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 2019.
- Mulvane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Prairie Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Abilene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Colby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Valley Center (Homes For Sale)
- Leawood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- El Dorado (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Paola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Concordia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ottawa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Liberal is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Kansas for 2019
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, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Kansas.
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*
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 58 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 94.0% to 29.2%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Mulvane took the distinction of being the most White, while Liberal was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Kansas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
El Dorado EL-d-RAY-doh) is city and county seat of Butler County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the Walnut River in the central part of Butler County and located in south-central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,021.
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.
Concordia is a city in and the county seat of Cloud County, Kansas, United States. It is located along the Republican River in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains in north-central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,395. Concordia is home of the Cloud County Community College and the Nazareth Convent and Academy.
Ottawa is a city in, and the county seat of, Franklin County, Kansas, United States. It is located on both banks of the Marais des Cygnes River near the center of Franklin County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,649.
There You Have It – White Populations Across Kansas
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Kansas according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Kansas:
- Dodge City
- Kansas City
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