Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Iowa for 2020:

  1. Carroll (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Manchester (Homes For Sale)
  3. Winterset (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Vinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Algona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Indianola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Atlantic (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Nevada (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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Iowa For 2020

Carroll, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,899
% White: 98.48%
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.

Manchester, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,037
% White: 97.36%
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.

Winterset, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,203
% White: 96.1%
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.

Vinton, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,124
% White: 95.63%
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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.

Algona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,455
% White: 95.47%
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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.

Indianola, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,653
% White: 95.4%
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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.

Norwalk, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,568
% White: 95.31%
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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.

Independence, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,027
% White: 94.19%
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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.

Atlantic, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,709
% White: 94.19%
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Atlantic is a city in, and the county seat of, Cass County, Iowa, United States, located along the East Nishnabotna River. The population was 7,112 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 7,257 population in the 2000 census.

Nevada, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,798
% White: 94.13%
More on Nevada: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Iowa for 2020

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 98.5% to 37.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Carroll 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 Carroll 98.48% 9,899
2 Manchester 97.36% 5,037
3 Winterset 96.1% 5,203
4 Vinton 95.63% 5,124
5 Algona 95.47% 5,455
6 Indianola 95.4% 15,653
7 Norwalk 95.31% 10,568
8 Independence 94.19% 6,027
9 Atlantic 94.19% 6,709
10 Nevada 94.13% 6,798
11 Centerville 94.11% 5,487
12 Glenwood 93.93% 5,276
13 Oelwein 93.47% 6,050
14 Altoona 93.38% 17,936
15 Knoxville 93.22% 7,200
16 Decorah 93.2% 7,765
17 Newton 93.16% 15,167
18 Spencer 92.99% 11,092
19 Pella 92.93% 10,273
20 Clear Lake 92.78% 7,644
21 Grimes 92.76% 11,930
22 Boone 92.5% 12,529
23 Marion 92.26% 38,699
24 Waverly 91.81% 10,075
25 Creston 91.68% 7,832
26 Ankeny 91.47% 59,152
27 Maquoketa 91.44% 6,026
28 Oskaloosa 91.32% 11,505
29 Le Mars 90.54% 9,894
30 Red Oak 90.34% 5,434
31 Cedar Falls 89.97% 41,202
32 Sheldon 89.75% 5,132
33 Johnston 89.37% 20,767
34 Waukee 89.06% 19,344
35 Iowa Falls 89.03% 5,124
36 Mason City 88.71% 27,309
37 Dubuque 88.52% 58,340
38 Grinnell 88.21% 9,223
39 Clinton 88.14% 25,637
40 Eldridge 88.08% 6,399
41 Orange City 88.06% 6,115
42 Washington 87.58% 7,345
43 Clarinda 87.48% 5,398
44 Keokuk 87.37% 10,412
45 Fort Madison 87.26% 10,614
46 Urbandale 87.02% 42,881
47 Pleasant Hill 86.23% 9,736
48 Charles City 86.11% 7,413
49 Sioux Center 85.8% 7,499
50 Anamosa 84.67% 5,461
51 North Liberty 84.66% 18,357
52 Council Bluffs 84.26% 62,478
53 Fort Dodge 84.25% 24,417
54 Burlington 84.23% 25,127
55 Clive 83.91% 17,195
56 Bettendorf 83.79% 35,793
57 Webster City 82.83% 7,779
58 Cedar Rapids 82.33% 131,360
59 Estherville 82.04% 5,859
60 West Des Moines 80.61% 64,400
61 Mount Pleasant 80.25% 8,528
62 Ames 79.4% 65,937
63 Hiawatha 79.27% 7,281
64 Ottumwa 76.79% 24,676
65 Iowa City 75.0% 74,566
66 Davenport 74.67% 102,318
67 Muscatine 72.36% 23,864
68 Waterloo 70.94% 68,134
69 Fairfield 70.6% 10,216
70 Coralville 70.15% 20,645
71 Sioux City 69.25% 82,486
72 Des Moines 65.41% 215,932
73 Marshalltown 60.88% 27,275
74 Perry 55.65% 7,667
75 Denison 42.76% 8,358
76 Storm Lake 37.16% 10,672

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