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 2018:
- Snowflake (Photos | Jobs)
- Fountain Hills (Photos | Jobs)
- Cave Creek (Photos | Jobs)
- Prescott (Photos | Jobs)
- Payson (Photos | Jobs)
- Wickenburg (Photos | Jobs)
- Paradise Valley (Photos | Jobs)
- Chino Valley (Photos | Jobs)
- Litchfield Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Lake Havasu City (Photos | Jobs)
If you’re wondering, Guadalupe is the least white city of all those we measured.
How we determined the whitest places in Arizona for 2018
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, but being one of the whitest cities in Arizona 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 57 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 57 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 Arizona.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Snowflake.
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 Arizona.
2. Fountain Hills
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.
3. Cave Creek
Cave Creek is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is 27mi northeast of Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 5,015.
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.
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.
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.
7. Paradise Valley
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
8. Chino Valley
Chino Valley is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 10,817.
9. Litchfield Park
Litchfield Park is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is twenty miles northwest of Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,476.
10. Lake Havasu City
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.
There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Arizona
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 Arizona.
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Arizona for 2018
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