The 10 Whitest Cities In Michigan For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan 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 Michigan?

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 Wolverine State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Michigan for 2022.

Here are the 10 whites places in Michigan for 2022:

  1. Milford
  2. Eaton Rapids
  3. Cadillac
  4. Marshall
  5. St. Johns
  6. East Grand Rapids
  7. Iron Mountain
  8. Plymouth
  9. Marysville
  10. Alpena

What is the whitest city in Michigan for 2022? According to the most recent census data Milford ranks as the whitest. If you're wondering, Highland Park 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 Michigan For 2022

1. Milford

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,502
% White: 95.56%
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milford, MI

2. Eaton Rapids

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,229
% White: 94.72%
More on Eaton Rapids: Real Estate | Data

3. Cadillac

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,462
% White: 94.62%
More on Cadillac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cadillac, MI

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4. Marshall

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,947
% White: 94.54%
More on Marshall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marshall, MI

Source: Public domain

5. St. Johns

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,920
% White: 94.51%
More on St. Johns: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Johns, MI

6. East Grand Rapids

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,855
% White: 94.42%
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Grand Rapids, MI

7. Iron Mountain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,352
% White: 94.14%
More on Iron Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iron Mountain, MI

8. Plymouth

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,168
% White: 93.92%
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plymouth, MI

9. Marysville

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,695
% White: 93.91%
More on Marysville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marysville, MI

10. Alpena

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,987
% White: 93.89%
More on Alpena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alpena, MI

Methodology: How we determined the whitest places in Michigan for 2022

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

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 144 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 95.6% to 7.9%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Michigan 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.

Summary: White Populations Across Michigan

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least White places in Michigan:

  1. Highland Park
  2. Benton Harbor
  3. Detroit

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White Population By City In { state|title }}

Rank City % White Population
1 Milford 95.56% 6,502
2 Eaton Rapids 94.72% 5,229
3 Cadillac 94.62% 10,462
4 Marshall 94.54% 6,947
5 St. Johns 94.51% 7,920
6 East Grand Rapids 94.42% 11,855
7 Iron Mountain 94.14% 7,352
8 Plymouth 93.92% 9,168
9 Marysville 93.91% 9,695
10 Alpena 93.89% 9,987
11 Ishpeming 93.77% 6,433
12 Grand Haven 93.64% 10,991
13 Brighton 93.42% 7,649
14 Menominee 93.4% 8,079
15 Belding 93.16% 5,729
16 Grand Ledge 93.1% 7,860
17 Hudsonville 92.89% 7,353
18 Hastings 92.74% 7,314
19 New Baltimore 92.67% 12,333
20 Charlotte 92.67% 9,069
21 Owosso 92.64% 14,476
22 Swartz Creek 92.63% 5,535
23 Flushing 92.6% 7,891
24 St. Clair 92.57% 5,354
25 Clawson 92.06% 11,909
26 Huntington Woods 92.05% 6,303
27 Holly 91.3% 6,151
28 Greenville 91.13% 8,407
29 Trenton 91.0% 18,214
30 Grosse Pointe Farms 90.98% 9,142
31 Wyandotte 90.57% 24,944
32 Hillsdale 90.46% 8,073
33 Grosse Pointe 90.44% 5,176
34 Ludington 90.41% 8,081
35 Fenton 90.12% 11,368
36 South Lyon 90.02% 11,818
37 Marquette 90.01% 20,631
38 Traverse City 89.55% 15,525
39 Grosse Pointe Woods 89.55% 15,409
40 Rockford 89.43% 6,310
41 St. Clair Shores 89.24% 59,184
42 Saline 89.12% 9,296
43 Northville 89.06% 5,968
44 Petoskey 88.95% 5,701
45 Zeeland 88.83% 5,540
46 Garden City 88.29% 26,565
47 Escanaba 87.79% 12,180
48 Milan 87.7% 6,057
49 Dearborn 87.68% 94,328
50 Berkley 87.68% 15,352
51 Birmingham 87.29% 21,272
52 Norton Shores 87.22% 24,557
53 Manistee 87.16% 6,116
54 Midland 87.09% 41,922
55 Howell 86.83% 9,610
56 Fraser 86.74% 14,503
57 Mason 86.73% 8,441
58 Richmond 86.7% 5,851
59 Walker 86.69% 24,930
60 Grandville 86.44% 15,906
61 Monroe 86.26% 19,543
62 Riverview 86.23% 12,085
63 Tecumseh 85.82% 8,361
64 Livonia 85.37% 93,970
65 Rochester 85.29% 13,203
66 Ferndale 84.92% 20,139
67 Royal Oak 84.88% 59,256
68 Alma 84.84% 8,918
69 Big Rapids 84.48% 10,358
70 St. Joseph 84.45% 8,328
71 Bay City 83.86% 32,892
72 Woodhaven 83.52% 12,501
73 Burton 83.34% 28,598
74 Walled Lake 83.27% 7,153
75 Coldwater 82.89% 12,203
76 Portage 82.71% 49,224
77 Dearborn Heights 82.41% 55,630
78 Mount Pleasant 82.19% 25,290
79 Allen Park 82.16% 27,089
80 Beverly Hills 82.01% 10,378
81 Houghton 81.64% 7,805
82 Sterling Heights 81.54% 132,296
83 Lapeer 81.36% 8,626
84 Grand Blanc 81.26% 7,881
85 Flat Rock 81.19% 9,974
86 Grosse Pointe Park 80.8% 11,108
87 Southgate 80.67% 29,129
88 Hazel Park 79.49% 16,452
89 Port Huron 78.4% 28,918
90 Madison Heights 78.2% 30,000
91 Niles 77.34% 11,168
92 Rochester Hills 75.78% 74,340
93 Wixom 74.89% 13,970
94 Dowagiac 74.78% 5,695
95 Three Rivers 74.07% 7,644
96 East Lansing 73.46% 48,437
97 Sault Ste. Marie 72.57% 13,526
98 Adrian 71.83% 20,550
99 Sturgis 71.66% 10,853
100 Taylor 70.81% 61,164

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the whitest cities in Michigan.

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