Whitest Cities In Virginia For 2020

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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Virginia for 2020:

  1. Richlands (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Abingdon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Poquoson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bridgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Buena Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Christiansburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Wytheville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Marion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Strasburg (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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The 10 Whitest Cities In Virginia For 2020

Richlands, VA

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Population: 5,439
% White: 94.93%
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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.

Abingdon, VA

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Population: 8,020
% White: 91.95%
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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.

Poquoson, VA

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Population: 12,039
% White: 91.92%
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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.

Bridgewater, VA

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Population: 5,983
% White: 89.8%
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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: 6,399
% White: 88.05%
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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.

Christiansburg, VA

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Population: 22,049
% White: 87.85%
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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.

Bristol, VA

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Population: 16,843
% White: 87.29%
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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.

Wytheville, VA

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Population: 8,000
% White: 87.19%
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Wytheville is a town in, and the county seat of, Wythe County, Virginia, United States. It is named after George Wythe, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Wytheville’s population was 8,211 at the 2010 census. Located at the intersection of Interstate Highways 77 and 81, the town has long been a crossroads for travelers. During the American Civil War, Wytheville had a strategic importance, and was attacked in 1863 and 1865. The town is also the birthplace of Edith Bolling Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson.

Marion, VA

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Population: 5,787
% White: 87.06%
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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.

Strasburg, VA

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Population: 6,585
% White: 86.85%
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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.

How we determined the whitest places in Virginia for 2020

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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 94.9% 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Herndon

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Virginia

Rank City % White Population
1 Richlands 94.93% 5,439
2 Abingdon 91.95% 8,020
3 Poquoson 91.92% 12,039
4 Bridgewater 89.8% 5,983
5 Buena Vista 88.05% 6,399
6 Christiansburg 87.85% 22,049
7 Bristol 87.29% 16,843
8 Wytheville 87.19% 8,000
9 Marion 87.06% 5,787
10 Strasburg 86.85% 6,585
11 Pulaski 86.78% 8,794
12 Vinton 85.48% 8,074
13 Salem 85.33% 25,519
14 Radford 83.04% 17,630
15 Lexington 82.11% 7,110
16 Covington 81.21% 5,582
17 Staunton 81.06% 24,452
18 Front Royal 78.55% 15,240
19 Big Stone Gap 78.5% 5,326
20 Warrenton 77.1% 9,873
21 Waynesboro 75.98% 21,926
22 Purcellville 75.67% 9,709
23 Galax 75.31% 6,638
24 Blacksburg 74.59% 44,245
25 Colonial Heights 73.1% 17,593
26 Falls Church 71.75% 14,067
27 Vienna 68.66% 16,488
28 Williamsburg 68.03% 14,788
29 Harrisonburg 66.59% 53,391
30 Winchester 66.36% 27,789
31 Charlottesville 65.73% 47,042
32 Leesburg 63.77% 52,125
33 Ashland 63.25% 7,655
34 Lynchburg 62.33% 80,131
35 Virginia Beach 62.05% 450,135
36 Smithfield 61.5% 8,324
37 Farmville 61.08% 8,076
38 Fredericksburg 59.76% 28,469
39 Roanoke 59.03% 99,621
40 Chesapeake 57.85% 237,820
41 Fairfax 56.79% 23,865
42 Culpeper 55.63% 18,113
43 Alexandria 51.79% 156,505
44 Suffolk 49.5% 89,160
45 South Boston 48.17% 7,828
46 Hopewell 47.67% 22,408
47 Martinsville 45.3% 13,101
48 Norfolk 43.46% 245,592
49 Newport News 43.42% 180,145
50 Danville 43.03% 41,512
51 Manassas 41.79% 41,457
52 Richmond 40.37% 223,787
53 Hampton 38.65% 135,583
54 Portsmouth 37.96% 95,311
55 Franklin 37.13% 8,211
56 Manassas Park 34.56% 16,423
57 Herndon 34.28% 24,520
58 Emporia 22.49% 5,381
59 Petersburg 15.02% 31,827

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