These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Rhode Island For 2018


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 19,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Rhode Island for 2018:

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

If you’re wondering, Central Falls 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 Rhode Island for 2018

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.

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 19,000 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 in Rhode Island.

1. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

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Population: 81,881
Percent White: 88.8%
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2. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Population: 47,260
Percent White: 79.5%
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East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

3. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Population: 24,570
Percent White: 76.8%
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Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

4. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Population: 80,882
Percent White: 73.5%
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Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

5. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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Population: 41,272
Percent White: 68.8%
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Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

6. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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Population: 71,389
Percent White: 50.4%
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Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

7. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Population: 178,851
Percent White: 34.8%
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Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place, founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of ‘God’s merciful Providence’ which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

8. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Population: 19,366
Percent White: 20.6%
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Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles, it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Rhode Island

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 for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Warwick 81,881 88.8%
2
East Providence 47,260 79.5%
3
Newport 24,570 76.8%
4
Cranston 80,882 73.5%
5
Woonsocket 41,272 68.8%
6
Pawtucket 71,389 50.4%
7
Providence 178,851 34.8%
8
Central Falls 19,366 20.6%

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