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

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.

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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.

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1. Loomis


Population: 6,690
Percent White: 90.1%

2. Indian Wells

Indian Wells, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,194
Percent White: 88.8%

3. San Anselmo

San Anselmo, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,623
Percent White: 87.4%

4. Paradise

Paradise, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,396
Percent White: 87.1%

5. Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,984
Percent White: 86.5%

6. Fairfax

Fairfax, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,598
Percent White: 86.5%

7. Woodside

Woodside, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,496
Percent White: 86.4%

8. Sausalito

Sausalito, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,115
Percent White: 85.5%

9. Rancho Mirage


Population: 17,876
Percent White: 84.9%

10. Mill Valley

Mill Valley, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,318
Percent White: 84.5%

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

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

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