These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Pennsylvania In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Pennsylvania are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in Pennsylvania.

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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 for 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Pennsylvania with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. Economy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Schuylkill Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Clearfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. St. Marys (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Blakely (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bangor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ellwood City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Punxsutawney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tyrone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Sayre (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

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How we determined the whitest places in Pennsylvania for 2019

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, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Pennsylvania.

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 186 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 99.0% to 6.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Economy took the distinction of being the most White, while Yeadon was the least White city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Pennsylvania 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.

Economy, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,230
% White: 98.97%
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Economy is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.

Schuylkill Haven, PA

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8.5
/10

Population: 5,244
% White: 98.28%
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Clearfield, PA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,012
% White: 97.99%
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Clearfield is a borough and second most populous community in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States, behind DuBois. Clearfield is also the county seat of Clearfield County. As of the 2010 census the population was 6,215 people. The borough is part of the DuBois, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the larger State College-DuBois, PA Combined Statistical Area. The settled area surrounding the borough consists of the nearby census-designated places of Hyde and Plymptonville, which combined with Clearfield have a population of approximately 8,595 people.

St. Marys, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,603
% White: 97.94%
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St. Marys is a city in Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,070 at the 2010 census. Originally a small town inhabited by mostly Bavarian Roman Catholics, it was founded December 8, 1842. It is home to Straub Brewery and the first Benedictine convent in the United States. In 1992, the borough of St. Marys absorbed the surrounding township of Benzinger and incorporated as a city.

Blakely, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,372
% White: 97.18%
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Blakely is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,564 at the 2010 census.

Bangor, PA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,217
% White: 97.01%
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Bangor is a borough located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 32 miles north of Allentown, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Pennsylvania’s Slate Belt. It had a population of 5,273 according to the 2010 census.

Ellwood City, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,998
% White: 96.97%
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Punxsutawney, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,848
% White: 96.73%
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Punxsutawney ; Lenape: Punkwsutnay) is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States, 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Tyrone, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,320
% White: 96.73%
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Tyrone is a borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, 15 miles northeast of Altoona, on the Little Juniata River. Tyrone was of considerable commercial importance in the twentieth century. It was an outlet for the Clearfield coal fields, and it was noted for the manufacture of paper products. There were planing mills, and chemical and candy factories. In 1900, 5,847 people lived here; in 1910, 7,176; and in 1940, 8,845 people resided here. The population was 5,477 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was named for County Tyrone in Ireland.

Sayre, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,525
% White: 96.72%
More on Sayre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sayre is the largest borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles southeast of Elmira, New York. In the past, various iron products were made there. In 1900, 5,243 people lived there; in 1910, 6,426 people lived there, and in 1940, 7,569 persons made their homes in Sayre. The population was 5,587 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – White Populations Across Pennsylvania

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

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

  1. Yeadon
  2. Darby
  3. Chester

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City % White Population
1 Economy 98.97% 9,230
2 Schuylkill Haven 98.28% 5,244
3 Clearfield 97.99% 6,012
4 St. Marys 97.94% 12,603
5 Blakely 97.18% 6,372
6 Bangor 97.01% 5,217
7 Ellwood City 96.97% 7,998
8 Punxsutawney 96.73% 5,848
9 Tyrone 96.73% 5,320
10 Sayre 96.72% 5,525
11 Warren 96.62% 9,333
12 Nazareth 96.02% 5,706
13 Jefferson Hills 95.95% 11,244
14 Sugarcreek 95.91% 5,112
15 Hollidaysburg 95.9% 5,755
16 Titusville 95.82% 5,381
17 Lower Burrell 95.81% 11,413
18 Somerset 95.69% 6,035
19 West View 95.67% 6,698
20 Dubois 95.39% 7,556
21 Oil City 95.2% 10,101
22 Pleasant Hills 95.06% 8,225
23 Franklin 94.77% 6,269
24 Oakmont 94.64% 6,440
25 Greenville 94.53% 5,717
26 Dunmore 94.45% 13,412
27 Monaca 94.41% 5,614
28 Bellefonte 94.4% 6,282
29 Grove City 94.25% 8,123
30 Brookhaven 94.16% 8,051
31 Tamaqua 94.15% 6,841
32 Mechanicsburg 94.11% 9,016
33 Ridley Park 94.09% 7,035
34 Bradford 94.05% 8,440
35 South Williamsport 94.02% 6,252
36 Mount Carmel 93.96% 5,724
37 White Oak 93.95% 7,774
38 Lehighton 93.81% 5,332
39 Perkasie 93.73% 8,505
40 Lewi 93.67% 8,264
41 Plum 93.53% 27,390
42 Corry 93.49% 6,451
43 Palmerton 93.47% 5,313
44 Dickson City 93.16% 5,903
45 Bridgeville 92.99% 5,091
46 Carbondale 92.94% 8,625
47 Nanticoke 92.85% 10,296
48 Clarion 92.81% 5,135
49 Lock Haven 92.77% 9,540
50 Lititz 92.75% 9,269
51 Birdsboro 92.69% 5,156
52 Pottsville 92.61% 13,827
53 Altoona 92.56% 44,749
54 Dormont 92.48% 8,488
55 Moosic 92.32% 5,728
56 Huntingdon 92.24% 7,025
57 Pittston 92.23% 7,682
58 Hermitage 92.03% 15,901
59 Exeter 91.79% 5,614
60 Old Forge 91.69% 8,090
61 Shamokin 91.58% 7,165
62 Castle Shannon 91.36% 8,251
63 New Cumberland 91.32% 7,305
64 Taylor 91.22% 6,061
65 Waynesboro 91.17% 10,793
66 Conshohocken 91.02% 7,985
67 Archbald 90.79% 7,004
68 Red Lion 90.56% 6,324
69 Butler 90.36% 13,292
70 Doyle 90.33% 8,307
71 Connellsville 90.25% 7,454
72 Sunbury 90.13% 9,643
73 Milton 90.07% 6,926
74 Bloomsburg 90.02% 14,500
75 Elizabet 89.9% 11,579
76 Prospect Park 89.82% 6,492
77 California 89.76% 6,513
78 Palmyra 89.65% 7,488
79 Berwick 89.61% 10,231
80 Helle 89.47% 5,833
81 Fox Chapel 89.46% 5,363
82 Crafton 89.23% 5,887
83 Hatboro 89.15% 7,436
84 Plymouth 88.93% 5,863
85 Vandergrift 88.78% 5,037
86 Ephrata 88.41% 13,785
87 Meadville 88.13% 13,105
88 Selinsgrove 88.12% 5,875
89 Norwood 88.11% 5,896
90 Jeannette 87.96% 9,341
91 Emmaus 87.93% 11,360
92 Brentwood 87.7% 9,528
93 Shillington 87.52% 5,282
94 Shippensburg 87.12% 5,558
95 Edinboro 87.04% 6,206
96 Munhall 86.57% 11,296
97 Quake 86.53% 8,889
98 Greensburg 86.28% 14,476
99 Baldwin 86.28% 19,743
100 Millersville 85.96% 8,366

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