The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2022


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 2022.

Here are the 10 whites places in Illinois for 2022:

  1. Paris
  2. Geneseo
  3. Pana
  4. Creve Coeur
  5. West Frankfort
  6. Columbia
  7. Litchfield
  8. Waterloo
  9. Chatham
  10. Jerseyville

What is the whitest city in Illinois for 2022? According to the most recent census data Paris ranks as the whitest. 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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2022

1. Paris

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,616
% White: 97.89%
More on Paris: Real Estate | Data

Paris, IL

2. Geneseo

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,566
% White: 96.95%
More on Geneseo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Geneseo, IL

Source: Public domain

3. Pana

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,338
% White: 96.72%
More on Pana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pana, IL

4. Creve Coeur

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,074
% White: 96.45%
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Creve Coeur, IL

5. West Frankfort

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,597
% White: 96.39%
More on West Frankfort: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Frankfort, IL

Source: Public domain

6. Columbia

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,692
% White: 96.3%
More on Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbia, IL

Source: Public domain

7. Litchfield

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,626
% White: 96.14%
More on Litchfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Litchfield, IL

8. Waterloo

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,417
% White: 95.52%
More on Waterloo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waterloo, IL

9. Chatham

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,231
% White: 95.13%
More on Chatham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chatham, IL

10. Jerseyville

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,860
% White: 94.89%
More on Jerseyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jerseyville, IL

Methodology: How we determined the whitest places in Illinois for 2022

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 326 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.9% to 1.4%.

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. You can download the data here.

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

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. Calumet Park
  3. Riverdale

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White Population By City In { state|title }}

Rank City % White Population
1 Paris 97.89% 8,616
2 Geneseo 96.95% 6,566
3 Pana 96.72% 5,338
4 Creve Coeur 96.45% 5,074
5 West Frankfort 96.39% 7,597
6 Columbia 96.3% 10,692
7 Litchfield 96.14% 6,626
8 Waterloo 95.52% 10,417
9 Chatham 95.13% 13,231
10 Jerseyville 94.89% 7,860
11 Bethalto 94.84% 9,258
12 Salem 94.63% 6,988
13 Bartonville 94.56% 6,174
14 Taylorville 94.34% 10,766
15 Washington 93.86% 16,555
16 Monticello 93.64% 5,815
17 Mattoon 93.24% 17,273
18 Benton 93.13% 6,977
19 Princeton 92.98% 7,589
20 Mount Carmel 92.82% 6,922
21 Manhattan 92.76% 8,218
22 Pekin 92.65% 32,796
23 Mahomet 92.59% 8,888
24 East Alton 92.56% 6,021
25 New Lenox 92.51% 26,788
26 Braidwood 92.38% 6,338
27 Morton 92.31% 15,791
28 Clinton 92.24% 6,982
29 Mount Zion 92.22% 5,707
30 Effingham 92.13% 12,310
31 Western Springs 92.1% 13,247
32 Olney 92.06% 8,872
33 Highland 91.99% 10,122
34 East Peoria 91.81% 22,615
35 Winnetka 91.74% 12,361
36 Godfrey 91.51% 17,540
37 Glencoe 91.48% 8,836
38 Mokena 91.39% 20,720
39 Eureka 91.01% 5,485
40 Campton Hills 90.93% 10,962
41 Hampshire 90.93% 5,909
42 Johnsburg 90.75% 6,354
43 Wood River 90.39% 10,149
44 Carlinville 90.33% 5,645
45 Herrin 89.01% 12,806
46 Sandwich 88.82% 7,351
47 Chillicothe 88.73% 6,326
48 Rockton 88.66% 7,710
49 Du Quoin 88.64% 5,723
50 Wilmington 88.51% 5,883
51 Harrisburg 88.4% 8,578
52 Lemont 88.24% 17,131
53 Homer Glen 88.11% 24,521
54 Peoria Heights 88.0% 5,825
55 Peru 87.77% 9,777
56 Lincoln 87.75% 13,742
57 Palos Heights 87.74% 12,460
58 Quincy 87.69% 40,111
59 Troy 87.44% 10,278
60 Geneva 87.18% 21,843
61 Deerfield 87.03% 19,030
62 Lakemoor 86.94% 5,820
63 Fox Lake 86.93% 10,739
64 Marion 86.76% 17,539
65 South Beloit 86.73% 7,730
66 Metropolis 86.55% 6,053
67 Glen Carbon 86.44% 12,468
68 Roscoe 86.41% 10,632
69 Winfield 86.34% 9,683
70 West Dundee 86.13% 7,923
71 Morris 85.98% 14,420
72 Machesney Park 85.95% 22,709
73 Park Ridge 85.82% 37,431
74 Lake Bluff 85.81% 5,540
75 Cary 85.81% 17,926
76 Canton 85.05% 13,600
77 Sycamore 84.98% 17,990
78 Spring Grove 84.98% 5,672
79 Lockport 84.96% 25,499
80 Highland Park 84.75% 29,596
81 Edwardsville 84.73% 25,332
82 Charleston 84.67% 20,141
83 Manteno 84.56% 8,545
84 Elburn 84.55% 5,559
85 Milan 84.44% 5,001
86 Genoa 84.41% 5,092
87 Maryville 84.39% 7,962
88 Hoopeston 84.36% 5,178
89 Downers Grove 84.32% 49,263
90 Carterville 84.1% 5,861
91 La Grange 84.05% 15,555
92 Batavia 83.92% 26,479
93 Libertyville 83.74% 20,300
94 Pontiac 83.72% 11,430
95 Winthrop Harbor 83.34% 6,675
96 Northfield 83.3% 5,678
97 Lake Zurich 83.25% 19,912
98 Bradley 83.22% 15,296
99 Ottawa 83.12% 18,742
100 Channahon 83.04% 13,281

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the whitest cities in Illinois.

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