Whitest Cities In Tennessee For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Tennessee for 2020:

  1. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Soddy-Daisy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Church Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. La Follette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Mount Carmel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Clinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. White House (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Erwin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Newport (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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Tennessee For 2020

Signal Mountain, TN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,523
% White: 97.35%
More on Signal Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Soddy-Daisy, TN

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 13,460
% White: 96.49%
More on Soddy-Daisy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Church Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,681
% White: 95.93%
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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.

La Follette, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,911
% White: 94.65%
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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.

Mount Carmel, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,327
% White: 94.2%
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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.

Clinton, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,908
% White: 93.92%
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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.

White House, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,513
% White: 92.37%
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White House is a city in Robertson and Sumner counties in the United States state of Tennessee. The population was 7,220 at the 2000 census. It is approximately twenty-two miles north of downtown Nashville. According to the city website a special census was conducted in 2008 that placed the city population at 9,891 residents, with 3,587 households within the city limits. The population was 10,255 at the 2010 census which showed growth of 3,000 people from 2000 to 2010. The 2013 population was 10,752.

Bristol, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,766
% White: 91.41%
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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.

Erwin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,891
% White: 91.39%
More on Erwin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Erwin is a town in and the county seat of Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,097 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Johnson City 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.

Newport, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,757
% White: 90.81%
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Newport is a city in and the county seat of Cocke County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,945 at the 2010 census, down from 7,242 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2014 was 6,880. It is located along the Pigeon River.

How we determined the whitest places in Tennessee for 2020

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 97.3% 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

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % White Population
1 Signal Mountain 97.35% 8,523
2 Soddy-Daisy 96.49% 13,460
3 Church Hill 95.93% 6,681
4 La Follette 94.65% 6,911
5 Mount Carmel 94.2% 5,327
6 Clinton 93.92% 9,908
7 White House 92.37% 11,513
8 Bristol 91.41% 26,766
9 Erwin 91.39% 5,891
10 Newport 90.81% 6,757
11 Kingsport 90.09% 53,115
12 Elizabethton 89.99% 13,555
13 Kingston 89.62% 5,821
14 Maryville 89.6% 28,520
15 Greeneville 89.44% 14,896
16 Fairview 89.38% 8,599
17 Rockwood 89.0% 5,419
18 Harriman 88.75% 6,136
19 Farragut 88.29% 22,260
20 Lawrenceburg 88.2% 10,684
21 Crossville 88.0% 11,368
22 Germantown 87.72% 39,164
23 Oakland 87.35% 7,707
24 Sweetwater 87.22% 5,870
25 Greenbrier 87.19% 6,770
26 Portland 86.51% 12,539
27 Red Bank 86.12% 11,748
28 Tullahoma 85.93% 19,669
29 Winchester 85.31% 8,578
30 Cookeville 85.08% 32,894
31 Mckenzie 85.05% 5,363
32 Spring Hill 85.03% 37,830
33 Jefferson City 85.0% 8,235
34 Hendersonville 84.71% 56,421
35 Hartsville/trousdale County 84.48% 9,573
36 Millersville 83.87% 6,570
37 Brentwood 83.41% 41,987
38 Atoka 83.17% 9,139
39 Dickson 82.88% 15,294
40 Johnson City 82.59% 66,037
41 Mount Juliet 82.35% 32,882
42 Dayton 82.32% 7,340
43 Nolensville 82.01% 7,656
44 Manchester 81.93% 10,561
45 Mcminnville 81.91% 13,650
46 Savannah 81.89% 6,964
47 Athens 81.41% 13,752
48 Sevierville 80.72% 16,439
49 Lexington 79.29% 7,735
50 Lenoir City 79.05% 9,122
51 Franklin 78.71% 75,366
52 Arlington 78.35% 11,689
53 Oak Ridge 78.33% 29,030
54 Lakeland 77.9% 12,628
55 Pigeon Forge 77.57% 6,197
56 Loudon 76.79% 5,687
57 Alcoa 76.45% 9,633
58 Cleveland 75.94% 43,924
59 Lebanon 75.62% 31,592
60 Paris 75.0% 10,042
61 Martin 74.92% 10,721
62 Henderson 74.23% 6,247
63 Collierville 74.14% 49,610
64 Munford 73.89% 5,998
65 Gallatin 72.38% 36,139
66 Knoxville 71.55% 185,429
67 Collegedale 71.07% 11,256
68 East Ridge 70.46% 21,134
69 Lewisburg 70.38% 11,638
70 Bartlett 69.66% 58,828
71 Goodlettsville 69.54% 16,900
72 Pulaski 69.39% 7,652
73 Union City 69.08% 10,478
74 Morristown 68.3% 29,547
75 Smyrna 67.78% 48,361
76 Columbia 67.7% 37,455
77 Murfreesboro 67.29% 130,968
78 Milan 67.05% 7,703
79 Fayetteville 66.55% 6,987
80 Dyersburg 65.98% 16,559
81 Millington 60.29% 10,720
82 Shelbyville 59.0% 21,319
83 Springfield 58.22% 16,787
84 Clarksville 57.58% 150,602
85 Chattanooga 56.65% 177,365
86 Nashville 55.41% 660,062
87 Covington 53.04% 8,855
88 La Vergne 51.61% 35,237
89 Humboldt 49.5% 8,226
90 Jackson 47.42% 66,878
91 Ripley 41.79% 8,023
92 Bolivar 37.86% 5,002
93 Brownsville 33.87% 9,715
94 Memphis 25.68% 653,248

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