These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Bangor (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Clearfield (Photos | Jobs)
  3. St. Marys (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Clarks Summit (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Economy (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Swoyersville (Jobs)
  7. Tyrone (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Schuylkill Haven (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Lower Burrell (Jobs)
  10. Sayre (Photos | Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Pennsylvania for 2018

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 191 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.

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 191 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, Bangor.

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 in Pennsylvania.

1. Bangor

Bangor, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,198
Percent White: 98.4%
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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.

2. Clearfield

Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,058
Percent White: 97.6%
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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.

3. St. Marys

St. Marys, Pennsylvania

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Population: 12,748
Percent White: 97.5%
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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.

4. Clarks Summit

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

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Population: 5,041
Percent White: 97.5%
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Clarks Summit is a borough in Lackawanna County northwest of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,116 at the 2010 census. It is also the northern terminus of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, I-476.

5. Economy

Economy, Pennsylvania

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Population: 9,240
Percent White: 97.4%
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Economy is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.

6. Swoyersville


Population: 5,000
Percent White: 97.3%
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Swoyersville is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,062 at the 2010 census. Swoyersville is located within the Wyoming Valley West School District.

7. Tyrone

Tyrone, Pennsylvania

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Population: 5,382
Percent White: 97.1%
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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.

8. Schuylkill Haven

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,289
Percent White: 97.0%
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9. Lower Burrell


Population: 11,527
Percent White: 96.8%
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Lower Burrell is a city in Westmoreland County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Located approximately 18 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh, it is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 11,761 at the 2010 census.

10. Sayre

Sayre, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,467
Percent White: 96.8%
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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 – The Whitest of The White Bread In Pennsylvania

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 for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Bangor 5,198 98.4%
2
Clearfield 6,058 97.6%
3
St. Marys 12,748 97.5%
4
Clarks Summit 5,041 97.5%
5
Economy 9,240 97.4%
6
Swoyersville 5,000 97.3%
7
Tyrone 5,382 97.1%
8
Schuylkill Haven 5,289 97.0%
9
Lower Burrell 11,527 96.8%
10
Sayre 5,467 96.8%
11
Moosic 5,731 96.6%
12
Somerset 6,102 96.6%
13
Ellwood City 7,915 96.3%
14
Blakely 6,430 96.2%
15
Bradford 8,540 96.2%
16
Warren 9,407 96.2%
17
Greenville 5,794 96.0%
18
Punxsutawney 5,883 96.0%
19
Oil City 10,207 96.0%
20
Bellefonte 6,287 95.8%
21
Oakmont 6,420 95.8%
22
Old Forge 8,172 95.7%
23
West View 6,704 95.6%
24
Sugarcreek 5,155 95.6%
25
Grove City 8,170 95.5%
26
Pittston 7,668 95.5%
27
Nazareth 5,703 95.5%
28
Jefferson Hills 11,214 95.4%
29
Pleasant Hills 8,271 95.4%
30
Mount Carmel 5,773 95.3%
31
Hollidaysburg 5,790 95.3%
32
Ridley Park 7,032 95.2%
33
Titusville 5,418 95.2%
34
Dubois 7,637 95.1%
35
Shamokin 7,202 94.9%
36
Monaca 5,678 94.8%
37
South Williamsport 6,328 94.8%
38
Perkasie 8,495 94.7%
39
Franklin 6,340 94.5%
40
Bridgeville 5,117 94.4%
41
Plum 27,474 94.3%
42
Tamaqua 6,901 94.2%
43
White Oak 7,803 94.1%
44
Birdsboro 5,145 94.0%
45
Nanticoke 10,302 94.0%
46
Dunmore 13,627 93.9%
47
Corry 6,467 93.7%
48
Dickson City 5,970 93.7%
49
Lehighton 5,360 93.6%
50
Dormont 8,491 93.5%
51
Brookhaven 8,056 93.2%
52
Mechanicsburg 8,989 93.0%
53
Huntingdon 7,042 92.9%
54
New Cumberland 7,290 92.9%
55
Lititz 9,209 92.8%
56
Altoona 45,209 92.8%
57
Carbondale 8,707 92.7%
58
Clarion 5,073 92.4%
59
Hermitage 16,077 92.3%
60
Exeter 5,605 92.3%
61
Lock Haven 9,725 92.2%
62
Lewi 8,300 92.1%
63
Butler 13,399 92.1%
64
Red Lion 6,318 92.0%
65
Palmerton 5,330 91.9%
66
Doyle 8,305 91.5%
67
Ephrata 13,714 91.4%
68
Kut 5,023 91.3%
69
Sunbury 9,705 90.6%
70
Plymouth 5,865 90.5%
71
Helle 5,837 90.5%
72
Connellsville 7,516 90.4%
73
Emmaus 11,363 90.3%
74
Berwick 10,276 90.3%
75
Elizabet 11,598 90.2%
76
Conshohocken 7,916 90.0%
77
Pottsville 13,955 90.0%
78
Vandergrift 5,063 90.0%
79
Archbald 7,036 89.9%
80
Selinsgrove 5,810 89.9%
81
Norwood 5,900 89.7%
82
Castle Shannon 8,288 89.4%
83
Bloomsburg 14,619 89.0%
84
California 6,564 89.0%
85
Jeannette 9,395 88.7%
86
Waynesboro 10,764 88.7%
87
Milton 6,968 88.6%
88
Baldwin 19,794 88.6%
89
Meadville 13,134 88.4%
90
Prospect Park 6,467 87.7%
91
Whitehall 13,873 87.6%
92
Palmyra 7,481 87.4%
93
Olyphant 5,156 87.4%
94
Taylor 6,136 87.4%
95
Brentwood 9,550 87.2%
96
Crafton 5,899 87.0%
97
Fox Chapel 5,392 86.9%
98
Indiana 14,002 86.9%
99
Shillington 5,265 86.7%
100
Greensburg 14,572 86.7%

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