These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In West Virginia


We used science and data to determine which cities in West 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 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:

  1. Nitro (Photos)
  2. New Martinsville (Photos)
  3. Hurricane (Photos)
  4. Moundsville (Photos)
  5. Grafton (Photos)
  6. Parkersburg (Photos)
  7. Vienna (Photos)
  8. Buckhannon (Photos)
  9. St. Albans (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,860
Percent White: 97.5%

2. New Martinsville

New Martinsville, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,322
Percent White: 96.8%

3. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,352
Percent White: 96.6%

4. Moundsville

Moundsville, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,960
Percent White: 95.7%

5. Grafton

Grafton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,179
Percent White: 94.6%

6. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,195
Percent White: 94.4%

7. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,654
Percent White: 94.3%

8. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,646
Percent White: 92.8%

9. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939
Percent White: 92.8%

10. Weirton

Weirton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,523
Percent 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

City Rank Population Percent White
Nitro 1 6,860 97.5%
New Martinsville 2 5,322 96.8%
Hurricane 3 6,352 96.6%
Moundsville 4 8,960 95.7%
Grafton 5 5,179 94.6%
Parkersburg 6 31,195 94.4%
Vienna 7 10,654 94.3%
Buckhannon 8 5,646 92.8%
St. Albans 9 10,939 92.8%
Weirton 10 19,523 92.8%
Clarksburg 11 16,437 92.1%
Bridgeport 12 8,316 91.8%
Elkins 13 7,241 91.1%
Wheeling 14 28,129 90.0%
Oak Hill 15 8,270 90.0%
South Charleston 16 13,380 89.8%
Dunbar 17 7,844 88.3%
Fairmont 18 18,746 88.3%
Princeton 19 6,387 86.8%
Huntington 20 49,053 85.9%
Morgantown 21 30,133 85.0%
Keyser 22 5,350 82.2%
Charleston 23 50,911 81.5%
Martinsburg 24 17,508 74.1%
Charles Town 25 5,464 73.8%
Bluefield 26 10,465 73.5%
Beckley 27 17,529 65.8%

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