These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Virginia


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:

  1. Richlands (Photos)
  2. Poquoson (Photos)
  3. Bristol (Photos)
  4. Buena Vista (Photos)
  5. Purcellville (Photos)
  6. Abingdon (Photos)
  7. Christiansburg (Photos)
  8. Pulaski (Photos)
  9. Strasburg (Photos)
  10. Wytheville (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.

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How we determined the whitest places in Virginia

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.

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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.

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1. Richlands

Richlands, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,698
Percent White: 96.8%

2. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,103
Percent White: 93.0%

3. Bristol

Bristol, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,595
Percent White: 89.1%

4. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,683
Percent White: 89.1%

5. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,350
Percent White: 88.3%

6. Abingdon

Abingdon, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,176
Percent White: 88.2%

7. Christiansburg

Christiansburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,427
Percent White: 87.8%

8. Pulaski

Pulaski, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,993
Percent White: 87.5%

9. Strasburg

Strasburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,486
Percent White: 87.5%

10. Wytheville

Wytheville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,193
Percent White: 87.3%

There You Have It

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

City Rank Population Percent White
Richlands 1 5,698 96.8%
Poquoson 2 12,103 93.0%
Bristol 3 17,595 89.1%
Buena Vista 4 6,683 89.1%
Purcellville 5 8,350 88.3%
Abingdon 6 8,176 88.2%
Christiansburg 7 21,427 87.8%
Pulaski 8 8,993 87.5%
Strasburg 9 6,486 87.5%
Wytheville 10 8,193 87.3%
Bridgewater 11 5,812 86.9%
Bluefield 12 5,375 86.6%
Salem 13 25,120 86.3%
Marion 14 5,931 86.2%
Vinton 15 8,129 84.5%
Radford 16 16,993 84.0%
Woodstock 17 5,164 83.2%
Lexington 18 7,114 82.2%
Covington 19 5,853 82.1%
Staunton 20 24,132 82.0%
Front Royal 21 14,709 81.0%
Waynesboro 22 21,177 78.6%
Colonial Heights 23 17,542 78.1%
Blacksburg 24 43,204 75.8%
Galax 25 6,981 75.6%
Big Stone Gap 26 5,559 74.8%
Warrenton 27 9,774 73.2%
Falls Church 28 13,074 72.7%
Vienna 29 16,173 72.0%
Harrisonburg 30 50,821 69.8%
Williamsburg 31 14,401 69.6%
Ashland 32 7,264 69.0%
Winchester 33 27,031 68.2%
Charlottesville 34 44,505 66.4%
Smithfield 35 8,159 64.8%
Farmville 36 8,350 64.7%
Virginia Beach 37 445,623 63.6%
Lynchburg 38 77,626 62.9%
Leesburg 39 46,211 61.6%
Roanoke 40 97,949 61.3%
Fairfax 41 23,507 60.2%
Fredericksburg 42 26,632 60.2%
Chesapeake 43 228,168 59.5%
Culpeper 44 16,968 57.8%
South Boston 45 8,069 53.5%
Alexandria 46 146,422 52.7%
Hopewell 47 22,375 51.8%
Suffolk 48 85,477 50.4%
Martinsville 49 13,745 47.5%
Danville 50 42,704 45.6%
Manassas 51 40,436 45.6%
Newport News 52 181,362 45.5%
Norfolk 53 244,745 44.1%
Hampton 54 136,904 40.5%
Manassas Park 55 14,992 40.0%
Portsmouth 56 96,007 39.8%
Richmond 57 211,063 39.6%
Franklin 58 8,534 38.2%
Herndon 59 24,141 35.7%
Dumfries 60 5,122 31.2%
Emporia 61 5,682 31.0%
Petersburg 62 32,439 15.6%

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