Understanding the demographic landscape of the United States is a complex endeavor, primarily due to the country's historical diversity and ongoing shifts in population. Among the various racial and ethnic groupings, White Americans or those identifying as White, which encompasses origins in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, form the majority. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates dated July 1, 2022, around 75.8% of the U.S. population identified as White alone, while those classifying as Non-Hispanic whites made up 59.3% of the populace.
When considering the distribution of this demographic, some regions stand out for their higher concentration of White residents, pointing to particular historical, migratory, or residential preferences for various reasons. Our dataset, which lists the percentage of the White population across U.S. states, paints a telling picture of these regional differences.
From our research, we have derived the following key insights:
The whitest state in the U.S is West Virginia, where 97.12% of the population identifies as White.
The second state closely following this demographic trend is Wyoming with a White population percentage of 93.79%, closely trailed by Vermont with 92.80% and Maine with 92.69%. These states are also noticeably distinctive in population distribution, demonstrating over 9 in 10 residents identifying as white.
Furthermore, the northeastern states of New Hampshire, has 91.53% of its residents identifying as White. Likewise, Iowa, a midwestern state, has a high White population percentage of 90.36%.
While the majority of states on this list are situated in the Midwest and Northeast, Kentucky breaks the pattern, showing a high concentration of residents identifying as white in the South at 87.77%. Similarly, the Western states of Oregon, possessing a White population percentage of 87.42%, and Kansas and Nebraska, each with 86.79% White population, indicate a break from the Northeast and Midwest pattern, as does the southern state Kentucky.
States with the Highest White Population: