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 North Carolina?
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 Tar Heel State.
After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in North Carolina for 2019.
- Oak Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Unionville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carolina Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Trinity (Homes For Sale)
- Summerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pinehurst (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mills River (Homes For Sale)
- King (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Boone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wesley Chapel (Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Selma is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in North Carolina for 2019
In order to rank the whitest places in North Carolina, 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 North Carolina.
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 126 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.0% to 20.2%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Oak Island took the distinction of being the most White, while Selma was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in North Carolina 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.
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island, in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The town extends onto the mainland north of the island’s bridge. The population was 6,783 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1999 by the consolidation of the towns of Long Beach and Yaupon Beach. Its main industry is tourism; the town has an average summer population of 30-50,000.
Trinity is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,614 at the 2010 census.
Summerfield is a town in Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,018 at the 2000 census. At the 2010 census, the population had risen to 10,232. The official town limits of Summerfield is entirely located within Guilford County.
Pinehurst is a village in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,124. It is home of the historic golf resort, Pinehurst Resort. A large portion of the central village, including the resort complexes, is a National Historic Landmark District, designated in 1996 for its landscape design and its significance in the history of golf in the United States.
Mills River is a town in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,802 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 7,168 in 2016. The town took its name from the nearby confluence of the Mills River and French Broad River. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated into a town in June 2003. Sierra Nevada opened a brewery in Mills River in 2014.
King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,904 at the 2010 census.
There You Have It – White Populations Across North Carolina
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in North Carolina according to the most recent data.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in North Carolina:
- Siler City
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