According to a book review that appeared in the LA Times early in 2000:
By the late 19th century the population of [this region] included a greater proportion of foreign-born than any other region of the country. [This state] was the most multicultural state in the union.
Name the state. Hint: The book reviewer goes on to write:
[The author] offers the examples of a colony of Yiddish-speaking Russian Jews who attempted to keep kosher under nearly impossible conditions in the countryside, 25 miles from the state capital, and a similar community of Lebanese Muslims near [a small town], who built a little mosque....
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