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.
- Ishpeming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Grand Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Menominee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ironwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alpena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brighton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Iron Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kingsford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Richmond (Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Highland Park is the least white city of all those we measured.
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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*
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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:
- Highland Park
- Benton Harbor
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Michigan
|16||East Grand Rapids||93.24%|
|34||Grosse Pointe Farms||91.59%|
|45||St. Clair Shores||89.9%|
|67||Grosse Pointe Woods||86.36%|
|75||Grosse Pointe Park||84.71%|
|96||Sault Ste. Marie||75.61%|