Because of the number 98.

That would be the percentage of Maine residents who are white.

I know race was only one factor in the rankings, and I know Maine voters narrowly shot down laws to allow same-sex marriage (which still irks me), but that means that the whitest state in the nation wasn't anywhere near the end of the list.

What that means to you, I can't say. But it means to me that I have another reason to be happy to live here.

Shay Stewart-Bouley can be reached atdiversecity_phoenix@yahoo.com.

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