Whitest Cities In Michigan For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Michigan for 2020:

  1. Ishpeming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Iron Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Belding (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Grand Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Menominee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Brighton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Alpena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Eaton Rapids (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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Michigan For 2020

Ishpeming, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,482
% White: 96.02%
More on Ishpeming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iron Mountain, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,406
% White: 95.87%
More on Iron Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belding, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,737
% White: 95.5%
More on Belding: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belding is a city in Ionia County in the U.S. state of Michigan, completely surrounded by Otisco Township, Michigan. The population was 5,757 at the 2010 census.

Grand Haven, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,974
% White: 95.13%
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.

Milford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,484
% White: 94.63%
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.

Menominee, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,214
% White: 94.61%
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.

Brighton, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,626
% White: 94.57%
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.

Alpena, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,086
% White: 94.35%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,216
% White: 94.25%
More on Eaton Rapids: Real Estate | Data

Eaton Rapids is a city in Eaton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,214 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,874
% White: 94.18%
More on Richmond: Real Estate | Data

How we determined the whitest places in Michigan for 2020

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 145 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.0% to 5.8%.

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. 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.

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 96.02% 6,482
2 Iron Mountain 95.87% 7,406
3 Belding 95.5% 5,737
4 Grand Haven 95.13% 10,974
5 Milford 94.63% 6,484
6 Menominee 94.61% 8,214
7 Brighton 94.57% 7,626
8 Alpena 94.35% 10,086
9 Eaton Rapids 94.25% 5,216
10 Richmond 94.18% 5,874
11 Hudsonville 93.72% 7,344
12 Northville 93.45% 5,971
13 St. Johns 93.44% 7,910
14 Greenville 93.3% 8,394
15 Tecumseh 93.19% 8,346
16 Plymouth 93.06% 9,054
17 Owosso 92.96% 14,604
18 Cadillac 92.83% 10,394
19 East Grand Rapids 92.83% 11,642
20 Milan 92.73% 5,944
21 Wyandotte 92.66% 25,138
22 Marysville 92.65% 9,739
23 Fenton 92.64% 11,336
24 Trenton 92.58% 18,368
25 Holly 92.56% 6,194
26 Rockford 92.52% 6,186
27 St. Clair 92.45% 5,350
28 Hillsdale 92.3% 8,125
29 Marshall 92.15% 7,021
30 Huntington Woods 92.13% 6,340
31 Flushing 92.01% 8,012
32 Escanaba 91.96% 12,298
33 Grand Ledge 91.93% 7,805
34 Traverse City 91.89% 15,474
35 New Baltimore 91.78% 12,365
36 Grosse Pointe Farms 91.74% 9,224
37 South Lyon 91.47% 11,786
38 Charlotte 91.46% 9,091
39 Petoskey 90.8% 5,707
40 Hastings 90.64% 7,284
41 Grosse Pointe 90.61% 5,218
42 Clawson 90.61% 12,029
43 Ludington 90.58% 8,057
44 Saline 90.51% 9,223
45 Kingsford 89.84% 5,022
46 Garden City 89.7% 26,809
47 St. Clair Shores 89.53% 59,781
48 Riverview 89.33% 12,167
49 Birmingham 89.04% 21,066
50 Marquette 88.86% 20,932
51 Livonia 88.77% 94,567
52 Swartz Creek 88.72% 5,531
53 Howell 88.61% 9,597
54 Berkley 88.39% 15,360
55 Alma 88.23% 9,051
56 Manistee 88.21% 6,071
57 Rochester 88.1% 13,130
58 Dearborn 88.01% 95,089
59 Midland 87.89% 41,963
60 Royal Oak 87.65% 59,107
61 Norton Shores 87.6% 24,357
62 Grosse Pointe Woods 87.42% 15,559
63 Flat Rock 86.76% 9,932
64 Walker 86.71% 24,768
65 Fraser 86.42% 14,638
66 Mason 86.35% 8,447
67 St. Joseph 86.22% 8,314
68 Grandville 85.62% 15,952
69 Monroe 85.46% 19,947
70 Grosse Pointe Park 85.13% 11,207
71 Big Rapids 85.09% 10,392
72 Ferndale 84.54% 20,211
73 Lapeer 84.54% 8,731
74 Allen Park 84.5% 27,353
75 Beverly Hills 84.44% 10,440
76 Bay City 84.0% 33,463
77 Burton 83.73% 28,754
78 Dearborn Heights 83.47% 56,089
79 Portage 83.27% 48,421
80 Mount Pleasant 82.59% 25,691
81 Coldwater 82.42% 12,284
82 Woodhaven 82.19% 12,551
83 Sterling Heights 81.71% 132,470
84 Houghton 81.33% 7,934
85 Zeeland 80.95% 5,581
86 Madison Heights 80.69% 30,226
87 Walled Lake 80.58% 7,193
88 Southgate 80.35% 29,268
89 Grand Blanc 80.03% 7,925
90 Port Huron 79.62% 29,175
91 Hazel Park 78.92% 16,592
92 Three Rivers 78.09% 7,680
93 Niles 76.49% 11,265
94 Rochester Hills 76.05% 74,011
95 Sault Ste. Marie 74.23% 13,712
96 Wayne 74.13% 17,063
97 Roseville 73.57% 47,603
98 Sturgis 72.25% 10,855
99 Taylor 72.07% 61,574
100 Adrian 72.0% 20,640

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