These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In North Carolina For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina 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 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 2018:

  1. Oak Island (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Unionville (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Carolina Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Trinity (Jobs)
  5. Pinehurst (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Mills River (Jobs)
  7. Summerfield (Photos | Jobs)
  8. King (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Boone (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Kill Devil Hills (Photos | Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in North Carolina for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in North Carolina 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 134 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 134 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 North Carolina.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Oak Island.

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 North Carolina.

1. Oak Island

Oak Island, North Carolina

Population: 7,359
Percent White: 96.7%
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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.

2. Unionville

Unionville, North Carolina

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Population: 6,397
Percent White: 94.2%
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3. Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Population: 6,048
Percent White: 93.1%
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4. Trinity


Population: 6,651
Percent White: 92.2%
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Trinity is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,614 at the 2010 census.

5. Pinehurst

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Population: 15,522
Percent White: 91.7%
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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.

6. Mills River


Population: 6,990
Percent White: 91.6%
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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.

7. Summerfield

Summerfield, North Carolina

Population: 10,758
Percent White: 91.5%
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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.

8. King

King, North Carolina

Population: 6,777
Percent White: 91.5%
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King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,904 at the 2010 census.

9. Boone

Boone, North Carolina

Population: 18,241
Percent White: 90.7%
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10. Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Population: 6,948
Percent White: 89.7%
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Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. The population was 6,683 at the 2010 census, up from 5,897 in 2000. It is the most populous settlement in both Dare County and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Kill Devil Hills Micropolitan Statistical Area is part of the larger Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In North Carolina

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 North Carolina.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In North Carolina for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Oak Island 7,359 96.7%
2
Unionville 6,397 94.2%
3
Carolina Beach 6,048 93.1%
4
Trinity 6,651 92.2%
5
Pinehurst 15,522 91.7%
6
Mills River 6,990 91.6%
7
Summerfield 10,758 91.5%
8
King 6,777 91.5%
9
Boone 18,241 90.7%
10
Kill Devil Hills 6,948 89.7%
11
Waynesville 9,788 89.3%
12
Lewisville 13,356 88.7%
13
Wesley Chapel 8,217 88.5%
14
Weddington 10,254 88.3%
15
Fletcher 7,547 88.0%
16
Stokesdale 5,278 88.0%
17
Sawmills 5,119 87.5%
18
Black Mountain 8,168 86.2%
19
Boiling Spring Lakes 5,703 85.5%
20
Cornelius 27,426 85.4%
21
Bessemer City 5,462 84.7%
22
Woodfin 6,241 84.6%
23
Elon 9,781 83.7%
24
Cherryville 5,901 83.0%
25
Brevard 7,710 82.7%
26
Archdale 11,483 82.3%
27
Stallings 14,759 81.5%
28
Leland 17,023 80.5%
29
Davidson 12,076 80.5%
30
Belmont 10,494 80.4%
31
Oak Ridge 6,617 79.4%
32
Clemmons 19,536 78.8%
33
Mount Airy 10,364 78.7%
34
Matthews 30,054 78.0%
35
Waxhaw 12,398 77.9%
36
Lenoir 17,956 77.9%
37
Asheville 87,531 77.7%
38
Huntersville 51,701 77.4%
39
Morehead City 9,273 76.9%
40
Gibsonville 6,759 76.4%
41
Holly Springs 30,126 76.0%
42
Mooresville 35,387 75.3%
43
Southern Pines 13,258 75.2%
44
Wake Forest 36,472 74.8%
45
Apex 43,893 74.3%
46
Marvin 6,056 74.1%
47
Kings Mountain 11,053 74.0%
48
Mount Holly 14,058 73.8%
49
Indian Trail 36,357 73.7%
50
Mint Hill 25,024 73.1%
51
Kernersville 23,736 72.3%
52
Wilmington 113,724 72.3%
53
Long View 5,071 71.9%
54
Hendersonville 13,548 70.3%
55
Harrisburg 14,500 70.1%
56
Fuquay-Varina 22,722 69.5%
57
Albemarle 15,968 69.2%
58
Marion 7,873 68.4%
59
Chapel Hill 59,005 68.4%
60
Morganton 16,717 68.2%
61
Hickory 40,274 67.9%
62
Aberdeen 7,107 66.6%
63
Mebane 13,592 65.7%
64
Conover 8,263 65.4%
65
Cary 155,822 65.2%
66
Newton 12,999 65.2%
67
Clayton 18,553 65.2%
68
Carrboro 20,867 65.0%
69
Thomasville 27,178 64.5%
70
Wendell 6,298 64.1%
71
Rolesville 5,583 63.9%
72
Concord 85,753 62.7%
73
Kannapolis 45,685 62.2%
74
Eden 15,434 61.6%
75
Havelock 20,630 61.3%
76
Asheboro 25,978 60.0%
77
Winterville 9,484 59.6%
78
Lincolnton 10,593 59.2%
79
Graham 14,506 59.0%
80
Gastonia 73,877 58.8%
81
Angier 5,079 58.7%
82
Rockingham 9,289 58.6%
83
Jacksonville 68,404 58.0%
84
Roanoke Rapids 15,454 57.5%
85
Hillsborough 6,428 56.7%
86
Forest City 7,356 56.5%
87
Pineville 8,244 56.3%
88
Mocksville 5,140 55.5%
89
Nashville 5,521 54.8%
90
Shelby 20,259 53.8%
91
Raleigh 441,326 53.6%
92
New Bern 30,075 53.5%
93
Hope Mills 16,189 53.2%
94
Garner 27,625 53.0%
95
Reidsville 14,107 52.9%
96
Greenville 89,745 51.4%
97
Smithfield 11,746 50.8%
98
Butner 7,692 49.7%
99
Statesville 25,731 48.9%
100
Dunn 9,762 48.9%

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