These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Michigan For 2018


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 2018:

  1. Ishpeming (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Grand Haven (Photos | Jobs)
  3. St. Clair (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Milford (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Kingsford (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Alpena (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Eaton Rapids (Jobs)
  8. Ironwood (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Iron Mountain (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Menominee (Photos | Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Michigan for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Michigan 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 148 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 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 148 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 Michigan.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Ishpeming.

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 Michigan.

1. Ishpeming

Ishpeming, Michigan

Population: 6,509
Percent White: 98.5%
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2. Grand Haven

Grand Haven, Michigan

Population: 10,853
Percent White: 96.9%
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Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Ottawa County. Grand Haven is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, for which it is named. As of the 2010 census, Grand Haven had a population of 10,412. It is part of the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 1,027,703 in 2014. The city is home to the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark and is located just north of Grand Haven Charter Township.

3. St. Clair

St. Clair, Michigan

Population: 5,395
Percent White: 96.8%
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St. Clair is a city in St. Clair County in the eastern ‘Thumb’ of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,485 at the 2010 census. The city is located on the St. Clair River near the southeast corner of St. Clair Township.

4. Milford

Milford, Michigan

Population: 6,434
Percent White: 96.8%
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Milford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,175 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Milford Township.

5. Kingsford

Kingsford, Michigan

Population: 5,086
Percent White: 96.0%
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6. Alpena

Alpena, Michigan

Population: 10,213
Percent White: 95.9%
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Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. It is considered to be part of northern Michigan. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located in the city. The population was 10,483 at the 2010 census. The population swells with a large number of visitors in the summer.

7. Eaton Rapids


Population: 5,212
Percent White: 95.5%
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Eaton Rapids is a city in Eaton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,214 at the 2010 census.

8. Ironwood

Ironwood, Michigan

Population: 5,089
Percent White: 95.3%
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Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18 miles south of Lake Superior. The population was 5,387 at the 2010 census. The city is on US 2 and is situated opposite the Montreal River from Hurley, Wisconsin. It is the westernmost city in Michigan, situated on the same line of longitude as Clinton, Iowa and St. Louis, Missouri.

9. Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Population: 7,535
Percent White: 95.3%
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10. Menominee

Menominee, Michigan

Population: 8,378
Percent White: 95.1%
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Menominee is a city in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,599 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Menominee County. Menominee is the fourth-largest city in the Upper Peninsula, behind Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, and Escanaba. Menominee Township is located to the north of the city, but is politically autonomous.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Michigan

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 Michigan.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Michigan for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Ishpeming 6,509 98.5%
2
Grand Haven 10,853 96.9%
3
St. Clair 5,395 96.8%
4
Milford 6,434 96.8%
5
Kingsford 5,086 96.0%
6
Alpena 10,213 95.9%
7
Eaton Rapids 5,212 95.5%
8
Ironwood 5,089 95.3%
9
Iron Mountain 7,535 95.3%
10
Menominee 8,378 95.1%
11
Chelsea 5,140 94.9%
12
Brighton 7,550 94.7%
13
Grand Ledge 7,794 94.2%
14
East Grand Rapids 11,297 94.0%
15
New Baltimore 12,266 93.8%
16
Rockford 6,044 93.8%
17
Greenville 8,429 93.5%
18
Tecumseh 8,370 93.5%
19
Marysville 9,775 93.3%
20
Saline 9,082 93.2%
21
Richmond 5,844 93.0%
22
Trenton 18,426 92.9%
23
Cadillac 10,380 92.8%
24
Hastings 7,312 92.6%
25
Hillsdale 8,203 92.6%
26
Escanaba 12,455 92.5%
27
Traverse City 15,392 92.4%
28
Owosso 14,738 92.1%
29
Howell 9,507 92.1%
30
Huntington Woods 6,330 92.0%
31
Plymouth 8,956 92.0%
32
Milan 5,917 91.9%
33
Ludington 8,051 91.4%
34
Wyandotte 25,225 91.4%
35
St. Johns 7,951 91.3%
36
Belding 5,766 91.2%
37
Swartz Creek 5,617 91.2%
38
Grosse Pointe Farms 9,265 91.2%
39
Berkley 15,239 91.1%
40
Northville 5,986 91.1%
41
South Lyon 11,672 90.9%
42
Flushing 8,129 90.8%
43
Clawson 12,008 90.7%
44
Alma 9,222 90.7%
45
Fenton 11,471 90.5%
46
Petoskey 5,731 90.4%
47
St. Clair Shores 59,916 90.3%
48
Garden City 27,009 90.3%
49
Grosse Pointe 5,256 89.9%
50
Holly 6,171 89.5%
51
Manistee 6,100 89.4%
52
Coldwater 10,834 89.4%
53
Livonia 94,849 89.2%
54
Hudsonville 7,278 89.0%
55
Charlotte 9,043 89.0%
56
Royal Oak 58,823 88.7%
57
Marquette 21,282 88.5%
58
Midland 42,063 88.4%
59
Birmingham 20,653 88.4%
60
Marshall 7,046 88.2%
61
Grosse Pointe Woods 15,785 88.1%
62
Dearborn 95,520 87.8%
63
Riverview 12,208 87.8%
64
Flat Rock 9,836 87.5%
65
Norton Shores 24,091 87.4%
66
Walker 24,458 87.2%
67
Rochester 12,969 87.1%
68
Beverly Hills 10,450 86.5%
69
St. Joseph 8,307 86.2%
70
Allen Park 27,519 85.9%
71
Mason 8,334 85.6%
72
Big Rapids 10,495 85.5%
73
Monroe 20,243 85.2%
74
Portage 47,854 84.9%
75
Burton 28,995 84.6%
76
Woodhaven 12,590 84.5%
77
Bay City 34,110 84.3%
78
Fraser 14,620 84.1%
79
Allegan 5,051 83.7%
80
Mount Pleasant 25,896 83.6%
81
Ferndale 20,167 83.4%
82
Grandville 15,842 83.4%
83
Madison Heights 30,168 83.3%
84
Lapeer 8,795 83.2%
85
Sterling Heights 131,674 83.0%
86
Grosse Pointe Park 11,276 83.0%
87
Walled Lake 7,102 82.1%
88
Dearborn Heights 56,329 82.1%
89
Zeeland 5,595 81.2%
90
Houghton 7,924 81.0%
91
Grand Blanc 8,039 80.7%
92
Southgate 29,355 80.6%
93
Port Huron 29,388 80.6%
94
Hazel Park 16,587 80.4%
95
Niles 11,379 79.8%
96
Three Rivers 7,743 78.2%
97
Wayne 17,143 77.5%
98
Rochester Hills 72,987 77.2%
99
Roseville 47,606 76.9%
100
Sault Ste. Marie 13,941 75.3%

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