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.

Join RoadSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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

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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Richlands

Richlands, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,568
Percent White: 97.8%

2. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,068
Percent White: 92.4%

3. Abingdon

Abingdon, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,117
Percent White: 91.6%

4. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,906
Percent White: 89.5%

5. Vinton

Vinton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,170
Percent White: 88.9%

6. Christiansburg

Christiansburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,799
Percent White: 88.7%

7. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,610
Percent White: 88.5%

8. Pulaski

Pulaski, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,918
Percent White: 88.3%

9. Bristol

Bristol, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,340
Percent White: 88.1%

10. Marion

Marion, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,891
Percent White: 87.0%

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.

For more Virginia reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Virginia for 2018

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

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Rankings, Whitest Cities 

Facebook Discussion

comments