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:
- Byron (Photos | Jobs)
- East Bethel (Photos | Jobs)
- Baxter (Jobs)
- Zimmerman (Jobs)
- Grand Rapids (Photos | Jobs)
- Lake City (Photos | Jobs)
- New Ulm (Photos | Jobs)
- Orono (Photos | Jobs)
- Alexandria (Photos | Jobs)
- Wyoming (Jobs)
If you’re wondering, Worthington is the least white city of all those we measured.
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.
Byron is a city in Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States, approximately 5 miles west of Rochester on U.S. Route 14. It is surrounded by Kalmar Township. The population was 4,914 at the 2010 census.
2. East Bethel
East Bethel is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2010 census.
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.
Zimmerman is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,228 at the 2010 census.
5. Grand Rapids
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.
6. Lake City
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.
7. New Ulm
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 13,522 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Brown County.
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 is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,791 at the 2010 census.
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
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