The 10 Whitest Cities In Missouri For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in Missouri.

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 Missouri?

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 Show Me State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Missouri for 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in Missouri for 2021:

  1. Arnold
  2. De Soto
  3. Union
  4. West Plains
  5. Dexter
  6. Washington
  7. Glendale
  8. Sunset Hills
  9. Festus
  10. Odessa

What is the whitest city in Missouri for 2021? According to the most recent census data Arnold ranks as the whitest. If you're wondering, Jennings 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.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Missouri For 2021

1. Arnold

Arnold, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,146
% White: 96.34%
More on Arnold: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. De Soto

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,380
% White: 95.77%
More on De Soto: Real Estate | Data

3. Union

Union, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,475
% White: 95.4%
More on Union: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. West Plains

West Plains, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,233
% White: 95.32%
More on West Plains: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Dexter

Dexter, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,862
% White: 95.26%
More on Dexter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Washington

Washington, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,014
% White: 94.93%
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Glendale

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,891
% White: 94.38%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,472
% White: 94.07%
More on Sunset Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Festus

Festus, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,982
% White: 94.04%
More on Festus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Odessa

Odessa, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,210
% White: 93.93%
More on Odessa: Real Estate | Data

How we determined the whitest places in Missouri for 2021

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

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 123 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.3% to 7.2%.

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

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

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least White places in Missouri:

  1. Jennings
  2. Dellwood
  3. Berkeley

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Missouri

Rank City % White Population
1 Arnold 96.34% 21,146
2 De Soto 95.77% 6,380
3 Union 95.4% 11,475
4 West Plains 95.32% 12,233
5 Dexter 95.26% 7,862
6 Washington 94.93% 14,014
7 Glendale 94.38% 5,891
8 Sunset Hills 94.07% 8,472
9 Festus 94.04% 11,982
10 Odessa 93.93% 5,210
11 Weldon Spring 93.82% 5,531
12 Ozark 93.69% 19,767
13 Jackson 93.65% 14,872
14 Des Peres 93.43% 8,619
15 Park Hills 92.94% 8,544
16 Sullivan 92.84% 6,564
17 Oak Grove 92.54% 8,217
18 Trenton 92.37% 5,770
19 Perryville 92.23% 8,451
20 Crestwood 91.97% 11,865
21 Carl Junction 91.87% 8,072
22 Republic 91.83% 16,247
23 Marshfield 91.68% 7,318
24 Nevada 91.57% 8,317
25 Warrenton 91.48% 8,226
26 Pacific 91.2% 6,339
27 Kearney 91.08% 10,095
28 Webster Groves 90.67% 22,951
29 Nixa 90.61% 21,544
30 Parkville 90.59% 6,724
31 Harrisonville 90.26% 10,043
32 Clinton 90.03% 9,118
33 Smithville 89.86% 9,884
34 Wentzville 89.84% 38,841
35 Dardenne Prairie 89.74% 13,293
36 Bolivar 89.72% 10,880
37 Maryville 89.72% 11,696
38 Excelsior Springs 89.61% 11,640
39 Richmond 89.61% 5,628
40 Shrewsbury 89.59% 6,150
41 Eureka 89.53% 10,666
42 Troy 89.52% 12,079
43 Chillicothe 89.36% 9,162
44 Lake St. Louis 89.32% 15,989
45 Valley Park 89.01% 6,799
46 Lebanon 88.84% 14,652
47 Pleasant Hill 88.77% 8,510
48 Farmington 88.54% 18,515
49 Kirksville 88.41% 17,554
50 Kirkwood 88.17% 27,708
51 Ballwin 88.15% 30,252
52 Webb City 87.91% 11,721
53 Pevely 87.83% 5,893
54 Wildwood 87.73% 35,459
55 Hannibal 87.69% 17,320
56 Ladue 87.64% 8,601
57 Grain Valley 87.23% 13,966
58 Aurora 87.01% 7,438
59 Liberty 86.86% 31,328
60 St. Peters 86.63% 57,273
61 Macon 86.52% 5,358
62 O'fallon 86.38% 87,242
63 Battlefield 85.64% 6,240
64 Springfield 85.33% 167,051
65 Rolla 84.71% 20,169
66 Mexico 84.4% 11,543
67 Fulton 84.28% 12,779
68 Town And Country 83.66% 11,077
69 Joplin 83.35% 50,386
70 Belton 83.19% 23,425
71 Brentwood 83.0% 8,005
72 Moberly 82.34% 13,707
73 Manchester 82.13% 18,110
74 Lee's Summit 81.94% 97,275
75 St. Joseph 81.61% 75,913
76 Blue Springs 81.4% 54,850
77 St. Charles 81.22% 70,171
78 Warrensburg 81.05% 20,139
79 Raymore 80.81% 21,196
80 Ellisville 80.61% 9,661
81 Poplar Bluff 80.53% 17,023
82 Sedalia 79.85% 21,633
83 Branson 79.6% 11,416
84 Chesterfield 79.59% 47,605
85 Boonville 78.91% 8,418
86 Cape Girardeau 78.78% 39,566
87 Cameron 78.54% 9,665
88 Gladstone 78.31% 27,126
89 Richmond Heights 78.12% 8,500
90 Bonne Terre 77.1% 7,165
91 Neosho 76.44% 11,990
92 Independence 75.95% 117,084
93 Columbia 74.49% 121,230
94 Creve Coeur 74.19% 18,538
95 Kennett 73.65% 10,062
96 Clayton 73.52% 16,588
97 Maplewood 72.89% 8,051
98 Jefferson City 72.5% 42,919
99 Marshall 70.27% 12,949
100 Sikeston 69.06% 16,200

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About Chris Kolmar

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