The world we live in today is an explosion of multiple cultures all bundled together.
From the diverse cuisines we enjoy, friends we have, and the foreign languages we’re surrounded by, most of us enjoy the vibrancy of different cultures around us.
However, if you are looking for the ultimate multicultural experience, we’ve curated the most multicultural cities in the world that you can visit. There’s a good chance that the city you’re living in today is also on this list, so make sure you share it with your local friends!
The Top 10 Most Multicultural Cities In The World
This is a city that was built from the ground up by workers from different countries around the world. In just a few decades, Dubai went from a small town on the Persian Gulf coast to a globally recognized city. With a diversity rate of over 83%, Dubai ranks as one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
9. Los Angeles
Los Angeles, also known as The Angels in Spanish, was historically a part of Mexico, which is why it’s worth learning Spanish if you live here. Today, it’s the second largest city in the United States, with people from approximately 140 countries speaking 86 different languages calling it home. A lot of this springs from the flexible immigration laws, inspiring people from around the world to create the American dream here. The area of Los Angeles has created multiple cultural neighborhoods, such as Koreatown, Little Tokyo, and Boyle Heights.
London is the most multicultural city in Europe, and the largest city in the United Kingdom. While the official language is English, more than one-third of the population in London are born in a foreign country. On the streets of this diverse city, over 200 languages are spoken on a day to day basis, and it only continues to grow.
Recognized as the city of freedom and tolerance, there are people with over 178 different cultural backgrounds living in this city. In order to help non-Dutch speakers that live here, the city sponsors many free language classes to help them, and even hosts multicultural events throughout the year to promote their worldly view.
6. New York
It goes without saying that New York is often recognized as a city of misfits that have banded together from around the world. The city established what’s called the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, which has created several executive orders and laws to help those who are coming from abroad — about 36% of its population.
Paris is ranked second to London as the most multicultural city in Europe. What makes Paris stand out is that it’s the only international city in the world, where English is not the main form of communication between people from different nationalities.
After gaining independence in 1965, this tiny island nation has transformed into a multicultural and economic powerhouse in Asia. Singapore boasts four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil, and approximately 40% of its population comes from foreign countries abroad.
While Sydney is far from the rest of the world, it is a close neighbor to many of the Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea. This is why over 40% of its population are from overseas, such as the Philippines, UK, Italy, China, and more.
As the largest city in Australia, Sydney is often recognized as the “Australian New York.”
2. Hong Kong
Like Singapore, Hong Kong is another tiny nation that has risen to become an economic powerhouse in Asia. Rumors state that much of their multiculturalism comes from hiring cheap labor in China or India.
While discrimination will continue to exist, it’s hard to deny the diversity of cultures that clash within this energetic city.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and it’s often recognized as the ‘most multicultural city in the world.’
People from the UK, Ireland, China and Italy, to name a few, represent some of the larger cultural groups in this city, while smaller communities include people from Iran, the Netherlands, Nepal, Romania and many other countries. This exciting place also features dozens of ethnic neighborhoods waiting to be explored, including Chinatown, Greektown, Roncesvalles Village (Little Poland), Little Italy, and Little India.
Is there a city we missed that should be on this list of the most multicultural cities in the world? If so, let us know which one we missed and share your favorite ones!