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Posted at 01:05 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Lorton: One of the most diverse communities in America, new study says

Stan Wright of Alexandria has his hair cut by Delina Ramirez at Barber Shop & Co. in Lorton last week. A new study has found that Lorton’s 19,000 residents are one of the most racially diverse communities in the country. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
For many area residents, for many years, the word “Lorton” meant one thing: the D.C. prison. But that’s long gone, replaced by an artist’s colony.

Now Lorton has a new distinction: One of the most diverse communities in America, according to a new study by a sociologist from Penn State University. The Post’s Carol Morello reported on the study, and learned that Lorton’s 19,000 residents are about one-third white, one-third black and one-third everything else.

The authors theorized that one reason for the diversity is Lorton’s proximity to lots of government and military jobs. “When you have communities dominated by institutions that value equal opportunity,” sociologist Barrett Lee told Morello, “you’re going to have a more racially and ethnically diverse population.”

Neighbors told Morello that they celebrate not only the Fourth of July and Halloween but also Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and the Chinese New Year. The rest of Morello’s piece is here.

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