The 10 Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2022


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 2022.

Here are the 10 whites places in Iowa for 2022:

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

What is the whitest city in Iowa for 2022? According to the most recent census data Winterset 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.

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The 10 Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2022

1. Winterset

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,309
% White: 97.38%
More on Winterset: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winterset, IA

2. Manchester

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,011
% White: 96.45%
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data

Manchester, IA

3. Knoxville

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,154
% White: 96.03%
More on Knoxville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Knoxville, IA

4. Carroll

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,823
% White: 94.68%
More on Carroll: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carroll, IA

5. Glenwood

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,325
% White: 94.16%
More on Glenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glenwood, IA

Source: Public domain

6. Centerville

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,433
% White: 94.05%
More on Centerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Centerville, IA

7. Independence

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,085
% White: 94.05%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Independence, IA

8. Indianola

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,921
% White: 94.05%
More on Indianola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Indianola, IA

Source: Public domain

9. Norwalk

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,467
% White: 93.8%
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norwalk, IA

10. Vinton

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,075
% White: 93.71%
More on Vinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vinton, IA

Methodology: How we determined the whitest places in Iowa for 2022

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 97.4% to 36.4%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Winterset 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.

Summary: 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. Marshalltown

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White Population By City In { state|title }}

Rank City % White Population
1 Winterset 97.38% 5,309
2 Manchester 96.45% 5,011
3 Knoxville 96.03% 7,154
4 Carroll 94.68% 9,823
5 Glenwood 94.16% 5,325
6 Centerville 94.05% 5,433
7 Independence 94.05% 6,085
8 Indianola 94.05% 15,921
9 Norwalk 93.8% 11,467
10 Vinton 93.71% 5,075
11 Pella 93.54% 10,279
12 Atlantic 93.35% 6,600
13 Decorah 93.22% 7,615
14 Creston 92.55% 7,754
15 Orange City 92.51% 6,158
16 Algona 92.47% 5,415
17 Spencer 91.95% 11,038
18 Boone 91.71% 12,470
19 Nevada 91.69% 6,737
20 Oelwein 91.67% 5,896
21 Clear Lake 91.57% 7,594
22 Red Oak 91.32% 5,323
23 Newton 91.32% 15,160
24 Waverly 91.22% 10,172
25 Marion 91.17% 39,910
26 Maquoketa 91.04% 5,990
27 Ankeny 90.98% 64,744
28 Iowa Falls 90.98% 5,067
29 Grimes 90.95% 13,746
30 Sheldon 90.0% 5,178
31 Oskaloosa 89.79% 11,727
32 Cedar Falls 89.49% 40,750
33 Le Mars 88.48% 10,012
34 Grinnell 87.97% 9,069
35 Altoona 87.89% 18,917
36 Dubuque 87.84% 58,052
37 Fort Madison 87.76% 10,407
38 Mason City 87.54% 27,064
39 Clinton 87.46% 25,290
40 Keokuk 86.23% 10,225
41 Eldridge 86.21% 6,678
42 Washington 85.76% 7,318
43 Clarinda 85.53% 5,371
44 Anamosa 85.07% 5,484
45 Sioux Center 85.05% 7,592
46 Urbandale 84.22% 43,879
47 Bettendorf 84.06% 36,214
48 Waukee 83.86% 22,598
49 Council Bluffs 83.67% 62,376
50 Charles City 83.16% 7,351
51 Burlington 83.03% 24,858
52 Johnston 82.81% 22,077
53 Clive 82.7% 17,246
54 Webster City 82.44% 7,699
55 Estherville 82.41% 5,729
56 Fort Dodge 81.95% 24,168
57 Pleasant Hill 81.76% 9,959
58 North Liberty 81.07% 19,159
59 Hiawatha 80.5% 7,395
60 West Des Moines 80.32% 66,724
61 Cedar Rapids 80.09% 133,125
62 Mount Pleasant 78.59% 8,574
63 Ames 78.1% 66,361
64 Ottumwa 75.65% 24,505
65 Iowa City 74.84% 75,849
66 Muscatine 74.03% 23,661
67 Davenport 73.2% 102,199
68 Fairfield 72.95% 10,327
69 Waterloo 69.54% 67,671
70 Sioux City 66.7% 82,535
71 Coralville 66.07% 21,630
72 Des Moines 64.64% 215,408
73 Perry 60.29% 7,660
74 Marshalltown 59.45% 26,957
75 Denison 40.73% 8,319
76 Storm Lake 36.38% 10,508

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the whitest cities in Iowa.

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