The 10 Whitest States In America For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the whitest states in America.

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Did you know that in 1950, 90% of America was white? Now, white people make up about two thirds of all races in the US. By 2050, that number will be at less than half. So, that begs the question – which states are hanging onto their whiteness? You could probably make a pretty good guess. It’s the places where white people are still doing what white people… do.

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 Maine 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 — 93.6%.

For reference, America as a whole is about 61.3% white. So Maine is a cool 50% more white than America as a whole. So grab your Starbucks and stop playing Fortnite for a few minutes as we look at America’s Whitest States.

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 prominent spots in the top ten. 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 if you’re simply not interested in reading about this list, check out:

The 10 Whitest States In America For 2021

1. Maine

Maine|Me, ME

Population: 1,335,492
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
White Population: 1,244,531
Percent White : 93.2%

Percent Change: -1.1%
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Welcome to Maine, the whitest state in America. Here, 93.2% of the population is some shade of white. And, for a majority of the year, the ground is covered in white, too. Some of the whitest places in Maine include Brewer and Belfast which both clock in at over 96% white.

Why is Maine so white? For the most part, an ethnic person who wants to come to Maine with a family of four or five people is not going to find a home they can afford, and there’s almost no rental housing whatsoever here. According to research, the white folks in the great north don’t see racial diversity as a problem like people in the southern states do. It’s as if the white people up here don’t care that everyone is white.

So Maine might just like being so white.

2. Vermont

Vermont|Vt, VT

Population: 624,313
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
White Population: 579,340
Percent White : 92.8%

Percent Change: -1.9%
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Our next stop is in Vermont, which is 92.8% white. It may not be a stretch to say that depending on where in Vermont you live, it’s possible that you also haven’t seen a person of color in a couple months.

Vermonters are very outdoorsy types. Camping, hiking and skiing are all very popular white things to do. People here are also very liberal and progressive. They support charities, care about the environment and are involved in their communities. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are still a big deal in these parts. So is Yoga. And, just like their friends in New Hampshire, just about everyone drives a Subaru. Or some other 4 wheel drive SUV type vehicle.

If you’re a person of color in New Hampshire, you’re very… lonely. The whitest places in Vermont are Rutland and Barre.

3. West Virginia

West-Virginia|Wv, WV

Population: 1,817,305
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
White Population: 1,671,546
Percent White : 92.0%

Percent Change: -2.8%
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West Virginia. Mountain Mama. Take me home, my country roads. To the whitest places, like Moundsville and New Martinsville.

That song is from John Denver, a very white guy who is adored by…white people. His song about West Virginia talks about how beautiful the Mountain State is, but it doesn’t talk about how overwhelmingly non diverse the state is. A whopping 92.0% of people in West Virginia are white. Most of them are huuuuge NASCAR fans, which is probably the most white sport in the entire world. Kids are practically raised with headsets on in West Virginia.

4. New Hampshire

New-Hampshire|Nh, NH

Population: 1,348,124
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
White Population: 1,214,927
Percent White : 90.1%

Percent Change: -0.2%
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We’re going back up to the northeast once again, where we stop in the very white state of New Hampshire. 90.1% of people in New Hampshire are white. Like many other states in the New England area, Farmers Markets, Subarus and Granola Bars are really popular in New Hampshire. And all are very much dominated by white people. Did you know that 97% of Subaru owners are white? Why is that? So interesting. Turns out that’s basically how white places like Franklin and Claremont are.

There’s so many white people in New Hampshire, that non white people who move here complain about the lack of diversity. If you speak Spanish when you move to New Hampshire, you’ll probably forget how to speak Spanish after a while.

5. Montana

Montana|Mt, MT

Population: 1,050,649
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
White Population: 904,550
Percent White : 86.1%

Percent Change: 5.5%
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Montana only has 900,000 people, and it would be hard to find less minorities in one state if you tried. Considering that 86.1% of the population here is white, that means that there are only around 18,000 African Americans and 16,000 Latinos in the entire state! And the whitest place in the state? We kid you not, Whitefish.

Why is it that only white people like cold weather anyways?

White people in Montana love to hunt. They love it so much, that a ton of people have deer stands in their front yards in Montana. Montana people will actually call in sick to work on the opening day of hunting season. You can judge a white Montana man by the number of does he plugged last winter, and by the size of his gun.

6. Iowa

Iowa|Ia, IA

Population: 3,139,508
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
White Population: 2,690,052
Percent White : 85.7%

Percent Change: -0.2%
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Iowa has to be on this list. When you think about Iowa, you think about farming first, and then wrestling. Both are very white things to do. After Texas and Missouri, Iowa is third in America for number of farms.

Farmer John, Old MacDonald and Ray from Field of Dreams are all famous white farmers from Iowa.

What else is there to do in Iowa for fun? Cow tipping, building corn mazes and going to the state fair are popular modes of entertainment. And all three are very white things to do in cities such as Carroll and Manchester.

7. Kentucky

Kentucky|Ky, KY

Population: 4,449,052
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
White Population: 3,761,855
Percent White : 84.6%

Percent Change: 1.0%
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Here in the state of Kentucky, 84.6% of the population is white. Kentucky is home to horse breeders and bourbon makers, too, which are totally white things to do in your spare time. If you live in Kentucky, odds are you drive a pick up truck, drink Budweiser and chew tobacco. We’re talking about you, Cold Spring, KY guy.

