These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Arizona In For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Arizona are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in Arizona.

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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 Arizona?

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 Grand Canyon State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Arizona for 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Arizona with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Fountain Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Snowflake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Payson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Prescott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Paradise Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Wickenburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sedona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lake Havasu City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Chino Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Somerton 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.

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How we determined the whitest places in Arizona for 2019

In order to rank the whitest places in Arizona, 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 Arizona.

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 56 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 92.0% to 2.5%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Fountain Hills took the distinction of being the most White, while Somerton was the least White city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Arizona 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.

Fountain Hills, AZ

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Population: 24,047
% White: 92.03%
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Fountain Hills is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. Known for its impressive fountain, once the tallest in the world, it borders on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The population is 22,489, as of the 2010 census. Between the 1990 and 2000 censuses it was the eighth fastest-growing place among cities and towns in Arizona.

Snowflake, AZ

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Population: 5,668
% White: 90.12%
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Payson, AZ

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Population: 15,338
% White: 87.41%
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Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Its location puts it very near to the geographic center of Arizona. Payson has been called “The Heart of Arizona”. The town is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and has many outdoor activities year round. As of the 2010 census, the population of Payson was 15,301.

Prescott, AZ

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Population: 41,468
% White: 87.34%
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Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.

Paradise Valley, AZ

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Population: 13,961
% White: 84.78%
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Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.

It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. T

Wickenburg, AZ

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Population: 6,906
% White: 84.33%
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Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 6,363.

Sedona, AZ

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Population: 10,246
% White: 83.05%
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Sedona is a city that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,031.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

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Population: 53,463
% White: 81.76%
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Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. According to 2010 census, the population of the town is 52,527 people. It is served by Lake Havasu City Airport. Lake Havasu City is geographically isolated from the other cities in Mohave County and is the southernmost community of the Las Vegas-Henderson, NV-AZ combined statistical area.

Scottsdale, AZ

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Population: 239,283
% White: 81.04%
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Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.” Its slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.”

Chino Valley, AZ

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Population: 11,155
% White: 81.0%
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Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 10,817.

There You Have It – White Populations Across Arizona

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Arizona according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Arizona:

  1. Somerton
  2. San Luis
  3. Nogales

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Arizona

Rank City % White Population
1 Fountain Hills 92.03% 24,047
2 Snowflake 90.12% 5,668
3 Payson 87.41% 15,338
4 Prescott 87.34% 41,468
5 Paradise Valley 84.78% 13,961
6 Wickenburg 84.33% 6,906
7 Sedona 83.05% 10,246
8 Lake Havasu City 81.76% 53,463
9 Scottsdale 81.04% 239,283
10 Chino Valley 81.0% 11,155
11 Apache Junction 78.83% 38,452
12 Kingman 78.33% 28,855
13 Oro Valley 78.24% 42,889
14 Litchfield Park 77.35% 5,686
15 Queen Creek 77.06% 33,298
16 Prescott Valley 75.94% 41,995
17 Show Low 74.18% 10,860
18 Cottonwood 71.16% 11,634
19 Gilbert 70.95% 232,176
20 Peoria 70.66% 161,383
21 Surprise 70.25% 129,534
22 Camp Verde 69.85% 11,091
23 Bullhead City 69.22% 39,824
24 Bisbee 64.74% 5,261
25 Flagstaff 64.41% 69,903
26 Marana 63.62% 41,720
27 Mesa 62.63% 479,317
28 Youn 60.92% 6,625
29 Sahuarita 59.55% 28,257
30 Chandler 59.07% 245,160
31 Tempe 57.73% 178,339
32 Sierra Vista 57.64% 43,585
33 Goodyear 54.56% 74,953
34 Maricopa 54.4% 46,248
35 Globe 51.82% 7,341
36 Safford 50.34% 9,662
37 Glendale 48.61% 241,543
38 Florence 47.71% 26,066
39 Holbrook 46.05% 5,005
40 Casa Grande 45.03% 52,501
41 Tucson 44.92% 530,905
42 Phoenix 43.34% 1,574,421
43 Coolidge 42.12% 12,221
44 Page 40.73% 7,515
45 El Mirage 40.05% 34,400
46 Yuma 33.83% 93,851
47 Avondale 32.78% 81,590
48 Winslow 25.23% 9,517
49 Eloy 22.46% 17,537
50 Douglas 16.82% 16,576
51 South Tucson 11.31% 5,624
52 Tolleson 8.81% 7,052
53 Guadalupe 4.86% 6,270
54 Nogales 4.11% 20,233
55 San Luis 2.58% 31,509
56 Somerton 2.52% 15,508

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