These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Washington For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Washington 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 Washington?

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 Evergreen State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Washington for 2018:

  1. Clarkston (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Port Townsend (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Anacortes (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Spokane Valley (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Liberty Lake (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Ridgefield (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Bainbridge Island (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Battle Ground (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Duvall (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Washougal (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Wapato 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 Washington for 2018

In order to rank the whitest places in Washington, 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 Washington 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 118 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 118 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 Washington.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Clarkston.

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 Washington.

1. Clarkston

Clarkston, Washington

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Population: 7,314
Percent White: 91.2%
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Clarkston is a city in Asotin County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Lewiston metropolitan area, and is located west of Lewiston, Idaho, across the Snake River.

2. Port Townsend

Port Townsend, Washington

Population: 9,286
Percent White: 90.6%
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Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the city is also known for the many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boatbuilders and related industries and crafts. The Port Townsend Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.

3. Anacortes

Anacortes, Washington

Population: 16,229
Percent White: 90.0%
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Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The name ‘Anacortes’ is an adaptation of the name of Anne Curtis Bowman, who was the wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman. Anacortes’ population was 15,778 at the time of the 2010 census. It is one of two principal cities of and included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley, Washington

Population: 93,322
Percent White: 88.6%
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Spokane Valley is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, and the largest suburb of Spokane. It is located east of Spokane, west of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and surrounds the town of Millwood on three sides. The city incorporated as the City of Spokane Valley on March 31, 2003. The Washington State Office of Financial Management estimates the city-s population as 94,919 as of 2015. Spokane Valley is named after the valley of the Spokane River, in which it is located. Before becoming an incorporated city, the area was and still is referred to as ‘The Valley’ by residents of the Spokane Metro Area.

5. Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake, Washington

Population: 8,566
Percent White: 87.9%
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Liberty Lake is an incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, on the Idaho state line. Liberty Lake is a suburb of Spokane, Washington. Thus, it is situated between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The population was 7,591 at the 2010 census.

6. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, Washington

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Population: 6,112
Percent White: 87.6%
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Ridgefield is a city in the pastoral, rolling-hills countryside of northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census.

7. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Population: 23,576
Percent White: 87.0%
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Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and is coextensive with the eponymous island in Puget Sound. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest city in Kitsap County.

8. Battle Ground

Battle Ground, Washington

Population: 18,987
Percent White: 87.0%
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Battle Ground is a city in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 17,571 at the 2010 census. Between 2000 and 2005, Battle Ground ranked fourth in the state for population growth, out of 279 eligible incorperated communities.

9. Duvall

Duvall, Washington

Population: 7,534
Percent White: 86.8%
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Duvall is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located on SR 203, halfway between Monroe and Carnation. The population consists of 7,674 people as of 2015.

10. Washougal

Washougal, Washington

Population: 14,987
Percent White: 86.5%
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Washougal is a city in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 14,095 as of the 2010 Census.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Washington

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 Washington.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Washington for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Clarkston 7,314 91.2%
2
Port Townsend 9,286 90.6%
3
Anacortes 16,229 90.0%
4
Spokane Valley 93,322 88.6%
5
Liberty Lake 8,566 87.9%
6
Ridgefield 6,112 87.6%
7
Bainbridge Island 23,576 87.0%
8
Battle Ground 18,987 87.0%
9
Duvall 7,534 86.8%
10
Washougal 14,987 86.5%
11
Ocean Shores 5,673 86.2%
12
Lynden 13,204 86.2%
13
North Bend 6,475 85.3%
14
Camas 21,393 85.1%
15
Port Angeles 19,420 84.3%
16
Edgewood 9,862 84.3%
17
Arlington 18,749 84.3%
18
Stanwood 6,685 84.2%
19
Snohomish 9,551 84.2%
20
Bonney Lake 19,022 83.6%
21
Gig Harbor 8,307 83.6%
22
Milton 7,239 83.4%
23
West Richland 13,407 82.8%
24
Orting 7,254 82.2%
25
Hoquiam 8,434 82.1%
26
Spokane 212,078 82.0%
27
Normandy Park 6,598 81.7%
28
Longview 36,720 81.4%
29
Woodinville 11,549 81.1%
30
Enumclaw 11,543 80.5%
31
Selah 7,599 80.0%
32
Brier 6,530 79.9%
33
Tumwater 21,684 79.7%
34
Ellensburg 18,957 79.3%
35
Lake Stevens 30,352 79.2%
36
Maple Valley 25,093 79.2%
37
College Place 8,996 79.1%
38
Bellingham 84,462 79.0%
39
Olympia 49,608 79.0%
40
Lake Forest Park 13,156 78.9%
41
Richland 53,227 78.8%
42
Edmonds 41,020 78.6%
43
Woodland 5,684 78.6%
44
Centralia 16,729 78.4%
45
Snoqualmie 12,510 78.2%
46
Puyallup 39,274 77.7%
47
Sumner 9,691 77.5%
48
Sedro-Woolley 11,225 77.4%
49
Cheney 11,479 77.1%
50
Sequim 6,736 77.1%
51
Chehalis 7,340 77.0%
52
Kelso 11,871 76.8%
53
Marysville 64,955 76.5%
54
Ferndale 12,666 75.1%
55
Poulsbo 9,806 74.8%
56
Kenmore 21,830 74.4%
57
Shelton 9,832 74.2%
58
Mercer Island 24,467 73.7%
59
Pullman 32,176 73.4%
60
Kirkland 85,812 73.4%
61
Fircrest 6,660 73.2%
62
Vancouver 169,982 73.0%
63
Aberdeen 16,335 72.9%
64
Port Orchard 13,265 72.9%
65
Covington 19,172 71.6%
66
Yelm 8,066 71.5%
67
Mukilteo 20,994 71.4%
68
Bremerton 39,388 70.8%
69
Ephrata 7,980 70.2%
70
Bothell 43,153 69.4%
71
Steilacoom 6,175 68.9%
72
Monroe 17,906 68.6%
73
Mill Creek 19,372 67.6%
74
Issaquah 34,728 67.0%
75
Walla Walla 31,952 66.9%
76
Kennewick 77,975 66.5%
77
Lacey 45,644 66.3%
78
Shoreline 55,021 66.2%
79
Sammamish 62,136 66.1%
80
Seattle 668,849 65.7%
81
Mountlake Terrace 20,747 65.4%
82
University Place 32,342 65.3%
83
East Wenatchee 13,589 65.2%
84
Everett 106,580 64.7%
85
Airway Heights 6,523 64.4%
86
Moses Lake 21,846 64.1%
87
Burlington 8,572 63.7%
88
Oak Harbor 22,544 63.6%
89
Dupont 9,224 63.4%
90
Wenatchee 33,257 62.6%
91
Newcastle 11,189 62.1%
92
Auburn 75,607 60.3%
93
Tacoma 205,602 59.7%
94
Prosser 5,860 59.5%
95
Pacific 7,042 58.7%
96
Mount Vernon 33,388 57.1%
97
Des Moines 30,904 54.8%
98
Lynnwood 36,861 54.6%
99
Redmond 59,268 54.2%
100
Bellevue 136,718 52.6%

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