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

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.

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.

1. Byron

Byron, Minnesota

Population: 5,191
Percent White: 98.8%
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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, Minnesota

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Population: 11,618
Percent White: 96.8%
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East Bethel is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2010 census.

3. Baxter


Population: 7,858
Percent White: 96.4%
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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.

4. Zimmerman


Population: 5,330
Percent White: 96.3%
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Zimmerman is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,228 at the 2010 census.

5. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Population: 11,053
Percent White: 95.3%
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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, Minnesota

Population: 5,111
Percent White: 95.0%
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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, Minnesota

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Population: 13,279
Percent White: 94.9%
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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.

8. Orono

Orono, Minnesota

Population: 7,772
Percent White: 94.9%
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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.

9. Alexandria

Alexandria, Minnesota

Population: 13,185
Percent White: 94.9%
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10. Wyoming

Wyoming, Minnesota

Population: 7,785
Percent White: 94.8%
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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

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

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