These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In California For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Loomis (Jobs)
  2. Indian Wells (Photos | Jobs)
  3. San Anselmo (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Paradise (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Pismo Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Fairfax (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Woodside (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Sausalito (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Rancho Mirage (Jobs)
  10. Mill Valley (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Mendota 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.

How we determined the whitest places in California for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in California 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 428 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 428 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 California.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Loomis.

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 California.

1. Loomis


Population: 6,690
Percent White: 90.1%
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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.

2. Indian Wells

Indian Wells, California

Population: 5,194
Percent White: 88.8%
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Indian Wells is a city in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley. Incorporated in 1967, it lies in between Palm Desert and the resort town of La Quinta. As of the 2013 census, the city population was 5,165.

3. San Anselmo

San Anselmo, California

Population: 12,623
Percent White: 87.4%
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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.

4. Paradise

Paradise, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 26,396
Percent White: 87.1%
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Paradise is an incorporated town in Butte County, California. It is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the northeastern Sacramento Valley.

5. Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach, California

Population: 7,984
Percent White: 86.5%
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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’.

6. Fairfax

Fairfax, California

Population: 7,598
Percent White: 86.5%
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Fairfax is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Fairfax is located 3.25 miles west-northwest of San Rafael, at an elevation of 115 feet. The population is 7,441 at the 2010 census. Fairfax is the only town in America that holds a Green Party majority in the town council.

7. Woodside

Woodside, California

Population: 5,496
Percent White: 86.4%
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8. Sausalito

Sausalito, California

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Population: 7,115
Percent White: 85.5%
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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.

9. Rancho Mirage


Population: 17,876
Percent White: 84.9%
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Rancho Mirage is a resort city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 17,218 at the 2010 census, up from 13,249 at the 2000 census, but the seasonal population can exceed 20,000. Located between Cathedral City and Palm Desert, it is one of the nine cities of the Coachella Valley. Rancho Mirage was incorporated in 1973 from a merger of Mirage Cove with five unincorporated areas known as the ‘Cove communities’, and had 3,000 permanent residents at the time. Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, died at his home in the city in 2006, and Jane Wyman died one year later at her home in the same city.

10. Mill Valley

Mill Valley, California

Population: 14,318
Percent White: 84.5%
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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.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In California

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 California.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In California for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Loomis 6,690 90.1%
2
Indian Wells 5,194 88.8%
3
San Anselmo 12,623 87.4%
4
Paradise 26,396 87.1%
5
Pismo Beach 7,984 86.5%
6
Fairfax 7,598 86.5%
7
Woodside 5,496 86.4%
8
Sausalito 7,115 85.5%
9
Rancho Mirage 17,876 84.9%
10
Mill Valley 14,318 84.5%
11
Laguna Beach 23,204 84.2%
12
Tiburon 9,170 84.1%
13
Auburn 13,858 84.1%
14
Malibu 12,853 83.9%
15
Grass Valley 12,861 83.5%
16
Hermosa Beach 19,726 81.8%
17
Sebastopol 7,630 81.7%
18
Sonoma 10,952 81.0%
19
Canyon Lake 10,985 80.8%
20
Larkspur 12,268 80.5%
21
Placerville 10,540 80.3%
22
Newport Beach 86,813 80.2%
23
Morro Bay 10,519 79.9%
24
Corte Madera 9,694 79.8%
25
Solana Beach 13,312 79.7%
26
Yreka 7,598 79.6%
27
Westlake Village 8,443 79.6%
28
Ojai 7,581 79.1%
29
Beverly Hills 34,627 79.1%
30
Encinitas 62,160 78.9%
31
Redding 91,320 78.7%
32
Truckee 16,231 78.1%
33
Pacific Grove 15,546 77.9%
34
Clayton 11,655 77.8%
35
Laguna Woods 16,347 77.7%
36
Atascadero 29,516 77.4%
37
Scotts Valley 11,824 77.3%
38
Shasta Lake 10,151 77.0%
39
Anderson 10,156 76.9%
40
Lafayette 25,381 76.9%
41
Agoura Hills 20,689 76.8%
42
Danville 43,758 76.8%
43
Dana Point 34,009 76.1%
44
Red Bluff 14,065 75.9%
45
Calabasas 24,091 75.4%
46
Manhattan Beach 35,573 75.4%
47
Coronado 24,852 75.1%
48
Orinda 18,936 75.0%
49
Atherton 7,127 74.9%
50
Rio Vista 8,055 74.7%
51
West Hollywood 35,661 74.2%
52
Seal Beach 24,510 74.1%
53
Los Gatos 30,491 74.1%
54
Arroyo Grande 17,842 74.0%
55
Carlsbad 112,008 73.8%
56
Fortuna 11,917 73.7%
57
Eureka 27,002 73.5%
58
Chico 89,377 73.1%
59
San Luis Obispo 46,716 72.9%
60
San Clemente 65,082 72.9%
61
Walnut Creek 67,568 72.8%
62
Big Bear Lake 5,149 72.7%
63
Arcata 17,775 71.6%
64
Rocklin 60,509 71.0%
65
San Carlos 29,596 71.0%
66
Santee 56,839 70.1%
67
Cotati 7,415 69.9%
68
Calimesa 8,379 69.8%
69
Roseville 128,276 69.6%
70
Ripon 14,971 69.5%
71
Sierra Madre 11,067 69.5%
72
Citrus Heights 85,954 69.4%
73
Yucca Valley 21,362 69.3%
74
Petaluma 59,757 69.3%
75
Martinez 37,544 69.2%
76
Lincoln 45,675 69.1%
77
Piedmont 11,201 69.0%
78
Solvang 5,552 68.9%
79
Villa Park 5,922 68.8%
80
Thousand Oaks 128,623 68.3%
81
Escalon 7,382 68.2%
82
Laguna Niguel 64,984 67.7%
83
Mission Viejo 96,178 67.4%
84
St. Helena 5,995 67.2%
85
Novato 54,790 67.0%
86
El Segundo 16,901 66.7%
87
Palos Verdes Estates 13,582 66.5%
88
Moraga 16,977 66.4%
89
Pleasant Hill 34,395 66.3%
90
Monterey 28,472 65.9%
91
Santa Monica 92,247 65.4%
92
Palm Desert 51,045 65.2%
93
Ridgecrest 28,604 65.1%
94
Oakdale 21,796 65.0%
95
Rancho Santa Margarita 49,038 64.8%
96
Santa Cruz 63,310 64.8%
97
Capitola 10,109 64.7%
98
Poway 49,675 64.4%
99
Rohnert Park 41,928 64.1%
100
Folsom 74,960 64.0%

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