These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Minnesota In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in Minnesota.

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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 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Minnesota with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Buffalo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kasson (Homes For Sale)
  6. East Bethel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Orono (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lake City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Waconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Baxter (Homes For Sale)

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 2019

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, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Minnesota.

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 139 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.1% to 40.4%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Wyoming took the distinction of being the most White, while Worthington was the least White city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Minnesota 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.

Wyoming, MN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,793
% White: 96.07%
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyoming is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,791 at the 2010 census.

Grand Rapids, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,099
% White: 96.04%
More on Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

Buffalo, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,996
% White: 96.03%
More on Buffalo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Buffalo is a city, located 42 miles northwest of Minneapolis in Wright County, Minnesota. The population was 15,453 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,679
% White: 95.53%
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,228
% White: 95.25%
More on Kasson: Real Estate | Data

Kasson is a city in Dodge County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,931 at the 2010 census. The city is located 13 miles west of Rochester, Minnesota along U.S. Highway 14 and is one of the endpoints of Minnesota State Highway 57. The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad’s main freight rail line also runs through the city. Kasson shares a school system with nearby Mantorville, Minnesota. The K-M school system is a member of the Zumbro Education school district. Kasson is part of the Rochester, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

East Bethel, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,733
% White: 94.9%
More on East Bethel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Bethel is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2010 census.

Orono, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,887
% White: 94.69%
More on Orono: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Orono is a city on the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,437 at the 2010 census.

Lake City, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,154
% White: 94.49%
More on Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake City is a city in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It lies along Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River. The population was 5,063 at the 2010 census. Most of Lake City is located within Wabasha County with only a small portion in Goodhue County.

Waconia, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,751
% White: 94.43%
More on Waconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waconia, a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The city’s population is 11,480 as of 2013.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,988
% White: 94.42%
More on Baxter: Real Estate | Data

Baxter is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,610 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It – White Populations Across Minnesota

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Minnesota according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Minnesota:

  1. Worthington
  2. Brooklyn Center
  3. Brooklyn Park

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % White Population
1 Wyoming 96.07% 7,793
2 Grand Rapids 96.04% 11,099
3 Buffalo 96.03% 15,996
4 Victoria 95.53% 8,679
5 Kasson 95.25% 6,228
6 East Bethel 94.9% 11,733
7 Orono 94.69% 7,887
8 Lake City 94.49% 5,154
9 Waconia 94.43% 11,751
10 Baxter 94.42% 7,988
11 North Branch 94.21% 10,241
12 Alexandria 94.17% 13,203
13 Minnetrista 94.09% 7,187
14 Mound 93.99% 9,380
15 New Prague 93.85% 7,598
16 New Ulm 93.75% 13,249
17 Little Falls 93.72% 8,648
18 Hugo 93.37% 14,415
19 Hutchinson 93.19% 13,836
20 Hibbing 93.16% 16,183
21 St. Joseph 93.0% 6,862
22 Shorewood 92.91% 7,696
23 Delano 92.81% 5,854
24 St. Francis 92.75% 7,475
25 Forest Lake 92.73% 19,406
26 Otsego 92.7% 15,630
27 International Falls 92.65% 6,121
28 Sauk Rapids 92.64% 13,354
29 Stewartville 92.58% 6,115
30 Winona 92.42% 27,153
31 Hastings 92.2% 22,620
32 Rogers 92.11% 12,564
33 Fergus Falls 92.07% 13,606
34 Lake Elmo 91.75% 8,621
35 Hermantown 91.55% 9,603
36 Stillwater 91.51% 19,232
37 Oak Grove 91.36% 8,453
38 Elk River 91.29% 23,924
39 Sartell 91.27% 16,749
40 St. Michael 91.26% 17,128
41 Litchfield 91.24% 6,645
42 Brainerd 91.17% 13,394
43 Cambridge 90.91% 8,462
44 Ham Lake 90.91% 16,119
45 Belle Plaine 90.67% 6,935
46 Fairmont 90.63% 10,251
47 Lino Lakes 90.56% 20,950
48 Mahtomedi 90.56% 8,005
49 Ramsey 90.47% 25,853
50 Mendota Heights 90.45% 11,253
51 Virginia 89.98% 8,570
52 North Mankato 89.9% 13,583
53 Albertville 89.85% 7,303
54 Thief River Falls 89.79% 8,769
55 Andover 89.73% 32,257
56 Farmington 89.29% 22,502
57 Corcoran 89.05% 5,671
58 Morris 88.62% 5,326
59 Monticello 88.48% 13,316
60 Chanhassen 88.44% 25,108
61 Jordan 88.44% 6,079
62 Duluth 88.4% 86,066
63 Detroit Lakes 88.14% 9,078
64 Red Wing 87.19% 16,334
65 White Bear Lake 86.95% 25,411
66 Moorhead 86.86% 41,801
67 Big Lake 86.74% 10,516
68 Montevideo 86.41% 5,165
69 Redwood Falls 86.34% 5,031
70 East Grand Forks 86.25% 8,614
71 Lakeville 86.24% 61,056
72 Prior Lake 86.16% 25,452
73 Minnetonka 86.11% 52,102
74 Mankato 85.76% 41,241
75 Arden Hills 85.58% 10,250
76 Owatonna 85.07% 25,613
77 St. Peter 84.73% 11,682
78 Glencoe 84.67% 5,511
79 Edina 84.35% 50,603
80 Maple Grove 83.89% 68,362
81 Shoreview 83.66% 26,432
82 Northfield 83.63% 20,297
83 Champlin 83.63% 24,209
84 Waseca 83.21% 9,151
85 Anoka 83.17% 17,374
86 Rosemount 83.06% 23,474
87 Chaska 82.98% 25,578
88 Coon Rapids 82.96% 62,342
89 St. Paul Park 82.25% 5,376
90 Cloquet 82.18% 11,965
91 Golden Valley 81.9% 21,208
92 St. Louis Park 80.97% 48,124
93 Vadnais Heights 80.83% 13,283
94 Albert Lea 80.64% 17,716
95 Cottage Grove 80.29% 35,902
96 Crookston 79.97% 7,780
97 Marshall 79.86% 13,706
98 Blaine 79.68% 62,453
99 Savage 79.0% 30,011
100 Apple Valley 78.79% 51,109

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