These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Pennsylvania


We used science and data to determine which cities in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?

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 Keystone State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Pennsylvania:

  1. Moosic (Photos)
  2. Swoyersville
  3. Schuylkill Haven (Photos)
  4. Bangor (Photos)
  5. Sayre (Photos)
  6. Shamokin (Photos)
  7. Lower Burrell (Photos)
  8. Sugarcreek (Photos)
  9. Tyrone (Photos)
  10. Bradford (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Yeadon is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why.

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How we determined the whitest places in Pennsylvania

In order to rank the whitest places in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania 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 196 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.

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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 196 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 Pennsylvania.” We’re lookin’ at you, Moosic.

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.

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1. Moosic

Moosic, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,712
Percent White: 99.7%

2. Swoyersville


Population 2014: 5,038
Percent White: 99.6%

3. Schuylkill Haven

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,368
Percent White: 99.2%

4. Bangor

Bangor, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,256
Percent White: 98.8%

5. Sayre

Sayre, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,553
Percent White: 98.5%

6. Shamokin

Shamokin, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,295
Percent White: 98.0%

7. Lower Burrell

Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,653
Percent White: 97.6%

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8. Sugarcreek

Sugarcreek, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,238
Percent White: 97.5%

9. Tyrone

Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,433
Percent White: 97.5%

10. Bradford

Bradford, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,665
Percent White: 97.4%

There You Have It

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 Pennsylvania.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Percent White
Moosic 1 5,712 99.7%
Swoyersville 2 5,038 99.6%
Schuylkill Haven 3 5,368 99.2%
Bangor 4 5,256 98.8%
Sayre 5 5,553 98.5%
Shamokin 6 7,295 98.0%
Lower Burrell 7 11,653 97.6%
Sugarcreek 8 5,238 97.5%
Tyrone 9 5,433 97.5%
Bradford 10 8,665 97.4%
St. Marys 11 12,940 97.1%
Clarks Summit 12 5,101 97.1%
West View 13 6,752 97.0%
Warren 14 9,543 96.9%
South Williamsport 15 6,370 96.8%
Archbald 16 7,053 96.8%
Olyphant 17 5,178 96.4%
Oakmont 18 6,358 96.2%
Lehighton 19 5,427 96.2%
Clearfield 20 6,143 96.1%
Jefferson Hills 21 10,984 95.6%
Mount Carmel 22 5,833 95.6%
Somerset 23 6,185 95.3%
Westmont 24 5,086 95.3%
Oil City 25 10,383 95.3%
Pittston 26 7,702 95.2%
Perkasie 27 8,511 95.2%
Monaca 28 5,721 95.1%
Old Forge 29 8,265 95.0%
Grove City 30 8,242 94.9%
Economy 31 9,133 94.9%
Pleasant Hills 32 8,291 94.8%
Titusville 33 5,479 94.8%
Ellwood City 34 7,743 94.8%
Corry 35 6,546 94.6%
Punxsutawney 36 5,927 94.6%
Tamaqua 37 6,994 94.6%
White Oak 38 7,851 94.5%
Huntingdon 39 7,069 94.3%
Red Lion 40 6,343 94.3%
Connellsville 41 7,578 94.3%
Bridgeville 42 5,142 94.2%
Bethel Park 43 32,338 94.1%
Greenville 44 5,919 94.1%
Bellefonte 45 6,250 94.1%
Nanticoke 46 10,395 93.6%
Helle 47 5,881 93.6%
Dickson City 48 6,049 93.6%
Berwick 49 10,398 93.6%
Hermitage 50 16,237 93.5%
Plum 51 27,386 93.4%
Doyle 52 8,353 93.4%
Hollidaysburg 53 5,792 93.2%
Elizabet 54 11,602 93.1%
Ridley Park 55 7,021 93.0%
Murrysville 56 20,171 93.0%
Altoona 57 45,987 93.0%
Franklin 58 6,448 93.0%
Selinsgrove 59 5,698 92.7%
Dormont 60 8,565 92.5%
Birdsboro 61 5,158 92.4%
Plymouth 62 5,905 92.3%
Lock Haven 63 9,860 92.3%
New Cumberland 64 7,276 92.1%
Butler 65 13,609 92.0%
Edinboro 66 6,484 91.9%
Quake 67 8,939 91.9%
Norwood 68 5,897 91.8%
Lewi 69 8,341 91.8%
Nazareth 70 5,723 91.7%
Brookhaven 71 8,045 91.6%
Blakely 72 6,534 91.6%
Carbondale 73 8,843 91.4%
Ephrata 74 13,529 91.4%
Palmyra 75 7,399 91.3%
Dubois 76 7,718 91.3%
Dunmore 77 13,974 91.2%
Milton 78 7,017 91.2%
Jeannette 79 9,522 91.0%
Palmerton 80 5,382 90.9%
Clarion 81 5,000 90.7%
Fox Chapel 82 5,397 90.2%
Northampton 83 9,921 90.1%
Baldwin 84 19,791 89.9%
Mechanicsburg 85 8,971 89.7%
Crafton 86 5,931 89.6%
Sunbury 87 9,817 89.5%
Brentwood 88 9,625 89.4%
Lititz 89 9,386 89.4%
Meadville 90 13,307 89.4%
Emmaus 91 11,291 89.4%
Waynesboro 92 10,673 89.3%
Conshohocken 93 7,864 88.9%
Castle Shannon 94 8,317 88.8%
Pottsville 95 14,136 88.8%
Taylor 96 6,230 88.7%
Catasauqua 97 6,477 88.5%
Munhall 98 11,355 88.5%
Indiana 99 14,025 88.5%
Camp Hill 100 7,891 88.3%
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