These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Minnesota For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota?

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 North Star State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Minnesota for 2018:

  1. Byron
  2. East Bethel (Photos)
  3. Baxter
  4. Zimmerman
  5. Grand Rapids (Photos)
  6. Lake City (Photos)
  7. New Ulm (Photos)
  8. Orono
  9. Alexandria (Photos)
  10. Wyoming

If you’re wondering, Worthington 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 Minnesota for 2018

In order to rank the whitest places in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota 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 144 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 144 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 Minnesota.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Byron.

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 Minnesota.

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1. Byron


Population: 5,191
Percent White: 98.8%

2. East Bethel

East Bethel, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,618
Percent White: 96.8%

3. Baxter


Population: 7,858
Percent White: 96.4%

4. Zimmerman


Population: 5,330
Percent White: 96.3%

5. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,053
Percent White: 95.3%

6. Lake City

Lake City, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,111
Percent White: 95.0%

7. New Ulm

New Ulm, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,279
Percent White: 94.9%

8. Orono


Population: 7,772
Percent White: 94.9%

9. Alexandria

Alexandria, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,185
Percent White: 94.9%

10. Wyoming


Population: 7,785
Percent White: 94.8%

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Minnesota

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 Minnesota.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Minnesota for 2018

City Rank Population Percent White
Byron 1 5,191 98.8%
East Bethel 2 11,618 96.8%
Baxter 3 7,858 96.4%
Zimmerman 4 5,330 96.3%
Grand Rapids 5 11,053 95.3%
Lake City 6 5,111 95.0%
New Ulm 7 13,279 94.9%
Orono 8 7,772 94.9%
Alexandria 9 13,185 94.9%
Wyoming 10 7,785 94.8%
New Prague 11 7,534 94.6%
Hibbing 12 16,230 94.6%
Victoria 13 8,385 94.5%
Kasson 14 6,143 94.5%
Minnetrista 15 6,963 94.4%
Belle Plaine 16 6,892 94.4%
Isanti 17 5,453 94.3%
North Branch 18 10,157 94.3%
Delano 19 5,754 94.1%
Waconia 20 11,523 94.1%
Little Falls 21 8,682 94.0%
Rogers 22 12,284 94.0%
Hugo 23 14,223 93.9%
Shorewood 24 7,548 93.5%
Forest Lake 25 19,208 93.4%
St. Francis 26 7,377 93.3%
Elk River 27 23,743 93.3%
Lake Elmo 28 8,445 93.0%
Winona 29 27,372 92.9%
Fergus Falls 30 13,310 92.9%
Otsego 31 15,065 92.8%
Hastings 32 22,501 92.6%
Cambridge 33 8,383 92.6%
St. Joseph 34 6,775 92.5%
Buffalo 35 15,927 92.5%
Stewartville 36 6,062 92.4%
Sauk Rapids 37 13,334 92.4%
Hermantown 38 9,599 92.4%
International Falls 39 6,226 92.4%
Hutchinson 40 13,891 92.3%
Litchfield 41 6,667 92.0%
St. Michael 42 17,045 92.0%
Ham Lake 43 15,878 91.9%
Stillwater 44 19,142 91.9%
Mahtomedi 45 7,964 91.6%
Brainerd 46 13,440 91.5%
Mound 47 9,306 91.4%
Albertville 48 7,286 91.0%
Fairmont 49 10,311 90.6%
Sartell 50 16,442 90.5%
Ramsey 51 25,329 90.4%
Lino Lakes 52 20,758 90.3%
Red Wing 53 16,484 90.2%
Thief River Falls 54 8,726 90.1%
North Mankato 55 13,451 90.0%
Andover 56 31,906 89.9%
Mendota Heights 57 11,231 89.8%
Virginia 58 8,594 89.5%
Monticello 59 13,214 89.4%
Oak Grove 60 8,334 89.3%
Farmington 61 22,226 89.2%
Jordan 62 5,981 89.1%
Morris 63 5,343 89.0%
Detroit Lakes 64 9,060 88.8%
Prior Lake 65 24,997 88.8%
Medina 66 5,633 88.7%
Duluth 67 86,164 88.6%
Chanhassen 68 24,796 88.3%
Corcoran 69 5,572 88.2%
Lakeville 70 59,786 87.5%
Arden Hills 71 10,126 87.2%
Montevideo 72 5,207 86.9%
Moorhead 73 41,321 86.9%
Minnetonka 74 51,651 86.9%
Big Lake 75 10,393 86.6%
Mankato 76 40,900 86.2%
East Grand Forks 77 8,636 86.2%
White Bear Lake 78 24,992 86.1%
Owatonna 79 25,580 85.5%
Redwood Falls 80 5,086 85.5%
St. Peter 81 11,567 85.1%
Dayton 82 5,031 85.1%
Edina 83 49,976 85.0%
Waseca 84 9,267 84.6%
Shoreview 85 26,161 84.4%
Maple Grove 86 66,969 84.2%
Anoka 87 17,325 84.1%
Chaska 88 25,078 83.9%
St. Paul Park 89 5,352 83.9%
Northfield 90 20,405 83.9%
Glencoe 91 5,535 83.8%
Coon Rapids 92 62,159 83.5%
Golden Valley 93 21,040 83.2%
Rosemount 94 23,099 82.7%
Vadnais Heights 95 13,115 82.7%
Champlin 96 23,929 82.3%
Cottage Grove 97 35,632 81.8%
Albert Lea 98 17,775 81.8%
Savage 99 29,399 81.3%
Cloquet 100 12,047 81.2%

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