These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Oregon For 2018


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

  1. Sweet Home (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Florence (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Scappoose (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Lebanon (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Baker City (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Dallas (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Sutherlin (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Roseburg (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Junction City (Photos | Jobs)
  10. La Grande (Photos | Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Oregon for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Oregon 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 77 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 77 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 Oregon.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Sweet Home.

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 Oregon.

1. Sweet Home

Sweet Home, Oregon

Population: 9,171
Percent White: 92.8%
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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.’

2. Florence

Florence, Oregon

Population: 8,597
Percent White: 92.7%
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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.

3. Scappoose

Scappoose, Oregon

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Population: 6,901
Percent White: 91.7%
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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.

4. Lebanon

Lebanon, Oregon

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Population: 16,162
Percent White: 91.1%
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5. Baker City

Baker City, Oregon

Population: 9,757
Percent White: 91.1%
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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.

6. Dallas

Dallas, Oregon

Population: 15,175
Percent White: 90.4%
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The city of Dallas is the county seat of Polk County, Oregon, United States. The population was 14,583 at the 2010 census.

7. Sutherlin

Sutherlin, Oregon

Population: 7,883
Percent White: 90.3%
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8. Roseburg

Roseburg, Oregon

Population: 22,201
Percent White: 88.2%
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Roseburg is a city in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is located in the Umpqua River Valley in southern Oregon and is the county seat and most populous city of Douglas County. Founded 166years ago, in 1851, the population was 21,181 at the 2010 census, making it the principal city of the Roseburg, Oregon Micropolitan Statistical Area. The community developed along both sides of the South Umpqua River and is traversed by Interstate 5. Traditionally a lumber industry town, Roseburg is the home of Roseburg Forest Products.

9. Junction City

Junction City, Oregon

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Population: 5,735
Percent White: 87.9%
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Junction City is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Its population was 5,392 at the 2010 census.

10. La Grande

La Grande, Oregon

Population: 13,079
Percent White: 87.8%
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La Grande is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. Originally named ‘Brownsville,’ it was forced to change its name because that name was being used for a city in Linn County. Its name comes from an early French settler, Charles Dause, who often used the phrase ‘La Grande’ to describe the area’s beauty. The population was 13,082 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Union County. La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Oregon

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 Oregon.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Oregon for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Sweet Home 9,171 92.8%
2
Florence 8,597 92.7%
3
Scappoose 6,901 91.7%
4
Lebanon 16,162 91.1%
5
Baker City 9,757 91.1%
6
Dallas 15,175 90.4%
7
Sutherlin 7,883 90.3%
8
Roseburg 22,201 88.2%
9
Junction City 5,735 87.9%
10
La Grande 13,079 87.8%
11
Ashland 21,002 87.5%
12
Damascus 10,842 87.4%
13
Sandy 10,369 87.2%
14
Eagle Point 8,790 87.1%
15
Bend 84,416 87.0%
16
Silverton 9,585 86.6%
17
Lake Oswego 38,065 86.0%
18
Winston 5,364 85.9%
19
Grants Pass 36,776 85.8%
20
West Linn 26,242 85.7%
21
Oregon City 35,057 85.7%
22
Warrenton 5,260 85.5%
23
Talent 6,323 85.5%
24
Prineville 9,419 85.2%
25
Seaside 6,514 85.0%
26
Milwaukie 20,643 84.4%
27
Central Point 17,793 83.6%
28
St. Helens 13,169 83.2%
29
Astoria 9,595 82.9%
30
Sherwood 18,965 82.7%
31
Gladstone 11,850 82.5%
32
Brookings 6,390 82.5%
33
Creswell 5,154 82.0%
34
Coos Bay 16,129 81.8%
35
Molalla 8,867 81.7%
36
Cottage Grove 9,889 81.6%
37
North Bend 9,635 81.0%
38
Tillamook 5,063 81.0%
39
Redmond 27,998 80.9%
40
Pendleton 16,861 80.9%
41
Springfield 60,611 80.8%
42
Albany 51,919 80.7%
43
Newberg 22,749 80.5%
44
Eugene 161,649 79.4%
45
Lincoln City 8,452 79.4%
46
Corvallis 55,766 77.9%
47
Medford 78,856 77.9%
48
The Dalles 15,276 76.9%
49
Troutdale 16,535 76.4%
50
Klamath Falls 21,322 76.3%
51
Wilsonville 21,814 75.3%
52
Fairview 9,215 75.2%
53
Canby 17,218 74.8%
54
Tigard 50,787 74.4%
55
Monmouth 9,919 74.0%
56
Newport 10,139 73.9%
57
Tualatin 27,024 73.6%
58
Keizer 37,497 73.3%
59
Sheridan 6,054 73.1%
60
Stayton 7,875 72.9%
61
Mcminnville 33,724 72.3%
62
Portland 620,589 71.6%
63
Happy Valley 17,474 70.0%
64
Hood River 7,476 69.6%
65
Forest Grove 23,214 68.8%
66
Salem 161,975 68.8%
67
Gresham 110,042 65.7%
68
Beaverton 94,865 65.4%
69
Independence 8,982 64.7%
70
Hermiston 17,150 62.4%
71
Hillsboro 100,462 59.4%
72
Ontario 11,045 54.5%
73
Milton-Freewater 7,059 49.5%
74
Umatilla 6,986 48.7%
75
Madras 6,504 48.7%
76
Cornelius 12,241 41.6%
77
Woodburn 24,765 39.6%

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