Whitest Cities In Kentucky For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kentucky are whiter than wonder bread.

Join RoadSnacks
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in Kentucky.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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 Kentucky?

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 Bluegrass State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Kentucky for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Kentucky for 2020:

  1. Cold Spring (Homes For Sale)
  2. Villa Hills (Homes For Sale)
  3. Corbin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Flatwoods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Mount Washington (Homes For Sale)
  7. Edgewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Dayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Shively 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.

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Kentucky For 2020

Cold Spring, KY

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,319
% White: 98.26%
More on Cold Spring: Real Estate | Data

Cold Spring is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,912 at the 2010 census, up from 3,806 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,410
% White: 97.92%
More on Villa Hills: Real Estate | Data

Corbin, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,194
% White: 96.75%
More on Corbin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. The urbanized area around Corbin extends into Laurel County; this area is not incorporated into the city limits due to a state law prohibiting cities from being in more than two counties. However, this area is served by some of the city’s public services. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,304, with 21,132 living in the “urban cluster” that includes Corbin and North Corbin.

Alexandria, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,211
% White: 95.84%
More on Alexandria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alexandria is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Along with Newport, it is one of the dual seats of the county. The population was 8,477 at the 2010 census.

Flatwoods, KY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,186
% White: 95.55%
More on Flatwoods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Flatwoods is a home rule-class city in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States. Flatwoods is considered a suburb of nearby Ashland, although Ashland itself is located in neighboring Boyd County. The population of Flatwoods was 7,423 at the 2010 census, making Flatwoods the largest city in Greenup County. Flatwoods is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,433
% White: 95.14%
More on Mount Washington: Real Estate | Data

Mount Washington is a home rule-class city in northeast Bullitt County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 9,117 at the 2010 census. The city is one of several surrounding Louisville that have experienced a sharp rise in population in the past three decades, becoming a commuter town.

Edgewood, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,723
% White: 94.91%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dayton, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,422
% White: 94.12%
More on Dayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dayton is a home rule-class city along a bend of the Ohio River in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,338 at the 2010 census. It is less than 3 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bellevue, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,828
% White: 94.08%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellevue is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is located along the southern bank of the Ohio River. The population was 5,955 at the 2010 census.

Independence, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,183
% White: 93.18%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Independence is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is one of its county’s two seats of government. Independence is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the population was 24,757 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.

How we determined the whitest places in Kentucky for 2020

In order to rank the whitest places in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 98.3% to 41.6%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Cold Spring took the distinction of being the most White, while Shively was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Kentucky 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 Kentucky

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Kentucky according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Kentucky:

  1. Shively
  2. Radcliff
  3. Oak Grove

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Kentucky

Rank City % White Population
1 Cold Spring 98.26% 6,319
2 Villa Hills 97.92% 7,410
3 Corbin 96.75% 7,194
4 Alexandria 95.84% 9,211
5 Flatwoods 95.55% 7,186
6 Mount Washington 95.14% 14,433
7 Edgewood 94.91% 8,723
8 Dayton 94.12% 5,422
9 Bellevue 94.08% 5,828
10 Independence 93.18% 27,183
11 Lawrenceburg 93.09% 11,272
12 Shepherdsville 92.93% 12,117
13 Fort Thomas 92.56% 16,313
14 London 92.47% 8,020
15 Ashland 92.32% 20,822
16 Taylor Mill 92.11% 6,746
17 Leitchfield 92.11% 6,784
18 Hillview 91.73% 8,987
19 Fort Wright 91.54% 5,724
20 Pikeville 90.86% 6,967
21 Somerset 90.75% 11,376
22 Highland Heights 90.71% 7,136
23 Mount Sterling 89.33% 7,180
24 Middlesborough 89.24% 9,583
25 Williamsburg 88.59% 5,269
26 Morehead 88.34% 7,674
27 Berea 88.2% 15,188
28 Union 88.03% 5,815
29 Fort Mitchell 87.84% 8,237
30 Erlanger 87.67% 18,776
31 Nicholasville 87.54% 29,977
32 Winchester 86.72% 18,413
33 Richmond 85.99% 34,566
34 Cynthiana 85.95% 6,348
35 Monticello 85.66% 6,088
36 Florence 85.44% 31,940
37 Elsmere 85.39% 8,570
38 Murray 85.22% 19,037
39 Harrodsburg 84.78% 8,403
40 Princeton 84.15% 6,157
41 Owensboro 83.94% 59,188
42 Georgetown 83.91% 32,902
43 Central City 83.55% 5,822
44 Campbellsville 83.43% 11,413
45 Bardstown 83.15% 13,042
46 Glasgow 83.1% 14,370
47 Maysville 82.99% 8,797
48 Newport 82.12% 15,152
49 St. Matthews 81.86% 18,147
50 Henderson 81.76% 28,800
51 La Grange 81.47% 8,735
52 Middletown 80.83% 7,865
53 Madisonville 80.19% 19,138
54 Versailles 80.0% 9,192
55 Paris 79.72% 9,874
56 Danville 79.42% 16,685
57 Covington 78.84% 40,552
58 Douglass Hills 77.96% 5,702
59 Russellville 77.53% 7,008
60 Jeffersontown 77.06% 28,178
61 Franklin 76.51% 8,762
62 Elizabethtown 75.83% 29,474
63 Lyndon 75.39% 11,427
64 Frankfort 74.26% 27,582
65 Lebanon 72.26% 5,621
66 Mayfield 71.58% 9,940
67 Lexington 71.31% 318,734
68 Bowling Green 70.5% 65,731
69 Paducah 70.4% 24,879
70 Shelbyville 69.71% 15,660
71 Louisville 65.79% 617,032
72 Hopkinsville 61.13% 31,483
73 Oak Grove 54.54% 7,411
74 Radcliff 51.4% 22,693
75 Shively 41.59% 15,741

How Is The Area In ?

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.