Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Illinois for 2020:

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

For more Illinois reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2020

Pana, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,478
% White: 96.9%
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.

Geneseo, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,520
% White: 96.75%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,424
% White: 96.04%
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.

Waterloo, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,268
% White: 95.96%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,493
% White: 95.79%
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data

Columbia, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,503
% White: 95.7%
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.

Manhattan, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,813
% White: 95.41%
More on Manhattan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manhattan is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,071 at the 2006 special census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population to be 7,093 as of 2011. The community is located in northeastern Illinois approximately 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

Taylorville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,964
% White: 95.21%
More on Taylorville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mattoon, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,597
% White: 95.14%
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.

Jerseyville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,127
% White: 94.97%
More on Jerseyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jerseyville is a city in Jersey County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city had a total population of 8,465. It is the county seat of Jersey County, and is the largest city in the county.

How we determined the whitest places in Illinois for 2020

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 330 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.9% 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. Pana 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.

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. Calumet Park
  3. Riverdale

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Illinois

Rank City % White Population
1 Pana 96.9% 5,478
2 Geneseo 96.75% 6,520
3 Paris 96.04% 8,424
4 Waterloo 95.96% 10,268
5 Creve Coeur 95.79% 5,493
6 Columbia 95.7% 10,503
7 Manhattan 95.41% 7,813
8 Taylorville 95.21% 10,964
9 Mattoon 95.14% 17,597
10 Jerseyville 94.97% 8,127
11 West Frankfort 94.8% 7,905
12 Bartonville 94.74% 6,316
13 Litchfield 94.6% 7,015
14 Monticello 94.56% 5,809
15 Rockton 94.37% 7,692
16 Bethalto 94.3% 9,311
17 Benton 94.26% 6,980
18 Campton Hills 94.25% 11,348
19 Marseilles 93.97% 5,088
20 Eureka 93.88% 6,114
21 Hampshire 93.83% 5,852
22 Pekin 93.71% 33,371
23 Clinton 93.66% 7,126
24 Morton 93.6% 16,731
25 Salem 93.55% 7,100
26 Olney 93.47% 8,808
27 Chatham 93.43% 12,535
28 Fairfield 93.3% 5,077
29 Chillicothe 93.04% 6,135
30 Washington 92.93% 16,556
31 Mount Carmel 92.93% 7,040
32 Spring Grove 92.87% 5,792
33 Western Springs 92.85% 13,227
34 Braidwood 92.58% 6,284
35 Mahomet 92.46% 8,327
36 Geneva 92.02% 21,799
37 Effingham 91.98% 12,624
38 Coal City 91.76% 5,427
39 Princeton 91.5% 7,662
40 East Alton 91.38% 6,099
41 East Peoria 91.27% 22,876
42 Deerfield 91.22% 18,930
43 Carlinville 91.19% 5,610
44 New Lenox 91.14% 26,032
45 Herrin 91.11% 12,869
46 Highland 91.1% 10,020
47 Watseka 91.06% 5,202
48 Wood River 91.02% 10,234
49 Mokena 90.82% 20,720
50 Godfrey 90.68% 17,685
51 Manteno 90.67% 8,652
52 Palos Heights 90.16% 12,534
53 Winfield 90.01% 9,708
54 Wilmington 89.97% 5,913
55 Johnsburg 89.93% 6,333
56 Lake Bluff 89.83% 5,612
57 Lincoln 89.8% 13,738
58 Winnetka 89.62% 12,481
59 Homer Glen 89.61% 24,467
60 Du Quoin 89.31% 5,818
61 Harrisburg 88.84% 8,958
62 Troy 88.78% 10,356
63 Quincy 88.69% 40,428
64 Glencoe 88.64% 8,919
65 Roscoe 88.59% 10,575
66 Peru 88.55% 9,864
67 Mascoutah 88.27% 8,007
68 Maryville 88.27% 7,955
69 Machesney Park 87.68% 22,906
70 Channahon 87.67% 12,718
71 Glen Carbon 87.64% 12,845
72 Lemont 87.47% 16,935
73 Lockport 87.25% 25,226
74 Northfield 87.14% 5,536
75 Highland Park 87.06% 29,731
76 Libertyville 87.02% 20,480
77 Park Ridge 86.77% 37,764
78 Fox Lake 86.65% 10,606
79 Metropolis 86.53% 6,184
80 Winthrop Harbor 86.48% 6,767
81 Morris 86.45% 13,983
82 Batavia 86.33% 26,282
83 Mount Zion 86.04% 5,973
84 Marion 86.03% 17,646
85 Barrington 85.71% 10,304
86 Hawthorn Woods 85.25% 8,047
87 Peoria Heights 85.16% 5,910
88 Milan 84.85% 5,084
89 Sycamore 84.67% 17,725
90 Downers Grove 84.61% 49,644
91 Canton 84.54% 13,789
92 Lake Forest 84.49% 19,219
93 Lindenhurst 84.42% 14,495
94 Cary 84.38% 17,871
95 Carterville 84.32% 5,848
96 Norridge 84.26% 14,888
97 Pontoon Beach 84.07% 5,725
98 La Grange 83.95% 15,632
99 Charleston 83.78% 20,632
100 Streator 83.47% 12,791

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3 thoughts on “Whitest Cities In Illinois, 2020

  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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