These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Nebraska For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska?

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 Cornhusker State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Nebraska for 2018:

  1. Gretna (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Seward (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Beatrice (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Plattsmouth (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Holdrege (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Blair (Photos | Jobs)
  7. York (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Mccook (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Sidney (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Papillion (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Schuyler 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 Nebraska for 2018

In order to rank the whitest places in Nebraska, 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 Nebraska 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 32 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 32 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 Nebraska.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Gretna.

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 Nebraska.

1. Gretna

Gretna, Nebraska

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Population: 5,047
Percent White: 96.9%
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Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

2. Seward

Seward, Nebraska

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Population: 7,133
Percent White: 94.4%
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Seward is a city and county seat of Seward County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,964 at the 2010 census. Seward is part of the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is known for its large Fourth of July celebration.

3. Beatrice

Beatrice, Nebraska

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Population: 12,358
Percent White: 93.9%
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Beatrice is a city in and the county seat of Gage County, Nebraska. Its population was 12,459 at the 2010 census. It is located 40 miles south of Lincoln on the Big Blue River. It is surrounded by agricultural country.

4. Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth, Nebraska

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Population: 6,476
Percent White: 93.0%
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Plattsmouth is a city and county seat of Cass County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,502 at the 2010 census.

5. Holdrege

Holdrege, Nebraska

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Population: 5,545
Percent White: 92.8%
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Holdrege is a city in Phelps County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,495 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Phelps County. The Nebraska Prairie Museum is located in Holdrege.

6. Blair

Blair, Nebraska

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Population: 8,007
Percent White: 92.1%
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Blair is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,990 at the 2010 census. Blair is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. York

York, Nebraska

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Population: 7,899
Percent White: 91.7%
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York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.

8. Mccook

Mccook, Nebraska

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Population: 7,618
Percent White: 91.7%
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McCook is a city and county seat of Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 7,698 at the 2010 census.

9. Sidney

Sidney, Nebraska

Population: 6,875
Percent White: 89.6%
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Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

10. Papillion

Papillion, Nebraska

Population: 19,520
Percent White: 88.6%
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There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Nebraska

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 Nebraska.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Nebraska for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Gretna 5,047 96.9%
2
Seward 7,133 94.4%
3
Beatrice 12,358 93.9%
4
Plattsmouth 6,476 93.0%
5
Holdrege 5,545 92.8%
6
Blair 8,007 92.1%
7
York 7,899 91.7%
8
Mccook 7,618 91.7%
9
Sidney 6,875 89.6%
10
Papillion 19,520 88.6%
11
North Platte 24,311 87.5%
12
Kearney 32,709 87.3%
13
Wayne 5,560 86.3%
14
Hastings 24,983 84.8%
15
La Vista 17,064 83.1%
16
Fremont 26,450 82.2%
17
Nebraska City 7,303 81.7%
18
Ralston 7,334 81.4%
19
Gering 8,401 81.2%
20
Lincoln 273,018 81.2%
21
Chadron 5,792 80.7%
22
Norfolk 24,398 80.4%
23
Alliance 8,469 78.3%
24
Columbus 22,668 75.4%
25
Bellevue 52,993 72.6%
26
Omaha 443,072 67.2%
27
Grand Island 50,895 64.8%
28
Scottsbluff 14,937 62.7%
29
Crete 7,089 57.1%
30
South Sioux City 13,268 38.0%
31
Lexington 10,090 27.3%
32
Schuyler 6,171 24.7%

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