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 2018:
- Sanibel (Photos | Jobs)
- Gulf Breeze (Photos | Jobs)
- Longboat Key (Photos | Jobs)
- South Pasadena (Jobs)
- Venice (Photos | Jobs)
- Fort Myers Beach (Photos | Jobs)
- Palm Beach (Photos | Jobs)
- Cocoa Beach (Photos | Jobs)
- St. Pete Beach (Jobs)
- Treasure Island (Photos | Jobs)
If you’re wondering, Hialeah Gardens is the least white city of all those we measured.
How we determined the whitest places in Florida for 2018
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, but being one of the whitest cities in Florida 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 217 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 217 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 Florida.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Sanibel.
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 Florida.
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.
2. Gulf Breeze
3. Longboat Key
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.
4. South Pasadena
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.
6. Fort Myers Beach
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.
7. Palm Beach
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.
8. Cocoa Beach
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.
9. St. Pete Beach
10. Treasure Island
Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It is situated on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico.
There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Florida
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 Florida.
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Florida for 2018
|Fort Myers Beach||7|
|St. Pete Beach||10|
|St. Augustine Beach||12|
|Indian Harbour Beach||14|
|New Smyrna Beach||21|
|North Palm Beach||25|
|New Port Richey||46|
|Panama City Beach||47|
|Palm Beach Gardens||48|
|Fort Walton Beach||69|
|Green Cove Springs||84|