Whitest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Pennsylvania for 2020:

  1. Clearfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Economy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. St. Marys (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Blakely (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ellwood City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hollidaysburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sugarcreek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tyrone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Punxsutawney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. DuBois (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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020

Clearfield, PA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,970
% White: 98.79%
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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.

Economy, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,207
% White: 98.63%
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Economy is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.

St. Marys, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,535
% White: 97.22%
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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: 6,316
% White: 97.21%
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Blakely is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,564 at the 2010 census.

Ellwood City, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,972
% White: 96.93%
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Hollidaysburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,705
% White: 96.55%
More on Hollidaysburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hollidaysburg is a borough and the county seat of Blair County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located on the Juniata River, 5 miles south of Altoona and is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1900, 2,998 people lived in the borough, in 1910, 3,734 lived there, and in 1940, 5,910 residents were counted. The population was 5,791 at the 2010 census. Coal, iron ore, ganister, and limestone are found in the vicinity. In the past, the borough had foundries and machine shops, a silk mill, car works and classification yards.

Sugarcreek, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,065
% White: 96.43%
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Tyrone, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,281
% White: 96.31%
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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.

Punxsutawney, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,808
% White: 96.3%
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Punxsutawney ; Lenape: Punkwsutnay) is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States, 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Dubois, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,530
% White: 96.23%
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DuBois DOO-boys is a city in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States, 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The population was 7,794 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city in the DuBois, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area. DuBois is also one of two principal cities, the other being State College, that make up the larger State College-DuBois, PA Combined Statistical Area.

How we determined the whitest places in Pennsylvania for 2020

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 185 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 98.8% to 6.5%.

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

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.

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 Clearfield 98.79% 5,970
2 Economy 98.63% 9,207
3 St. Marys 97.22% 12,535
4 Blakely 97.21% 6,316
5 Ellwood City 96.93% 7,972
6 Hollidaysburg 96.55% 5,705
7 Sugarcreek 96.43% 5,065
8 Tyrone 96.31% 5,281
9 Punxsutawney 96.3% 5,808
10 Dubois 96.23% 7,530
11 Titusville 96.18% 5,337
12 Schuylkill Haven 96.03% 5,211
13 West View 95.83% 6,640
14 Oil City 95.82% 9,982
15 Lower Burrell 95.76% 11,321
16 Warren 95.75% 9,250
17 Mount Carmel 95.52% 5,668
18 Sayre 95.39% 5,491
19 Pleasant Hills 95.31% 8,184
20 Greenville 95.28% 5,572
21 Bellefonte 95.07% 6,289
22 Jefferson Hills 95.07% 11,231
23 Franklin 95.01% 6,216
24 Bridgeville 94.89% 5,066
25 Somerset 94.81% 5,977
26 Tamaqua 94.73% 6,796
27 Palmerton 94.22% 5,314
28 Oakmont 94.12% 6,450
29 Grove City 94.08% 8,053
30 Dickson City 94.07% 5,868
31 Bangor 93.93% 5,225
32 Monaca 93.86% 5,570
33 White Oak 93.77% 7,621
34 Pottsville 93.55% 13,728
35 Lewi 93.47% 8,228
36 Nazareth 93.45% 5,698
37 Dunmore 93.4% 13,282
38 Mechanicsburg 93.39% 8,987
39 Exeter 93.06% 5,603
40 Clarion 92.94% 5,436
41 Bradford 92.9% 8,424
42 Ridley Park 92.79% 7,035
43 Milton 92.73% 6,838
44 Plum 92.73% 27,304
45 Perkasie 92.7% 8,502
46 Corry 92.53% 6,396
47 Lock Haven 92.52% 9,345
48 Carbondale 92.45% 8,565
49 Birdsboro 92.35% 5,139
50 Huntingdon 92.34% 6,987
51 Moosic 92.32% 5,744
52 Lititz 92.15% 9,288
53 Archbald 92.05% 7,002
54 Brookhaven 91.78% 8,043
55 Lehighton 91.64% 5,313
56 Altoona 91.53% 44,372
57 Hermitage 91.43% 15,812
58 Dormont 91.21% 8,438
59 Red Lion 90.97% 6,320
60 Butler 90.86% 13,182
61 Nanticoke 90.74% 10,302
62 Castle Shannon 90.64% 8,229
63 New Cumberland 90.45% 7,298
64 Pittston 90.39% 7,697
65 Conshohocken 90.34% 8,010
66 Waynesboro 90.21% 10,842
67 Old Forge 90.06% 8,038
68 Palmyra 90.05% 7,498
69 California 89.95% 6,441
70 Berwick 89.84% 10,167
71 Doyle 89.79% 8,307
72 Helle 89.6% 5,848
73 Sunbury 89.37% 9,581
74 Elizabet 89.24% 11,492
75 Fox Chapel 89.14% 5,331
76 Connellsville 89.01% 7,427
77 Bloomsburg 88.95% 14,275
78 Ephrata 88.88% 13,802
79 Taylor 88.83% 6,007
80 Crafton 88.82% 5,839
81 South Williamsport 88.79% 6,193
82 Shamokin 88.04% 7,096
83 Norwood 87.86% 5,890
84 Bellevue 87.53% 8,196
85 Emmaus 87.41% 11,361
86 Northampton 87.35% 9,873
87 Edinboro 87.32% 5,964
88 Greensburg 87.11% 14,377
89 Plymouth 86.83% 5,832
90 Meadville 86.61% 12,949
91 Selinsgrove 86.5% 5,897
92 Lewisburg 86.22% 5,740
93 Prospect Park 86.21% 6,475
94 New Holland 85.88% 5,455
95 Hatboro 85.64% 7,428
96 Kingston 85.27% 12,935
97 Wyomissing 85.19% 10,452
98 West Mifflin 85.05% 19,946
99 Hanover 85.02% 15,563
100 Quake 84.98% 8,836

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