These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Tennessee For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee 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 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 2018:

  1. La Follette (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Signal Mountain (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Soddy-Daisy (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Church Hill (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Mount Carmel (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Fairview (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Jonesborough (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Clinton (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Kingston (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Bristol (Photos | Jobs)

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Tennessee for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Tennessee 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 97 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 97 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 Tennessee.’ We’re lookin’ at you, La Follette.

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 Tennessee.

1. La Follette

La Follette, Tennessee

Population: 7,131
Percent White: 98.0%
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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.

2. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Population: 8,500
Percent White: 97.4%
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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.

3. Soddy-Daisy

Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee

Population: 13,162
Percent White: 96.2%
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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.

4. Church Hill

Church Hill, Tennessee

Population: 6,723
Percent White: 95.3%
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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.

5. Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel, Tennessee

Population: 5,425
Percent White: 94.8%
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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.

6. Fairview

Fairview, Tennessee

Population: 8,271
Percent White: 93.2%
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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.

7. Jonesborough

Jonesborough, Tennessee

Population: 5,234
Percent White: 93.0%
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Jonesborough is a town in, and the county seat of, Washington County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The population was 5,975 at the 2010 census. It is ‘Tennessee’s oldest town’.

8. Clinton

Clinton, Tennessee

Population: 9,993
Percent White: 91.9%
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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.

9. Kingston

Kingston, Tennessee

Population: 5,841
Percent White: 91.7%
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Kingston is a city in and the county seat of Roane County, Tennessee, United States. It had a population of 5,934 at the 2010 United States census, and is included in the Harriman Micropolitan Statistical Area. Kingston is adjacent to Watts Bar Lake.

10. Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee

Population: 26,734
Percent White: 91.6%
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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.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Tennessee

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 Tennessee.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Tennessee for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
La Follette 7,131 98.0%
2
Signal Mountain 8,500 97.4%
3
Soddy-Daisy 13,162 96.2%
4
Church Hill 6,723 95.3%
5
Mount Carmel 5,425 94.8%
6
Fairview 8,271 93.2%
7
Jonesborough 5,234 93.0%
8
Clinton 9,993 91.9%
9
Kingston 5,841 91.7%
10
Bristol 26,734 91.6%
11
Elizabethton 14,012 91.4%
12
Newport 6,856 91.3%
13
Erwin 5,998 90.8%
14
Kingsport 52,871 90.5%
15
White House 10,944 90.4%
16
Harriman 6,223 89.7%
17
Greenbrier 6,684 89.5%
18
Maryville 28,151 89.3%
19
Rockwood 5,443 89.1%
20
Portland 12,125 88.7%
21
Farragut 21,690 88.3%
22
Crossville 11,308 88.1%
23
Greeneville 15,035 86.9%
24
Tullahoma 19,185 86.8%
25
Lawrenceburg 10,573 86.6%
26
Millersville 6,602 86.3%
27
Oakland 7,270 86.2%
28
Munford 6,025 86.1%
29
Sweetwater 5,877 86.0%
30
Germantown 39,213 85.7%
31
Hartsville/Trousdale County 7,970 85.6%
32
Dayton 7,308 85.6%
33
Hendersonville 55,073 85.4%
34
Pigeon Forge 6,092 85.2%
35
Savannah 7,043 85.1%
36
Winchester 8,504 85.1%
37
Sparta 5,063 85.0%
38
Cookeville 32,256 84.8%
39
Brentwood 40,873 84.7%
40
Jefferson City 8,324 84.6%
41
Red Bank 11,794 84.1%
42
Johnson City 65,415 83.7%
43
Dickson 15,098 83.3%
44
Athens 13,651 83.3%
45
Spring Hill 34,364 83.2%
46
Mckenzie 5,650 82.6%
47
Mount Juliet 29,853 82.5%
48
Nolensville 6,724 82.3%
49
Atoka 8,917 81.7%
50
Sevierville 16,213 80.9%
51
Mcminnville 13,664 80.7%
52
Manchester 10,387 80.4%
53
Franklin 70,625 80.4%
54
Oak Ridge 29,285 78.9%
55
Dunlap 5,065 78.7%
56
Arlington 11,599 78.1%
57
Lebanon 29,439 78.1%
58
Lexington 7,796 78.0%
59
Lenoir City 8,965 77.5%
60
Cleveland 43,276 77.2%
61
Lakeland 12,541 76.7%
62
Henderson 6,491 76.3%
63
Loudon 5,701 75.4%
64
Collierville 48,005 74.8%
65
Martin 10,989 74.7%
66
Paris 10,168 74.5%
67
Alcoa 9,058 74.2%
68
Gallatin 33,426 73.5%
69
Collegedale 10,438 73.4%
70
Lewisburg 11,376 73.2%
71
Knoxville 183,927 72.1%
72
East Ridge 21,311 71.9%
73
Bartlett 58,318 71.7%
74
Fayetteville 7,033 71.1%
75
Milan 7,803 70.8%
76
Union City 10,621 70.5%
77
Smyrna 45,369 70.0%
78
Murfreesboro 122,007 69.8%
79
Columbia 36,130 69.6%
80
Morristown 29,395 69.3%
81
Goodlettsville 16,848 68.5%
82
Dyersburg 16,867 67.8%
83
Pulaski 7,728 64.5%
84
Springfield 16,650 62.7%
85
Millington 11,069 61.4%
86
Shelbyville 20,916 61.0%
87
Clarksville 146,281 59.4%
88
Chattanooga 175,462 57.1%
89
La Vergne 34,451 56.3%
90
Nashville 643,771 55.7%
91
Humboldt 8,254 50.9%
92
Jackson 67,162 48.0%
93
Covington 9,016 44.7%
94
Ripley 8,249 40.3%
95
Bolivar 5,154 38.4%
96
Brownsville 9,938 30.4%
97
Memphis 655,857 26.6%

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