These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Rhode Island

We used science and data to determine which cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island?

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 Ocean State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 2,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Rhode Island:

  1. Warwick (Photos)
  2. East Providence (Photos)
  3. Newport (Photos)
  4. Cranston (Photos)
  5. Woonsocket (Photos)
  6. Pawtucket (Photos)
  7. Providence (Photos)
  8. Central Falls (Photos)

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

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

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How we determined the whitest places in Rhode Island

In order to rank the whitest places in Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island 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 8 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 2,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 8 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 Rhode Island.” We’re lookin’ at you, Warwick.

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. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065
Percent White: 89.6%

2. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166
Percent White: 80.0%

3. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,599
Percent White: 78.7%

4. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680
Percent White: 75.6%

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5. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136
Percent White: 69.8%

6. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313
Percent White: 54.1%

7. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562
Percent White: 36.5%

8. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406
Percent White: 23.0%

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 Rhode Island.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Rhode Island

City Rank Population Percent White
Warwick 1 82,065 89.6%
East Providence 2 47,166 80.0%
Newport 3 24,599 78.7%
Cranston 4 80,680 75.6%
Woonsocket 5 41,136 69.8%
Pawtucket 6 71,313 54.1%
Providence 7 178,562 36.5%
Central Falls 8 19,406 23.0%

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