These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Massachusetts In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Massachusetts with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Gloucester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Amesbury Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Newburyport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Palmer Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Beverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. North Adams (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Franklin Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Agawam Town (Homes For Sale)
  9. Easthampton Town (Homes For Sale)
  10. Barnstable Town (Photos | 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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How we determined the whitest places in Massachusetts for 2019

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 94.6% to 15.5%.

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.

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.

Gloucester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,858
% White: 94.63%
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: 17,218
% White: 92.79%
More on Amesbury Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newburyport, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,890
% White: 92.78%
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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,237
% White: 91.9%
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.

Beverly, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 41,431
% White: 91.62%
More on Beverly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 423329N 705248W 42.558; -70.880

North Adams, MA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,211
% White: 89.89%
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.

Franklin Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,843
% White: 88.98%
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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,748
% White: 88.36%
More on Agawam Town: Real Estate | Data

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,051
% White: 88.08%
More on Easthampton Town: Real Estate | Data

Barnstable Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 44,325
% White: 87.66%
More on Barnstable Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Barnstable is a city, referred to as the Town of Barnstable, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts and the county seat of Barnstable County. Barnstable is the largest community, both in land area and population, on Cape Cod. At the 2010 census it had a population of 45,193. The town contains several villages within its boundaries. Its largest village, Hyannis, is the central business district of the county and home to Barnstable Municipal Airport, the airline hub of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Additionally, Barnstable is a 2007 winner of the All-America City Award.

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 94.63% 29,858
2 Amesbury Town 92.79% 17,218
3 Newburyport 92.78% 17,890
4 Palmer Town 91.9% 12,237
5 Beverly 91.62% 41,431
6 North Adams 89.89% 13,211
7 Franklin Town 88.98% 32,843
8 Agawam Town 88.36% 28,748
9 Easthampton Town 88.08% 16,051
10 Barnstable Town 87.66% 44,325
11 Greenfield Town 87.43% 17,474
12 Westfield 86.4% 41,667
13 Winthrop Town 85.73% 18,391
14 Gardner 85.32% 20,496
15 Melrose 85.28% 28,132
16 Peabody 84.42% 52,610
17 Pittsfield 84.37% 43,289
18 Weymouth Town 83.89% 55,890
19 Attleboro 83.59% 44,326
20 Taunton 81.48% 56,826
21 Braintree Town 81.23% 37,082
22 Northampton 81.05% 28,548
23 Woburn 80.82% 39,500
24 Fall River 77.98% 89,258
25 Watertown Town 77.97% 34,553
26 West Springfield Town 77.88% 28,671
27 Newton 73.78% 88,479
28 Medford 73.15% 57,700
29 Haverhill 73.08% 62,943
30 Marlborough 72.97% 39,771
31 Chicopee 72.88% 55,778
32 Salem 71.83% 43,146
33 Leominster 71.58% 41,446
34 Somerville 70.64% 79,983
35 Waltham 65.52% 62,832
36 Methuen Town 65.03% 49,575
37 Fitchburg 64.31% 40,666
38 New Bedford 63.37% 95,125
39 Southbridge Town 62.38% 16,858
40 Cambridge 61.62% 110,893
41 Quincy 60.43% 93,824
42 Worcester 57.11% 184,743
43 Revere 56.17% 53,864
44 Lowell 49.13% 110,964
45 Malden 46.64% 61,212
46 Everett 45.9% 45,212
47 Boston 44.91% 669,158
48 Holyoke 43.02% 40,362
49 Lynn 37.88% 93,069
50 Brockton 36.6% 95,161
51 Springfield 32.56% 154,613
52 Chelsea 21.95% 39,272
53 Lawrence 15.53% 79,497

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