Whitest Cities In Mississippi For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

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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 Mississippi?

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 Magnolia State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Mississippi for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Mississippi for 2020:

  1. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Long Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Petal (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hernando (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ocean Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bay St. Louis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Booneville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Richland (Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Yazoo City 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 Mississippi For 2020

Madison, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,522
% White: 82.45%
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Madison is a city in Madison County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 24,841 at the 2010 census. The population is currently over 25,000. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Long Beach, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,529
% White: 80.32%
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Long Beach is a city located in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,792.

Waveland, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,358
% White: 80.21%
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Waveland is a city located in Hancock County, Mississippi, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Waveland was incorporated in 1972. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,435. Waveland was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969, and by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

Petal, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,669
% White: 78.61%
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Petal is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, along the Leaf River. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,454 in the 2010 census.

Brandon, MS

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,688
% White: 77.57%
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Brandon is a city in Rankin County, Mississippi. The population was 21,705 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rankin County. Brandon is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area and located east of the state capital.

Hernando, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,807
% White: 77.38%
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Hernando is a city in and the county seat of DeSoto County, which is on the northwest border of Mississippi, United States. The population was 14,090 at the 2010 census, up from 6,812 in 2000. DeSoto County is the second-most-populous county in the Memphis metropolitan area.

Ocean Springs, MS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,613
% White: 77.29%
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Ocean Springs is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States, approximately 2 miles east of Biloxi and west of Gautier. It is part of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,225 at the 2000 U.S. Census. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of Ocean Springs had a population of 17,442.

Bay St. Louis, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,465
% White: 76.17%
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Booneville, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,767
% White: 75.18%
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Booneville is the county seat of Prentiss County, Mississippi. Booneville was incorporated in 1861 and named after R.H. Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone. The population was 8,743 at the 2010 census. It is one of 21 certified Mississippi retirement cities.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,185
% White: 72.64%
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How we determined the whitest places in Mississippi for 2020

In order to rank the whitest places in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi.

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 82.5% to 10.6%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Mississippi 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 Mississippi

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

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

  1. Yazoo City
  2. Canton
  3. Jackson

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Mississippi

Rank City % White Population
1 Madison 82.45% 25,522
2 Long Beach 80.32% 15,529
3 Waveland 80.21% 6,358
4 Petal 78.61% 10,669
5 Brandon 77.57% 23,688
6 Hernando 77.38% 15,807
7 Ocean Springs 77.29% 17,613
8 Bay St. Louis 76.17% 12,465
9 Booneville 75.18% 8,767
10 Richland 72.64% 7,185
11 Oxford 70.59% 23,037
12 Amory 68.55% 6,983
13 Corinth 68.49% 14,647
14 Southaven 64.99% 53,274
15 Pearl 64.95% 26,508
16 Pontotoc 63.93% 5,997
17 Flowood 63.22% 8,870
18 Biloxi 61.02% 45,568
19 D’iberville 60.79% 13,531
20 Olive Branch 60.31% 36,721
21 Ripley 58.35% 5,282
22 Tupelo 56.61% 38,270
23 Starkville 56.24% 25,122
24 Picayune 56.23% 11,140
25 New Albany 55.05% 8,714
26 Gulfport 53.32% 71,570
27 Ridgeland 53.24% 24,265
28 Pascagoula 52.31% 21,865
29 Gautier 52.09% 18,563
30 Senatobia 51.61% 7,966
31 Clinton 50.19% 25,456
32 Batesville 48.77% 7,303
33 Columbia 47.24% 6,088
34 Horn Lake 46.83% 26,925
35 Cleveland 46.81% 11,998
36 Kosciusko 44.53% 6,959
37 Philadelphia 43.97% 7,284
38 Grenada 43.92% 12,633
39 Brookhaven 42.51% 12,226
40 Hattiesburg 40.93% 46,251
41 West Point 37.04% 10,794
42 Louisville 34.95% 6,298
43 Meridian 33.6% 38,602
44 Natchez 33.41% 15,188
45 Columbus 32.71% 24,272
46 Byram 32.68% 11,657
47 Laurel 30.63% 18,607
48 Vicksburg 28.01% 22,706
49 Forest 26.13% 5,668
50 Greenwood 25.99% 14,280
51 Mccomb 25.42% 12,723
52 Aberdeen 24.63% 5,347
53 Moss Point 24.03% 13,487
54 Holly Springs 19.73% 7,578
55 Clarksdale 16.97% 16,174
56 Greenville 16.97% 31,319
57 Indianola 16.44% 9,624
58 Jackson 15.9% 168,862
59 Canton 15.34% 12,330
60 Yazoo City 10.64% 11,076

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