I wasn't surprised to find out that Maryland was ranked 7th among states on diversity. We have urban, suburban and rural areas that each have their distinctive demographics. While Maryland is a relatively wealthy and highly educated state because of the Washington suburbs (in which Howard County should be included) we also have some struggling inner-city areas of Baltimore. It should also not be surprising to learn that California is ranked number 1 in diversity and West Virginia is ranked last. Diversity apparently in some cases leads to prosperity and the lack of diversity leaves a state poorer. Here is the article on the rankings.