Whitest Cities In Idaho For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Idaho are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in Idaho.

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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 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Idaho for 2020:

  1. Hayden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Kuna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Post Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lewiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sandpoint (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Rathdrum (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Eagle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ammon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Coeur d’Alene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Star (Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Rupert 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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Idaho For 2020

Hayden, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,380
% White: 92.87%
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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.

Kuna, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,445
% White: 92.45%
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Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,210 at the 2010 census.

Post Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 31,945
% White: 91.51%
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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.

Lewiston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,604
% White: 91.51%
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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.

Sandpoint, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,144
% White: 91.12%
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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.

Rathdrum, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,904
% White: 90.12%
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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.

Eagle, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 25,075
% White: 90.12%
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Ammon, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,403
% White: 88.87%
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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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 49,609
% White: 88.53%
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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”.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,495
% White: 87.62%
More on Star: Real Estate | Data

How we determined the whitest places in Idaho for 2020

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*
* 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 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 92.9% to 52.8%.

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. You can download the data here.

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.

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:

  1. Rupert
  2. Caldwell
  3. Burley

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Idaho

Rank City % White Population
1 Hayden 92.87% 14,380
2 Kuna 92.45% 18,445
3 Post Falls 91.51% 31,945
4 Lewiston 91.51% 32,604
5 Sandpoint 91.12% 8,144
6 Rathdrum 90.12% 7,904
7 Eagle 90.12% 25,075
8 Ammon 88.87% 15,403
9 Coeur D’alene 88.53% 49,609
10 Star 87.62% 8,495
11 Garden City 87.56% 11,743
12 Moscow 86.81% 25,174
13 Rexburg 86.75% 27,957
14 Meridian 86.56% 97,008
15 Preston 86.24% 5,311
16 Pocatello 84.15% 55,162
17 Middleton 84.03% 7,115
18 Boise City 82.7% 224,300
19 Chubbuck 82.33% 14,728
20 Idaho Falls 81.37% 60,147
21 Emmett 78.8% 6,670
22 Twin Falls 78.62% 48,225
23 Blackfoot 77.21% 11,854
24 Payette 75.01% 7,394
25 Mountain Home 74.55% 13,998
26 Nampa 71.16% 91,663
27 Weiser 64.63% 5,326
28 Hailey 62.66% 8,259
29 Jerome 62.59% 11,503
30 Burley 60.25% 10,373
31 Caldwell 58.3% 53,205
32 Rupert 52.8% 5,782

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