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

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.

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.

1. Waterloo

Waterloo, Illinois

Population: 10,197
Percent White: 98.1%
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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.

2. Paris


Population: 8,413
Percent White: 97.5%
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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.

3. Pana

Pana, Illinois

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Population: 5,673
Percent White: 97.4%
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Pana is a city in Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,614 at the 2000 census.

4. Litchfield

Litchfield, Illinois

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Population: 6,976
Percent White: 97.1%
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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.

5. Creve Coeur


Population: 5,653
Percent White: 97.1%
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6. Taylorville

Taylorville, Illinois

Population: 11,081
Percent White: 97.1%
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7. Monticello

Monticello, Illinois

Population: 5,609
Percent White: 97.0%
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Monticello is a city in Piatt County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,138 at the 2000 census, and 5,374 at a 2009 estimate. It is the county seat of Piatt County.

8. Carmi

Carmi, Illinois

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Population: 5,065
Percent White: 96.6%
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Carmi is a city in and the county seat of White County, Illinois, United States, along the Little Wabash River. The population was 5,422 at the 2000 census.

9. Bartonville


Population: 6,406
Percent White: 96.5%
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10. Auburn


Population: 5,006
Percent White: 96.3%
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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

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