These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Tennessee In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the whitest cities in Tennessee.

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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 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 2019.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Tennessee with the largest White population in 2019:

  1. La Follette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Church Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Soddy-Daisy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Mount Carmel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fairview (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Clinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Elizabethton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Harriman (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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How we determined the whitest places in Tennessee for 2019

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 98.8% to 26.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. La Follette took the distinction of being the most White, while Memphis was the least White city.

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.

La Follette, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,983
% White: 98.77%
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LaFollette is a city in Campbell County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 7,456 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2014 of 7,131. It is the principal city of the LaFollette, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Campbell County, and is a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area. While the city’s official spelling is one word -after its founders, Harvey Marion LaFollette and his younger brother Grant LaFollette-several federal agencies spell the city’s name with two words.

Signal Mountain, TN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,507
% White: 97.32%
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Signal Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The town is a suburb of Chattanooga and is located on Walden Ridge, a land mass often mistakenly referred to as “Signal Mountain” itself. Signal Mountain is also used as a colloquial name for part of the Walden Ridge close to the town. The town population was 7,554 as of the 2010 census. The population for zip code 37377 was 15,310 as of the 2010 census.

Church Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,686
% White: 96.25%
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Church Hill is a city in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 5,916 at the 2000 census and 6,737 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kingsport-Bristol -Bristol Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the “Tri-Cities” region.

Soddy-Daisy, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,364
% White: 96.02%
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Soddy-Daisy is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 11,530 at the 2000 census and 12,714 at the 2010 census. The city was formed in 1969 when the communities of Soddy and Daisy, along with nearby developed areas along U.S. Highway 27, merged to form Soddy-Daisy. It is rapidly becoming a bedroom community of nearby Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station is located in Soddy-Daisy.

Mount Carmel, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,386
% White: 94.95%
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Mount Carmel is a town located in Hawkins County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 5,429, an increase of 634 since the 2000 census. It is part of the Kingsport-Bristol -Bristol Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the “Tri-Cities” region.

Fairview, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,442
% White: 92.83%
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Fairview is a city located in Williamson County, Tennessee. It is part of the Nashville metropolitan area. The population was 7,720 at the 2010 census, which was a 33.1% increase in population from the 2000 census. In the communities just outside Fairview, there are an additional 4,100 people, so there are over 11,000 people living within the Fairview area.

Clinton, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,961
% White: 92.32%
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Clinton is a city in Anderson County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 9,841 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Anderson County. Clinton is included in the Knoxville metropolitan area.

Elizabethton, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,796
% White: 91.79%
More on Elizabethton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elizabethton is a city in, and the county seat of Carter County, Tennessee, United States. Elizabethton is the historical site of the first independent American government located west of both the Eastern Continental Divide and the original Thirteen Colonies.

Bristol, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,668
% White: 91.32%
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 26,702 at the 2010 census. It is the twin city of Bristol, Virginia, which lies directly across the state line between Tennessee and Virginia. The boundary between the two cities is also the state line, which runs along State Street in their common downtown district. Bristol is a principal city of the KingsportBristolBristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson CityKingsportBristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area commonly known as the “Tri-Cities” region.

Harriman, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,153
% White: 90.77%
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Harriman is a city located primarily in Roane County, Tennessee, with a small extension into Morgan County. The population of Harriman was 6,350 at the 2010 census.

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

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % White Population
1 La Follette 98.77% 6,983
2 Signal Mountain 97.32% 8,507
3 Church Hill 96.25% 6,686
4 Soddy-Daisy 96.02% 13,364
5 Mount Carmel 94.95% 5,386
6 Fairview 92.83% 8,442
7 Clinton 92.32% 9,961
8 Elizabethton 91.79% 13,796
9 Bristol 91.32% 26,668
10 Harriman 90.77% 6,153
11 Maryville 90.61% 28,208
12 White House 90.57% 11,107
13 Kingsport 90.53% 52,698
14 Newport 90.15% 6,780
15 Kingston 89.76% 5,812
16 Erwin 89.71% 5,921
17 Greeneville 88.49% 14,895
18 Rockwood 88.25% 5,415
19 Greenbrier 88.07% 6,720
20 Farragut 88.01% 21,975
21 Crossville 87.35% 11,284
22 Lawrenceburg 87.15% 10,614
23 Tullahoma 87.11% 19,037
24 Portland 87.03% 12,258
25 Germantown 86.59% 39,230
26 Red Bank 85.64% 11,744
27 Millersville 85.55% 6,760
28 Cookeville 85.23% 32,536
29 Jefferson City 85.13% 8,220
30 Hartsville/trousdale County 84.86% 8,773
31 Oakland 84.59% 7,508
32 Winchester 84.47% 8,467
33 Sweetwater 84.42% 5,842
34 Hendersonville 84.35% 55,635
35 Spring Hill 84.33% 35,995
36 Dayton 84.12% 7,341
37 Dickson 83.94% 15,128
38 Brentwood 83.73% 41,524
39 Johnson City 83.09% 65,598
40 Pigeon Forge 82.95% 6,147
41 Mckenzie 82.86% 5,455
42 Atoka 82.54% 8,994
43 Athens 82.49% 13,559
44 Mount Juliet 82.48% 31,397
45 Savannah 82.13% 6,977
46 Nolensville 81.49% 7,119
47 Munford 81.41% 6,009
48 Mcminnville 81.16% 13,591
49 Sevierville 81.14% 16,387
50 Manchester 80.41% 10,430
51 Franklin 79.2% 72,990
52 Arlington 78.89% 11,678
53 Oak Ridge 78.54% 29,009
54 Lebanon 77.58% 30,212
55 Lenoir City 77.44% 9,007
56 Lexington 77.05% 7,731
57 Alcoa 76.71% 9,343
58 Cleveland 76.64% 43,496
59 Henderson 76.29% 6,237
60 Lakeland 75.3% 12,623
61 Paris 74.82% 10,059
62 Collierville 74.4% 48,960
63 Martin 74.21% 10,797
64 Gallatin 73.74% 34,495
65 Loudon 73.67% 5,697
66 Collegedale 73.18% 10,902
67 Knoxville 71.52% 184,465
68 Lewisburg 71.14% 11,457
69 East Ridge 70.77% 21,193
70 Smyrna 70.57% 46,885
71 Union City 70.36% 10,479
72 Bartlett 70.24% 58,640
73 Morristown 69.55% 29,446
74 Columbia 68.36% 36,635
75 Goodlettsville 68.25% 16,935
76 Murfreesboro 68.24% 126,188
77 Dyersburg 67.42% 16,666
78 Milan 67.38% 7,715
79 Pulaski 65.96% 7,653
80 Fayetteville 65.95% 6,976
81 Springfield 61.42% 16,692
82 Shelbyville 60.87% 21,028
83 Millington 60.13% 11,073
84 Clarksville 58.72% 147,771
85 Chattanooga 56.52% 176,291
86 Nashville 55.62% 654,187
87 La Vergne 53.06% 34,905
88 Jackson 48.4% 66,977
89 Humboldt 47.59% 8,155
90 Covington 45.36% 8,921
91 Ripley 42.02% 8,148
92 Bolivar 39.53% 5,037
93 Brownsville 33.64% 9,829
94 Memphis 26.07% 654,723

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