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 2019.
- Paris (Homes For Sale)
- Pana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waterloo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Geneseo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Taylorville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Creve Coeur (Homes For Sale)
- Litchfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mattoon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bethalto (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, East St. Louis is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Illinois for 2019
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*
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 329 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.9% 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. Paris took the distinction of being the most White, while East St. Louis was the least White city.
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.
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.
Pana is a city in Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,614 at the 2000 census.
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.
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.
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.
Mattoon is a city in Coles County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18,555 as of the 2010 census.
Bethalto is a village located in Madison County, Illinois, United States. Bethalto, like the rest of Madison County, is part of the Illinois Metro East portion of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The population of Bethalto was 9,521 at the 2010 census.
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.
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:
- East St. Louis
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