These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Massachusetts For 2018


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

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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 12,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Massachusetts for 2018:

  1. Gloucester (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Palmer Town (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Amesbury Town (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Newburyport (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Beverly (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Franklin Town (Photos | Jobs)
  7. North Adams (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Barnstable Town (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Greenfield Town (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Easthampton Town (Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Massachusetts for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Massachusetts means much more than just having a high percentage of folks who are of the Caucasian persuasion.

These are cities jam-packed with all the stuff white folks love, based on everyone’s favorite stereotypes. After breaking it down, we came up with following criteria to run on 53 cities:

  • Percentage of population that’s white
  • Whole Foods per capita
  • Farmers markets per capita
  • Vegan restaurants per capita
  • Pottery Barns per capita
  • Yoga studios per capita

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 12,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 in each category, where 1 was the whitest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a whiteness index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest whiteness index the ‘Whitest City In Massachusetts.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Gloucester.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in whitebread central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from whitest to most diverse in Massachusetts.

1. Gloucester

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Population: 29,546
Percent White: 94.5%
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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.

2. Palmer Town

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Population: 12,145
Percent White: 94.3%
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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.

3. Amesbury Town

Amesbury Town, Massachusetts

Population: 17,082
Percent White: 93.8%
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4. Newburyport

Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Population: 17,837
Percent White: 92.3%
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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.

5. Beverly

Beverly, Massachusetts

Population: 40,967
Percent White: 91.4%
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Coordinates: 423329N 705248W 42.558; -70.880

6. Franklin Town

Franklin Town, Massachusetts

Population: 32,873
Percent White: 90.6%
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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.

7. North Adams

North Adams, Massachusetts

Population: 13,326
Percent White: 90.0%
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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.

8. Barnstable Town

Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

Population: 44,498
Percent White: 88.3%
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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.

9. Greenfield Town

Greenfield Town, Massachusetts

Population: 17,477
Percent White: 88.0%
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Greenfield is a city in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. Greenfield was first settled in 1686. The population was 17,456 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Franklin County. Greenfield is home to Greenfield Community College, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Franklin County Fair. The city has a Main Street Historic District containing fine examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture.

10. Easthampton Town

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Population: 16,042
Percent White: 88.0%
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There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Massachusetts

Measuring both the locations with the highest percentage of white people, as well as the number of stereo-typically white venues, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Massachusetts.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Massachusetts for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Gloucester 29,546 94.5%
2
Palmer Town 12,145 94.3%
3
Amesbury Town 17,082 93.8%
4
Newburyport 17,837 92.3%
5
Beverly 40,967 91.4%
6
Franklin Town 32,873 90.6%
7
North Adams 13,326 90.0%
8
Barnstable Town 44,498 88.3%
9
Greenfield Town 17,477 88.0%
10
Easthampton Town 16,042 88.0%
11
Gardner 20,334 87.9%
12
Agawam Town 28,701 87.8%
13
Melrose 27,787 87.4%
14
Westfield 41,486 86.6%
15
Pittsfield 43,632 85.3%
16
Peabody 52,235 85.1%
17
Weymouth Town 55,601 84.9%
18
Winthrop Town 18,031 84.9%
19
Taunton 56,504 84.1%
20
Attleboro 44,121 83.8%
21
Woburn 39,220 82.0%
22
Braintree Town 37,066 81.5%
23
Northampton 28,534 80.9%
24
Fall River 88,902 79.3%
25
West Springfield Town 28,575 79.3%
26
Watertown Town 33,849 76.7%
27
Haverhill 62,340 75.5%
28
Leominster 41,304 75.0%
29
Chicopee 56,100 74.4%
30
Medford 57,180 74.2%
31
Newton 88,317 74.1%
32
Salem 42,804 73.7%
33
Marlborough 39,545 69.9%
34
Somerville 79,507 69.9%
35
Methuen Town 49,043 68.3%
36
Waltham 62,699 66.1%
37
New Bedford 94,988 65.2%
38
Fitchburg 40,441 64.4%
39
Cambridge 108,757 62.2%
40
Southbridge Town 16,824 62.0%
41
Quincy 93,349 61.2%
42
Revere 53,165 58.4%
43
Worcester 183,677 57.4%
44
Lowell 109,871 49.4%
45
Malden 60,732 48.6%
46
Everett 44,636 48.0%
47
Boston 658,279 45.3%
48
Holyoke 40,280 43.2%
49
Brockton 94,813 39.6%
50
Lynn 92,074 39.0%
51
Springfield 153,991 33.2%
52
Chelsea 38,244 23.2%
53
Lawrence 79,337 16.6%

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