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

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 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.

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1. Ishpeming

Ishpeming, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,509
Percent White: 98.5%

2. Grand Haven

Grand Haven, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,853
Percent White: 96.9%

3. St. Clair

St. Clair, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,395
Percent White: 96.8%

4. Milford

Milford, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,434
Percent White: 96.8%

5. Kingsford

Kingsford, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,086
Percent White: 96.0%

6. Alpena

Alpena, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,213
Percent White: 95.9%

7. Eaton Rapids


Population: 5,212
Percent White: 95.5%

8. Ironwood

Ironwood, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,089
Percent White: 95.3%

9. Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,535
Percent White: 95.3%

10. Menominee

Menominee, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,378
Percent White: 95.1%

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

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

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