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

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 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.

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1. Vinton

Vinton, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,166
Percent White: 99.1%

2. Manchester


Population: 5,083
Percent White: 98.2%

3. Algona

Algona, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,496
Percent White: 97.1%

4. Glenwood

Glenwood, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,233
Percent White: 96.5%

5. Norwalk


Population: 9,944
Percent White: 96.0%

6. Newton

Newton, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,090
Percent White: 95.1%

7. Nevada

Nevada, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,796
Percent White: 94.8%

8. Winterset

Winterset, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,158
Percent White: 94.8%

9. Grimes


Population: 10,422
Percent White: 94.8%

10. Independence

Independence, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,005
Percent White: 94.7%

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

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

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