Whitest Cities In Kansas For 2020


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

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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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Kansas for 2020:

  1. Mulvane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Prairie Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Abilene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Colby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Leawood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. El Dorado (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Paola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. McPherson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Augusta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ottawa (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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The 10 Whitest Cities In Kansas For 2020

Mulvane, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,719
% White: 94.77%
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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.

Prairie Village, KS

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,048
% White: 94.26%
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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.

Abilene, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,422
% White: 92.68%
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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.

Colby, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,505
% White: 91.08%
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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.

Leawood, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,570
% White: 90.77%
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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.

El Dorado, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,988
% White: 90.76%
More on El Dorado: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,585
% White: 89.78%
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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.

Mcpherson, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,041
% White: 89.73%
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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.

Augusta, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,358
% White: 89.26%
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Augusta is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,274.

Ottawa, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,275
% White: 89.04%
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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.

How we determined the whitest places in Kansas for 2020

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*
* 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 58 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 94.8% to 28.4%.

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. You can download the data here.

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.

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:

  1. Liberal
  2. Dodge City
  3. Kansas City

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Kansas

Rank City % White Population
1 Mulvane 94.77% 5,719
2 Prairie Village 94.26% 22,048
3 Abilene 92.68% 6,422
4 Colby 91.08% 5,505
5 Leawood 90.77% 34,570
6 El Dorado 90.76% 12,988
7 Paola 89.78% 5,585
8 Mcpherson 89.73% 13,041
9 Augusta 89.26% 9,358
10 Ottawa 89.04% 12,275
11 Hays 89.04% 20,956
12 Concordia 88.91% 5,138
13 Iola 88.57% 5,400
14 Valley Center 88.45% 6,747
15 Chanute 88.2% 9,119
16 Pratt 87.89% 6,774
17 Haysville 87.14% 11,298
18 Fort Scott 86.55% 7,800
19 Derby 86.34% 23,768
20 Atchison 85.28% 10,675
21 Wellington 84.57% 7,834
22 Andover 84.43% 12,862
23 Eudora 82.85% 6,745
24 Gardner 82.16% 21,351
25 Roeland Park 81.75% 6,796
26 De Soto 81.64% 6,138
27 Parsons 81.11% 9,876
28 Lenexa 80.21% 53,051
29 Shawnee 79.78% 65,239
30 Hutchinson 79.5% 41,146
31 Independence 79.5% 8,847
32 Merriam 79.35% 11,243
33 Pittsburg 79.15% 20,280
34 Salina 78.41% 47,230
35 Winfield 78.41% 12,138
36 Overland Park 78.13% 188,687
37 Manhattan 77.89% 55,489
38 Bonner Springs 77.85% 7,796
39 Newton 77.65% 18,923
40 Bel Aire 76.91% 7,671
41 Mission 76.22% 9,437
42 Lawrence 75.96% 95,294
43 Olathe 75.75% 135,986
44 Great Bend 73.94% 15,544
45 Park City 71.91% 7,885
46 Lansing 70.82% 11,835
47 Leavenworth 70.45% 36,008
48 Arkansas City 69.55% 11,986
49 Topeka 68.33% 126,877
50 Coffeyville 67.99% 9,578
51 Emporia 64.15% 24,649
52 Wichita 62.97% 389,563
53 Junction City 54.36% 23,703
54 Ulysses 47.95% 5,639
55 Garden City 38.94% 26,806
56 Kansas City 38.37% 152,069
57 Dodge City 31.76% 27,808
58 Liberal 28.36% 20,251

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