These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Waterloo (Photos)
  2. Paris
  3. Pana (Photos)
  4. Litchfield
  5. Creve Coeur
  6. Taylorville (Photos)
  7. Monticello (Photos)
  8. Carmi (Photos)
  9. Bartonville
  10. Auburn

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 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Illinois means much more than just having a high percentage of folks who are of the Caucasian persuasion.

These are cities jam-packed with all the stuff white folks love, based on everyone’s favorite stereotypes. After breaking it down, we came up with following criteria to run on 334 cities:

  • Percentage of population that’s white
  • Whole Foods per capita
  • Farmers markets per capita
  • Vegan restaurants per capita
  • Pottery Barns per capita
  • Yoga studios per capita

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 334 in each category, where 1 was the whitest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a whiteness index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest whiteness index the ‘Whitest City In Illinois.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Waterloo.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in whitebread central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from whitest to most diverse in Illinois.

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1. Waterloo

Waterloo, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,197
Percent White: 98.1%

2. Paris


Population: 8,413
Percent White: 97.5%

3. Pana

Pana, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,673
Percent White: 97.4%

4. Litchfield

Litchfield, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,976
Percent White: 97.1%

5. Creve Coeur


Population: 5,653
Percent White: 97.1%

6. Taylorville

Taylorville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,081
Percent White: 97.1%

7. Monticello

Monticello, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,609
Percent White: 97.0%

8. Carmi

Carmi, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,065
Percent White: 96.6%

9. Bartonville


Population: 6,406
Percent White: 96.5%

10. Auburn


Population: 5,006
Percent White: 96.3%

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Illinois

Measuring both the locations with the highest percentage of white people, as well as the number of stereo-typically white venues, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Illinois.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Illinois for 2018

City Rank Population Percent White
Waterloo 1 10,197 98.1%
Paris 2 8,413 97.5%
Pana 3 5,673 97.4%
Litchfield 4 6,976 97.1%
Creve Coeur 5 5,653 97.1%
Taylorville 6 11,081 97.1%
Monticello 7 5,609 97.0%
Carmi 8 5,065 96.6%
Bartonville 9 6,406 96.5%
Auburn 10 5,006 96.3%
East Alton 11 6,171 96.0%
Jerseyville 12 8,502 95.6%
Mattoon 13 17,399 95.3%
Columbia 14 10,193 95.3%
West Frankfort 15 7,941 95.2%
Olney 16 8,931 95.1%
Eureka 17 5,827 95.0%
Wood River 18 10,360 94.9%
Chillicothe 19 6,169 94.8%
Shelbyville 20 5,147 94.8%
Spring Grove 21 5,578 94.4%
Bethalto 22 9,364 94.2%
Western Springs 23 13,133 94.2%
Pekin 24 34,003 94.0%
Mount Carmel 25 7,048 94.0%
Geneseo 26 6,589 94.0%
Campton Hills 27 11,500 94.0%
Effingham 28 12,650 93.8%
Chatham 29 12,569 93.8%
Mahomet 30 7,996 93.7%
Herrin 31 12,868 93.4%
Salem 32 6,930 93.2%
Morton 33 16,343 93.1%
Washington 34 16,102 93.1%
Clinton 35 7,195 93.0%
Benton 36 7,148 92.7%
Highland 37 9,839 92.7%
Braidwood 38 6,102 92.6%
Geneva 39 21,732 92.5%
Carlinville 40 5,297 92.5%
Peru 41 9,913 92.2%
East Peoria 42 23,090 91.9%
Winfield 43 9,543 91.9%
Homer Glen 44 24,385 91.7%
Coal City 45 5,687 91.6%
Manhattan 46 7,405 91.4%
Deerfield 47 18,686 91.4%
Barrington 48 10,449 91.4%
New Lenox 49 25,347 91.3%
Princeton 50 7,741 91.2%
Rockton 51 7,596 91.0%
Hampshire 52 5,732 90.7%
Palos Heights 53 12,544 90.6%
Roscoe 54 10,666 90.6%
Godfrey 55 17,809 90.4%
Northfield 56 5,374 90.3%
Mokena 57 19,839 90.2%
Manteno 58 8,958 90.2%
Winnetka 59 12,437 90.1%
Winthrop Harbor 60 6,832 90.0%
Glencoe 61 8,870 89.7%
Quincy 62 40,689 89.2%
Libertyville 63 20,435 89.0%
Wilmington 64 6,010 88.9%
Maryville 65 7,837 88.6%
Mount Zion 66 5,894 88.6%
Harrisburg 67 9,418 88.6%
Lake Bluff 68 5,758 88.6%
Lemont 69 16,587 88.6%
Mascoutah 70 7,917 88.5%
Peoria Heights 71 6,019 88.2%
Machesney Park 72 23,002 88.2%
Metropolis 73 6,366 88.1%
Lake Forest 74 18,881 88.1%
Morris 75 13,930 87.7%
Elburn 76 5,594 87.4%
Milan 77 5,097 87.4%
Du Quoin 78 5,932 87.3%
Worth 79 10,776 87.2%
Channahon 80 12,329 87.2%
Watseka 81 5,318 87.1%
Carterville 82 5,742 87.0%
Batavia 83 26,413 87.0%
Pontoon Beach 84 5,753 86.8%
Hawthorn Woods 85 7,590 86.7%
Lockport 86 25,096 86.6%
Troy 87 10,041 86.6%
Hoopeston 88 5,245 86.5%
Johnsburg 89 6,285 86.5%
Park Ridge 90 37,567 86.4%
Sugar Grove 91 9,288 86.3%
Marion 92 17,703 86.0%
La Grange Park 93 13,596 85.8%
Frankfort 94 18,415 85.7%
Highland Park 95 29,780 85.3%
Granite City 96 29,662 85.3%
Canton 97 14,397 85.2%
Lincolnshire 98 7,291 85.0%
Pingree Grove 99 5,983 84.9%
Antioch 100 14,342 84.8%

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2018

  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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