These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Kansas For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas 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 Kansas?

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 Sunflower State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Kansas for 2018:

  1. Prairie Village (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Abilene (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Colby (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Mulvane (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Basehor (Jobs)
  6. Spring Hill (Jobs)
  7. Valley Center (Jobs)
  8. Mcpherson (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Paola (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Leawood (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Liberal 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 Kansas for 2018

In order to rank the whitest places in Kansas, 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 Kansas 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 60 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 60 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 Kansas.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Prairie Village.

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 Kansas.

1. Prairie Village

Prairie Village, Kansas

Population: 21,824
Percent White: 94.3%
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Prairie Village is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 21,447.

2. Abilene

Abilene, Kansas

Population: 6,598
Percent White: 93.1%
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Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,844. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is located in Abilene.

3. Colby

Colby, Kansas

Population: 5,460
Percent White: 92.5%
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Colby is a city in and the county seat of Thomas County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,387.

4. Mulvane

Mulvane, Kansas

Population: 5,461
Percent White: 92.2%
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Mulvane is a city in Sedgwick and Sumner counties in the U.S. state of Kansas and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,111.

5. Basehor


Population: 5,167
Percent White: 91.6%
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Basehor is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States and is a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,613.

6. Spring Hill


Population: 5,863
Percent White: 91.5%
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Spring Hill is a city in Johnson and Miami counties in the U.S. state of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,437.

7. Valley Center


Population: 6,420
Percent White: 91.2%
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Valley Center is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,822.

8. Mcpherson

Mcpherson, Kansas

Population: 13,212
Percent White: 91.0%
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McPherson is a city in and the county seat of McPherson County, Kansas, United States, in the central part of the state. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,155. The city is named after Union General James Birdseye McPherson, a Civil War general. It is home to McPherson College and Central Christian College.

9. Paola

Paola, Kansas

Population: 5,583
Percent White: 90.8%
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Paola is a city in and the county seat of Miami County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,602.

10. Leawood

Leawood, Kansas

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Population: 33,763
Percent White: 90.7%
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Leawood is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,867.

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

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 Kansas.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Kansas for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Prairie Village 21,824 94.3%
2
Abilene 6,598 93.1%
3
Colby 5,460 92.5%
4
Mulvane 5,461 92.2%
5
Basehor 5,167 91.6%
6
Spring Hill 5,863 91.5%
7
Valley Center 6,420 91.2%
8
Mcpherson 13,212 91.0%
9
Paola 5,583 90.8%
10
Leawood 33,763 90.7%
11
Augusta 9,262 90.5%
12
Haysville 11,393 90.3%
13
Concordia 5,273 90.2%
14
El Dorado 13,102 90.2%
15
Ottawa 12,433 89.7%
16
Hays 21,073 89.4%
17
Iola 5,560 88.8%
18
Chanute 9,216 88.6%
19
Fort Scott 7,852 88.5%
20
Andover 12,477 87.5%
21
Pratt 6,879 87.2%
22
Atchison 10,798 85.8%
23
Derby 23,847 85.3%
24
Wellington 7,950 84.2%
25
Eudora 6,116 83.0%
26
Pittsburg 20,399 82.1%
27
Parsons 10,111 81.6%
28
Gardner 20,667 80.9%
29
Shawnee 64,444 80.7%
30
Lenexa 51,206 80.7%
31
Hutchinson 41,661 80.6%
32
Bel Aire 7,214 79.8%
33
Winfield 12,283 79.7%
34
Bonner Springs 7,567 79.3%
35
Overland Park 183,775 79.3%
36
Salina 47,676 79.1%
37
Park City 7,273 79.0%
38
Mission 9,490 78.9%
39
Manhattan 55,909 78.7%
40
Newton 19,103 78.2%
41
De Soto 5,982 77.8%
42
Merriam 11,248 77.7%
43
Lawrence 92,611 77.4%
44
Olathe 132,787 76.7%
45
Roeland Park 6,816 76.5%
46
Great Bend 15,741 75.0%
47
Independence 9,084 74.6%
48
Lansing 11,706 73.7%
49
Arkansas City 12,198 71.0%
50
Coffeyville 9,796 71.0%
51
Leavenworth 35,948 70.0%
52
Topeka 127,472 69.2%
53
Emporia 24,707 64.5%
54
Wichita 388,033 63.5%
55
Junction City 25,016 55.1%
56
Ulysses 5,768 45.6%
57
Garden City 26,916 41.2%
58
Kansas City 149,755 38.9%
59
Dodge City 27,875 35.0%
60
Liberal 20,709 30.6%

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