Whitest Cities In Maine For 2020


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

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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 Maine?

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 Pine Tree State.

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

Here are the 10 whites places in Maine for 2020:

  1. Brewer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Belfast (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Gardiner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Rockland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ellsworth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Saco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bath (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Augusta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Presque Isle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Old Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Portland 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 Maine reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Maine For 2020

Brewer, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,123
% White: 97.17%
More on Brewer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belfast, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,696
% White: 95.15%
More on Belfast: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belfast is a city in Waldo County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,668. Located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay, Belfast is the county seat of Waldo County. The seaport has a wealth of antique architecture in several historic districts, and remains popular with tourists.

Gardiner, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,667
% White: 94.97%
More on Gardiner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gardiner is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census. Popular with tourists, Gardiner is noted for its culture and old architecture. Gardiner is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Rockland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,190
% White: 94.65%
More on Rockland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297. It is the county seat of Knox County. The city is a popular tourist destination. It is a departure point for the Maine State Ferry Service to the islands of Penobscot Bay: Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus.

Ellsworth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,960
% White: 94.46%
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Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine’s fastest growing city from 2000-2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,342
% White: 94.38%
More on Saco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Saco is a city in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 18,482 at the 2010 census. It is home to Ferry Beach State Park, Funtown Splashtown USA, Thornton Academy, as well as General Dynamics Armament Systems, a subsidiary of the defense contractor General Dynamics. Saco sees much tourism during summer months, due to its amusement parks, Ferry Beach State Park, and proximity to Old Orchard Beach.

Bath, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,320
% White: 94.27%
More on Bath: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bath is a city in Sagadahoc County, Maine, in the United States. The population was 8,514 at the 2010 census, and 8,357 as of 2013, the population has had a change of -10.2% since 2000. It is the county seat of Sagadahoc County, which includes one city and 10 towns. The city is popular with tourists, many drawn by its 19th-century architecture. It is home to the Bath Iron Works and Heritage Days Festival, held annually on the Fourth of July weekend. It is commonly known as “The City of Ships.” Bath is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Greater Portland.

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,635
% White: 93.56%
More on Augusta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

Presque Isle, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,162
% White: 92.98%
More on Presque Isle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,171 in 2015 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport.

Old Town, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,549
% White: 91.89%
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Old Town is a city in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,840 at the 2010 census. The city’s developed area is chiefly located on relatively large Marsh Island, though its boundaries extend beyond that. The island is surrounded and defined by the Penobscot River to the east, and the Stillwater River to the west.

How we determined the whitest places in Maine for 2020

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

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 19 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.2% to 82.0%.

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

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

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

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

  1. Portland
  2. Lewiston
  3. Biddeford

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Maine

Rank City % White Population
1 Brewer 97.17% 9,123
2 Belfast 95.15% 6,696
3 Gardiner 94.97% 5,667
4 Rockland 94.65% 7,190
5 Ellsworth 94.46% 7,960
6 Saco 94.38% 19,342
7 Bath 94.27% 8,320
8 Augusta 93.56% 18,635
9 Presque Isle 92.98% 9,162
10 Old Town 91.89% 7,549
11 Westbrook 90.92% 18,417
12 Caribou 90.89% 7,749
13 Auburn 89.85% 23,064
14 Bangor 89.83% 32,098
15 Waterville 89.71% 16,515
16 South Portland 88.92% 25,515
17 Biddeford 88.25% 21,452
18 Lewiston 86.08% 36,097
19 Portland 81.96% 66,735

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