Whitest Cities In Massachusetts For 2020


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

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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 Massachusetts?

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 Bay State.

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

Here are the 10 whites places in Massachusetts for 2020:

  1. Gloucester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Amesbury Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Newburyport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Beverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Agawam Town (Homes For Sale)
  6. Franklin Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. North Adams (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Easthampton Town (Homes For Sale)
  9. Palmer Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Winthrop Town (Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Lawrence 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 Massachusetts For 2020

Gloucester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 30,049
% White: 93.06%
More on Gloucester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gloucester is a city on Cape Ann in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is part of Massachusetts’ North Shore. The population was 28,789 at the 2010 U.S. Census. An important center of the fishing industry and a popular summer destination, Gloucester consists of an urban core on the north side of the harbor and the outlying neighborhoods of Annisquam, Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove, Magnolia, Riverdale, East Gloucester, and West Gloucester.

Amesbury Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,378
% White: 91.93%
More on Amesbury Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newburyport, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,990
% White: 91.74%
More on Newburyport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newburyport is a small coastal, scenic, and historic city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, 35 miles northeast of Boston. The population was 17,416 at the 2010 census. A historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry, Newburyport includes part of Plum Island. The mooring, winter storage and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city’s income. A Coast Guard station oversees boating activity, especially in the swift tidal currents of the Merrimack River.

Beverly, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 41,731
% White: 90.15%
More on Beverly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 423329N 705248W 42.558; -70.880

Agawam Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,744
% White: 89.31%
More on Agawam Town: Real Estate | Data

Franklin Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 33,022
% White: 88.63%
More on Franklin Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Franklin is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Franklin is one of fourteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain “The town of- in their official names. As of 2012, the city’s population was 33,092. It is home to the country’s first library, with its first books donated by Benjamin Franklin. It also contains the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese, St. Mary’s Catholic church, with some 15,000 members.

North Adams, MA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,089
% White: 88.62%
More on North Adams: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Adams is a city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its population was 13,708 as of the 2010 census, making it the least populous city in the state. Best known as the home of the largest contemporary art museum in the United States, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams has in recent years become a center for tourism, culture and recreation.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,023
% White: 88.52%
More on Easthampton Town: Real Estate | Data

Palmer Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,251
% White: 88.1%
More on Palmer Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palmer is a city in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 12,140 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. Palmer adopted a home rule charter in 2004 with a council-manager form of government. Palmer is one of fourteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain “The town of- in their official names.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,535
% White: 87.74%
More on Winthrop Town: Real Estate | Data

Winthrop is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,497 at the 2010 census. Winthrop is an ocean-side suburban community in Greater Boston situated at the north entrance to Boston Harbor, close to Logan International Airport. It is located on a peninsula, 1.6 square miles in area, connected to Revere by a narrow isthmus and to East Boston by a bridge over the harbor inlet to the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated municipalities in Massachusetts. It is one of the four cities in Suffolk County. It is the southernmost part of the North Shore, with a 7-mile shoreline that provides views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and of the Boston skyline to the west.

How we determined the whitest places in Massachusetts for 2020

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

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 12,000 people. That left us with 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 93.1% to 14.4%.

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

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

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

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

  1. Lawrence
  2. Chelsea
  3. Springfield

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % White Population
1 Gloucester 93.06% 30,049
2 Amesbury Town 91.93% 17,378
3 Newburyport 91.74% 17,990
4 Beverly 90.15% 41,731
5 Agawam Town 89.31% 28,744
6 Franklin Town 88.63% 33,022
7 North Adams 88.62% 13,089
8 Easthampton Town 88.52% 16,023
9 Palmer Town 88.1% 12,251
10 Winthrop Town 87.74% 18,535
11 Greenfield Town 87.35% 17,468
12 Barnstable Town 86.23% 44,314
13 Melrose 85.91% 28,116
14 Westfield 85.17% 41,599
15 Weymouth Town 84.03% 56,384
16 Gardner 83.91% 20,555
17 Pittsfield 83.9% 43,058
18 Peabody 83.65% 52,865
19 Attleboro 83.22% 44,548
20 Northampton 81.52% 28,568
21 Braintree Town 80.5% 37,207
22 West Springfield Town 78.85% 28,666
23 Taunton 78.13% 56,963
24 Watertown Town 77.41% 35,103
25 Woburn 77.39% 40,298
26 Fall River 76.87% 89,339
27 Newton 73.81% 88,660
28 Haverhill 73.13% 63,280
29 Marlborough 72.46% 39,776
30 Medford 71.47% 57,771
31 Chicopee 71.39% 55,661
32 Salem 70.76% 43,302
33 Leominster 69.68% 41,579
34 Somerville 69.6% 80,434
35 Waltham 65.35% 62,979
36 Fitchburg 64.11% 40,737
37 Southbridge Town 63.23% 16,894
38 Methuen Town 62.57% 50,019
39 New Bedford 61.97% 95,117
40 Cambridge 60.8% 115,665
41 Quincy 58.49% 94,121
42 Worcester 56.17% 185,195
43 Revere 54.48% 53,966
44 Lowell 48.79% 111,249
45 Malden 47.07% 61,094
46 Everett 44.57% 45,856
47 Boston 44.51% 679,413
48 Holyoke 41.91% 40,376
49 Lynn 36.5% 93,617
50 Brockton 34.31% 95,426
51 Springfield 31.73% 154,596
52 Chelsea 21.47% 39,852
53 Lawrence 14.42% 79,841

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