These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Michigan In For 2019


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

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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 2019.

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

  1. Ishpeming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Grand Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Menominee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ironwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Alpena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Brighton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Iron Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kingsford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Richmond (Homes For Sale)

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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How we determined the whitest places in Michigan for 2019

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 146 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 98.1% to 4.3%.

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

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.

Ishpeming, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,484
% White: 98.15%
More on Ishpeming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,449
% White: 96.53%
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Grand Haven, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,929
% White: 95.86%
More on Grand Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Menominee, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,298
% White: 95.6%
More on Menominee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Ironwood, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,051
% White: 95.51%
More on Ironwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Alpena, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,123
% White: 95.09%
More on Alpena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Brighton, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,567
% White: 94.94%
More on Brighton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brighton is a suburb in metro Detroit located in the southeast portion of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,444. Brighton forms part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area. It is one of two incorporated cities in Livingston County, and incorporates land that was once part of Brighton, Green Oak and Genoa townships.

Iron Mountain, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,450
% White: 94.82%
More on Iron Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kingsford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,044
% White: 94.47%
More on Kingsford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,871
% White: 94.45%
More on Richmond: Real Estate | Data

There You Have It – 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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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Michigan

Rank City % White Population
1 Ishpeming 98.15% 6,484
2 Milford 96.53% 6,449
3 Grand Haven 95.86% 10,929
4 Menominee 95.6% 8,298
5 Ironwood 95.51% 5,051
6 Alpena 95.09% 10,123
7 Brighton 94.94% 7,567
8 Iron Mountain 94.82% 7,450
9 Kingsford 94.47% 5,044
10 Richmond 94.45% 5,871
11 Rockford 94.03% 6,132
12 Hastings 93.89% 7,289
13 St. Clair 93.77% 5,375
14 Belding 93.39% 5,730
15 Greenville 93.32% 8,385
16 East Grand Rapids 93.24% 11,493
17 Eaton Rapids 93.05% 5,191
18 Tecumseh 93.03% 8,351
19 Grand Ledge 92.91% 7,799
20 Plymouth 92.89% 9,005
21 Trenton 92.86% 18,392
22 St. Johns 92.86% 7,894
23 Wyandotte 92.65% 25,175
24 Milan 92.57% 5,965
25 Cadillac 92.56% 10,375
26 Owosso 92.49% 14,641
27 Escanaba 92.12% 12,364
28 Marysville 92.09% 9,760
29 Huntington Woods 92.01% 6,347
30 Northville 91.76% 5,998
31 Ludington 91.76% 8,047
32 New Baltimore 91.71% 12,315
33 Traverse City 91.68% 15,550
34 Grosse Pointe Farms 91.59% 9,238
35 Clawson 91.57% 12,006
36 Fenton 91.49% 11,364
37 Hillsdale 91.36% 8,170
38 Swartz Creek 91.32% 5,565
39 Hudsonville 91.06% 7,335
40 Flushing 91.0% 8,058
41 Saline 90.84% 9,160
42 Charlotte 90.36% 9,062
43 Manistee 90.26% 6,079
44 Grosse Pointe 90.25% 5,241
45 St. Clair Shores 89.9% 59,865
46 Petoskey 89.69% 5,696
47 Riverview 89.6% 12,192
48 Garden City 89.56% 26,889
49 Coldwater 89.42% 10,819
50 Marshall 89.18% 7,016
51 Howell 89.11% 9,514
52 Livonia 89.06% 94,708
53 Marquette 89.0% 21,081
54 Birmingham 89.0% 20,836
55 South Lyon 88.96% 11,695
56 Berkley 88.92% 15,269
57 Flat Rock 88.67% 9,889
58 Holly 88.6% 6,173
59 Royal Oak 88.34% 58,973
60 Mason 88.2% 8,387
61 Dearborn 88.08% 95,295
62 Midland 87.54% 41,958
63 Alma 87.52% 9,108
64 St. Joseph 87.44% 8,301
65 Rochester 87.36% 12,987
66 Norton Shores 87.22% 24,234
67 Grosse Pointe Woods 86.36% 15,678
68 Walker 86.18% 24,618
69 Big Rapids 86.03% 10,413
70 Allen Park 85.9% 27,406
71 Monroe 85.39% 20,128
72 Beverly Hills 85.12% 10,424
73 Fraser 85.11% 14,616
74 Burton 84.86% 28,856
75 Grosse Pointe Park 84.71% 11,240
76 Lapeer 84.55% 8,769
77 Walled Lake 84.35% 7,174
78 Ferndale 84.24% 20,159
79 Grandville 84.2% 15,902
80 Bay City 84.13% 33,736
81 Portage 83.84% 48,072
82 Dearborn Heights 82.96% 56,201
83 Woodhaven 82.68% 12,565
84 Houghton 82.48% 7,882
85 Mount Pleasant 82.3% 25,711
86 Sterling Heights 82.27% 131,996
87 Zeeland 81.63% 5,584
88 Grand Blanc 81.53% 7,964
89 Madison Heights 80.83% 30,173
90 Hazel Park 80.82% 16,587
91 Southgate 80.52% 29,291
92 Three Rivers 79.64% 7,726
93 Port Huron 79.05% 29,285
94 Rochester Hills 76.81% 73,458
95 Niles 76.16% 11,332
96 Sault Ste. Marie 75.61% 13,798
97 Roseville 74.46% 47,617
98 Wayne 74.25% 17,090
99 Adrian 73.19% 20,743
100 Westland 72.09% 82,172

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