These Are The 10 Whitest States In America For 2017


We used data and science to determine the whitest states in America.

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Stuff White People Like includes yoga, marathons, and, apparently, Maine. That’s at least according the most recent American Community Survey from the census that pegs the Pine Tree State as the whitest in the country.

And how white is Maine exactly? Well, basically as white as the snow that covers the ground for approximately the same amount of time each year — 93.88%.

For reference, America as a whole is 62.35% white. So Maine is a cool 50% more white than America as a whole.

  1. Maine
  2. Vermont
  3. West Virginia
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Iowa
  6. North Dakota
  7. Montana
  8. Kentucky
  9. Wyoming
  10. South Dakota

As a quick note, we considered “non-Hispanic or latino, white” as “white” for the purposes of this article.

We found it interesting that the Upper Northeast is the whitest part of the country — Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire occupied spots 1, 2, and 4 respectively. For some reason, the picture of the Midwest always seemed whitewashed in our minds. And, to a certain extent it is, but not quite as much as Upper New England.

On the other end of the spectrum, the further South and West you go, the more diverse it gets. Hawaii had previously earned the title of the most diverse state in the Union. Turns out, it also has the fewest amount of white people.

One place we’re not super excited to see in the top ten — Iowa. Given its position as the first state to conduct primaries for both parties, the fact that it doesn’t represent the diversity of America is disheartening.

Ok, so how did we get to this conclusion? Let’s take a look or feel free to jump to the bottom for a full table of all the states.

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The methodology behind the whiteness

In order to determine the whitest states in America, we looked to the ultimate source of data — the US Census. The 2011-2015 American Community Survey provides the most recent data on the breakdown of race by state. In particular, table B03002 has the breakdown by Hispanic/latino and race.

We looked at the percentage of the population of each state that identified as non-Hispanic/latino, white. We then ranked the states from most white to least white.

Maine comes out on top as the whitest state in the country.

1. Maine

Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,329,100
White Population: 1,247,808
Percent White: 93.88%

2. Vermont

Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 626,604
White Population: 586,547
Percent White: 93.61%

3. West Virginia

West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,851,420
White Population: 1,713,434
Percent White: 92.55%

4. New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,324,201
White Population: 1,210,369
Percent White: 91.4%

5. Iowa

Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,093,526
White Population: 2,703,612
Percent White: 87.4%

6. North Dakota

North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 721,640
White Population: 628,158
Percent White: 87.05%

7. Montana

Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,014,699
White Population: 882,585
Percent White: 86.98%

8. Kentucky

Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,397,353
White Population: 3,762,154
Percent White: 85.55%

9. Wyoming

Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 579,679
White Population: 489,665
Percent White: 84.47%

10. South Dakota

South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 843,190
White Population: 701,699
Percent White: 83.22%

Detailed List Of The Whitest States In America

Rank State % White
1 Maine 93.88%
2 Vermont 93.61%
3 West Virginia 92.55%
4 New Hampshire 91.4%
5 Iowa 87.4%
6 North Dakota 87.05%
7 Montana 86.98%
8 Kentucky 85.55%
9 Wyoming 84.47%
10 South Dakota 83.22%
11 Idaho 83.05%
12 Wisconsin 82.37%
13 Minnesota 81.71%
14 Nebraska 80.76%
15 Indiana 80.51%
16 Ohio 80.26%
17 Missouri 80.22%
18 Utah 79.5%
19 Pennsylvania 78.09%
20 Oregon 77.25%
21 Kansas 77.04%
22 Michigan 75.89%
23 Tennessee 74.73%
24 Rhode Island 74.53%
25 Massachusetts 74.3%
26 Arkansas 73.6%
27 Washington 70.76%
28 Connecticut 69.22%
29 Colorado 69.07%
30 Oklahoma 67.31%
31 Alabama 66.35%
32 North Carolina 64.24%
33 Delaware 63.89%
34 South Carolina 63.86%
35 Virginia 63.44%
36 Illinois 62.47%
37 Alaska 62.38%
38 Louisiana 59.48%
39 Mississippi 57.38%
40 New Jersey 57.2%
41 New York 56.78%
42 Arizona 56.5%
43 Florida 56.06%
44 Georgia 54.57%
45 Maryland 53.02%
46 Nevada 52.0%
47 Texas 43.84%
48 New Mexico 39.2%
49 California 38.73%
50 Hawaii 22.89%

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