Whitest Metro Areas (USA)

This is a follow-up to USA: Metropolitanization by Race

Pittsburgh is cool now”, asserts an article discussed by Steve Sailer.

Sailer says that Pittsburgh’s non-diversity works in its favor.

In so doing, Sailer is making an implicit reference to the mechanics behind the widely-mocked term ‘vibrant’, which, as a code for ‘Nonwhite’, implies that Whites lack cultural ‘vibrancy’ (whatever that means, exactly). Pittsburgh shows, yet again, that this is wrong.

The 2010 census found 51 metro areas in the USA with over one million residents. “Cool” Pittsburgh is, in fact — by a wide margin — the whitest of them all. The full list:

List of USA’s Metro Areas by White Share of Population (2010)

% White .
Metropolitan Area (of over 1-million population)
1 86.9% Pittsburgh, PA
2 81.5% Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
3 78.8% Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
4 78.8% Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA
5 78.5% Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
6 78.0% Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
7 77.1% Rochester, NY
8 75.6% Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
9 75.6% Columbus, OH
10 74.9% St. Louis, MO-IL
11 74.8% Salt Lake City, UT
12 74.4% Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
13 74.1% Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
14 73.8% Kansas City, MO-KS
15 73.5% Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
16 71.0% Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
17 70.0% Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
18 67.9% Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
19 67.6% Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
20 67.4% Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
21 66.2% Oklahoma City, OK
22 66.0% Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
23 64.9% Jacksonville, FL
24 64.8% Birmingham-Hoover, AL
25 63.8% Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
26 63.7% Denver-Aurora- Broomfield, CO
27 62.4% Raleigh-Cary, NC
28 60.3% Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
29 59.4% Baltimore-Towson, MD
30 59.3% Richmond, VA
31 56.4% Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
32 56.1% Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
33 53.6% Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA
34 53.5% Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI
35 53.0% New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
36 52.4% Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
37 51.0% Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
38 49.6% Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
39 48.5% Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
40 47.1% Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
41 46.0% San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
42 45.9% Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
43 45.8% Memphis, TN-MS-AR
44 45.6% New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
45 40.6% San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
46 37.2% Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
47 33.2% San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
48 33.0% Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
49 32.9% San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
50 32.4% Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
51 28.7% Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA



Data Source: The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Population “Table 23: Metropolitan Statistical Areas–Population by Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin”

These 51 metropolitan areas of one-million-plus residents have a cumulative total of:
— 90.0 million Whites (or 45.7% of total Whites in the USA).
— 77.1 million Nonwhites (or 68.9% of total Nonwhites in the USA).

See USA Metropolitanization by Race for more.

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17 Responses to Whitest Metro Areas (USA)

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  3. Bill says:

    Not only that, but Pittsburgh is the 17th most segregated Metro area in the US.

    • Hail says:

      Thank you for this interesting data.

      It seems they rank the 100 largest Metro areas by level of housing segregation between Whites and various Nonwhite groups.

      A Segregation-Score of 0 means total integration,
      A Segregation-Score of 100 means total segregation.

      Pittsburgh’s Segregation Scores, late 2000s
      White-Black: 68 [#16/100] — Top in the USA=81
      White-Hispanic: 49 [#37/100] — Top in the USA=64
      White-Asian: 60 [#1/100] — Top in the USA=60

      Only seven metro areas have White-Black segregation scores at least five points higher than Pittsburgh’s:

      81 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
      80 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
      79 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
      78 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
      76 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
      74 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
      73 St. Louis, MO-IL

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Memphis. U are dead wrong.

    • Anonymous says:

      Memphis is overrun with blacks come see for yourself. It is a miserable place to live. Blacks here are real haters. Crime is awful. You must have gotten it mixed up with Knoxville.

  7. T says:

    Cincinnati is 50% Black!
    Not sure where you got your numbers but you are dead wrong. This is a chocolate city
    And Middletown is called Middletucky…a worse than blue collar town of hicky Meth heads integrated with blacks, basically unemployed steel workers in a dead town.
    I cant wait to leave.

    Phoenix is a bastion for conservative values and no Nigg*as.
    Its less than 5% black. Yes there are Meztizos, but they are there to work, and are family and faith based, generally speaking. It is USAs 5th largest city and ranks 165th in crime rate, which is property crime! ie Low Crime.
    Not like Ohio where you fear the KO game and negroes getting uppity and USAs 20th Most Dangerous City.

  8. Jack says:

    Like Cincinnati, it’s a bit deceptive for Louisville/Jefferson Co. to be ranked so high. Downtown Louisville recently had a major terrorist assault by the lowlife vermin of the city’s West End; hundreds of thugs ran all over the downtown area attacking every non-black person they could find. The gutless, milquetoast Democratic mayor of course denied there was any racial element at all. There are VERY nice areas just outside of Louisville (Glenview, Anchorage, and a little further away Elizabethtown), but don’t be fooled into thinking that Louisville itself is a nice place to live, unless you never have to travel out of the East End.

  9. dasfasdfdsaf says:

    When you started with pittsburg as 89% white you can pretty much dismiss this whole article as completely false. Other commenters agree. You must have meant to list the 10 blackest cities.

  10. Berik Blw says:

    The numbers are absolute shite. Totally unrealistic.

  11. pooslam says:

    Stankay dadoo pippelly poo. Snippity clippity dippity doo

  12. E.E. Mort says:

    Numbers are dead wrong – I’m in Rochester, huge black population, one of the largest latin populations… do your numbers count hispanics as ‘white’ (something I have never understood – I mean, does that even begin to make sense). Vancouver and Ottawa are looking better and better to me…

  13. Todd says:

    Hilarious people are insisting the numbers are wrong when the post clearly states METRO AREAS, not CITIES. So these numbers include the often overwhelmingly white suburban areas in a city’s metro, not just the cities themselves. Try actually reading the whole post and not just the list, geniuses.

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