These Are The 10 Whitest Cities North Carolina In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in North Carolina with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Oak Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Unionville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Carolina Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Trinity (Homes For Sale)
  5. Summerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pinehurst (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mills River (Homes For Sale)
  8. King (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Boone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wesley Chapel (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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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*
* 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 96.0% 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, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,400
% White: 96.03%
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: 6,497
% White: 93.34%
More on Unionville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carolina Beach, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,116
% White: 93.3%
More on Carolina Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,610
% White: 93.15%
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.

Summerfield, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,957
% White: 91.9%
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.

Pinehurst, NC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,580
% White: 90.67%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,079
% White: 90.45%
More on Mills River: Real Estate | Data

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, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,763
% White: 90.33%
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.

Boone, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,493
% White: 90.27%
More on Boone: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,447
% White: 89.0%
More on Wesley Chapel: Real Estate | Data

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. Siler City
  3. Henderson

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % White Population
1 Oak Island 96.03% 7,400
2 Unionville 93.34% 6,497
3 Carolina Beach 93.3% 6,116
4 Trinity 93.15% 6,610
5 Summerfield 91.9% 10,957
6 Pinehurst 90.67% 15,580
7 Mills River 90.45% 7,079
8 King 90.33% 6,763
9 Boone 90.27% 18,493
10 Wesley Chapel 89.0% 8,447
11 Waynesville 88.7% 9,804
12 Lewisville 88.39% 13,516
13 Black Mountain 88.36% 8,110
14 Fletcher 87.81% 7,737
15 Sawmills 87.48% 5,161
16 Weddington 86.07% 10,388
17 Kill Devil Hills 85.04% 6,978
18 Davidson 84.45% 12,325
19 Cherryville 82.88% 5,854
20 Cornelius 82.75% 28,052
21 Archdale 82.5% 11,509
22 Bessemer City 82.28% 5,411
23 Woodfin 82.2% 6,394
24 Leland 81.88% 18,023
25 Elon 81.73% 9,939
26 Brevard 81.31% 7,759
27 Mount Airy 79.92% 10,198
28 Clemmons 78.71% 19,844
29 Matthews 78.5% 30,760
30 Stallings 78.1% 14,970
31 Asheville 77.87% 89,318
32 Lenoir 77.86% 17,890
33 Hendersonville 76.6% 13,620
34 Huntersville 76.57% 53,302
35 Waxhaw 76.56% 13,343
36 Morehead City 76.36% 9,200
37 Southern Pines 76.32% 13,426
38 Wake Forest 75.33% 38,473
39 Holly Springs 75.19% 31,827
40 Oak Ridge 74.72% 6,728
41 Belmont 74.6% 11,373
42 Gibsonville 74.36% 6,845
43 Apex 74.17% 45,899
44 Indian Trail 73.42% 37,191
45 Mount Holly 72.73% 14,948
46 Mooresville 72.27% 36,577
47 Kernersville 72.24% 23,988
48 Wilmington 72.06% 115,261
49 Mint Hill 71.95% 25,600
50 Kings Mountain 71.23% 10,929
51 Fuquay-Varina 70.82% 24,373
52 Morganton 69.55% 16,478
53 Marion 68.6% 7,752
54 Conover 68.27% 8,288
55 Chapel Hill 68.07% 59,234
56 Hickory 67.21% 40,157
57 Harrisburg 66.67% 14,856
58 Albemarle 65.86% 15,874
59 Aberdeen 65.74% 7,265
60 Carrboro 65.59% 21,099
61 Wendell 65.19% 6,516
62 Mebane 64.65% 14,426
63 Cary 64.1% 159,715
64 Thomasville 63.84% 26,901
65 Newton 61.92% 12,991
66 Hillsborough 61.84% 7,033
67 Clayton 61.42% 19,306
68 Havelock 61.35% 20,404
69 Asheboro 61.23% 25,863
70 Concord 61.17% 87,607
71 Kannapolis 60.61% 46,498
72 Eden 60.3% 15,235
73 Winterville 59.61% 9,488
74 Rockingham 59.24% 9,094
75 Forest City 58.51% 7,250
76 Gastonia 58.19% 74,381
77 Jacksonville 57.88% 73,661
78 Lincolnton 57.34% 10,574
79 Graham 56.06% 14,540
80 Reidsville 55.21% 13,933
81 Roanoke Rapids 55.02% 15,107
82 Nashville 54.03% 5,473
83 Raleigh 53.48% 449,477
84 Garner 53.32% 28,048
85 Shelby 53.32% 20,058
86 Hope Mills 53.04% 16,106
87 New Bern 52.89% 29,664
88 Greenville 51.65% 90,347
89 Pineville 50.76% 8,418
90 Statesville 50.02% 25,872
91 Dunn 48.8% 9,657
92 Smithfield 48.15% 11,824
93 Salisbury 48.1% 33,561
94 Butner 47.57% 7,709
95 Burlington 47.42% 52,813
96 Lexington 47.26% 18,916
97 Hamlet 46.79% 6,401
98 Winston-Salem 45.89% 240,193
99 Sanford 45.34% 29,051
100 High Point 45.16% 109,849

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