Whitest Cities In Minnesota For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Minnesota for 2020:

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

If you’re wondering, Brooklyn Center 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 Minnesota For 2020

Orono, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,015
% White: 97.11%
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.

Wyoming, MN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,839
% White: 96.66%
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.

Buffalo, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,092
% White: 96.45%
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.

Grand Rapids, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,140
% White: 96.36%
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.

Minnetrista, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,408
% White: 95.17%
More on Minnetrista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kasson, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,295
% White: 94.79%
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: 11,808
% White: 94.72%
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East Bethel is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2010 census.

Victoria, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,032
% White: 94.72%
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

6
/10

Population: 14,587
% White: 94.57%
More on Hugo: Real Estate | Data

Hugo is a commuter town 21 miles north of downtown Saint Paul in Washington County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 13,332 at the 2010 census. The city lies north of White Bear Lake on the border of the metropolitan boundary. Hugo and nearby suburbs comprise the northeast portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Waconia, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,981
% White: 93.92%
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.

How we determined the whitest places in Minnesota for 2020

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 97.1% to 38.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Orono took the distinction of being the most White, while Brooklyn Center was the least White city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Brooklyn Center
  2. Worthington
  3. Brooklyn Park

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % White Population
1 Orono 97.11% 8,015
2 Wyoming 96.66% 7,839
3 Buffalo 96.45% 16,092
4 Grand Rapids 96.36% 11,140
5 Minnetrista 95.17% 7,408
6 Kasson 94.79% 6,295
7 East Bethel 94.72% 11,808
8 Victoria 94.72% 9,032
9 Hugo 94.57% 14,587
10 Waconia 93.92% 11,981
11 Shorewood 93.67% 7,752
12 Otsego 93.41% 16,189
13 North Branch 93.4% 10,321
14 Mound 93.29% 9,412
15 Albertville 93.17% 7,377
16 St. Joseph 93.11% 6,938
17 Lake City 93.01% 5,165
18 Hibbing 93.0% 16,106
19 Little Falls 92.99% 8,664
20 Alexandria 92.98% 13,380
21 Baxter 92.84% 8,087
22 International Falls 92.75% 6,043
23 New Ulm 92.43% 13,248
24 Hutchinson 92.26% 13,882
25 Hermantown 92.19% 9,621
26 Stewartville 92.12% 6,133
27 Stillwater 91.79% 19,275
28 Mendota Heights 91.69% 11,284
29 Winona 91.61% 26,981
30 Sauk Rapids 91.58% 13,528
31 Elk River 91.5% 24,211
32 New Prague 91.48% 7,746
33 Fergus Falls 91.43% 13,647
34 Hastings 91.32% 22,690
35 St. Francis 91.06% 7,551
36 Brainerd 90.94% 13,389
37 Cambridge 90.71% 8,587
38 Fairmont 90.68% 10,191
39 Lino Lakes 90.65% 21,150
40 Rogers 90.57% 12,777
41 Litchfield 90.39% 6,631
42 Forest Lake 90.32% 19,643
43 Belle Plaine 90.25% 7,029
44 Delano 90.1% 5,959
45 Ramsey 90.01% 26,225
46 Sartell 89.91% 17,076
47 Ham Lake 89.81% 16,282
48 North Mankato 89.76% 13,704
49 Mahtomedi 89.7% 8,095
50 Oak Grove 89.52% 8,582
51 Andover 89.43% 32,499
52 St. Michael 89.18% 17,328
53 Big Lake 89.1% 10,699
54 Thief River Falls 88.83% 8,758
55 Farmington 88.76% 22,714
56 Morris 88.51% 5,353
57 Detroit Lakes 88.46% 9,134
58 Duluth 88.37% 86,004
59 Virginia 87.97% 8,531
60 Redwood Falls 87.85% 5,004
61 Lake Elmo 87.4% 8,794
62 Prior Lake 87.3% 25,880
63 Chanhassen 87.28% 25,357
64 Corcoran 87.2% 5,775
65 Red Wing 86.71% 16,365
66 White Bear Lake 86.54% 25,601
67 Monticello 86.53% 13,439
68 Minnetonka 86.09% 52,546
69 Moorhead 85.86% 42,395
70 Montevideo 85.33% 5,139
71 East Grand Forks 85.17% 8,635
72 Owatonna 85.13% 25,656
73 Arden Hills 85.07% 10,290
74 Mankato 85.07% 41,701
75 Edina 84.7% 51,136
76 Lakeville 84.52% 62,489
77 Golden Valley 84.38% 21,364
78 Rosemount 84.3% 23,885
79 Anoka 84.12% 17,419
80 Champlin 83.71% 24,478
81 Waseca 83.43% 9,056
82 Maple Grove 83.42% 69,571
83 St. Peter 83.42% 11,784
84 Northfield 82.86% 20,217
85 Chaska 82.67% 25,998
86 Coon Rapids 82.63% 62,376
87 Shoreview 82.29% 26,627
88 Cloquet 82.29% 11,998
89 Vadnais Heights 82.09% 13,376
90 St. Paul Park 81.52% 5,372
91 Jordan 80.36% 6,155
92 St. Louis Park 80.29% 48,423
93 Cottage Grove 80.25% 36,221
94 Crookston 79.98% 7,782
95 Bemidji 79.95% 15,004
96 Albert Lea 79.95% 17,687
97 Savage 79.02% 30,615
98 Glencoe 78.91% 5,495
99 Blaine 78.45% 63,319
100 Marshall 78.29% 13,706

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