Miami Is the Second Most Tolerant Major Metro Area in America
According to Florida, his rankings took into account three variables: "the share of immigrants or foreign-born residents, the Gay Index (the concentration of gays and lesbians), and the Integration Index, which tracks the level of segregation between ethnic and racial groups."
The Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Miami Beach area came in second on the tolerance scale for metro areas with more than 1 million residents, with an overall tolerance index of .69, and that shouldn't be much of a surprise. Miami-Dade has the most foreign-born residents in the nation, and Lauderdale has a booming gay mecca in Wilton Manors.
In terms of all metro areas, including smaller ones, our area came in 11th. We ranked first overall for foreign-born residents, 74th on the gay/lesbian rankings, and 161st on the integration index. There are 366 metro statistical areas total in the U.S.
So obviously, while we have a large foreign-born population, we still have a long way to go in terms of making the area a more integrated city.
In terms of major areas, we ranked behind only San Diego.
Mr. Florida stresses the importance of tolerance in economic development.
"Tolerance -- and openness to diversity and inclusiveness -- is not an afterthought or something that happens when communities get rich," he writes. "It is a key element of the new economic development equation."
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