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 New York?
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 Empire State.
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in New York for 2019.
- New Square (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kiryas Joel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Malone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hamburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- East Aurora (Homes For Sale)
- Waterloo (Homes For Sale)
- Baldwinsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hudson Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lancaster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Hempstead is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in New York for 2019
In order to rank the whitest places in New York, 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 New York.
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*
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 164 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 98.3% to 5.1%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. New Square took the distinction of being the most White, while Hempstead was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in New York 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.
New Square is an all-Hasidic village in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Hillcrest, east of Viola, south of New Hempstead, and west of New City. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,944. Its inhabitants are predominantly members of the Skverer Hasidic movement who seek to maintain a Hasidic lifestyle disconnected from the secular world.
Kiryas Joel is a village within the town of Monroe in Orange County, New York, United States. The majority of its residents are Yiddish-speaking Hasidic Jews who belong to the worldwide Satmar Hasidic sect.
Malone is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 14,545 at the 2010 census. The town contains a village also named Malone, which is the county seat. The town is an interior town located in the north-central part of the county.
Hamburg is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 56,936. It is named after the city of Hamburg, in Germany. The town is on the western border of the county and is south of Buffalo. Hamburg is one of the Southtowns in Erie County. The villages of Hamburg and Blasdell are in the town.
East Aurora is a village in Erie County, New York, United States, southeast of Buffalo. It lies in the eastern half of the town of Aurora. The village population was 6,236 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2015, East Aurora was rated the third-best town to raise a family in New York State by Niche.
Waterloo is a town in Seneca County, New York, United States. The population was 7,642 at the 2010 census. The town, as well as its major community, are named after Waterloo, Belgium.
Baldwinsville is a village in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 7,378 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Syracuse Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Hudson Falls is a village located in Washington County, New York, USA. The village is in the southwest of the town of Kingsbury, on US Route 4. Hudson Falls is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 6,927. It was the county seat of Washington County until 1994, when the county seat was moved to Fort Edward.
Lancaster is a town in Erie County, New York, United States, centered 14 miles east of downtown Buffalo. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 41,604.
There You Have It – White Populations Across New York
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in New York according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in New York:
- Mount Vernon
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