I’ve been thinking it was clever of the producers of AMC’s The Killing to choose Seattle as the setting for an adaptation of a story that was originally Danish, and new census numbers confirm that few American cities are whiter:
Along with Portland, Seattle is among large U.S. cities in which the highest proportions of residents describe themselves as non-Hispanic white, based on 2010 census data. In Seattle, 66 percent of all residents fit that category — the fifth-highest rate among the nation’s 50 largest cities — higher even than Wichita, Kan., and Minneapolis. Seattle rose two notches in the ranking from a decade ago, in part because other cities experienced higher growth in their Latino populations. […] While Seattle has one of the highest concentrations of Asians in the U.S., the proportion of blacks and Latinos is among the lowest.
The combination of many whites and many Asians in a country where “urban” often passes as a euphemism for “black” makes it a solid choice to stand in for the almost excruciatingly white Copenhagen.