Whitest States 2020

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
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Montana
  • Iowa
  • North Dakota
  • Kentucky
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota

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.

State 2020 Pop. White (%) White (Total)
Maine1,332,81093.38%1,244,520
Vermont624,97792.97%581,023
West Virginia1,829,05092.11%1,684,760
New Hampshire1,343,62090.39%1,214,550
Montana1,041,73086.29%898,953
Iowa3,132,50086.06%2,695,890
North Dakota752,20185.01%639,477
Kentucky4,440,20084.77%3,764,080
Wyoming581,83684.14%489,559
South Dakota864,28982.24%710,810
Idaho1,687,81082.22%1,387,650
Wisconsin5,778,39081.53%4,711,040
Minnesota5,527,36080.29%4,438,070
Missouri6,090,06079.61%4,848,330
Indiana6,637,43079.48%5,275,160
Nebraska1,904,76079.40%1,512,310
Ohio11,641,90079.20%9,220,640
Utah3,045,35078.62%2,394,240
Pennsylvania12,791,20076.83%9,826,860
Kansas2,908,78076.13%2,214,540
Oregon4,081,94076.03%3,103,560
Michigan9,957,49075.21%7,489,370
Tennessee6,651,09074.04%4,924,140
Arkansas2,990,67072.69%2,173,850
Rhode Island1,056,61072.66%767,727
Massachusetts6,830,19072.19%4,930,410
Washington7,294,34069.08%5,039,210
Colorado5,531,14068.31%3,778,210
Connecticut3,581,50067.53%2,418,700
Oklahoma3,918,14066.00%2,586,110
Alabama4,864,68065.71%3,196,730
South Carolina4,955,92063.70%3,156,970
North Carolina10,155,60063.34%6,433,040
Delaware949,49562.73%595,623
Virginia8,413,77062.20%5,233,110
Illinois12,821,50061.57%7,894,290
Alaska738,51661.04%450,754
Louisiana4,663,62058.84%2,744,260
Mississippi2,988,76056.78%1,696,950
New York19,618,50055.86%10,959,500
New Jersey8,881,84055.84%4,960,000
Arizona6,946,68055.08%3,825,890
Florida20,598,10054.36%11,196,900
Georgia10,297,50053.18%5,476,440
Maryland6,003,44051.39%3,084,870
Nevada2,922,85049.89%1,458,090
Texas27,885,20042.34%11,807,300
New Mexico2,092,43037.67%788,308
California39,148,80037.54%14,695,800
District of Columbia684,49836.24%248,057
Hawaii1,422,03022.12%314,536
Puerto Rico3,386,9400.83%28,015