The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in Illinois.

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 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in Illinois for 2021:

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

What is the whitest city in Illinois for 2021? According to the most recent census data Pana 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.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2021

1. Pana

Pana, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,447
% White: 97.93%
More on Pana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Paris

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,372
% White: 97.89%
More on Paris: Real Estate | Data

3. Geneseo

Geneseo, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,599
% White: 97.47%
More on Geneseo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Columbia

Columbia, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,752
% White: 96.04%
More on Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Manhattan

Manhattan, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,164
% White: 95.87%
More on Manhattan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. West Frankfort

West Frankfort, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,715
% White: 95.84%
More on West Frankfort: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Waterloo

Waterloo, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,367
% White: 95.74%
More on Waterloo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Litchfield

Litchfield, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,870
% White: 95.71%
More on Litchfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,213
% White: 95.61%
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Mattoon

Mattoon, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,394
% White: 95.22%
More on Mattoon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in Illinois for 2021

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 97.9% to 1.9%.

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. Dolton

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Illinois

Rank City % White Population
1 Pana 97.93% 5,447
2 Paris 97.89% 8,372
3 Geneseo 97.47% 6,599
4 Columbia 96.04% 10,752
5 Manhattan 95.87% 8,164
6 West Frankfort 95.84% 7,715
7 Waterloo 95.74% 10,367
8 Litchfield 95.71% 6,870
9 Creve Coeur 95.61% 5,213
10 Mattoon 95.22% 17,394
11 Jerseyville 95.1% 8,161
12 Bartonville 95.06% 6,249
13 Taylorville 94.73% 10,893
14 Rockton 94.55% 7,638
15 Bethalto 94.53% 9,284
16 Marseilles 94.3% 5,032
17 Monticello 94.29% 5,695
18 Washington 93.81% 16,567
19 Chatham 93.73% 13,072
20 Benton 93.66% 6,971
21 Pekin 93.55% 32,846
22 Princeton 93.32% 7,603
23 Salem 93.04% 7,027
24 Clinton 93.03% 7,062
25 Hampshire 92.89% 6,008
26 Mount Carmel 92.81% 7,019
27 Eureka 92.79% 5,731
28 Olney 92.67% 8,723
29 Morton 92.57% 16,562
30 Western Springs 92.44% 13,272
31 Godfrey 92.4% 17,579
32 Fairfield 92.13% 5,082
33 Coal City 92.09% 5,294
34 Mahomet 91.94% 8,392
35 Effingham 91.8% 12,563
36 Troy 91.63% 10,336
37 Wood River 91.58% 10,169
38 Campton Hills 91.57% 11,105
39 New Lenox 91.49% 26,454
40 East Alton 91.42% 6,061
41 East Peoria 91.08% 22,851
42 Herrin 91.04% 12,827
43 Lemont 90.58% 17,023
44 Lake Bluff 90.52% 5,632
45 Braidwood 90.37% 6,377
46 Wilmington 90.28% 6,030
47 Carlinville 90.27% 5,540
48 Winnetka 90.22% 12,428
49 Winfield 89.79% 9,700
50 Geneva 89.7% 21,888
51 Roscoe 89.69% 10,757
52 Mokena 89.59% 20,674
53 Johnsburg 89.58% 6,384
54 Lincoln 89.31% 13,652
55 Highland 89.28% 10,012
56 Deerfield 89.17% 19,006
57 Homer Glen 89.14% 24,592
58 Spring Grove 88.92% 5,614
59 Palos Heights 88.81% 12,480
60 Peru 88.79% 9,798
61 Quincy 88.51% 40,280
62 Maryville 88.51% 7,953
63 Peoria Heights 88.48% 5,860
64 Glen Carbon 88.31% 12,569
65 Du Quoin 88.18% 5,761
66 Harrisburg 88.1% 8,994
67 Manteno 87.74% 8,539
68 Mascoutah 87.65% 8,245
69 Glencoe 87.32% 8,888
70 Fox Lake 87.08% 10,721
71 Channahon 87.07% 12,833
72 Northfield 86.95% 5,534
73 Winthrop Harbor 86.89% 6,721
74 Chillicothe 86.76% 6,218
75 Milan 86.55% 5,056
76 Park Ridge 86.54% 37,457
77 Sycamore 86.51% 17,726
78 Sandwich 86.41% 7,297
79 Machesney Park 86.38% 22,817
80 Morris 85.93% 14,237
81 Highland Park 85.91% 29,628
82 Libertyville 85.83% 20,382
83 Lockport 85.62% 25,307
84 Norridge 85.42% 14,703
85 Metropolis 85.4% 6,129
86 Carterville 85.26% 5,868
87 Lakemoor 85.13% 5,756
88 Streator 84.64% 12,653
89 Marion 84.34% 17,595
90 Lake Forest 84.32% 19,173
91 Batavia 84.24% 26,250
92 Downers Grove 84.21% 49,470
93 Mount Zion 84.13% 5,975
94 La Grange 84.07% 15,545
95 Barrington 83.97% 10,290
96 Canton 83.96% 13,682
97 Charleston 83.54% 20,464
98 Cary 83.25% 17,936
99 Poplar Grove 83.13% 5,270
100 Antioch 83.05% 14,246

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4 thoughts on “The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois For 2021

  1. Pretty humorous list, Now do a list of “blackest” cities in Illinois using a bunch of stereotypical criteria and see how that flies.

    1. My thoughts exactly. Although, I’m still not really understanding whitest. Perhaps in the same category as white privilege? Anyhoo. More useless information from internet, silly me.

  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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