The United States is a country founded by European colonizers. Starting with the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his crew in 1942, Native Americans were slowly yet surely being overrun, controlled, and pushed aside by white colonizers. History books certainly paint a different picture of how everything happened, but the truth of the matter is that white people took over, and the country has remained predominantly white ever since.

That said, as immigration rates increase, more people are entering the country in search of fulfilling the American dream, and therefore, the ratio of white people to non-white people is slowly balancing out. The top ten whitest states in America, from the state with the highest white population to the state with the lowest, are…

Interestingly enough, the northeasternmost part of the United States has the highest percentage of white people, in comparison to the other white populations across the nation. Over time, the population of each state changes, and that includes in terms of which races, ethnicities, and nationalities are most popular in each of the fifty states. It can be very telling and fascinating to look at the trend of white people who lived in each state at a given time. Let’s take a look down memory lane and reflect on how the white populations have changed over time.

10. South Dakota

  • Total population: 855,444 people
  • Number of people who are white: 707,282 people

9. Wyoming

  • Total population: 583,200 people
  • Number of people who are white: 491,626 people

8. Kentucky

  • Total population: 4,424,376 people
  • Number of people who are white: 3,764,473 people

7. North Dakota

  • Total population: 745,475 people
  • Number of people who are white: 638,773 people

6. Iowa

  • Total population: 3,118,102 people
  • Number of people who are white: 2,697,252 people

5. Montana

  • Total population: 1,029,862 people
  • Number of people who are white: 891,990 people

4. New Hampshire

  • Total population: 1,331,848 people
  • Number of people who are white: 1,211,110 people

3. West Virginia

  • Total population: 1,836,843 people
  • Number of people who are white: 1,694,887 people

2. Vermont

  • Total population: 624,636 people
  • Number of people who are white: 582,404 people

1. Maine

  • Total population: 1,330,158 people
  • Number of people who are white: 1,244,859 people
Rank State 2019 Population White (Total) White (%)
1Maine1,330,1581,244,85993.59%
2Vermont624,636582,40493.24%
3West Virginia1,836,8431,694,88792.27%
4New Hampshire1,331,8481,211,11090.93%
5Montana1,029,862891,99086.61%
6Iowa3,118,1022,697,25286.50%
7North Dakota745,475638,77385.69%
8Kentucky4,424,3763,764,47385.08%
9Wyoming583,200491,62684.30%
10South Dakota855,444707,28282.68%
11Idaho1,657,3751,368,11882.55%
12Wisconsin5,763,2174,715,12981.81%
13Minnesota5,490,7264,434,47380.76%
14Nebraska1,893,9211,512,04679.84%
15Indiana6,614,4185,280,58379.83%
16Missouri6,075,3004,849,06879.82%
17Ohio11,609,7569,243,18779.62%
18Utah2,993,9412,365,20579.00%
19Pennsylvania12,790,5059,881,13577.25%
20Oregon4,025,1273,079,99576.52%
21Kansas2,903,8202,220,25676.46%
22Michigan9,925,5687,493,36275.50%
23Tennessee6,597,3814,898,88874.26%
24Rhode Island1,056,138773,38873.23%
25Arkansas2,977,9442,174,32673.01%
26Massachusetts6,789,3194,952,36772.94%
27Washington7,169,9675,001,48269.76%
28Colorado5,436,5193,731,97668.65%
29Connecticut3,594,4782,446,04968.05%
30Oklahoma3,896,2512,589,21066.45%
31Alabama4,850,7713,198,07965.93%
32South Carolina4,893,4443,119,67663.75%
33North Carolina10,052,5646,397,46063.64%
34Delaware943,732594,91163.04%
35Virginia8,365,9525,238,96762.62%
36Illinois12,854,5267,955,48461.89%
37Alaska738,565454,49861.54%
38Louisiana4,663,4612,752,25359.02%
39Mississippi2,986,2201,702,26857.00%
40New Jersey8,960,1615,023,60656.07%
41New York19,798,22811,071,56355.92%
42Arizona6,809,9463,786,41855.60%
43Florida20,278,44711,124,95154.86%
44Georgia10,201,6355,469,44653.61%
45Maryland5,996,0793,109,27551.86%
46Nevada2,887,7251,457,27250.46%
47Texas27,419,61211,755,49342.87%
48New Mexico2,084,828795,72838.17%
49California38,982,84714,777,59437.91%
50District of Columbia672,391241,90135.98%
51Hawaii1,421,658316,04722.23%