Whitest Cities In California For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in California 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 California.

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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 California?

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 Golden State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in California for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in California for 2020:

  1. San Anselmo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Sausalito (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Paradise (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Loomis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Laguna Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Malibu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Pismo Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Mill Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Tiburon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Compton 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.

For more California reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In California For 2020

San Anselmo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,567
% White: 87.21%
More on San Anselmo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Anselmo is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. San Anselmo is located 1.5 miles west of San Rafael, at an elevation of 46 feet. It is located about 20 miles north of San Francisco. Neighboring towns include San Rafael to the east, Fairfax to the west, and Ross to the south. Mount Tamalpais dominates the view to the south. The population was 12,336 at the 2010 census.

Sausalito, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,139
% White: 87.17%
More on Sausalito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Located 8 miles south-southeast of San Rafael, at an elevation of 13 feet, and is located 7km north of San Francisco.

Paradise, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,543
% White: 85.92%
More on Paradise: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise is an incorporated town in Butte County, California. It is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the northeastern Sacramento Valley.

Loomis, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,753
% White: 84.97%
More on Loomis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Loomis is an incorporated town in Placer County, California, United States. It is part of the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,733 as estimated by the US Census in 2015.

Laguna Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,147
% White: 84.73%
More on Laguna Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. It is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and an artist community. The population in the 2010 census was 22,723.

Malibu, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,846
% White: 84.63%
More on Malibu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway, which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Pismo Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,116
% White: 83.8%
More on Pismo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. The estimated population was 7,931 in 2014, up from 7,655 in the 2010 census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a cluster of cities in that area of San Luis Obispo County. The “5 Cities” is actually only 3 cities; Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande. Oceano is a Community Service District and Shell Beach is part of Pismo Beach. Pismo Beach’s motto is “Clam Capital of the World”.

Mill Valley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,343
% White: 83.8%
More on Mill Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14 miles north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.

Auburn, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,946
% White: 83.75%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Placer County, California. Its population was 13,330 during the 2010 census. Auburn is known for its California Gold Rush history, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.

Tiburon, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,151
% White: 81.95%
More on Tiburon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tiburon is an incorporated town in Marin County, California. It is located on the Tiburon Peninsula, which reaches south into the San Francisco Bay. The smaller city of Belvedere occupies the south-west part of the peninsula and is contiguous with Tiburon. Tiburon is bordered by Corte Madera to the north and Mill Valley to the west, but is otherwise mostly surrounded by the Bay. Besides Belvedere and Tiburon, much of the peninsula is unincorporated, including portions of the north side and the communities of Strawberry and Paradise Cay.

How we determined the whitest places in California for 2020

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

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 421 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 87.2% to 1.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. San Anselmo took the distinction of being the most White, while Compton was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in California 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 California

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

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

  1. Compton
  2. Commerce
  3. Calexico

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In California

Rank City % White Population
1 San Anselmo 87.21% 12,567
2 Sausalito 87.17% 7,139
3 Paradise 85.92% 26,543
4 Loomis 84.97% 6,753
5 Laguna Beach 84.73% 23,147
6 Malibu 84.63% 12,846
7 Pismo Beach 83.8% 8,116
8 Mill Valley 83.8% 14,343
9 Auburn 83.75% 13,946
10 Tiburon 81.95% 9,151
11 Fairfax 81.77% 7,591
12 Larkspur 81.7% 12,375
13 Woodside 81.05% 5,541
14 Rancho Mirage 81.02% 18,075
15 Grass Valley 80.67% 12,932
16 Morro Bay 80.34% 10,592
17 Canyon Lake 80.19% 11,106
18 Ojai 79.64% 7,555
19 Encinitas 79.48% 62,713
20 Newport Beach 79.46% 86,280
21 Pacific Grove 79.24% 15,567
22 Shasta Lake 78.83% 10,142
23 Corte Madera 78.57% 9,866
24 Westlake Village 78.4% 8,424
25 Truckee 78.19% 16,377
26 Redding 78.12% 91,327
27 Sonoma 77.79% 11,074
28 Placerville 77.74% 10,860
29 Scotts Valley 77.62% 11,900
30 Beverly Hills 77.61% 34,362
31 Sebastopol 77.29% 7,666
32 Hermosa Beach 77.22% 19,650
33 Atascadero 76.36% 30,037
34 Danville 76.27% 44,417
35 Rio Vista 76.08% 8,618
36 Calabasas 75.98% 24,077
37 West Hollywood 75.79% 36,384
38 Agoura Hills 75.1% 20,636
39 Lafayette 74.6% 26,060
40 Dana Point 74.51% 33,913
41 Coronado 74.36% 23,620
42 Manhattan Beach 74.33% 35,573
43 Arroyo Grande 74.14% 18,039
44 Red Bluff 74.14% 14,132
45 Laguna Woods 73.83% 16,228
46 Clayton 73.74% 11,967
47 Solana Beach 73.58% 13,370
48 San Clemente 73.38% 65,045
49 Yreka 73.12% 7,551
50 Carlsbad 72.83% 113,670
51 Orinda 72.16% 19,431
52 Fortuna 72.11% 12,117
53 Anderson 71.89% 10,265
54 Los Gatos 71.75% 30,922
55 Piedmont 71.71% 11,308
56 Arcata 71.65% 18,050
57 Chico 71.61% 91,998
58 Seal Beach 71.07% 24,364
59 Escalon 70.87% 7,509
60 San Luis Obispo 70.74% 47,160
61 Rocklin 70.42% 63,127
62 Villa Park 70.37% 5,912
63 Atherton 69.99% 7,185
64 Cotati 69.65% 7,470
65 Citrus Heights 69.63% 87,061
66 Eureka 69.63% 27,020
67 Moraga 69.39% 17,398
68 Yucca Valley 69.17% 21,543
69 Santee 69.1% 57,615
70 Walnut Creek 68.99% 69,007
71 Petaluma 68.89% 60,635
72 Roseville 68.53% 133,049
73 San Carlos 68.5% 30,080
74 Big Bear Lake 68.23% 5,229
75 Lincoln 68.16% 46,939
76 Thousand Oaks 67.87% 128,481
77 Mission Viejo 66.35% 96,124
78 Calimesa 66.27% 8,651
79 Laguna Niguel 66.1% 65,652
80 Sierra Madre 65.6% 11,006
81 Monterey 65.58% 28,512
82 Palos Verdes Estates 65.56% 13,523
83 Healdsburg 65.48% 11,802
84 Martinez 65.43% 38,117
85 Ridgecrest 65.36% 28,736
86 Novato 65.21% 55,523
87 Ripon 65.13% 15,367
88 Pleasant Hill 64.8% 34,785
89 Poway 64.79% 49,842
90 Palm Desert 64.52% 52,124
91 Santa Monica 64.29% 92,078
92 Solvang 64.14% 5,734
93 El Segundo 63.98% 16,850
94 St. Helena 63.84% 6,079
95 Benicia 63.47% 28,088
96 South Lake Tahoe 63.44% 21,814
97 Livermore 62.6% 89,027
98 Santa Cruz 62.56% 64,273
99 Folsom 62.12% 77,007
100 Glendale 62.04% 200,372

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