These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Illinois In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in IL are white central.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in Illinois.

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You’re at your local Whole Foods shopping for kale chips and asparagus water, trying to work out if you’ll have time to stop at the Pottery Barn before you head to your yoga class taught by a girl named Sage. It hits you: you’re leading the whitest life imaginable.

But does that mean the city you live in is one of the whitest places in Illinois?

Don’t worry, we’ve figured it out for you. Using actual census data combined with our favorite white people stereotypes (as confirmed by the internet), we can determine which cities are the whitest of the white in Prairie State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Illinois for 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Illinois with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Paris (Homes For Sale)
  2. Pana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waterloo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Geneseo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Taylorville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Creve Coeur (Homes For Sale)
  7. Litchfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Mattoon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bethalto (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, East St. Louis is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

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How we determined the whitest places in Illinois for 2019

In order to rank the whitest places in Illinois, we had to determine what measurable criteria defines whiteness.

Obviously we had to count how many white people living there, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Illinois.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as White alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 329 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.9% to 1.8%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Paris took the distinction of being the most White, while East St. Louis was the least White city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Illinois ranked by population of White residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

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4
/10

Population: 8,446
% White: 97.94%
More on Paris: Real Estate | Data

Paris is a city in Paris Township, Edgar County, Illinois, 165 miles south of Chicago and 90 miles west of Indianapolis. In 1900, 6,105 people lived in Paris; in 1910, 7,664; and in 1940, 9,281. The population was 8,837 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Edgar County.

Pana, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,572
% White: 97.29%
More on Pana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pana is a city in Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,614 at the 2000 census.

Waterloo, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,202
% White: 97.06%
More on Waterloo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waterloo is a city in Monroe County, Illinois, United States. The population was 9,811 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Monroe County.

Geneseo, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,557
% White: 96.43%
More on Geneseo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Geneseo is a city in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,586 at the 2010 census, up from 6,480 in 2000. Geneseo is 20 miles east of the Quad Cities, at the intersection of Interstate 80, U.S. Route 6 and Illinois Route 82.

Taylorville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,027
% White: 96.38%
More on Taylorville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,532
% White: 96.28%
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data

Litchfield, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,951
% White: 96.04%
More on Litchfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Litchfield is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,939 at the 2010 census, and 6,588 in 2009 and 7,012 in 2015. It is located in south central Illinois, south of Springfield and northeast of Metro-East.

Mattoon, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,370
% White: 95.59%
More on Mattoon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mattoon is a city in Coles County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18,555 as of the 2010 census.

Bethalto, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,343
% White: 95.49%
More on Bethalto: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bethalto is a village located in Madison County, Illinois, United States. Bethalto, like the rest of Madison County, is part of the Illinois Metro East portion of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The population of Bethalto was 9,521 at the 2010 census.

Columbia, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,188
% White: 95.47%
More on Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbia is a city in Monroe and St. Clair counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, about 12 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri. The population was 9,707 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – White Populations Across Illinois

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Illinois according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Illinois:

