Why Is Diversity Important?


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Diversity is important because a population with different cultural backgrounds has less crime, more technological centers and innovation, better business growth and more educational opportunities. The National Crime Prevention Council explains that more than 4,750 bias-related crimes occurred among 2,800 different police jurisdictions, as of 2014. Children form cultural prejudices by age 12, and tolerance education is most effective between the ages of 4 and 9.

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Tolerance education teaches young students to appreciate diversity. One such educational curriculum, Philadelphia's Green Circle Program, has been used successfully since 1957. Green Circle lets students evaluate their own behaviors and attitudes towards others in areas such as understanding, awareness, diversity and appreciation of others.

A study of 50 major metropolitan areas discovered the most high-tech regions in the United States are also the most culturally diverse, based on the population of gays, artists and foreign-born residents. Eleven of the highest-technology cities also rank in the top 15 when looking at diversity models, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Washington. Diversity also indicates growth in technology sectors.

Consumers in America are more diverse than at any time in the country's history, according to Business Insider. Small businesses must show they are diverse to sell products and services to a diverse population. Diversity among employees may increase sales, efficiency and customers. American companies rely on global trade with various countries, and global diversity becomes even more important because of airplane travel, cellphones and Internet communications.

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