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 Idaho?
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 Gem State.
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Idaho for 2019.
- Hayden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sandpoint (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lewiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Post Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Eagle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rathdrum (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ammon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coeur d’Alene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Preston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Rupert is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Idaho for 2019
In order to rank the whitest places in Idaho, 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 Idaho.
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 32 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 92.7% to 54.9%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Hayden took the distinction of being the most White, while Rupert was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Idaho 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.
Hayden is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Located in the northern portion of the state, it is a suburb of nearby Coeur d’Alene and its population was 13,294 at the 2010 census.
Sandpoint is the largest town in, and the county seat of, Bonner County, Idaho, United States. Its population was 7,365 at the 2010 census.
Lewiston is a city in north central Idaho and the county seat of Nez Perce County. It is the second-largest city in the northern Idaho region, behind Coeur d’Alene, and ninth-largest in the state. Lewiston is the principal city of the Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Nez Perce County and Asotin County, Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lewiston was 31,894, up from 30,904 in 2000.
Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, Washington. It is both a suburb of Coeur d’Alene, to the east; and a bedroom community to Spokane, to the west. The population was 27,574 at the 2010 census, up from 17,247 in 2000 census, making it Idaho’s tenth largest city. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2014 population is 30,123.
Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4816 in 2000. It is part of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.
Ammon is an edge city of Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the population of Ammon was 13,816.
Coeur d’Alene KOR d-LAYN) is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. It is the principal city of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Coeur d’Alene was 44,137. The city is a satellite city of Spokane, which is located about 30 miles to the west, in the state of Washington. The two cities are the key components of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Combined Statistical Area, of which Coeur d’Alene is the third-largest city. Coeur d’Alene is the largest city in northern Idaho Panhandle. The city is situated on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, 25 miles in length. Locally, Coeur d’Alene is known as the “Lake City”, or simply called by its initials: “CDA”.
Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the US state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739. Meridian is the state’s fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.
Preston is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,204 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There You Have It – White Populations Across Idaho
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Idaho according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Idaho:
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