Whitest Cities In North Carolina For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in North Carolina.

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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 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in North Carolina for 2020:

  1. Oak Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Unionville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Carolina Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Summerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. King (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Trinity (Homes For Sale)
  7. Boone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pinehurst (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Waynesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Black Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Selma 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.

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The 10 Whitest Cities In North Carolina For 2020

Oak Island, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,612
% White: 96.79%
More on Oak Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Unionville, NC

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,826
% White: 94.81%
More on Unionville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carolina Beach, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,194
% White: 94.09%
More on Carolina Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Summerfield, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,044
% White: 91.6%
More on Summerfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

King, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,885
% White: 91.53%
More on King: Real Estate | Data | Photos

King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,904 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,621
% White: 90.95%
More on Trinity: Real Estate | Data

Trinity is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,614 at the 2010 census.

Boone, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,795
% White: 90.36%
More on Boone: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pinehurst, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,821
% White: 90.17%
More on Pinehurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Waynesville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,898
% White: 89.91%
More on Waynesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waynesville is a town in and the county seat of Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest town in Haywood County and the largest in western North Carolina west of Asheville. Waynesville is located about 30 miles southwest of Asheville between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains.

Black Mountain, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,137
% White: 88.77%
More on Black Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,848 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for the old train stop at the Black Mountain Depot and is located at the southern end of the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Southern Appalachians.

How we determined the whitest places in North Carolina for 2020

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*
* Not Hispanic or latino

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 96.8% to 23.9%.

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. You can download the data here.

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.

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:

  1. Selma
  2. Henderson
  3. Kinston

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % White Population
1 Oak Island 96.79% 7,612
2 Unionville 94.81% 6,826
3 Carolina Beach 94.09% 6,194
4 Summerfield 91.6% 11,044
5 King 91.53% 6,885
6 Trinity 90.95% 6,621
7 Boone 90.36% 18,795
8 Pinehurst 90.17% 15,821
9 Waynesville 89.91% 9,898
10 Black Mountain 88.77% 8,137
11 Mills River 88.51% 7,173
12 Lewisville 88.22% 13,657
13 Weddington 88.04% 10,574
14 Fletcher 87.44% 7,952
15 Cherryville 87.38% 5,889
16 Davidson 87.35% 12,666
17 Wesley Chapel 87.17% 8,633
18 Kill Devil Hills 86.47% 7,035
19 Sawmills 85.5% 5,159
20 Brevard 84.11% 7,785
21 Leland 82.69% 19,157
22 Elon 81.72% 11,008
23 Cornelius 81.46% 28,649
24 Archdale 81.4% 11,538
25 Hendersonville 80.16% 13,809
26 Mount Airy 79.9% 10,227
27 Woodfin 78.63% 6,487
28 Asheville 77.86% 90,531
29 Morehead City 77.84% 9,304
30 Clemmons 77.49% 20,050
31 Stallings 76.49% 15,240
32 Lenoir 76.45% 17,899
33 Waxhaw 76.22% 14,383
34 Huntersville 76.02% 54,572
35 Matthews 75.13% 31,400
36 Bessemer City 74.94% 5,438
37 Southern Pines 74.89% 13,694
38 Apex 74.63% 48,254
39 Oak Ridge 74.45% 6,829
40 Kings Mountain 74.34% 10,955
41 Holly Springs 73.62% 33,341
42 Wake Forest 73.41% 40,159
43 Mooresville 73.22% 37,165
44 Indian Trail 72.62% 37,983
45 Belmont 72.58% 11,768
46 Mount Holly 72.56% 15,305
47 Wilmington 71.73% 118,094
48 Fuquay-Varina 70.7% 25,932
49 Mint Hill 70.15% 26,168
50 Aberdeen 70.06% 7,419
51 Kernersville 69.39% 24,088
52 Morganton 68.59% 16,466
53 Chapel Hill 68.05% 59,561
54 Hickory 67.63% 40,402
55 Marion 67.19% 7,839
56 Forest City 66.49% 7,167
57 Carrboro 65.7% 21,216
58 Gibsonville 65.26% 7,024
59 Conover 64.86% 8,300
60 Albemarle 64.73% 15,889
61 Harrisburg 63.8% 15,269
62 Eden 63.67% 15,121
63 Cary 63.44% 163,266
64 Newton 63.43% 13,005
65 Lincolnton 62.92% 10,678
66 Hillsborough 62.77% 7,083
67 Wendell 61.99% 6,828
68 Mebane 61.54% 15,198
69 Thomasville 61.03% 26,839
70 Rockingham 60.23% 8,994
71 Concord 60.17% 89,729
72 Asheboro 60.01% 25,859
73 Kannapolis 59.76% 47,553
74 Havelock 59.35% 20,330
75 Gastonia 57.85% 75,138
76 Nashville 57.72% 5,523
77 Jacksonville 57.69% 73,226
78 Clayton 57.29% 20,324
79 Garner 57.14% 28,731
80 Shelby 56.92% 20,053
81 Roanoke Rapids 56.44% 14,937
82 Winterville 56.38% 9,546
83 Reidsville 56.19% 13,909
84 Graham 53.36% 14,670
85 Raleigh 53.34% 457,159
86 New Bern 53.04% 29,958
87 Hope Mills 51.19% 15,762
88 Greenville 51.11% 91,207
89 Statesville 50.18% 26,263
90 Butner 49.81% 7,699
91 Burlington 49.21% 52,524
92 Salisbury 49.16% 33,652
93 Dunn 49.11% 9,635
94 Smithfield 48.08% 12,117
95 Hamlet 47.72% 6,362
96 Lexington 47.56% 18,897
97 Pineville 47.05% 8,574
98 Winston-Salem 45.97% 242,125
99 Whiteville 44.64% 5,450
100 Sanford 44.55% 29,274

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