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 Florida?
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 Sunshine State.
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Florida for 2019.
- Sanibel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gulf Breeze (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Longboat Key (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Venice (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fort Myers Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Pasadena (Homes For Sale)
- Palm Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Treasure Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- St. Pete Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cocoa Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Hialeah Gardens is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Florida for 2019
In order to rank the whitest places in Florida, 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 Florida.
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*
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 210 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.0% to 2.4%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Sanibel took the distinction of being the most White, while Hialeah Gardens was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Florida 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.
Sanibel is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States, on Sanibel Island. The population was 6,469 at the 2010 census, with an estimated 2012 population of 6,741. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sanibel is a barrier island – a collection of sand on the leeward side of the more solid coral-rock of Pine Island.
Longboat Key is a town in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida, located on and coterminous with the barrier island of the same name. Longboat Key is south of Anna Maria Island, between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is almost equally divided between Manatee and Sarasota counties. The town of Longboat Key was incorporated in 1955 and is part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The city includes what locals call “Venice Island”, a portion of the mainland that is accessed via bridges over the artificially created Intracoastal Waterway. The city is located south of Nokomis and north of Englewood. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,748. It is noted for its large snowbird population and was voted as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living.
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,277 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was officially incorporated on December 31, 1995.
The Town of Palm Beach is an incorporated town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The Intracoastal Waterway separates it from the neighboring cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. In 2000, Palm Beach had a year-round population of 10,468, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000.
Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It is situated on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida. The population was 11,231 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There You Have It – White Populations Across Florida
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Florida according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Florida:
- Hialeah Gardens
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Florida
|5||Fort Myers Beach||94.63%|
|9||St. Pete Beach||92.13%|
|12||St. Augustine Beach||91.4%|
|15||New Smyrna Beach||90.09%|
|19||Indian Harbour Beach||89.21%|
|29||North Palm Beach||83.75%|
|46||New Port Richey||78.91%|
|47||Panama City Beach||78.76%|
|50||Palm Beach Gardens||78.13%|
|66||Fort Walton Beach||73.21%|
|86||Green Cove Springs||65.46%|