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 Indiana?
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 Hoosier State.
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Indiana for 2019.
- Salem (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Linton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mooresville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Garrett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Vernon (Homes For Sale)
- Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Greenfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Scottsburg (Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, East Chicago is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Indiana for 2019
In order to rank the whitest places in Indiana, 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 Indiana.
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 113 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.7% to 6.5%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Salem took the distinction of being the most White, while East Chicago was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Indiana 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.
Salem is a city in Washington Township, Washington County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. Salem serves as the county seat. The population was 6,319 at the 2010 census.
Linton is a city in Stockton Township, Greene County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,413 at the 2010 census. A coal mining city, it is located southeast of Terre Haute. The current mayor is Scott Anthony Smithhart.
Mooresville is a town in Brown Township, Morgan County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 9,326.
Auburn is a city in DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. The population was 13,086 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1836 by Wesley Park, the city is the county seat of DeKalb County. Auburn is also known as Home of the Classics.
Garrett is a city in Keyser Township, DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,286 at the 2010 census.
Elwood is a city in Madison and Tipton counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The Madison County portion, which includes most of the city, is part of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion in Tipton County is part of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,614 at the 2010 census.
North Vernon is a city in Jennings County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census.
Alexandria is a city in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana, United States. It is about 46 miles northeast of Indianapolis. According to the 2010 census, its population was 5,145, a decrease of 17.8% from 6,260 in 2000.
Greenfield is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Indiana, United States, and a part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The population was 20,602 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 21,709 in 2016. It lies in Center Township.
Scottsburg is a city in Vienna Township, Scott County, in the U.S. state of Indiana, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. The population was 6,747 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Scott County.
There You Have It – White Populations Across Indiana
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Indiana according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Indiana:
- East Chicago
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