These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Virginia For 2018


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

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

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.

How we determined the whitest places in Virginia for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Virginia 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 62 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 62 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 Virginia.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Richlands.

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 Virginia.

1. Richlands

Richlands, Virginia

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Population: 5,568
Percent White: 97.8%
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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.

2. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Population: 12,068
Percent White: 92.4%
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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.

3. Abingdon

Abingdon, Virginia

Population: 8,117
Percent White: 91.6%
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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.

4. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Virginia

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Population: 5,906
Percent White: 89.5%
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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.

5. Vinton

Vinton, Virginia

Population: 8,170
Percent White: 88.9%
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6. Christiansburg

Christiansburg, Virginia

Population: 21,799
Percent White: 88.7%
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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.

7. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, Virginia

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Population: 6,610
Percent White: 88.5%
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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.

8. Pulaski

Pulaski, Virginia

Population: 8,918
Percent White: 88.3%
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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.

9. Bristol

Bristol, Virginia

Population: 17,340
Percent White: 88.1%
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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.

10. Marion

Marion, Virginia

Population: 5,891
Percent White: 87.0%
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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 – The Whitest of The White Bread In Virginia

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 Virginia.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Virginia for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Richlands 5,568 97.8%
2
Poquoson 12,068 92.4%
3
Abingdon 8,117 91.6%
4
Bridgewater 5,906 89.5%
5
Vinton 8,170 88.9%
6
Christiansburg 21,799 88.7%
7
Buena Vista 6,610 88.5%
8
Pulaski 8,918 88.3%
9
Bristol 17,340 88.1%
10
Marion 5,891 87.0%
11
Strasburg 6,525 87.0%
12
Salem 25,290 85.7%
13
Bluefield 5,254 85.0%
14
Wytheville 8,167 84.6%
15
Radford 17,186 83.0%
16
Staunton 24,234 81.7%
17
Covington 5,650 81.5%
18
Woodstock 5,208 81.1%
19
Lexington 7,036 80.5%
20
Purcellville 8,914 80.0%
21
Front Royal 15,006 79.5%
22
Waynesboro 21,366 77.4%
23
Colonial Heights 17,554 75.6%
24
Blacksburg 43,973 75.4%
25
Big Stone Gap 5,462 75.1%
26
Galax 6,858 74.2%
27
Warrenton 9,880 74.1%
28
Falls Church 13,597 72.1%
29
Vienna 16,378 71.1%
30
Williamsburg 14,988 68.7%
31
Harrisonburg 51,979 68.3%
32
Winchester 27,349 67.6%
33
Charlottesville 45,538 66.0%
34
Ashland 7,406 65.8%
35
Smithfield 8,304 64.0%
36
Farmville 8,562 63.6%
37
Leesburg 49,401 63.1%
38
Lynchburg 78,755 63.0%
39
Virginia Beach 449,733 62.9%
40
Fredericksburg 27,853 60.1%
41
Roanoke 99,329 60.1%
42
Fairfax 23,620 59.1%
43
Chesapeake 233,194 58.9%
44
Culpeper 17,565 57.2%
45
Alexandria 151,473 52.0%
46
South Boston 8,000 50.5%
47
Suffolk 87,061 50.0%
48
Hopewell 22,332 49.9%
49
Martinsville 13,551 46.6%
50
Newport News 181,606 44.7%
51
Danville 42,360 44.4%
52
Norfolk 245,724 43.8%
53
Manassas 41,149 43.5%
54
Richmond 216,773 39.8%
55
Hampton 136,789 39.7%
56
Portsmouth 96,071 38.9%
57
Franklin 8,413 37.8%
58
Manassas Park 15,827 37.5%
59
Herndon 24,415 33.3%
60
Emporia 5,565 31.6%
61
Dumfries 5,180 26.3%
62
Petersburg 31,997 15.0%

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