The 10 Whitest Cities In California For 2022


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 2022.

Here are the 10 whites places in California for 2022:

  1. Paradise
  2. Mill Valley
  3. Pismo Beach
  4. Laguna Beach
  5. Auburn
  6. San Anselmo
  7. Truckee
  8. Sausalito
  9. Loomis
  10. Westlake Village

What is the whitest city in California for 2022? According to the most recent census data Paradise ranks as the whitest. If you're wondering, Maywood 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 2022

1. Paradise

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,560
% White: 87.31%
More on Paradise: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise, CA

Source: Public domain

2. Mill Valley

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,456
% White: 85.67%
More on Mill Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mill Valley, CA

3. Pismo Beach

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,042
% White: 84.32%
More on Pismo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pismo Beach, CA

4. Laguna Beach

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,991
% White: 83.6%
More on Laguna Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laguna Beach, CA

5. Auburn

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,104
% White: 83.4%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn, CA

6. San Anselmo

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,623
% White: 83.17%
More on San Anselmo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Anselmo, CA

7. Truckee

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,666
% White: 83.13%
More on Truckee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Truckee, CA

8. Sausalito

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,177
% White: 82.71%
More on Sausalito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sausalito, CA

Source: Public domain

9. Loomis

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,802
% White: 82.43%
More on Loomis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Loomis, CA

10. Westlake Village

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,203
% White: 81.82%
More on Westlake Village: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westlake Village, CA

Methodology: How we determined the whitest places in California for 2022

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 87.3% to 0.9%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Paradise took the distinction of being the most White, while Maywood 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.

Summary: 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. Maywood
  2. Compton
  3. Huntington Park

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White Population By City In { state|title }}

Rank City % White Population
1 Paradise 87.31% 17,560
2 Mill Valley 85.67% 14,456
3 Pismo Beach 84.32% 8,042
4 Laguna Beach 83.6% 22,991
5 Auburn 83.4% 14,104
6 San Anselmo 83.17% 12,623
7 Truckee 83.13% 16,666
8 Sausalito 82.71% 7,177
9 Loomis 82.43% 6,802
10 Westlake Village 81.82% 8,203
11 Fairfax 81.7% 7,629
12 Grass Valley 80.45% 12,817
13 Ione 80.09% 7,861
14 Shasta Lake 79.87% 10,235
15 Rancho Mirage 79.58% 18,537
16 Morro Bay 78.66% 10,592
17 Ojai 77.95% 7,613
18 Newport Beach 77.89% 86,694
19 Beverly Hills 77.82% 33,709
20 Larkspur 77.35% 12,363
21 Pacific Grove 77.32% 15,471
22 Sonoma 77.31% 11,082
23 Canyon Lake 77.3% 11,237
24 Woodside 77.29% 5,593
25 Malibu 77.08% 12,280
26 Corte Madera 76.69% 9,793
27 Calabasas 76.47% 23,842
28 Encinitas 76.4% 62,967
29 Redding 76.27% 92,025
30 Lafayette 76.03% 25,949
31 Scotts Valley 75.56% 12,055
32 Tiburon 75.55% 9,167
33 Placerville 75.55% 10,954
34 Arroyo Grande 75.51% 17,924
35 Anderson 75.2% 10,479
36 Atascadero 75.18% 30,444
37 St. Helena 75.05% 6,049
38 Hermosa Beach 74.99% 19,147
39 Sebastopol 74.87% 7,664
40 Escalon 74.37% 7,553
41 Dana Point 73.72% 33,782
42 Solvang 73.58% 5,644
43 San Clemente 73.16% 64,929
44 Danville 72.9% 44,933
45 Agoura Hills 72.79% 20,269
46 Coronado 72.69% 24,526
47 Los Gatos 72.08% 31,943
48 Seal Beach 72.04% 24,268
49 Red Bluff 71.56% 14,091
50 West Hollywood 71.27% 35,506
51 Manhattan Beach 71.26% 35,064
52 Villa Park 71.17% 5,883
53 Laguna Woods 71.08% 16,056
54 Healdsburg 70.65% 11,924
55 Solana Beach 70.63% 13,301
56 Yreka 70.5% 7,589
57 Orinda 70.36% 19,461
58 Cotati 70.16% 7,487
59 Piedmont 70.16% 11,454
60 San Luis Obispo 70.09% 47,402
61 Arcata 69.51% 18,266
62 Lincoln 69.43% 48,150
63 Fortuna 69.34% 12,135
64 Carlsbad 69.34% 114,411
65 Chico 69.18% 98,683
66 Capitola 69.0% 10,090
67 Rocklin 67.98% 67,070
68 Thousand Oaks 67.74% 127,648
69 Petaluma 67.72% 60,865
70 Monterey 67.7% 28,575
71 Clayton 67.66% 11,585
72 Citrus Heights 67.62% 87,665
73 Atherton 67.61% 7,060
74 Santee 67.36% 57,407
75 Ridgecrest 66.78% 28,905
76 Palm Desert 66.46% 53,087
77 Roseville 66.44% 138,860
78 San Carlos 66.19% 29,647
79 Moraga 65.81% 16,896
80 Eureka 65.63% 26,938
81 Ripon 65.61% 16,049
82 Palos Verdes Estates 65.54% 13,359
83 Cloverdale 64.93% 8,854
84 Laguna Niguel 64.91% 65,048
85 Big Bear Lake 64.52% 5,302
86 Rio Vista 64.44% 9,407
87 Walnut Creek 63.97% 69,836
88 Benicia 63.9% 28,158
89 Poway 63.78% 49,780
90 Martinez 63.4% 38,397
91 Santa Monica 63.17% 91,600
92 Novato 63.04% 53,781
93 Grover Beach 62.32% 13,481
94 Glendale 62.17% 199,357
95 Yucca Valley 62.08% 21,701
96 Santa Cruz 62.06% 65,011
97 Mission Viejo 62.06% 95,638
98 Sierra Madre 61.98% 10,829
99 Palm Springs 61.94% 48,390
100 South Lake Tahoe 61.72% 22,535

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the whitest cities in California.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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