The 10 Whitest Cities In Tennessee For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in Tennessee.

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 Tennessee?

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 Volunteer State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Tennessee for 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in Tennessee for 2021:

  1. Signal Mountain
  2. Church Hill
  3. Soddy-Daisy
  4. Mount Carmel
  5. La Follette
  6. Clinton
  7. Erwin
  8. Crossville
  9. White House
  10. Bristol

What is the whitest city in Tennessee for 2021? According to the most recent census data Signal Mountain ranks as the whitest. If you're wondering, Memphis 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.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Tennessee For 2021

1. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,539
% White: 96.71%
More on Signal Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Church Hill

Church Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,667
% White: 96.31%
More on Church Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Soddy-Daisy

Soddy-Daisy, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,398
% White: 95.9%
More on Soddy-Daisy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,293
% White: 95.64%
More on Mount Carmel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. La Follette

La Follette, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,857
% White: 94.14%
More on La Follette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Clinton

Clinton, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,964
% White: 92.62%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Erwin

Erwin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,921
% White: 92.11%
More on Erwin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Crossville

Crossville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,545
% White: 91.7%
More on Crossville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. White House

White House, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,843
% White: 91.62%
More on White House: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Bristol

Bristol, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,852
% White: 90.88%
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in Tennessee for 2021

In order to rank the whitest places in Tennessee, 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 Tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.7% to 25.7%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Tennessee according to the most recent data.

If you're curious enough, here are the least White places in Tennessee:

  1. Memphis
  2. Brownsville
  3. Bolivar

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % White Population
1 Signal Mountain 96.71% 8,539
2 Church Hill 96.31% 6,667
3 Soddy-Daisy 95.9% 13,398
4 Mount Carmel 95.64% 5,293
5 La Follette 94.14% 6,857
6 Clinton 92.62% 9,964
7 Erwin 92.11% 5,921
8 Crossville 91.7% 11,545
9 White House 91.62% 11,843
10 Bristol 90.88% 26,852
11 Harriman 90.68% 6,126
12 Kingston 89.91% 5,927
13 Kingsport 89.86% 53,376
14 Elizabethton 89.84% 13,577
15 Maryville 89.44% 28,974
16 Oakland 88.76% 7,893
17 Farragut 88.67% 22,631
18 Fairview 88.59% 8,762
19 Germantown 88.54% 39,193
20 Newport 88.41% 6,848
21 Rockwood 88.16% 5,423
22 Greeneville 87.78% 14,942
23 Sweetwater 86.63% 5,873
24 Atoka 85.96% 9,241
25 Jefferson City 85.8% 8,237
26 Mckenzie 85.44% 5,328
27 Spring Hill 85.39% 39,711
28 Greenbrier 85.33% 6,818
29 Lawrenceburg 85.29% 10,877
30 Portland 85.28% 12,729
31 Cookeville 85.27% 33,454
32 Manchester 84.43% 10,721
33 Red Bank 84.21% 11,745
34 Savannah 84.18% 6,947
35 Hartsville/trousdale County 84.16% 10,231
36 Brentwood 84.14% 42,407
37 Hendersonville 84.06% 57,083
38 Tullahoma 83.4% 19,852
39 Dickson 82.98% 15,447
40 Johnson City 82.25% 66,515
41 Winchester 82.22% 8,706
42 Mount Juliet 81.97% 34,377
43 Athens 81.81% 13,851
44 Millersville 81.78% 6,350
45 Mcminnville 81.58% 13,695
46 Nolensville 81.16% 8,390
47 Sevierville 80.98% 16,743
48 Dayton 80.73% 7,344
49 Oak Ridge 79.3% 29,037
50 Loudon 77.85% 5,747
51 Alcoa 77.71% 9,561
52 Franklin 77.5% 77,939
53 Lexington 76.8% 7,848
54 Pigeon Forge 76.4% 6,229
55 Cleveland 76.25% 44,595
56 Arlington 76.16% 11,697
57 Lakeland 75.77% 12,606
58 Munford 74.96% 6,034
59 Lenoir City 74.45% 9,162
60 Martin 74.31% 10,635
61 Lebanon 74.18% 33,159
62 Paris 73.75% 10,043
63 Henderson 72.52% 6,289
64 Gallatin 72.5% 38,156
65 Knoxville 72.41% 186,173
66 Collierville 70.92% 50,086
67 Pulaski 70.59% 7,643
68 Milan 69.75% 7,672
69 Lewisburg 69.19% 11,910
70 Bartlett 69.09% 59,102
71 East Ridge 68.72% 21,168
72 Morristown 68.61% 29,782
73 Goodlettsville 68.4% 16,870
74 Columbia 68.36% 38,380
75 Union City 67.81% 10,424
76 Smyrna 67.04% 49,552
77 Dyersburg 66.97% 16,476
78 Murfreesboro 66.57% 136,366
79 Collegedale 66.02% 11,275
80 Fayetteville 66.01% 7,034
81 Millington 61.49% 10,645
82 Springfield 58.83% 17,092
83 Chattanooga 57.28% 179,690
84 Shelbyville 57.25% 21,591
85 Clarksville 56.74% 152,934
86 Nashville 55.42% 663,750
87 La Vergne 52.14% 35,411
88 Humboldt 49.33% 8,169
89 Jackson 47.57% 66,870
90 Covington 46.92% 8,857
91 Ripley 41.88% 7,947
92 Bolivar 36.06% 5,031
93 Brownsville 29.5% 9,647
94 Memphis 25.69% 651,932

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About Chris Kolmar

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