Whitest Cities In Arizona For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Arizona for 2020:

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

If you’re wondering, San Luis 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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Arizona For 2020

Fountain Hills, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,490
% White: 91.85%
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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.

Payson, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,439
% White: 87.87%
More on Payson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,068
% White: 85.97%
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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

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 14,215
% White: 85.32%
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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

Sedona, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,315
% White: 84.33%
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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.

Snowflake, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,724
% White: 82.46%
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Lake Havasu City, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 53,952
% White: 80.63%
More on Lake Havasu City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wickenburg, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,021
% White: 80.62%
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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.

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 246,026
% White: 80.33%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,376
% White: 78.5%
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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.

How we determined the whitest places in Arizona for 2020

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 91.8% to 2.2%.

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 San Luis was the least White city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. San Luis
  2. Nogales
  3. Somerton

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Arizona

Rank City % White Population
1 Fountain Hills 91.85% 24,490
2 Payson 87.87% 15,439
3 Prescott 85.97% 42,068
4 Paradise Valley 85.32% 14,215
5 Sedona 84.33% 10,315
6 Snowflake 82.46% 5,724
7 Lake Havasu City 80.63% 53,952
8 Wickenburg 80.62% 7,021
9 Scottsdale 80.33% 246,026
10 Chino Valley 78.5% 11,376
11 Apache Junction 78.31% 39,674
12 Kingman 78.28% 29,244
13 Oro Valley 78.14% 43,815
14 Litchfield Park 77.73% 5,899
15 Cottonwood 77.71% 11,826
16 Queen Creek 76.35% 36,053
17 Prescott Valley 74.55% 43,198
18 Show Low 74.22% 11,014
19 Bullhead City 70.35% 40,024
20 Surprise 69.74% 132,904
21 Gilbert 69.66% 237,484
22 Peoria 69.12% 164,572
23 Camp Verde 67.21% 11,169
24 Bisbee 64.58% 5,231
25 Flagstaff 64.19% 71,202
26 Marana 63.92% 43,606
27 Mesa 62.1% 491,194
28 Sahuarita 59.02% 28,949
29 Chandler 58.74% 248,631
30 Sierra Vista 57.0% 43,550
31 Tempe 56.77% 183,652
32 Youn 55.49% 6,747
33 Goodyear 54.81% 77,476
34 Maricopa 51.67% 47,314
35 Safford 49.34% 9,735
36 Florence 48.32% 26,350
37 Globe 48.27% 7,346
38 Glendale 47.73% 245,514
39 Holbrook 46.85% 5,037
40 Tucson 44.48% 539,216
41 Casa Grande 44.18% 54,316
42 Phoenix 43.02% 1,610,071
43 Coolidge 40.69% 12,503
44 El Mirage 39.95% 35,004
45 Page 39.04% 7,547
46 Yuma 33.27% 95,573
47 Avondale 32.03% 83,392
48 Winslow 25.82% 9,505
49 Eloy 25.04% 18,083
50 Douglas 15.47% 16,453
51 South Tucson 12.44% 5,666
52 Tolleson 5.43% 7,184
53 Guadalupe 4.18% 6,405
54 Somerton 3.36% 15,932
55 Nogales 3.24% 20,288
56 San Luis 2.25% 32,279

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About Chris Kolmar

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