These Are The 10 Whitest Cities Virginia In For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Virginia 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 Virginia.

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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 Virginia?

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 Old Dominion.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Virginia for 2019.

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

  1. Richlands (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Poquoson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Abingdon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bridgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Buena Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Christiansburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pulaski (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Strasburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Marion (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Petersburg 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 Virginia for 2019

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

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 95.8% to 15.0%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Virginia 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.

Richlands, VA

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Population: 5,513
% White: 95.76%
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Richlands is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578.

Poquoson, VA

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Population: 12,022
% White: 92.29%
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Poquoson is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,150. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Poquoson with surrounding York County for statistical purposes.

Abingdon, VA

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Population: 8,044
% White: 91.78%
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Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, 133 miles southwest of Roanoke. The population was 8,191 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County. The town encompasses several historically significant sites and features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on the galleries and museums along Main Street.

Bridgewater, VA

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Population: 5,930
% White: 91.28%
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Bridgewater is an incorporated town in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,644 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bridgewater is also home to Bridgewater College.

Buena Vista, VA

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Population: 6,495
% White: 88.34%
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Buena Vista is an independent city located in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,650. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington, along with surrounding Rockbridge County, for statistical purposes.

Bristol, VA

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Population: 17,077
% White: 87.87%
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Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia, with neighboring Washington County, Virginia, for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 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.

Christiansburg, VA

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Population: 21,892
% White: 87.47%
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Christiansburg is a town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States. The population was 21,041 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Montgomery County. Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Radford are the three principal municipalities of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses those municipalities and all of Montgomery County.

Pulaski, VA

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Population: 8,860
% White: 87.36%
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Pulaski is a town in Pulaski County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,086 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pulaski County.

Strasburg, VA

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Population: 6,570
% White: 86.91%
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Strasburg is a town in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States, which was founded in 1761 by Peter Stover. It is the largest town by population in the county and is known for its pottery, antiques, and Civil War history. The population was 6,398 at the 2010 census.

Marion, VA

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Population: 5,814
% White: 86.7%
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Marion is a town in Smyth County, Virginia, United States. The population was 6,033 according to a 2017 count- not estimate- using local resources, information and current data. It is the county seat. The town is named for American Revolutionary War officer Francis Marion.

There You Have It – White Populations Across Virginia

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Virginia:

  1. Petersburg
  2. Emporia
  3. Manassas Park

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Virginia

Rank City % White Population
1 Richlands 95.76% 5,513
2 Poquoson 92.29% 12,022
3 Abingdon 91.78% 8,044
4 Bridgewater 91.28% 5,930
5 Buena Vista 88.34% 6,495
6 Bristol 87.87% 17,077
7 Christiansburg 87.47% 21,892
8 Pulaski 87.36% 8,860
9 Strasburg 86.91% 6,570
10 Marion 86.7% 5,814
11 Salem 85.8% 25,521
12 Wytheville 84.88% 8,041
13 Vinton 84.83% 8,069
14 Bluefield 84.62% 5,058
15 Radford 83.31% 17,380
16 Covington 81.52% 5,675
17 Staunton 81.44% 24,273
18 Purcellville 80.12% 9,217
19 Lexington 79.81% 7,113
20 Front Royal 77.63% 15,027
21 Waynesboro 77.01% 21,620
22 Galax 76.37% 6,788
23 Blacksburg 75.13% 44,079
24 Warrenton 74.53% 9,854
25 Big Stone Gap 74.48% 5,395
26 Colonial Heights 74.33% 17,582
27 Falls Church 72.01% 13,843
28 Williamsburg 67.91% 14,817
29 Vienna 67.55% 16,474
30 Harrisonburg 67.33% 53,064
31 Winchester 67.04% 27,516
32 Charlottesville 65.67% 46,487
33 Ashland 64.18% 7,554
34 Smithfield 64.03% 8,262
35 Leesburg 63.29% 51,015
36 Farmville 63.29% 8,452
37 Lynchburg 62.66% 79,237
38 Virginia Beach 62.45% 450,057
39 Fredericksburg 60.0% 28,135
40 Roanoke 59.52% 99,572
41 Chesapeake 58.37% 235,410
42 Fairfax 57.9% 23,580
43 Culpeper 57.72% 17,882
44 Alexandria 51.8% 154,710
45 South Boston 49.8% 7,887
46 Suffolk 49.68% 88,057
47 Hopewell 48.79% 22,353
48 Martinsville 45.58% 13,256
49 Newport News 44.03% 180,775
50 Danville 43.7% 41,911
51 Norfolk 43.63% 245,752
52 Manassas 42.64% 41,379
53 Richmond 39.98% 220,892
54 Hampton 39.25% 136,255
55 Portsmouth 38.34% 95,536
56 Franklin 37.34% 8,334
57 Herndon 36.44% 24,545
58 Manassas Park 35.99% 16,117
59 Emporia 29.54% 5,495
60 Petersburg 15.0% 32,037

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