These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Iowa In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in Iowa.

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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 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Iowa with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Vinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Manchester (Homes For Sale)
  3. Algona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Winterset (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Carroll (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Indianola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Glenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Newton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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How we determined the whitest places in Iowa for 2019

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 77 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 99.1% to 39.2%.

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

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.

Vinton, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,141
% White: 99.14%
More on Vinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,047
% White: 98.51%
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data

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.

Algona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,488
% White: 96.94%
More on Algona: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Winterset, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,157
% White: 96.66%
More on Winterset: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Norwalk, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,179
% White: 96.33%
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Carroll, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,937
% White: 95.27%
More on Carroll: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carroll is a city in and the county seat of Carroll County, Iowa, United States, located along the Middle Raccoon River. The population was 10,103 in the 2010 census, down from three people in the 10,106 population in the 2000 census.

Indianola, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,489
% White: 95.24%
More on Indianola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Indianola is a city in Warren County, Iowa, United States, 18 miles south of Des Moines, Iowa. The population was 14,782 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Warren County.

Independence, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,013
% White: 94.68%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Glenwood, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,271
% White: 94.42%
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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.

Newton, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,085
% White: 94.35%
More on Newton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

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 Vinton 99.14% 5,141
2 Manchester 98.51% 5,047
3 Algona 96.94% 5,488
4 Winterset 96.66% 5,157
5 Norwalk 96.33% 10,179
6 Carroll 95.27% 9,937
7 Indianola 95.24% 15,489
8 Independence 94.68% 6,013
9 Glenwood 94.42% 5,271
10 Newton 94.35% 15,085
11 Atlantic 94.25% 6,787
12 Knoxville 94.17% 7,202
13 Oelwein 93.81% 6,093
14 Decorah 93.78% 7,850
15 Centerville 93.55% 5,503
16 Maquoketa 93.2% 5,954
17 Clear Lake 93.18% 7,612
18 Spencer 92.98% 11,132
19 Nevada 92.83% 6,790
20 Cherokee 92.59% 5,018
21 Pella 92.52% 10,243
22 Boone 92.35% 12,538
23 Grimes 92.19% 11,139
24 Ankeny 92.16% 56,237
25 Altoona 92.13% 17,354
26 Waverly 92.0% 10,052
27 Creston 91.98% 7,860
28 Oskaloosa 91.91% 11,531
29 Sheldon 91.72% 5,060
30 Clarinda 91.71% 5,377
31 Marion 91.64% 38,014
32 Red Oak 91.43% 5,475
33 Eldridge 90.84% 6,231
34 Johnston 90.61% 20,172
35 Cedar Falls 90.34% 41,167
36 Iowa Falls 90.34% 5,132
37 Le Mars 89.82% 9,861
38 Mason City 89.51% 27,453
39 Waukee 89.13% 17,980
40 Orange City 89.07% 6,123
41 Dubuque 88.94% 58,410
42 Clinton 88.88% 25,892
43 Charles City 87.76% 7,427
44 Washington 87.59% 7,358
45 Grinnell 87.56% 9,028
46 Keokuk 87.26% 10,484
47 Fort Madison 86.92% 10,634
48 North Liberty 86.63% 17,721
49 Pleasant Hill 86.58% 9,608
50 Urbandale 86.42% 42,222
51 Sioux Center 85.79% 7,450
52 Anamosa 85.72% 5,420
53 Bettendorf 85.58% 35,293
54 Fort Dodge 84.67% 24,566
55 Burlington 84.67% 25,330
56 Council Bluffs 84.63% 62,317
57 Webster City 83.65% 7,830
58 Cedar Rapids 83.56% 130,330
59 Clive 83.45% 17,134
60 Estherville 83.27% 5,930
61 Hiawatha 82.08% 7,262
62 West Des Moines 81.97% 62,999
63 Mount Pleasant 80.36% 8,467
64 Ames 80.18% 65,005
65 Ottumwa 78.19% 24,705
66 Iowa City 75.71% 73,415
67 Davenport 74.66% 102,268
68 Muscatine 73.87% 23,852
69 Waterloo 72.21% 68,146
70 Fairfield 70.51% 10,125
71 Coralville 70.43% 20,250
72 Sioux City 70.1% 82,568
73 Des Moines 66.5% 214,778
74 Marshalltown 61.98% 27,440
75 Perry 56.74% 7,747
76 Denison 45.75% 8,361
77 Storm Lake 39.2% 10,738

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