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.
- Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Buffalo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Victoria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kasson (Homes For Sale)
- East Bethel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Orono (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lake City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Baxter (Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Worthington is the least white city of all those we measured.
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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*
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 is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,791 at the 2010 census.
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 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 is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.
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 is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2010 census.
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 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, a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The city’s population is 11,480 as of 2013.
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:
- Brooklyn Center
- Brooklyn Park
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Minnesota
|54||Thief River Falls||89.79%|
|65||White Bear Lake||86.95%|
|70||East Grand Forks||86.25%|
|89||St. Paul Park||82.25%|
|92||St. Louis Park||80.97%|