Culture and diversity well-being reflects people’s ability to participate in groups and practices that are informed by their ethnic or racial backgrounds, religious or cultural beliefs, and languages. We suggest that at an individual level, this dimension of well-being also includes opportunities for individuals to experience cultures different from their own, while at the community level, it includes a social ecosystem in which multiple cultural perspective are present and valued.
A diverse society is characterized by a high level of heterogeneity across key social cleavages, such as culture, religion, language, and race/ethnicity. Insights into ethnic diversity are offered by ProximityOne, which found that Hawaii has the highest likelihood among US states of two individuals chosen at random being of different ethnic backgrounds (83 percent, compared to Vermont or Maine at 13 percent).
Hawaii benefits from a rich cultural tapestry that profoundly shapes aspects of our collective character and identity, and our relationship between people and place. We applied ProximityOne’s formula locally to determine where communities are more or less ethnically diverse.
Use the interactive infographic below to explore this indicator of Diversity in more detail:
Our Indicators Dashboard can help you begin exploring specific measures of the 10 well-being domains. Interested in learning how each indicator varies over time and across Hawaii’s communities? Click below to head to our dashboard:
Data Plotter Tool
What’s the relationship between various well-being indicators? And how might this relationship vary from island to island, or region to region? Click below to explore the answers to these and similar questions using our Data Plotter: