The 10 Whitest Cities In Virginia For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest cities in Virginia.

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 2021.

Here are the 10 whites places in Virginia for 2021:

  1. Richlands
  2. Abingdon
  3. Poquoson
  4. Bridgewater
  5. Bristol
  6. Buena Vista
  7. Marion
  8. Christiansburg
  9. Vinton
  10. Wytheville

What is the whitest city in Virginia for 2021? According to the most recent census data Richlands ranks as the whitest. 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.

For more Virginia reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In Virginia For 2021

1. Richlands

Richlands, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,368
% White: 96.14%
More on Richlands: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Abingdon

Abingdon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,960
% White: 93.96%
More on Abingdon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Poquoson

Poquoson, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,090
% White: 91.44%
More on Poquoson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,032
% White: 90.04%
More on Bridgewater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Bristol

Bristol, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,912
% White: 88.15%
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,484
% White: 88.12%
More on Buena Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Marion

Marion, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,706
% White: 87.87%
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Christiansburg

Christiansburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,163
% White: 87.24%
More on Christiansburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Vinton

Vinton, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,083
% White: 87.06%
More on Vinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Wytheville

Wytheville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,957
% White: 86.93%
More on Wytheville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How we determined the whitest places in Virginia for 2021

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 96.1% to 15.1%.

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. Manassas Park

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Virginia

Rank City % White Population
1 Richlands 96.14% 5,368
2 Abingdon 93.96% 7,960
3 Poquoson 91.44% 12,090
4 Bridgewater 90.04% 6,032
5 Bristol 88.15% 16,912
6 Buena Vista 88.12% 6,484
7 Marion 87.87% 5,706
8 Christiansburg 87.24% 22,163
9 Vinton 87.06% 8,083
10 Wytheville 86.93% 7,957
11 Strasburg 86.2% 6,609
12 Salem 85.29% 25,317
13 Pulaski 85.03% 8,799
14 Radford 83.29% 17,691
15 Staunton 81.06% 24,432
16 Covington 80.99% 5,598
17 Lexington 79.12% 7,241
18 Galax 79.09% 6,517
19 Front Royal 76.3% 15,077
20 Warrenton 76.16% 9,913
21 Big Stone Gap 75.96% 5,257
22 Blacksburg 75.15% 44,303
23 Waynesboro 75.14% 22,140
24 Purcellville 73.18% 9,897
25 Colonial Heights 72.32% 17,428
26 Falls Church 71.74% 14,128
27 Williamsburg 67.72% 14,927
28 Vienna 66.74% 16,489
29 Harrisonburg 66.14% 53,273
30 Winchester 66.03% 27,897
31 Charlottesville 65.74% 47,096
32 Ashland 63.99% 7,750
33 Lynchburg 62.34% 80,569
34 Leesburg 61.85% 52,994
35 Virginia Beach 61.71% 450,201
36 Smithfield 61.66% 8,367
37 Fredericksburg 59.42% 28,622
38 Farmville 59.39% 8,117
39 Roanoke 58.5% 99,229
40 Chesapeake 57.43% 239,982
41 Fairfax 56.22% 23,531
42 Culpeper 54.91% 18,342
43 Alexandria 51.93% 157,613
44 Suffolk 49.3% 90,093
45 Hopewell 46.46% 22,456
46 Martinsville 43.99% 12,852
47 Norfolk 43.44% 244,601
48 Newport News 42.92% 179,673
49 Danville 42.39% 41,070
50 Manassas 40.83% 41,174
51 Richmond 40.8% 226,622
52 South Boston 38.86% 7,762
53 Hampton 38.17% 135,041
54 Portsmouth 37.66% 95,097
55 Franklin 36.86% 8,147
56 Herndon 33.72% 24,532
57 Manassas Park 33.09% 16,986
58 Emporia 24.46% 5,442
59 Petersburg 15.07% 31,362

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About Chris Kolmar

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