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 2019.
- Port Townsend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clarkston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Liberty Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Anacortes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spokane Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bainbridge Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lynden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Battle Ground (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Normandy Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ocean Shores (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re wondering, Toppenish is the least white city of all those we measured.
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How we determined the whitest places in Washington for 2019
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, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Washington.
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*
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 115 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 91.0% to 9.2%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Port Townsend took the distinction of being the most White, while Toppenish was the least White city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Washington 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynden is the second largest city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. Named and established in 1874 near the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish, the city of Lynden began as a pioneer settlement headed by Holden and Phoebe Judson.
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.
Normandy Park is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,335 at the 2010 census.
Ocean Shores is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 5,569 at the 2010 census.
There You Have It – White Populations Across Washington
Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Washington according to the most recent data.
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