These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Mississippi For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi 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 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 2018:

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

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Mississippi for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Mississippi 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 62 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 62 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 Mississippi.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Diamondhead.

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 Mississippi.

1. Diamondhead

Diamondhead, Mississippi

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Population: 8,341
Percent White: 93.4%
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Diamondhead is a city in southeastern Hancock County, Mississippi, United States. The city is located just over 50 miles northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. In February 2012, Diamondhead was officially incorporated as a city. At the time of the 2010 census, when Diamondhead was an unincorporated census-designated place, the population was 8,425. The city population, with slightly different boundaries, was estimated at 8,217 in 2016.

2. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Population: 25,473
Percent White: 85.5%
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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.

3. Long Beach

Long Beach, Mississippi

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Population: 15,450
Percent White: 83.3%
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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.

4. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Population: 15,227
Percent White: 82.9%
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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.

5. Waveland

Waveland, Mississippi

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Population: 6,454
Percent White: 79.6%
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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.

6. Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

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Population: 17,547
Percent White: 78.2%
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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.

7. Petal

Petal, Mississippi

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Population: 10,736
Percent White: 77.0%
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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.

8. Booneville

Booneville, Mississippi

Population: 8,764
Percent White: 76.5%
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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.

9. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Population: 23,186
Percent White: 76.4%
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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.

10. Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Population: 11,448
Percent White: 75.8%
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There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Mississippi

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 Mississippi.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Mississippi for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Diamondhead 8,341 93.4%
2
Madison 25,473 85.5%
3
Long Beach 15,450 83.3%
4
Hernando 15,227 82.9%
5
Waveland 6,454 79.6%
6
Ocean Springs 17,547 78.2%
7
Petal 10,736 77.0%
8
Booneville 8,764 76.5%
9
Brandon 23,186 76.4%
10
Bay St. Louis 11,448 75.8%
11
Oxford 21,634 72.8%
12
Pearl 26,344 71.1%
13
Richland 7,069 70.6%
14
Corinth 14,832 67.8%
15
Pass Christian 5,302 66.7%
16
Flowood 8,532 66.0%
17
Southaven 51,816 65.2%
18
Amory 7,110 63.9%
19
Pontotoc 5,906 63.7%
20
Olive Branch 35,508 63.2%
21
Picayune 10,732 62.3%
22
D’Iberville 10,829 61.4%
23
Biloxi 45,271 60.4%
24
New Albany 8,589 59.4%
25
Senatobia 7,969 58.3%
26
Ripley 5,336 57.9%
27
Tupelo 38,856 57.4%
28
Starkville 25,011 56.9%
29
Gautier 18,541 56.7%
30
Batesville 7,402 55.1%
31
Pascagoula 22,163 54.2%
32
Ridgeland 24,338 53.4%
33
Gulfport 71,265 53.2%
34
Horn Lake 26,785 51.7%
35
Clinton 25,411 50.1%
36
Columbia 6,292 50.0%
37
Cleveland 12,346 47.9%
38
Brookhaven 12,418 42.6%
39
Philadelphia 7,399 42.6%
40
Kosciusko 7,208 41.3%
41
Hattiesburg 46,846 41.0%
42
Grenada 12,863 40.2%
43
Byram 11,610 40.2%
44
West Point 11,042 37.4%
45
Natchez 15,345 35.9%
46
Columbus 24,833 34.7%
47
Meridian 40,094 34.5%
48
Louisville 6,373 31.9%
49
Laurel 18,806 31.1%
50
Forest 5,700 29.1%
51
Aberdeen 5,427 29.1%
52
Vicksburg 23,320 27.4%
53
Mccomb 12,732 25.8%
54
Greenwood 14,780 25.5%
55
Moss Point 13,652 22.8%
56
Canton 13,504 22.5%
57
Clarksdale 16,994 18.4%
58
Greenville 32,612 18.2%
59
Holly Springs 7,591 17.2%
60
Jackson 172,039 16.7%
61
Indianola 10,047 14.3%
62
Yazoo City 11,336 10.3%

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