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:
- Nitro (Photos)
- New Martinsville (Photos)
- Hurricane (Photos)
- Moundsville (Photos)
- Grafton (Photos)
- Parkersburg (Photos)
- Vienna (Photos)
- Buckhannon (Photos)
- St. Albans (Photos)
- Weirton (Photos)
If you’re wondering, Beckley is the least white city of all those we measured.
Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why.
How we determined the whitest places in West Virginia
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, but being one of the whitest cities in West 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 27 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 27 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 West Virginia.” We’re lookin’ at you, Nitro.
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.
Population: 6,860Percent White: 97.5%
2. New Martinsville
Population: 5,322Percent White: 96.8%
Population: 6,352Percent White: 96.6%
Population: 8,960Percent White: 95.7%
Population: 5,179Percent White: 94.6%
Population: 31,195Percent White: 94.4%
Population: 10,654Percent White: 94.3%
Population: 5,646Percent White: 92.8%
9. St. Albans
Population: 10,939Percent White: 92.8%
Population: 19,523Percent White: 92.8%
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 West Virginia.
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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In West Virginia