These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2018


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

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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 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 2018:

  1. Vinton (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Manchester (Jobs)
  3. Algona (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Glenwood (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Norwalk (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Newton (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Nevada (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Winterset (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Grimes (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Independence (Photos | Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Iowa for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Iowa 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 82 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 82 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 Iowa.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Vinton.

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 Iowa.

1. Vinton

Vinton, Iowa

Population: 5,166
Percent White: 99.1%
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Vinton is a city in Benton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,257 in the 2010 census, an increase from 5,102 in the 2000 census. It is also part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. Vinton is the county seat of Benton County.

2. Manchester


Population: 5,083
Percent White: 98.2%
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Manchester is a city in Delaware County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,179 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Delaware County. Manchester is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 13, and is the largest community in Delaware County.

3. Algona

Algona, Iowa

Population: 5,496
Percent White: 97.1%
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Algona is a city in and the county seat of Kossuth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,560 at the 2010 census. Ambrose A. Call State Park is located two miles southwest of the city.

4. Glenwood

Glenwood, Iowa

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Population: 5,233
Percent White: 96.5%
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Glenwood is a city in and the county seat of Mills County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,269 in the 2010 census, a decline from 5,358 in the 2000 census.

5. Norwalk

Norwalk, Iowa

Population: 9,944
Percent White: 96.0%
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Norwalk is a city in Warren County, with some small portions extending into Polk County, in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,945 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located just south of the Des Moines International Airport.

6. Newton

Newton, Iowa

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Population: 15,090
Percent White: 95.1%
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Newton is the county seat and most populous city in Jasper County, Iowa, United States. Located 30 miles east of Des Moines, Newton is in Central Iowa. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 15,254. It is the home of Iowa Speedway, Maytag Dairy Farms, and the Iowa Sculpture Festival.

7. Nevada

Nevada, Iowa

Population: 6,796
Percent White: 94.8%
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Nevada is a city in and the county seat of Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,798 in the 2010 census, an increase from 6,658 in the 2000 census. It is also part of the Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the larger Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area. Eight miles west of Nevada is Ames which is much larger in population. Nonetheless, Nevada is the county seat with all Story County offices located there. The city’s name is pronounced differently from the state with the same name.

8. Winterset

Winterset, Iowa

Population: 5,158
Percent White: 94.8%
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Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,190 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Madison County. Winterset is part of the Des Moines West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Winterset is the birthplace of actor John Wayne.

9. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Population: 10,422
Percent White: 94.8%
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Grimes is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,246 at the 2010 census. Grimes is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

10. Independence

Independence, Iowa

Population: 6,005
Percent White: 94.7%
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Independence is a city in and the county seat of Buchanan County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,966 in the 2010 census, a decline from 6,014 in the 2000 census.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Iowa

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 Iowa.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Iowa for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Vinton 5,166 99.1%
2
Manchester 5,083 98.2%
3
Algona 5,496 97.1%
4
Glenwood 5,233 96.5%
5
Norwalk 9,944 96.0%
6
Newton 15,090 95.1%
7
Nevada 6,796 94.8%
8
Winterset 5,158 94.8%
9
Grimes 10,422 94.8%
10
Independence 6,005 94.7%
11
Atlantic 6,817 94.4%
12
Decorah 7,985 94.3%
13
Centerville 5,404 94.1%
14
Indianola 15,343 94.0%
15
Boone 12,609 93.9%
16
De Witt 5,264 93.8%
17
Carroll 9,990 93.4%
18
Knoxville 7,236 93.4%
19
Oelwein 6,195 93.2%
20
Creston 7,877 93.1%
21
Spencer 11,172 93.1%
22
Pella 10,280 93.0%
23
Waverly 10,049 92.8%
24
Cherokee 5,113 92.7%
25
Oskaloosa 11,538 92.7%
26
Bondurant 5,079 92.5%
27
Marion 37,198 92.5%
28
Sheldon 5,015 92.3%
29
Altoona 16,692 92.3%
30
Maquoketa 6,025 92.2%
31
Clear Lake 7,644 91.9%
32
Ankeny 53,413 91.9%
33
Eldridge 6,122 91.7%
34
Red Oak 5,547 91.7%
35
Cedar Falls 40,828 91.3%
36
Clarinda 5,431 91.1%
37
Le Mars 9,826 91.0%
38
Harlan 5,008 90.8%
39
Johnston 19,491 90.8%
40
Mason City 27,546 90.5%
41
Asbury 5,201 90.2%
42
Orange City 6,153 90.0%
43
Iowa Falls 5,176 89.3%
44
Clinton 26,148 89.0%
45
Dubuque 58,535 88.9%
46
Waukee 16,955 88.8%
47
Fort Madison 10,769 88.4%
48
Charles City 7,496 88.1%
49
Grinnell 9,112 87.7%
50
Washington 7,368 87.3%
51
Urbandale 41,578 87.1%
52
Webster City 7,825 87.0%
53
Keokuk 10,628 86.5%
54
Shenandoah 5,030 86.3%
55
Anamosa 5,459 86.3%
56
Bettendorf 35,048 85.5%
57
Fort Dodge 24,626 85.5%
58
Burlington 25,492 85.4%
59
North Liberty 16,984 85.0%
60
Council Bluffs 62,326 85.0%
61
Pleasant Hill 9,406 84.9%
62
Clive 17,022 84.5%
63
Cedar Rapids 129,537 84.4%
64
Sioux Center 7,370 84.1%
65
Estherville 6,027 83.6%
66
West Des Moines 61,624 82.4%
67
Hiawatha 7,160 82.0%
68
Ames 64,073 81.0%
69
Mount Pleasant 8,491 80.0%
70
Ottumwa 24,709 79.8%
71
Iowa City 72,385 75.9%
72
Davenport 102,305 75.1%
73
Muscatine 23,909 74.8%
74
Coralville 20,078 73.9%
75
Waterloo 68,357 72.7%
76
Fairfield 9,942 72.5%
77
Sioux City 82,666 70.8%
78
Des Moines 212,859 67.8%
79
Marshalltown 27,637 63.6%
80
Perry 7,876 58.5%
81
Denison 8,326 48.5%
82
Storm Lake 10,768 40.5%

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