These Are The 10 Whitest Cities California In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in California with the largest White population in 2019:

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

If you’re wondering, Parlier 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.

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How we determined the whitest places in California for 2019

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 422 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 89.7% to 1.1%.

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 Parlier was the least White city.

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.

San Anselmo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,619
% White: 89.74%
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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.

Paradise, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,437
% White: 88.25%
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: 6,727
% White: 88.18%
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.

Auburn, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,911
% White: 85.18%
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.

Sausalito, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,147
% White: 84.92%
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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.

Pismo Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,060
% White: 84.02%
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”.

Woodside, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,550
% White: 84.02%
More on Woodside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mill Valley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,392
% White: 83.39%
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.

Sebastopol, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,653
% White: 83.24%
More on Sebastopol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sebastopol or is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, approximately 52mi north of San Francisco. The population was 7,379 at the 2010 census, but its businesses also serve surrounding rural portions of Sonoma County, a region known as West County, which has a population of up to 50,000 residents.

Tiburon, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,205
% White: 83.06%
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.

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. Parlier
  2. Compton
  3. Mendota

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In California

Rank City % White Population
1 San Anselmo 89.74% 12,619
2 Paradise 88.25% 26,437
3 Loomis 88.18% 6,727
4 Auburn 85.18% 13,911
5 Sausalito 84.92% 7,147
6 Pismo Beach 84.02% 8,060
7 Woodside 84.02% 5,550
8 Mill Valley 83.39% 14,392
9 Sebastopol 83.24% 7,653
10 Tiburon 83.06% 9,205
11 Grass Valley 82.35% 12,893
12 Ojai 82.26% 7,594
13 Laguna Beach 82.13% 23,224
14 Malibu 81.91% 12,871
15 Rancho Mirage 81.91% 17,975
16 Fairfax 81.84% 7,616
17 Newport Beach 81.19% 86,793
18 Sonoma 80.84% 11,014
19 Morro Bay 80.81% 10,568
20 Canyon Lake 80.73% 11,043
21 Shasta Lake 79.9% 10,125
22 Larkspur 79.86% 12,367
23 Placerville 79.26% 10,681
24 Hermosa Beach 79.11% 19,750
25 Pacific Grove 78.99% 15,617
26 Corte Madera 78.93% 9,811
27 Encinitas 78.88% 62,595
28 Westlake Village 78.86% 8,450
29 Beverly Hills 78.85% 34,506
30 Scotts Valley 78.6% 11,892
31 Solana Beach 78.4% 13,362
32 Truckee 78.4% 16,308
33 Redding 77.91% 91,236
34 Danville 77.13% 44,205
35 Atascadero 76.86% 29,797
36 Lafayette 76.74% 25,792
37 Yreka 76.74% 7,571
38 Rio Vista 76.68% 8,350
39 Calabasas 76.46% 24,169
40 Laguna Woods 75.9% 16,314
41 Dana Point 75.82% 34,028
42 Clayton 75.77% 11,838
43 Coronado 75.09% 24,053
44 Agoura Hills 74.9% 20,736
45 Manhattan Beach 74.73% 35,698
46 West Hollywood 74.65% 36,148
47 Red Bluff 74.56% 14,111
48 Arroyo Grande 73.75% 17,971
49 Carlsbad 73.65% 113,147
50 Fortuna 73.47% 11,981
51 San Clemente 73.2% 65,226
52 Seal Beach 72.55% 24,510
53 Los Gatos 72.53% 30,709
54 Anderson 72.5% 10,176
55 San Luis Obispo 72.3% 46,997
56 Atherton 71.85% 7,182
57 Chico 71.73% 90,660
58 Escalon 71.69% 7,449
59 Arcata 71.53% 17,814
60 Orinda 71.33% 19,248
61 Rocklin 71.32% 61,697
62 Eureka 70.79% 27,024
63 Piedmont 70.26% 11,296
64 Walnut Creek 70.18% 68,516
65 Cotati 70.13% 7,448
66 Santee 69.95% 57,376
67 Citrus Heights 69.86% 86,618
68 San Carlos 69.82% 29,954
69 Calimesa 69.68% 8,517
70 Petaluma 69.37% 60,210
71 Roseville 69.15% 130,705
72 Thousand Oaks 68.4% 128,909
73 Lincoln 68.1% 46,404
74 Ripon 67.76% 15,173
75 Martinez 67.66% 37,902
76 Solvang 67.59% 5,650
77 Yucca Valley 67.43% 21,483
78 Villa Park 67.36% 5,935
79 Big Bear Lake 67.11% 5,190
80 Moraga 66.89% 17,231
81 Mission Viejo 66.87% 96,535
82 Sierra Madre 66.63% 11,061
83 Laguna Niguel 66.48% 65,429
84 Pleasant Hill 66.16% 34,662
85 Monterey 65.67% 28,671
86 Palos Verdes Estates 65.54% 13,591
87 South Lake Tahoe 65.31% 21,680
88 Palm Desert 65.15% 51,675
89 Santa Monica 64.95% 92,495
90 El Segundo 64.64% 16,929
91 Novato 64.38% 55,378
92 Ridgecrest 64.31% 28,728
93 St. Helena 64.3% 6,056
94 Santa Cruz 63.75% 63,993
95 Livermore 63.72% 88,232
96 Poway 63.67% 49,874
97 Los Altos Hills 63.44% 8,490
98 Rancho Santa Margarita 63.36% 49,078
99 Oakdale 63.19% 22,256
100 Huntington Beach 63.1% 200,415

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