chloraseptic-i think it really depends on what region of KY. Appalachia/Eastern Kentucky (or ties to that area) and you up the diversity factor. Louisville, Lexington, Florence not so much. From my conversation with Vandy, I got the impression that my family ties to Appalachia would be interesing diversity material. So while my hometown was Louisville, I could choose to write my diversity essay on the appalachia ties to increase my diversity appeal. 28-34% of the students hail from the south.. so the lone fact of being a KY native does NOT add diversity. As for california, I am sure that being a KY resident may help at some private universities--however I would think that you would have to add an interesting twist to make it worthy of writing an entire diversity essay.