The US is much less inclusive than it was two years ago. Here's why

Updated 7:15 PM ET, Sun December 30, 2018

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(CNN)If it feels like the US has become increasingly divided along race, gender, and other identity lines — it's because it has.

A report released by the Haas Institute at the University of California-Berkeley last week found that the US has become less inclusive -- in other words, less welcoming to women, minority groups and people with disabilities -- compared to the rest of the world since 2016.
What's more, inclusiveness differs significantly from state to state.
To develop its inclusiveness index, the Haas Institute looked at how people who are not white, male, Christian, straight or able-bodied fare in society compared to the majority. The team gathered data on how each of those groups do across indicators like hate crimes, political representation, anti-discrimination laws, income inequality, incarceration rates and immigration and asylum policies.
They then compiled each group's performance on those indicators into a final score. Here's what they found:

The US lags far behind global leaders in inclusiveness

In 2016, the United States was one of the most inclusive countries in the world, ranking 23rd. In 2017, that ranking dropped to 69th.
    The US has improved some since 2017, and it's now the 58th most inclusive country, according to the Haas Institute's index.
    That still puts it in the medium category though, ranking behind countries like the Philippines, Poland and Nicaragua, but ahead of countries like Nigeria, Israel and India.
    The biggest reason the US is consistently ranked as less inclusive than countries like the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom is the number of people in the US held in prisons and jails, said Stephen Menendian, an author of the report and assistant director of the Haas Institute.
    The US has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. For every 100,000 people in the US, approximately 655 of them were behind bars, according to a 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
    Another factor dragging the US down is the Trump administration's refugee and immigration policies, according to the Haas Institute's report.
    "It shouldn't be surprising for people who are paying attention to the headlines," said Menendian.
    Since President Trump took office, his administration has dramatically scaled back the number of refugees admitted by the US, even as the number of people displaced by war and famine surges across the world.
    In 2019, the US will cap refugee admissions at 30,000, the lowest level since 1980. The new cap is even lower than the record low 45,000 cap in 2018.
      To put that number into context, the Obama administration set the cap at 110,000 refugees for the 2017 fiscal year.
      "The country is rolling up the welcome mat and that's reflected in the data in our index," Menendian said.

      The situation differs state by state

      If you expected to see liberal, coastal states at the top of the inclusiveness list, the rankings might surprise you.
      States like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut didn't make the top 10, while California only ranked number five.
      The most inclusive state in the US is actually Hawaii, followed by Nevada, Maryland, Vermont and California, according to the Haas Institute's index. At the bottom of the list are Louisiana, South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
      Hawaii's no. 1 ranking has a lot to do with its racial diversity.
      Seventy-five percent of people in Hawaii are non-white or biracial. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, the state's representatives in the US House, are both women of color, and Sen. Mazie