The United States is a country founded by European colonizers. Starting with the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his crew in 1492, 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…
- Maine (96.56%)
- Vermont (96.15%)
- New Hampshire (94.97%)
- West Virginia (94.83%)
- Wyoming (93.98%)
- Idaho (93.07%)
- Iowa (92.22%)
- Montana (91.53%)
- Nebraska (89.77%)
- North Dakota (89.37%)
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.
The states with the highest overall white populations are California (25,093,600), Texas (21,349,900), Florida (15,989,900), and New York (12,974,700). This is likely because these are the four most populous states in the U.S. and over three-quarters of the country's overall population is white.
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.