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 2019.
- Scappoose (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sweet Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Florence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sutherlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dallas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Baker City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Eagle Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Grande (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ashland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Woodburn is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Oregon for 2019
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*
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 74 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 91.6% to 40.4%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Scappoose took the distinction of being the most White, while Woodburn was the least White city.
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.
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.
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 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.
The city of Dallas is the county seat of Polk County, Oregon, United States. The population was 14,583 at the 2010 census.
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.
Eagle Point is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was estimated at 8,624 as of 2012.
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.
Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16 miles north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. As of 2015, the city’s population was approaching 21,000.
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:
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