The 10 Whitest Cities In California For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in California.

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 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in California for 2021:

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

What is the whitest city in California for 2021? According to the most recent census data Sausalito ranks as the whitest. 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.

For more California reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In California For 2021

1. Sausalito

Sausalito, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,116
% White: 86.66%
More on Sausalito: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Mill Valley

Mill Valley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,330
% White: 86.2%
More on Mill Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. San Anselmo

San Anselmo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,525
% White: 85.95%
More on San Anselmo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Paradise

Paradise, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,135
% White: 85.24%
More on Paradise: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Loomis

Loomis, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,790
% White: 84.36%
More on Loomis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,036
% White: 83.45%
More on Laguna Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Auburn

Auburn, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,011
% White: 83.38%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Malibu

Malibu, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,620
% White: 83.34%
More on Malibu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Fairfax

Fairfax, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,578
% White: 82.25%
More on Fairfax: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Truckee

Truckee, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,474
% White: 81.96%
More on Truckee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in California for 2021

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 86.7% to 0.7%.

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

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In California

Rank City % White Population
1 Sausalito 86.66% 7,116
2 Mill Valley 86.2% 14,330
3 San Anselmo 85.95% 12,525
4 Paradise 85.24% 22,135
5 Loomis 84.36% 6,790
6 Laguna Beach 83.45% 23,036
7 Auburn 83.38% 14,011
8 Malibu 83.34% 12,620
9 Fairfax 82.25% 7,578
10 Truckee 81.96% 16,474
11 Tiburon 81.57% 9,144
12 Rancho Mirage 81.23% 18,193
13 Grass Valley 80.87% 12,891
14 Pismo Beach 80.56% 8,180
15 Ojai 80.41% 7,534
16 Morro Bay 80.19% 10,578
17 Westlake Village 80.13% 8,358
18 Newport Beach 79.93% 85,694
19 Shasta Lake 79.46% 10,206
20 Sebastopol 79.14% 7,760
21 Pacific Grove 79.08% 15,522
22 Woodside 79.0% 5,542
23 Canyon Lake 78.52% 11,170
24 Placerville 78.51% 10,970
25 Corte Madera 78.46% 9,838
26 Scotts Valley 77.98% 11,863
27 Hermosa Beach 77.97% 19,539
28 Larkspur 77.88% 12,319
29 Encinitas 77.87% 62,780
30 Beverly Hills 77.81% 34,186
31 Redding 77.04% 91,580
32 Arroyo Grande 76.52% 18,033
33 Solana Beach 76.16% 13,356
34 Calabasas 75.79% 23,988
35 Atascadero 75.5% 30,130
36 West Hollywood 75.39% 36,450
37 Danville 75.32% 44,605
38 Lafayette 75.23% 26,305
39 Coronado 74.89% 23,639
40 Rio Vista 74.76% 8,947
41 San Clemente 74.7% 64,878
42 Anderson 74.68% 10,407
43 Clayton 74.62% 12,083
44 Cotati 74.52% 7,454
45 Agoura Hills 74.34% 20,533
46 Dana Point 74.09% 33,769
47 Sonoma 73.36% 11,075
48 Escalon 73.32% 7,538
49 Carlsbad 73.29% 114,253
50 Manhattan Beach 73.29% 35,500
51 Los Gatos 72.35% 30,729
52 Red Bluff 72.32% 14,264
53 Laguna Woods 71.99% 16,053
54 Orinda 71.97% 19,646
55 Fortuna 71.13% 12,210
56 Yreka 71.09% 7,562
57 Piedmont 70.91% 11,317
58 Rocklin 70.69% 64,835
59 Chico 70.64% 94,529
60 San Luis Obispo 70.62% 47,302
61 Seal Beach 70.62% 24,204
62 Moraga 69.9% 17,539
63 Eureka 69.77% 26,966
64 Atherton 69.28% 7,168
65 Citrus Heights 69.24% 87,373
66 Santee 68.83% 57,797
67 Arcata 68.71% 18,178
68 Walnut Creek 68.33% 69,567
69 Solvang 68.13% 5,804
70 Petaluma 68.06% 60,767
71 San Carlos 67.87% 30,154
72 Lincoln 67.8% 47,388
73 Villa Park 67.41% 5,861
74 Roseville 67.27% 135,637
75 Thousand Oaks 66.77% 127,873
76 Monterey 66.71% 28,352
77 Laguna Niguel 66.56% 65,808
78 Sierra Madre 66.32% 10,932
79 Martinez 66.27% 38,290
80 Palm Desert 65.98% 52,575
81 Yucca Valley 65.53% 21,622
82 Big Bear Lake 65.5% 5,241
83 Palos Verdes Estates 65.37% 13,434
84 St. Helena 65.12% 6,101
85 Mission Viejo 65.06% 95,516
86 Benicia 65.05% 28,192
87 Capitola 64.83% 10,121
88 Ridgecrest 64.79% 28,755
89 Santa Monica 64.65% 91,577
90 Poway 64.61% 49,701
91 Pleasant Hill 64.43% 34,840
92 Oroville 64.17% 19,393
93 Ripon 64.04% 15,777
94 Healdsburg 63.77% 11,845
95 Novato 63.46% 55,642
96 Calimesa 63.05% 8,814
97 Ione 62.49% 7,753
98 Marysville 62.09% 12,327
99 El Segundo 62.01% 16,731
100 Livermore 61.92% 89,699

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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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