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.
- Economy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Schuylkill Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clearfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- St. Marys (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Blakely (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bangor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ellwood City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Punxsutawney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tyrone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sayre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Yeadon is the least white city of all those we measured.
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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*
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 is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.
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 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 is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,564 at the 2010 census.
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.
Punxsutawney ; Lenape: Punkwsutnay) is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States, 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
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 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:
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