The 10 Whitest Cities In Michigan For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in Michigan.

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 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in Michigan for 2021:

  1. Iron Mountain
  2. Grand Haven
  3. St. Johns
  4. Milford
  5. Alpena
  6. Ishpeming
  7. Eaton Rapids
  8. Cadillac
  9. Menominee
  10. Belding

What is the whitest city in Michigan for 2021? According to the most recent census data Iron Mountain 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 2021

1. Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,369
% White: 96.19%
More on Iron Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Grand Haven

Grand Haven, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,994
% White: 95.36%
More on Grand Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. St. Johns

St. Johns, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,898
% White: 95.23%
More on St. Johns: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Milford

Milford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,499
% White: 94.88%
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Alpena

Alpena, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,034
% White: 94.81%
More on Alpena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Ishpeming

Ishpeming, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,464
% White: 94.66%
More on Ishpeming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Eaton Rapids

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,231
% White: 94.36%
More on Eaton Rapids: Real Estate | Data

8. Cadillac

Cadillac, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,419
% White: 94.34%
More on Cadillac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Menominee

Menominee, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,150
% White: 94.12%
More on Menominee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Belding

Belding, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,718
% White: 94.11%
More on Belding: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in Michigan for 2021

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 96.2% to 5.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Iron Mountain 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 Iron Mountain 96.19% 7,369
2 Grand Haven 95.36% 10,994
3 St. Johns 95.23% 7,898
4 Milford 94.88% 6,499
5 Alpena 94.81% 10,034
6 Ishpeming 94.66% 6,464
7 Eaton Rapids 94.36% 5,231
8 Cadillac 94.34% 10,419
9 Menominee 94.12% 8,150
10 Belding 94.11% 5,718
11 Marshall 94.03% 6,998
12 Marysville 93.6% 9,693
13 Plymouth 93.56% 9,124
14 Grosse Pointe Farms 93.32% 9,168
15 East Grand Rapids 93.05% 11,759
16 Owosso 92.96% 14,536
17 Holly 92.78% 6,174
18 St. Clair 92.7% 5,327
19 Brighton 92.61% 7,649
20 Wyandotte 92.49% 25,044
21 Fenton 92.44% 11,375
22 Grand Ledge 92.4% 7,842
23 Tecumseh 92.39% 8,356
24 New Baltimore 92.25% 12,358
25 Trenton 92.22% 18,295
26 Huntington Woods 92.2% 6,322
27 Charlotte 92.17% 9,082
28 Flushing 92.08% 7,968
29 Rockford 92.02% 6,254
30 Milan 91.65% 6,107
31 Hillsdale 91.55% 8,097
32 Hudsonville 91.46% 7,366
33 Clawson 91.28% 11,971
34 Greenville 91.04% 8,396
35 South Lyon 90.97% 11,788
36 Escanaba 90.83% 12,251
37 Hastings 90.59% 7,311
38 Traverse City 90.53% 15,570
39 Ludington 90.47% 8,069
40 St. Clair Shores 89.91% 59,528
41 Grosse Pointe 89.72% 5,206
42 Marquette 89.61% 20,822
43 Riverview 89.61% 12,137
44 Northville 89.5% 6,007
45 Howell 89.19% 9,580
46 Berkley 89.18% 15,372
47 Petoskey 89.1% 5,724
48 Zeeland 88.89% 5,572
49 Saline 88.74% 9,251
50 Norton Shores 88.7% 24,467
51 Rochester 88.61% 13,162
52 Garden City 88.42% 26,683
53 Grosse Pointe Woods 88.26% 15,498
54 Dearborn 88.21% 94,701
55 Manistee 87.83% 6,083
56 Birmingham 87.81% 21,201
57 Livonia 87.77% 94,249
58 Midland 87.61% 41,920
59 Alma 87.42% 8,976
60 Fraser 87.37% 14,580
61 Walker 87.3% 24,816
62 Mason 87.15% 8,487
63 Royal Oak 87.09% 59,195
64 Swartz Creek 87.01% 5,535
65 Richmond 86.88% 5,869
66 Monroe 86.06% 19,775
67 Ferndale 85.61% 20,137
68 Burton 85.56% 28,654
69 Grandville 85.23% 15,942
70 Grosse Pointe Park 85.23% 11,153
71 Big Rapids 84.41% 10,355
72 Allen Park 84.39% 27,216
73 Flat Rock 83.92% 9,967
74 Beverly Hills 83.75% 10,387
75 Dearborn Heights 83.46% 55,857
76 Bay City 83.34% 33,167
77 Portage 82.83% 48,774
78 Mount Pleasant 82.55% 25,629
79 St. Joseph 82.5% 8,316
80 Woodhaven 82.37% 12,518
81 Walled Lake 82.29% 7,173
82 Lapeer 82.11% 8,676
83 Sterling Heights 81.67% 132,476
84 Coldwater 81.44% 12,241
85 Houghton 81.26% 7,870
86 Niles 79.88% 11,211
87 Grand Blanc 79.87% 7,905
88 Madison Heights 79.65% 30,120
89 Southgate 79.23% 29,165
90 Port Huron 78.29% 29,025
91 Hazel Park 78.16% 16,525
92 Rochester Hills 76.31% 74,206
93 Three Rivers 75.28% 7,659
94 Sault Ste. Marie 74.84% 13,591
95 Wayne 73.45% 16,976
96 Adrian 72.87% 20,572
97 Roseville 72.53% 47,400
98 East Lansing 72.3% 48,729
99 Westland 71.52% 81,938
100 Sturgis 71.22% 10,905

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About Chris Kolmar

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