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:
- Waterloo (Photos | Jobs)
- Paris (Jobs)
- Pana (Photos | Jobs)
- Litchfield (Photos | Jobs)
- Creve Coeur (Jobs)
- Taylorville (Photos | Jobs)
- Monticello (Photos | Jobs)
- Carmi (Photos | Jobs)
- Bartonville (Jobs)
- Auburn (Jobs)
If you’re wondering, East St. Louis is the least white city of all those we measured.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
For more Illinois reading , check out:
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Illinois for 2018
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