Whitest Cities In Missouri For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in Missouri.

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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 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Missouri for 2020:

  1. Weldon Spring (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Arnold (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Festus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Dexter (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Union (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Odessa (Homes For Sale)
  8. Washington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Parkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2020

Weldon Spring, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,545
% White: 97.1%
More on Weldon Spring: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Weldon Spring is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,443 at the 2010 census. It was the location of the largest World War 2 explosives plant and later a uranium refining faculty.

Arnold, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,107
% White: 95.98%
More on Arnold: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Arnold is the largest city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 20,808 at the 2010 census.

Festus, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,970
% White: 95.78%
More on Festus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Festus is a city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 11,602 at the 2010 census. Festus and its neighbor Crystal City are often collectively known as the “Twin Cities”; however, they are incorporated separately.

Dexter, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,885
% White: 95.4%
More on Dexter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dexter is a city in Stoddard County, Missouri, United States, founded in 1873. The population was 7,864 at the 2010 census.

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,888
% White: 95.26%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.

Union, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,274
% White: 95.25%
More on Union: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Union is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Missouri, United States. It is located on the Bourbeuse River 50 miles southwest of St. Louis. The population was 10,204 at the 2010 census, with the city showing the highest growth rate in Franklin County the last decade.

Odessa, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,189
% White: 94.74%
More on Odessa: Real Estate | Data

Odessa is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census.

Washington, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,987
% White: 94.15%
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Washington is a city on the Missouri River in Franklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,892 from the 2010 census. It is the corncob pipe capital of the world, with Missouri Meerschaum located on the riverfront.

Jackson, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,826
% White: 94.0%
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jackson is a city in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,758 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cape Girardeau County. It is a principal city of the Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Parkville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,524
% White: 93.78%
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parkville is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census. Parkville is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and historic downtown. The city is home to Park University and English Landing Park.

How we determined the whitest places in Missouri for 2020

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 122 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.1% to 7.7%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Weldon Spring 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. Berkeley
  3. Black Jack

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Missouri

Rank City % White Population
1 Weldon Spring 97.1% 5,545
2 Arnold 95.98% 21,107
3 Festus 95.78% 11,970
4 Dexter 95.4% 7,885
5 Glendale 95.26% 5,888
6 Union 95.25% 11,274
7 Odessa 94.74% 5,189
8 Washington 94.15% 13,987
9 Jackson 94.0% 14,826
10 Parkville 93.78% 6,524
11 Park Hills 93.62% 8,568
12 Warrenton 93.49% 8,129
13 Sullivan 93.26% 6,496
14 Republic 93.13% 16,044
15 West Plains 92.87% 12,222
16 Sunset Hills 92.72% 8,488
17 Ozark 92.47% 19,418
18 Nevada 92.43% 8,252
19 Perryville 92.42% 8,403
20 Des Peres 92.32% 8,567
21 De Soto 92.08% 6,390
22 Trenton 91.96% 5,846
23 Pacific 91.94% 6,329
24 Kearney 91.64% 9,778
25 Nixa 91.44% 21,113
26 Marshfield 91.24% 7,226
27 Bolivar 90.92% 10,760
28 Carl Junction 90.88% 7,995
29 Troy 90.71% 11,771
30 Oak Grove 90.7% 8,008
31 Harrisonville 90.51% 10,023
32 Crestwood 90.43% 11,881
33 Clinton 90.01% 9,107
34 Lake St. Louis 89.92% 15,646
35 Excelsior Springs 89.82% 11,575
36 Chillicothe 89.73% 9,136
37 Maryville 89.56% 11,771
38 Wentzville 89.51% 37,485
39 Webster Groves 89.5% 23,029
40 Lebanon 89.36% 14,637
41 Pevely 89.09% 5,784
42 Smithville 89.06% 9,541
43 Farmington 88.62% 18,269
44 Liberty 88.55% 30,928
45 Valley Park 88.51% 6,832
46 Hannibal 88.4% 17,575
47 Webb City 88.39% 11,572
48 Ballwin 88.2% 30,332
49 Dardenne Prairie 88.17% 13,139
50 Ladue 88.14% 8,586
51 Grain Valley 88.07% 13,715
52 Wildwood 87.93% 35,517
53 Aurora 87.92% 7,435
54 Eureka 87.86% 10,575
55 Kirkwood 87.78% 27,693
56 Pleasant Hill 87.51% 8,418
57 Kirksville 87.44% 17,483
58 Richmond 87.39% 5,606
59 Macon 87.38% 5,379
60 St. Peters 87.02% 56,838
61 Shrewsbury 86.81% 6,166
62 O’fallon 86.78% 86,340
63 Brentwood 85.45% 8,023
64 Springfield 85.45% 166,633
65 Belton 84.67% 23,348
66 Joplin 84.23% 50,073
67 Mexico 84.15% 11,544
68 Rolla 83.89% 20,117
69 Fulton 83.83% 12,799
70 Moberly 83.43% 13,762
71 Battlefield 83.4% 6,104
72 Town And Country 83.21% 11,066
73 Ellisville 83.15% 9,581
74 St. Charles 82.4% 69,576
75 Lee’s Summit 82.19% 96,325
76 Raymore 82.14% 20,743
77 St. Joseph 81.89% 76,465
78 Warrensburg 81.53% 20,025
79 Blue Springs 80.74% 54,370
80 Manchester 80.52% 18,189
81 Poplar Bluff 80.51% 17,107
82 Sedalia 80.5% 21,642
83 Branson 80.37% 11,345
84 Chesterfield 80.36% 47,663
85 Gladstone 79.69% 26,995
86 Boonville 79.24% 8,410
87 Cape Girardeau 78.9% 39,323
88 Cameron 77.56% 9,665
89 Independence 77.23% 117,207
90 Bonne Terre 76.92% 7,110
91 Richmond Heights 75.75% 8,457
92 Neosho 75.17% 12,009
93 Clayton 74.86% 16,448
94 Kennett 74.78% 10,225
95 Columbia 74.66% 120,248
96 Creve Coeur 73.93% 18,445
97 Maplewood 71.98% 8,008
98 Jefferson City 71.96% 43,013
99 Marshall 70.9% 13,001
100 Monett 70.4% 8,917

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