Whitest Cities In West Virginia For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in West Virginia are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in West Virginia.

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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 West 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 Mountain State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in West Virginia for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in West Virginia for 2020:

  1. Moundsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Martinsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Vienna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. St. Albans (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Parkersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bridgeport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hurricane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Elkins (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Grafton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Weirton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Bluefield 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 West Virginia reading, check out:

The 10 Whitest Cities In West Virginia For 2020

Moundsville, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,651
% White: 97.5%
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Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia metropolitan area. The population was 9,318 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marshall County. The city was named for the nearby ancient Grave Creek Mound, constructed 250 to 100 BC by indigenous people of the Adena culture.

Moundsville was settled in 1771 by English colonists Samuel and James Tomlinson. Fostoria Glass Company was headquartered in Moundsville from 1891 to 1986. The retired West Virginia State Penitentiary operated in Moundsville from 1867 to 1995.

New Martinsville, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,190
% White: 97.23%
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New Martinsville is a city in Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 5,366 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wetzel County.

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,446
% White: 96.37%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Albans, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,442
% White: 93.5%
More on St. Albans: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Albans is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, at the confluence of the Kanawha and Coal Rivers. The population was 11,044 at the 2010 census.

Parkersburg, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 30,328
% White: 93.28%
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Parkersburg is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, West Virginia, United States. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, it is the state’s third-largest city and the largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna metropolitan area. The population was 31,492 at the 2010 census. Its peak of population was more than 44,000 in 1960. The city is about 14 miles south of Marietta, Ohio.

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,466
% White: 92.76%
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Bridgeport is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 8,149 at the 2010 census.

Hurricane, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,477
% White: 92.59%
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Hurricane is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 6,284 at the 2010 census.

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,115
% White: 92.48%
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Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins, a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. The population was 7,094 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Randolph County. Elkins is home to Davis and Elkins College and to the Mountain State Forest Festival, held in early October every year.

Grafton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,091
% White: 91.81%
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Grafton is a city in – and the county seat of – Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 5,164 at the 2010 census. Both of West Virginia’s national cemeteries are located in Grafton. Mother’s Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908 and the city is home to the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Grafton was one of the first places to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Grafton originally developed as a junction point for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, serving numerous branches vital to the local coal industry.

Weirton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,894
% White: 91.69%
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Weirton is a city in Brooke and Hancock counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located primarily in Hancock County, the city lies in the northern portions of the state’s Northern Panhandle region. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 19,746. It is a principal city within the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 124,454 residents, and by extension part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

How we determined the whitest places in West Virginia for 2020

In order to rank the whitest places in West 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 West 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 27 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 97.5% to 69.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Moundsville took the distinction of being the most White, while Bluefield was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in West 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 West Virginia

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in West Virginia according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in West Virginia:

  1. Bluefield
  2. Beckley
  3. Charles Town

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In West Virginia

Rank City % White Population
1 Moundsville 97.5% 8,651
2 New Martinsville 97.23% 5,190
3 Vienna 96.37% 10,446
4 St. Albans 93.5% 10,442
5 Parkersburg 93.28% 30,328
6 Bridgeport 92.76% 8,466
7 Hurricane 92.59% 6,477
8 Elkins 92.48% 7,115
9 Grafton 91.81% 5,091
10 Weirton 91.69% 18,894
11 Clarksburg 90.67% 15,830
12 Wheeling 89.97% 27,190
13 Buckhannon 88.54% 5,566
14 Oak Hill 88.35% 8,458
15 Nitro 88.07% 6,201
16 Fairmont 87.96% 18,507
17 Princeton 87.35% 5,907
18 Morgantown 84.78% 30,539
19 Huntington 84.3% 47,420
20 Keyser 83.0% 5,119
21 South Charleston 81.37% 12,686
22 Dunbar 78.49% 7,462
23 Charleston 77.43% 48,734
24 Martinsburg 75.33% 17,497
25 Charles Town 74.53% 5,885
26 Beckley 70.89% 16,697
27 Bluefield 69.08% 10,022

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