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 2018:
- Glendale (Jobs)
- Dexter (Photos | Jobs)
- Weldon Spring (Photos | Jobs)
- Union (Photos | Jobs)
- Savannah (Photos | Jobs)
- Arnold (Photos | Jobs)
- Odessa (Jobs)
- Park Hills (Photos | Jobs)
- De Soto (Jobs)
- Des Peres (Photos | Jobs)
If you’re wondering, Jennings is the least white city of all those we measured.
How we determined the whitest places in Missouri for 2018
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, but being one of the whitest cities in Missouri 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 129 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 129 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 Missouri.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Glendale.
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 Missouri.
Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.
Dexter is a city in Stoddard County, Missouri, United States, founded in 1873. The population was 7,864 at the 2010 census.
3. Weldon Spring
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.
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.
Savannah is a city and county seat of Andrew County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,057 at the 2010 census.
Arnold is the largest city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 20,808 at the 2010 census.
Odessa is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census.
8. Park Hills
Park Hills is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri. The population was 8,759 at the 2010 census.
9. De Soto
De Soto is a city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,400 at the 2010 census and is part of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Van Metre family were first to settle in 1803. The town was organized in 1857 and is named for the explorer Hernando De Soto, who claimed the Louisiana Territory for Spain. De Soto was the city closest to the mean center of U.S. population in 1980. The city celebrated its Bicentennial in 2003. The city made national news on and after May 6, 2003, when straightline winds and a tornado struck.
10. Des Peres
Des Peres is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,373 at the 2010 census.
There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Missouri
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 Missouri.
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Missouri for 2018
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