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 2019.
- Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Long Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hernando (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Petal (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bay St. Louis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ocean Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Booneville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Yazoo City is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Mississippi for 2019
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*
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 84.1% to 11.4%.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Oxford is a city in, and the county seat of, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 1837, it was named after the British university city of Oxford in hopes of having the state university located there, which it did successfully attract.
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:
- Yazoo City
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Mississippi
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