The 10 Whitest Cities In North Carolina For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in North Carolina.

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 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in North Carolina for 2021:

  1. Oak Island
  2. Unionville
  3. Carolina Beach
  4. King
  5. Summerfield
  6. Trinity
  7. Pinehurst
  8. Boone
  9. Mills River
  10. Cherryville

What is the whitest city in North Carolina for 2021? According to the most recent census data Oak Island ranks as the whitest. 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.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In North Carolina For 2021

1. Oak Island

Oak Island, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,851
% White: 98.47%
More on Oak Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Unionville

Unionville, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,959
% White: 95.62%
More on Unionville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,265
% White: 95.34%
More on Carolina Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. King

King, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,961
% White: 92.3%
More on King: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Summerfield

Summerfield, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,151
% White: 91.92%
More on Summerfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Trinity

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,579
% White: 91.67%
More on Trinity: Real Estate | Data

7. Pinehurst

Pinehurst, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,050
% White: 90.65%
More on Pinehurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Boone

Boone, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,119
% White: 89.72%
More on Boone: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Mills River

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,251
% White: 89.01%
More on Mills River: Real Estate | Data

10. Cherryville

Cherryville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,956
% White: 88.9%
More on Cherryville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in North Carolina for 2021

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 98.5% to 21.4%.

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. Wadesboro

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % White Population
1 Oak Island 98.47% 7,851
2 Unionville 95.62% 6,959
3 Carolina Beach 95.34% 6,265
4 King 92.3% 6,961
5 Summerfield 91.92% 11,151
6 Trinity 91.67% 6,579
7 Pinehurst 90.65% 16,050
8 Boone 89.72% 19,119
9 Mills River 89.01% 7,251
10 Cherryville 88.9% 5,956
11 Black Mountain 88.62% 8,144
12 Lewisville 88.54% 13,861
13 Waynesville 88.46% 9,965
14 Sawmills 87.8% 5,165
15 Fletcher 87.32% 8,117
16 Weddington 86.37% 10,794
17 Davidson 85.65% 12,735
18 Wesley Chapel 85.24% 8,974
19 Kill Devil Hills 85.19% 7,155
20 Brevard 84.69% 7,824
21 Elon 81.86% 11,516
22 Hendersonville 81.1% 13,908
23 Leland 80.74% 20,294
24 Mount Airy 79.15% 10,193
25 Cornelius 79.04% 29,256
26 Woodfin 78.72% 6,612
27 Clemmons 78.55% 20,313
28 Morehead City 77.95% 9,413
29 Asheville 77.94% 91,560
30 Archdale 77.45% 11,510
31 Waxhaw 76.78% 15,237
32 Bessemer City 76.2% 5,471
33 Huntersville 75.34% 55,980
34 Mount Holly 75.27% 15,610
35 Matthews 74.9% 32,044
36 Wake Forest 74.42% 42,111
37 Apex 74.21% 51,370
38 Indian Trail 74.19% 38,822
39 Stallings 74.16% 15,554
40 Lenoir 74.05% 17,879
41 Holly Springs 73.3% 34,874
42 Mooresville 72.94% 37,835
43 Belmont 72.86% 12,054
44 Kings Mountain 72.22% 11,028
45 Wilmington 71.66% 120,194
46 Oak Ridge 71.19% 6,901
47 Aberdeen 71.07% 7,595
48 Mint Hill 71.06% 26,697
49 Southern Pines 70.62% 14,022
50 Fuquay-Varina 70.43% 27,426
51 Carrboro 68.21% 21,230
52 Kernersville 68.19% 24,576
53 Hickory 67.02% 40,634
54 Chapel Hill 66.92% 60,998
55 Conover 66.78% 8,452
56 Morganton 66.12% 16,481
57 Albemarle 65.51% 15,980
58 Lincolnton 64.0% 10,832
59 Gibsonville 64.0% 7,127
60 Forest City 63.38% 7,155
61 Mebane 63.04% 14,952
62 Cary 62.78% 166,268
63 Thomasville 62.14% 26,784
64 Eden 61.83% 15,055
65 Harrisburg 61.47% 15,806
66 Marion 61.09% 7,834
67 Newton 60.84% 13,059
68 Hillsborough 60.35% 7,115
69 Kannapolis 60.13% 48,630
70 Havelock 59.37% 20,086
71 Asheboro 58.75% 25,852
72 Concord 58.73% 91,980
73 Garner 58.17% 29,462
74 Clayton 57.33% 21,681
75 Shelby 57.32% 20,007
76 Jacksonville 57.14% 73,025
77 Wendell 56.98% 7,308
78 Gastonia 56.22% 75,887
79 Rockingham 55.36% 8,865
80 Reidsville 55.02% 13,915
81 Winterville 54.81% 9,645
82 New Bern 54.26% 29,895
83 Roanoke Rapids 54.11% 14,741
84 Raleigh 53.11% 464,485
85 Smithfield 51.65% 12,400
86 Graham 50.57% 14,925
87 Greenville 50.38% 91,921
88 Butner 50.06% 7,727
89 Dunn 49.73% 9,664
90 Hope Mills 49.38% 15,769
91 Salisbury 49.29% 33,727
92 Statesville 49.12% 26,685
93 Nashville 48.13% 5,516
94 Burlington 47.79% 53,063
95 Whiteville 47.77% 5,386
96 Washington 46.57% 9,590
97 Hamlet 46.07% 6,331
98 Winston-Salem 45.67% 244,115
99 Lexington 45.56% 18,861
100 Pineville 45.23% 8,749

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About Chris Kolmar

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