So white people like basketball and chicken? Because that’s also what Kentucky is well known for. Let us know in the comments below.

8. North Dakota

North-Dakota|Nd, ND

Population: 756,717
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
White Population: 638,985
Percent White : 84.4%

Percent Change: 8.3%
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We move on to another cold state, North Dakota, where things are definitely mostly white.

Here, 84.4% of the population is white. And not just caucasian. I mean pale and pasty white. It’s pretty cold and dark here for a majority of the year, meaning the white population here has to find all sorts of creative ways to remain occupied for long stretches of the year. That means long hours spent indoors watching Seinfeld reruns and playing gin rummy.

Hockey is a totally white thing to play, and for many North Dakotans, hockey is a way of life. Did you know 1 in 5 kids plays hockey in North Dakota? It’s true.

The rest of North Dakota is made up of Native Americans at 5%, Latinos at 4%, and African Americans at 1%. A good example of a really white place in North Dakota? Valley City.

9. Wyoming

Wyoming|Wy, WY

Population: 581,024
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
White Population: 488,437
Percent White : 84.1%

Percent Change: 3.8%
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Oh I’ve got friends in low places, where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases all my blues away… Everyone knows that cowboys are mostly white. So it’s no surprise that the Cowboy State is our ninth whitest state, right? Cowboys are a total white thing. They love ropin, ridin’ and mutton bustin. For all those who are not aware of mutton bustin, its when a kid tries to ride a sheep around for at least 8 seconds.

Here in Wyoming, 84.1% of the population is white. Only one percent is black, and about two percent is Native American here. That’s especially true in Sheridan.

Most people in Wyoming listen to country music, too, which is another white stereotype. Additionally, you can bet that there are a lot of people who go camping and hiking in Wyoming, since that’s something that’s mostly what white people do.

10. Idaho

Idaho|Id, ID

Population: 1,717,750
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
White Population: 1,407,883
Percent White : 82.0%

Percent Change: 8.9%
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Our tenth stop on the white tour of America bring us to Idaho — home to, we’re guessing, white potatoes and not sweet potatoes. Here in Idaho, the white population is 82.0%. The whitest places in one of the whitest states? Hayden is over 94% white and Lewiston is over 91% white, some pretty white bread places.

What is there to do in Idaho really? Plenty of white people things — skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing being some of the biggest attractions are pretty white historically.

And while we’re throwing some knocks Idaho’s way, those hikes and mountain do look beautiful. And there must be something to do in the biggest city — check notes — Boise. Yep, more parks, potatoes, and mountains, as we expected. But, to be fair to Boise, it’s only about 80% white.

The Methodology Behind The Whitest States In America

In order to determine the whitest states in America, we looked to the ultimate source of data — the US Census. The 2015-2019 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. You can download the data here.

There You Have It — The Whitest States in the US

After measuring the percentage of each state that is white, it’s clear – the north northeast (get it?) is definitely the Whitest place you could live in our country.

Here in america, there is this pattern of migration that determines where people move. In many of these places we just talked about, traditionally, there were no jobs, and there was no heritage, or culture to attract people of color to come to these states to settle. It will be interesting over time is to see if those migration patterns change.

Who knows. One day, maybe if ‘whitest states’ is a category on Jeopardy, these statistics will change. But for now, the white people in Maine, New Hamshire, Vermont, and all the other states we talked about will continue to do their white things in their little white bubble worlds.

Here’s a quick look at the least white states:

  1. Hawaii
  2. California
  3. New Mexico

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Detailed List Of The Whitest States In America For 2021

Rank State % White
1 Maine 93.2%
2 Vermont 92.8%
3 West Virginia 92.0%
4 New Hampshire 90.1%
5 Montana 86.1%
6 Iowa 85.7%
7 Kentucky 84.6%
8 North Dakota 84.4%
9 Wyoming 84.1%
10 Idaho 82.0%
11 South Dakota 82.0%
12 Wisconsin 81.3%
13 Minnesota 79.8%
14 Missouri 79.4%
15 Indiana 79.1%
16 Nebraska 79.0%
17 Ohio 78.9%
18 Utah 78.3%
19 Pennsylvania 76.4%
20 Kansas 75.9%
21 Oregon 75.7%
22 Michigan 75.0%
23 Tennessee 73.8%
24 Arkansas 72.4%
25 Rhode Island 72.0%
26 Massachusetts 71.6%
27 Washington 68.5%
28 Colorado 68.1%
29 Connecticut 66.9%
30 Oklahoma 65.6%
31 Alabama 65.5%
32 South Carolina 63.7%
33 North Carolina 63.1%
34 Delaware 62.3%
35 Virginia 61.8%
36 Illinois 61.3%
37 Alaska 60.6%
38 Louisiana 58.7%
39 Mississippi 56.6%
40 New York 55.6%
41 New Jersey 55.4%
42 Arizona 54.7%
43 Florida 53.9%
44 Georgia 52.7%
45 Maryland 50.9%
46 Nevada 49.2%
47 Texas 42.0%
48 New Mexico 37.4%
49 California 37.2%
50 Hawaii 22.0%