Whitest Cities In Oregon For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oregon 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 Oregon.

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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 Oregon?

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 Beaver State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Oregon for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Oregon for 2020:

  1. Sweet Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Florence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Baker City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Dallas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Silverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Sutherlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Scappoose (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Brookings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sherwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Eagle Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Woodburn 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 Oregon For 2020

Sweet Home, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,435
% White: 92.1%
More on Sweet Home: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sweet Home is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,925 at the 2010 census. According to the city, “Sweet Home is sometimes referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Santiam Playground’ due to its proximity to nearby lakes, rivers and the Cascade Mountains.”

Florence, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,815
% White: 90.3%
More on Florence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It lies at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on the Pacific Ocean and about midway between Newport and Coos Bay along U.S. Route 101. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 8,466.

Baker City, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,738
% White: 89.85%
More on Baker City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Baker City is a city in and the county seat of Baker County, Oregon, United States. It was named after Edward D. Baker, the only U.S. Senator ever killed in military combat. The population was 9,828 at the 2010 census.

Dallas, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,805
% White: 89.41%
More on Dallas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The city of Dallas is the county seat of Polk County, Oregon, United States. The population was 14,583 at the 2010 census.

Silverton, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,028
% White: 89.3%
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Silverton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. The city is named after Silver Creek, which flows through the town from Silver Falls into the Pudding River, and thence into the Willamette River. Silverton was originally called Milford, then Silver Creek; on July 16, 1855, Silver Creek became Silverton. Human habitation of the Silverton area extends back approximately 6,000 years before the present.

Sutherlin, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,941
% White: 89.26%
More on Sutherlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scappoose, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,125
% White: 89.05%
More on Scappoose: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scappoose is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for a nearby stream, which drains the southern part of the county. The name “Scappoose” is of Native American origin, and is said to mean “gravelly plain.” The population was 6,592 at the 2010 census.

Brookings, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,413
% White: 87.06%
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Brookings is a city in Curry County, Oregon, United States. It was named after John E. Brookings, president of the Brookings Lumber and Box Company, which founded the city in 1908. As of the 2010 census the population was 6,336.

Sherwood, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,337
% White: 86.74%
More on Sherwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sherwood is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Located in the southeast corner of the county, it is a residential community in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. As of the 2010 census, Sherwood had a population of 18,194 residents. The city’s population for 2014 was estimated to be 18,978 by the U.S. Census. Sherwood was first incorporated in 1893 as a town. Originally named Smockville after its founder, James Christopher Smock, the town was given its current name by local businessman Robert Alexander in 1891, who likely named it after his hometown of Sherwood, Michigan.

Eagle Point, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,015
% White: 86.62%
More on Eagle Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eagle Point is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was estimated at 8,624 as of 2012.

How we determined the whitest places in Oregon for 2020

In order to rank the whitest places in Oregon, 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 Oregon.

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 73 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 92.1% to 39.9%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Sweet Home took the distinction of being the most White, while Woodburn was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Oregon 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 Oregon

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Oregon according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Oregon:

  1. Woodburn
  2. Cornelius
  3. Milton-Freewater

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Oregon

Rank City % White Population
1 Sweet Home 92.1% 9,435
2 Florence 90.3% 8,815
3 Baker City 89.85% 9,738
4 Dallas 89.41% 15,805
5 Silverton 89.3% 10,028
6 Sutherlin 89.26% 7,941
7 Scappoose 89.05% 7,125
8 Brookings 87.06% 6,413
9 Sherwood 86.74% 19,337
10 Eagle Point 86.62% 9,015
11 Lebanon 86.4% 16,599
12 Ashland 86.23% 20,912
13 Roseburg 86.18% 22,988
14 La Grande 86.16% 13,103
15 Bend 85.64% 90,500
16 Oregon City 85.08% 36,040
17 Sandy 84.91% 10,834
18 St. Helens 84.72% 13,446
19 Astoria 84.52% 9,747
20 Junction City 84.31% 5,946
21 Grants Pass 84.28% 37,201
22 West Linn 83.6% 26,511
23 Milwaukie 83.56% 20,955
24 Winston 83.02% 5,406
25 Cottage Grove 82.94% 10,083
26 Prineville 82.86% 9,748
27 Lake Oswego 82.84% 38,705
28 Central Point 82.56% 18,130
29 Coos Bay 82.49% 16,176
30 Redmond 81.99% 29,234
31 Albany 81.53% 52,736
32 Seaside 80.85% 6,643
33 Gladstone 80.35% 12,045
34 Springfield 79.81% 61,525
35 Newberg 79.7% 23,167
36 Talent 79.55% 6,424
37 Lincoln City 79.48% 8,684
38 North Bend 79.1% 9,615
39 Canby 78.65% 17,527
40 Eugene 78.04% 165,997
41 Klamath Falls 77.67% 21,138
42 Molalla 77.53% 9,082
43 Hood River 77.35% 7,688
44 Pendleton 76.94% 16,713
45 Corvallis 76.44% 57,213
46 Wilsonville 76.21% 23,418
47 The Dalles 76.16% 15,320
48 Fairview 75.89% 9,303
49 Medford 75.85% 80,051
50 Tigard 75.65% 52,368
51 Newport 73.86% 10,381
52 Tualatin 73.79% 27,338
53 Troutdale 73.27% 16,559
54 Sheridan 72.08% 6,106
55 Keizer 71.93% 38,479
56 Stayton 71.78% 8,025
57 Monmouth 71.4% 10,131
58 Portland 70.49% 639,387
59 Mcminnville 69.91% 33,662
60 Happy Valley 69.41% 19,471
61 Salem 67.27% 166,756
62 Forest Grove 66.95% 23,923
63 Gresham 64.22% 110,770
64 Beaverton 63.6% 97,012
65 Independence 62.26% 9,556
66 Hillsboro 56.76% 104,730
67 Hermiston 53.97% 17,346
68 Ontario 51.37% 10,997
69 Umatilla 49.41% 7,114
70 Madras 48.41% 6,674
71 Milton-Freewater 47.82% 7,035
72 Cornelius 42.19% 12,575
73 Woodburn 39.87% 25,417

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