residents of the City of Angels are multilingual. The city boasts of various cultural enclaves such as Chinatown, Filipinotown, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia, Koreatown and Thai Town. Hispanics make up the majority of the population, at over 44% of the total population. If the entire Los Angeles,-Long Beach and Santa Ana areas are considered, whites are at over 32%, followed by Asians at just under 15% and African Americans at under 7% of the total population.
3. Manchester, England
Manchester doesn’t just have a great football team, it is also considered the most diverse city in the world in terms of language given its size. The city’s residents of just 503,000 people speak a total of at least 153 various languages, compared to larger cities such as New York and Paris, whose population numbers in the millions. Some two-thirds of Mancunian children are known to be bilingual, thanks to immigration and a growing number of foreign students in the city. Some of the languages spoken in Manchester include Chitrali, Konkani from India, Dagaare which is spoken by residents from Ghana and Burkina Faso, as well as Uyghur which is a dialect in the Northwestern section of China. All this diversity is good for Manchester since it is the third most visited city in England.
2. London, England
More than 300 different languages can be heard on the streets of Britain’s capital city. In this diverse city, it’s not surprising to find fish and chips sold next to a place that caters to those looking for some curry. Almost 8.2 million residents call London their home, and many of these residents come from various parts of the globe, including Ireland, India, Poland, Pakistani, Bangladesh, Nigeria, China, Jamaica and other Arab countries. The city is also home to 50 non-indigenous communities and number over 10,000. As of 2011, almost 37% of the city’s population is born on foreign soil, making it the city with the second largest immigrant population in the world.
1. New York City, USA
With a population of more than eight million residents, New York City remains one of the most exciting and diverse cities on the planet. Almost half of the city’s population is multi-lingual, about 47% and about three million speak a language other than English. Hispanics make up close to 23% of the population of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area, followed by African Americans at mover 16% and Asians at just under 10%. It is the city with the largest immigrant population in the world.