  1. East St. Louis
  2. Centreville
  3. Riverdale

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Illinois

Rank City % White Population
1 Paris 97.94% 8,446
2 Pana 97.29% 5,572
3 Waterloo 97.06% 10,202
4 Geneseo 96.43% 6,557
5 Taylorville 96.38% 11,027
6 Creve Coeur 96.28% 5,532
7 Litchfield 96.04% 6,951
8 Mattoon 95.59% 17,370
9 Bethalto 95.49% 9,343
10 Columbia 95.47% 10,188
11 West Frankfort 95.25% 7,867
12 Eureka 95.16% 5,800
13 Marseilles 95.14% 5,058
14 Jerseyville 95.02% 8,131
15 Wood River 94.98% 10,326
16 Mount Carmel 94.41% 7,032
17 Bartonville 94.37% 6,363
18 Olney 94.21% 8,910
19 Campton Hills 94.19% 11,386
20 Pekin 94.06% 33,747
21 Chatham 94.0% 12,749
22 Manhattan 93.94% 7,766
23 Salem 93.68% 7,044
24 Chillicothe 93.51% 6,214
25 Western Springs 93.4% 13,187
26 East Alton 93.05% 6,158
27 Braidwood 92.84% 6,273
28 Spring Grove 92.82% 5,847
29 Washington 92.62% 16,359
30 Mahomet 92.56% 8,168
31 Morton 92.53% 16,833
32 Effingham 92.5% 12,517
33 Geneva 92.32% 21,791
34 Coal City 92.18% 5,574
35 Rockton 92.11% 7,474
36 Monticello 92.05% 5,745
37 Carlinville 91.8% 5,327
38 Benton 91.79% 7,050
39 East Peoria 91.67% 22,962
40 Deerfield 91.63% 18,896
41 Herrin 91.48% 12,886
42 Hampshire 91.39% 5,763
43 Princeton 91.26% 7,698
44 New Lenox 91.24% 25,701
45 Winfield 91.13% 9,641
46 Godfrey 91.01% 17,733
47 Manteno 91.0% 8,800
48 Homer Glen 90.96% 24,403
49 Roscoe 90.77% 10,571
50 Lincoln 90.47% 13,912
51 Winnetka 90.2% 12,504
52 Highland 89.91% 10,031
53 Peru 89.79% 9,947
54 Palos Heights 89.76% 12,545
55 Mokena 89.67% 20,313
56 Barrington 89.49% 10,455
57 Watseka 89.48% 5,359
58 Machesney Park 89.23% 23,002
59 Du Quoin 89.09% 5,876
60 Libertyville 89.06% 20,504
61 Glencoe 89.02% 8,923
62 Hawthorn Woods 88.97% 7,962
63 Quincy 88.95% 40,587
64 Mascoutah 88.75% 7,883
65 Harrisburg 88.44% 9,344
66 Maryville 88.42% 7,844
67 Lake Bluff 88.32% 5,651
68 Northfield 88.22% 5,459
69 Wilmington 88.11% 5,845
70 Worth 88.08% 10,780
71 Mount Zion 87.97% 5,979
72 Clinton 87.93% 7,260
73 Troy 87.83% 10,208
74 Fox Lake 87.49% 10,762
75 Lemont 87.49% 16,780
76 Glen Carbon 87.4% 12,776
77 Winthrop Harbor 87.34% 6,807
78 Marion 87.31% 17,774
79 Batavia 87.24% 26,499
80 Morris 87.17% 14,165
81 Peoria Heights 87.09% 5,972
82 Lake Forest 86.95% 18,931
83 Cary 86.47% 17,940
84 Lockport 86.2% 25,198
85 Park Ridge 86.08% 37,810
86 Metropolis 85.96% 6,239
87 Channahon 85.89% 12,455
88 Milan 85.85% 5,082
89 Highland Park 85.85% 29,796
90 Johnsburg 85.66% 6,302
91 Clarendon Hills 85.62% 8,680
92 Sycamore 85.6% 17,712
93 Antioch 85.33% 14,333
94 Carterville 84.75% 5,785
95 Sugar Grove 84.72% 9,417
96 Downers Grove 84.55% 49,649
97 Canton 84.49% 14,187
98 Island Lake 84.33% 8,049
99 Norridge 84.1% 15,083
100 Macomb 84.09% 18,684

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Illinois In For 2019

  1. Pretty humorous list, Now do a list of “blackest” cities in Illinois using a bunch of stereotypical criteria and see how that flies.

  2. It’s quite ridiculous that you get huffy about people not agreeing with “fact based” data when you subsequently come up with a list based off of coffee house to yoga parlor ratios. I wonder what my math teacher would say about those ratios…

  3. It is BS (Bad Sociology) to use % white in total population. The question is, what % white is the HOUSEHOLD population. The notorious Anna, still known locally as “Ain’t No N* Allowed,” has about 75 African Americans in the IL State Mental Hospital, so it does not occur on this list. The first capital of IL, Vandalia, has about 1,300 African Americans, of whom about 1,300 are males age 18-70. They are in prison! And so it goes. For serious research on white IL cities, see the book SUNDOWN TOWNS.

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