What’s up home slice?
Or maybe more to the point in these cities…
How’s it hanging white bread?
Because today we are taking a look at the whitest cities in America. These are the large cities in the US that would get Mitt Romney excited — white-topias if you will.
To our surprise, Iowa only makes one appearance in the top ten. However, after further review, that was only because two cities in Iowa have a large enough population to rank — and both are pretty white.
I guess Amazon should think of opening a couple of more Whole Foods in Billings, the whitest city in America for 2018. For reference, America is about 60% white, while Billings clocks in at 86%.
And maybe Iowa isn’t the whiteland I thought it was, it’s only the fifth whitest state overall.
To see exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on. Or if you’re already comfortable in the whiteness of your city, check out:
How We Determined The Most Whitest Large Cities in The US
When we analyze what it’s like to live in a certain place, we simply look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2012-2016 American Community Survey for a detailed breakdown of race by city.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002 which has the breakdown of people by Hispanic/latino and race.
Limiting our analysis to only cities greater than 100,000 people, we looked at the percentage of the population of each city that identified as non-Hispanic/latino, white.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 273 in terms of that percentage with the city having the highest overall percentage being named the “Whitest City In America” — Billings, MT.
The “least white” city according to the data? That would be East Los Angeles, CA which is only 1.78% white as of the latest data.
Here’s a look at the top ten.
1. Billings, MT
Billings takes the top spot for being the whitest city in America for 2018.
You can enjoy some golf white you herd your wild buffalo and shoot beer cans. Cuz that’s what I’d iamgine people do for fun in the whitest city around.
In what came as a surprise to me, Springfield ranks as the second whitest city in America.
Why is it surprising?
Well, the south as a whole normally ranks as pretty diverse, but it turns out that Springfield wasn’t all that friendly to minorities back in the day which led to a mass exodus of African Americans from the city.
3. Fargo, ND
The home to everyone’s favorite detective — and not much else — Fargo ranks as the third whitest big city in America.
You’d have to be a bit crazy to choose to live this far north. And, as it turns out, white people are apparently that kind of crazy.
Our Iowa spotting has arrived! Cedar Rapids, with a 84.4% white population secures the 4th spot on our list.
Phew, glad they proved my assumptions about corn country correct.
While basically every city in America is getting less white over time, Sterling Heights, MI bucks the trend. It places as the fifth whitest city in America and is only getting whiter.
You have your sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes and purple potatoes. But in Boise City they are only interested in one kind of potato — the russet potato.
Bet you thought I was going to say white potato. I did too, but I switched it at the last minute.
Not to be out done by its northern neighbor, Sioux Falls gives South Dakota an appearance in the top ten.
Over 82% of the city identifies as white.
8. Spokane, WA
Just so we have some level of west coast representtion (because Idaho doesn’t count), Spokane makes an appearance at number 7.
The white people here are angry as Spokane ranks as one of the more dangerous cities in Washington state and America.
9. Lincoln, NE
Bringing us back to the midwest is Lincoln — the ninth whitest city.
Lincoln is about a bland a city as you’ll come across. There’s some energy companies, some corn, some white people, and not much else.
10. Scottsdale, AZ
Rounding out the whitest cities in the US is Scottsdale.
Surprised? We would have thought somewhere more like Indianapolis would show up here or Kansas City. Instead, we ended up in the Arizona desert at the end of the top ten.
There You Have It — The Whitest Big Cities in America
After measuring the white population of every major city in America, we are left with Billings as the whitest of the white.
So don’t mind Billings “Wonder Bread” Montana as it goes and grabs a piece of avocado toast — it can’t help itself.
And for those playing at home, here’s a look at the least white cities in America:
- East Los Angeles
- Miami Gardens
For more reading, check out:
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- These Are The 10 Cheapest Cities To Live In America
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