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 Arkansas?
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 Natural State.
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Arkansas for 2019.
- Mountain Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pocahontas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Paragould (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Heber Springs (Homes For Sale)
- Harrison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Beebe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Pine Bluff is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Arkansas for 2019
In order to rank the whitest places in Arkansas, 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 Arkansas.
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*
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 59 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 95.4% to 19.2%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Mountain Home took the distinction of being the most White, while Pine Bluff was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Arkansas 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.
Mountain Home is a small city and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains near the northern state border with Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,448. A total of 41,307 persons lived within the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter County.
Greenwood is a city in and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States, perhaps best known locally for its Arkansas high school football. It is the fifth largest municipality in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 8,952 according to the 2010 US Census.
Pocahontas is a city in Randolph County, Arkansas, United States, along the Black River. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 6,765. The city is the county seat of Randolph County.
Paragould is the county seat of Greene County, and the 19th-largest city in Arkansas, in the United States. The city is located in northeastern Arkansas on the eastern edge of Crowley’s Ridge, a geologic anomaly contained within the Arkansas delta.
Mena is a city in Polk County, Arkansas, United States. It is also the county seat of Polk County. The population was 5,637 as of 2000 census.
Heber Springs is a city in Cleburne County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,165 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Cleburne County.
Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. It is the county seat. It named after General Marcus LaRue Harrison, a surveyor that laid out the city along Crooked Creek at Stifler Springs. According to 2012 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 13,163, up from 12,943 at the 2010 census.
Farmington is a city in Washington County, Arkansas. The community is nestled in a valley among the Boston Mountains, a subset of the Ozark Mountains. Although the first settlers came from the Deep South in 1828, the community did not incorporate until 1946. Located immediately west of Fayetteville in the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Farmington has been experiencing a population boom in recent years, as indicated by a 66% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. It has been characterized as a bedroom community by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.
Beebe, Arkansas is a city in White County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,315 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous in the county. The city is home to a branch campus of Jonesboro-based Arkansas State University.
Alma is a city in Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. It is located within the Arkansas River Valley at the edge of the Ozark Mountains, the city is the sixth largest in the Fort Smith metropolitan area. The population was 5,419 at the 2010 Census. The city is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 49.
There You Have It – White Populations Across Arkansas
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Arkansas according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Arkansas:
- Pine Bluff
- Helena-West Helena
- Forrest City
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Arkansas
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