The 10 Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in Iowa.

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 Iowa?

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 Hawkeye State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Iowa for 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in Iowa for 2021:

  1. Manchester
  2. Winterset
  3. Vinton
  4. Algona
  5. Carroll
  6. Indianola
  7. Norwalk
  8. Nevada
  9. Knoxville
  10. Independence

What is the whitest city in Iowa for 2021? According to the most recent census data Manchester ranks as the whitest. If you're wondering, Storm Lake 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.

For more Iowa reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2021

1. Manchester

Manchester, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,019
% White: 96.33%
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data

2. Winterset

Winterset, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,260
% White: 95.63%
More on Winterset: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Vinton

Vinton, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,103
% White: 95.38%
More on Vinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Algona

Algona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,447
% White: 95.34%
More on Algona: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Carroll

Carroll, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,904
% White: 95.3%
More on Carroll: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Indianola

Indianola, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,802
% White: 95.01%
More on Indianola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Norwalk

Norwalk, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,978
% White: 94.49%
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Nevada

Nevada, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,754
% White: 94.31%
More on Nevada: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Knoxville

Knoxville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,192
% White: 94.19%
More on Knoxville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Independence

Independence, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,056
% White: 94.07%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in Iowa for 2021

In order to rank the whitest places in Iowa, 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 Iowa.

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 76 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.3% to 37.5%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Manchester took the distinction of being the most White, while Storm Lake was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Iowa 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 Iowa

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Iowa according to the most recent data.

If you're curious enough, here are the least White places in Iowa:

  1. Storm Lake
  2. Denison
  3. Perry

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Iowa

Rank City % White Population
1 Manchester 96.33% 5,019
2 Winterset 95.63% 5,260
3 Vinton 95.38% 5,103
4 Algona 95.34% 5,447
5 Carroll 95.3% 9,904
6 Indianola 95.01% 15,802
7 Norwalk 94.49% 10,978
8 Nevada 94.31% 6,754
9 Knoxville 94.19% 7,192
10 Independence 94.07% 6,056
11 Centerville 94.06% 5,458
12 Glenwood 93.97% 5,326
13 Atlantic 93.7% 6,669
14 Pella 93.24% 10,231
15 Spencer 93.08% 11,052
16 Decorah 92.57% 7,701
17 Altoona 92.21% 18,458
18 Maquoketa 92.08% 6,010
19 Marion 91.98% 39,328
20 Boone 91.78% 12,487
21 Newton 91.74% 15,164
22 Orange City 91.61% 6,127
23 Oelwein 91.57% 5,979
24 Waverly 91.4% 10,094
25 Creston 91.37% 7,784
26 Iowa Falls 91.27% 5,122
27 Le Mars 91.27% 9,941
28 Clear Lake 91.22% 7,597
29 Oskaloosa 90.88% 11,511
30 Red Oak 90.84% 5,362
31 Ankeny 90.57% 61,938
32 Grimes 90.06% 12,839
33 Cedar Falls 89.3% 40,983
34 Mason City 88.64% 27,200
35 Johnston 88.19% 21,406
36 Sheldon 87.73% 5,128
37 Dubuque 87.72% 58,196
38 Clinton 87.63% 25,416
39 Waukee 87.4% 20,785
40 Eldridge 87.3% 6,529
41 Fort Madison 87.3% 10,513
42 Grinnell 87.28% 9,031
43 Keokuk 86.99% 10,324
44 Urbandale 85.96% 43,441
45 Clarinda 85.84% 5,388
46 Anamosa 85.77% 5,476
47 Charles City 85.44% 7,396
48 Washington 85.33% 7,313
49 Bettendorf 84.74% 35,919
50 North Liberty 84.55% 18,829
51 Council Bluffs 84.09% 62,355
52 Burlington 83.95% 24,974
53 Fort Dodge 83.29% 24,278
54 Pleasant Hill 82.22% 9,871
55 Clive 82.18% 17,167
56 Estherville 81.83% 5,796
57 Webster City 81.54% 7,732
58 Sioux Center 81.4% 7,534
59 Cedar Rapids 81.16% 132,301
60 Hiawatha 80.81% 7,333
61 Mount Pleasant 80.13% 8,581
62 West Des Moines 79.75% 65,606
63 Ames 78.68% 66,023
64 Ottumwa 76.56% 24,545
65 Iowa City 75.26% 74,950
66 Davenport 74.12% 102,169
67 Muscatine 72.82% 23,774
68 Waterloo 70.76% 67,912
69 Fairfield 70.47% 10,290
70 Sioux City 68.3% 82,531
71 Coralville 67.25% 21,103
72 Des Moines 65.73% 215,636
73 Marshalltown 59.8% 27,053
74 Perry 58.67% 7,599
75 Denison 41.35% 8,337
76 Storm Lake 37.53% 10,558

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