Whitest cities in Illinois research summary. We analyzed Illinois’s most recent Census data to determine the whitest cities in Illinois based on the percentage of White residents. Here are the results of our analysis:
The whitest city in Illinois is Pana based on the most recent Census data.
Pana is 97.17% White.
The least White city in Illinois is Calumet Park.
Calumet Park is 1.42% White.
Illinois is 60.2% White.
Illinois is the 36th Whitest state in the United States.
Today, we are looking at the whitest places in Illinois. We won’t measure the number of Whole Foods or Pottery Barns per capita. Instead, we’ll focus on the Census data’s report of race by place in Illinois. In particular, we ranked each place in Illinois by the percentage of white people.
So where are the whitest cities you can live in Illinois?
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Illinois for 2023.
Here are the 10 whites places in Illinois for 2023:
What is the whitest city in Illinois for 2023? According to the most recent census data Pana ranks as the whitest. If you’re wondering, Calumet Park is the least white city of all those we measured.
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The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2023
% White: 97.17%
More on Pana: Data | Real Estate
% White: 96.98%
More on Paris: Data | Real Estate
% White: 96.41%
More on West Frankfort: Data | Real Estate
% White: 95.71%
More on Jerseyville: Data | Real Estate
% White: 95.69%
More on Litchfield: Data | Real Estate
% White: 95.51%
More on Columbia: Data | Real Estate
% White: 95.25%
More on Waterloo: Data | Real Estate
% White: 95.1%
More on Monticello: Data | Real Estate
% White: 94.97%
More on Taylorville: Data | Real Estate
% White: 94.91%
More on Carmi: Data | Real Estate
Methodology: How we determined the whitest places in Illinois for 2023
To rank the whitest places in Illinois, we had to determine what measurable criteria define whiteness.
We had to count how many white people living there per capita. In other words, the percentage of white people living in each city in Illinois.
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*
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 326 cities.
We then calculated the percentage of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.2% to 1.4%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percentage of White population, with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Pana took the distinction of being the most White, while Calumet Park was the least White city.
We updated this article for 2023. This report represents our tenth time ranking the whitest cities in Illinois.
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.
Summary: White Populations Across Illinois
We measured the locations with the highest percentage of white people in Illinois. According to the most recent data, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Illinois.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Illinois:
- Calumet Park
- East St. Louis
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White Population By City In Illinois