These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Missouri For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri 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 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:

  1. Glendale (Jobs)
  2. Dexter (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Weldon Spring (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Union (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Savannah (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Arnold (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Odessa (Jobs)
  8. Park Hills (Photos | Jobs)
  9. De Soto (Jobs)
  10. Des Peres (Photos | Jobs)

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.

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.

1. Glendale


Population: 5,917
Percent White: 98.1%
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Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.

2. Dexter

Dexter, Missouri

Population: 7,934
Percent White: 97.3%
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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, Missouri

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Population: 5,545
Percent White: 97.3%
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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.

4. Union

Union, Missouri

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Population: 10,813
Percent White: 97.2%
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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.

5. Savannah

Savannah, Missouri

Population: 5,103
Percent White: 97.2%
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Savannah is a city and county seat of Andrew County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,057 at the 2010 census.

6. Arnold

Arnold, Missouri

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Population: 21,196
Percent White: 96.1%
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Arnold is the largest city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 20,808 at the 2010 census.

7. Odessa


Population: 5,221
Percent White: 94.9%
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Odessa is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census.

8. Park Hills

Park Hills, Missouri

Population: 8,666
Percent White: 94.5%
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Park Hills is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri. The population was 8,759 at the 2010 census.

9. De Soto


Population: 6,466
Percent White: 94.4%
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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, Missouri

Population: 8,507
Percent White: 94.3%
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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

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Glendale 5,917 98.1%
2
Dexter 7,934 97.3%
3
Weldon Spring 5,545 97.3%
4
Union 10,813 97.2%
5
Savannah 5,103 97.2%
6
Arnold 21,196 96.1%
7
Odessa 5,221 94.9%
8
Park Hills 8,666 94.5%
9
De Soto 6,466 94.4%
10
Des Peres 8,507 94.3%
11
Troy 11,374 94.0%
12
Sullivan 6,838 93.9%
13
Republic 15,766 93.7%
14
Perryville 8,374 93.5%
15
Jackson 14,641 93.0%
16
Kearney 9,259 93.0%
17
Carl Junction 7,634 92.8%
18
Willard 5,447 92.7%
19
Ozark 18,867 92.7%
20
Parkville 6,124 92.5%
21
Marshfield 6,958 92.3%
22
Trenton 5,946 92.3%
23
Lebanon 14,652 92.3%
24
West Plains 12,259 92.3%
25
Sunset Hills 8,515 92.2%
26
Bolivar 10,592 91.8%
27
Crestwood 11,941 91.7%
28
Clinton 8,989 91.4%
29
Washington 14,012 91.1%
30
Maryville 11,957 91.1%
31
Chillicothe 9,199 91.0%
32
Nevada 8,388 90.9%
33
Festus 11,929 90.8%
34
Smithville 9,069 90.6%
35
Oak Grove 7,844 90.5%
36
Ellisville 9,188 90.4%
37
Wentzville 34,176 90.3%
38
Nixa 20,520 90.0%
39
Harrisonville 10,002 90.0%
40
Pleasant Hill 8,272 89.8%
41
Wildwood 35,764 89.5%
42
Pacific 6,246 89.4%
43
Town And Country 11,001 89.2%
44
Aurora 7,473 89.2%
45
Dardenne Prairie 12,692 88.9%
46
Pevely 5,616 88.8%
47
Webb City 11,052 88.8%
48
Eureka 10,497 88.7%
49
Lake St. Louis 15,150 88.5%
50
Kirksville 17,592 88.5%
51
Farmington 17,881 88.4%
52
Macon 5,463 88.4%
53
Liberty 30,239 88.4%
54
Richmond 5,638 88.1%
55
O’Fallon 84,018 88.0%
56
Kirkwood 27,614 87.9%
57
St. Peters 55,820 87.9%
58
Warrenton 8,077 87.8%
59
Shrewsbury 6,197 87.6%
60
Hannibal 17,707 87.5%
61
Brentwood 8,030 87.4%
62
Webster Groves 23,111 87.1%
63
Excelsior Springs 11,480 87.0%
64
Ladue 8,579 87.0%
65
Grain Valley 13,273 86.9%
66
Greenwood 5,474 86.8%
67
Ballwin 30,431 86.1%
68
Valley Park 6,956 86.0%
69
Mexico 11,622 85.9%
70
Battlefield 5,920 85.7%
71
Joplin 51,231 85.6%
72
Springfield 165,138 85.6%
73
Moberly 13,867 85.3%
74
Raymore 20,107 84.7%
75
Branson 11,158 84.6%
76
Gladstone 26,562 84.1%
77
Fulton 12,886 83.0%
78
St. Joseph 76,901 82.8%
79
Rolla 19,904 82.6%
80
Blue Springs 53,641 82.4%
81
St. Charles 68,341 82.2%
82
Belton 23,236 82.1%
83
Poplar Bluff 17,198 82.1%
84
Lee’S Summit 94,257 81.8%
85
Chesterfield 47,717 81.5%
86
Manchester 18,183 81.5%
87
Warrensburg 19,932 81.4%
88
Boonville 8,397 81.0%
89
Sedalia 21,441 80.3%
90
Neosho 12,144 80.1%
91
Cape Girardeau 39,200 79.7%
92
Independence 117,217 78.9%
93
Richmond Heights 8,486 77.6%
94
Kennett 10,500 76.6%
95
Bowling Green 5,464 76.5%
96
Bonne Terre 7,109 76.4%
97
Maplewood 7,948 76.4%
98
Cameron 10,150 76.3%
99
Columbia 117,165 76.1%
100
Creve Coeur 18,072 74.4%

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