These Are The 10 Alabama Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Alabama have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Alabama is 1,275,780 – at 26.4% of the total population of Alabama.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Alabama? Which cities and towns in Alabama have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Alabama with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Tuskegee (Photos)
  2. Fairfield (Photos)
  3. Prichard (Photos)
  4. Midfield
  5. Selma (Photos)
  6. Birmingham (Photos)
  7. Bessemer (Photos)
  8. Center Point (Photos)
  9. Lanett (Photos)
  10. Monroeville (Photos)

Tuskegee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Alabama for 2018. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Alabama ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the most diverse places in Alabama.

How We Determined The Cities In Alabama With The Largest Black Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Alabama.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 104 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 94.7% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Tuskegee took the distinction of being the most Black, while Gulf Shores was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alabama ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Tuskegee

Tuskegee, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,050
% African American: 94.66%
# Of African American Residents: 8,567
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.3%
More on Tuskegee: Data | Jobs

Tuskegee is a city in Macon County, Alabama, United States. It was founded and laid out in 1833 by General Thomas Simpson Woodward, a Creek War veteran under Andrew Jackson, and made the county seat that year. It was incorporated in 1843. It is also the largest city in Macon County. At the 2010 census the population was 9,865, down from 11,846 in 2000.

2. Fairfield

Fairfield, Alabama

Population: 10,937
% African American: 89.97%
# Of African American Residents: 9,840
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.91%
More on Fairfield: Data | Jobs

Fairfield is a city in western Jefferson County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area and is located southeast of Pleasant Grove. The population was 11,117 at the 2010 census.

3. Prichard

Prichard, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,340
% African American: 86.37%
# Of African American Residents: 19,295
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.66%
More on Prichard: Data | Jobs

Prichard is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States.

4. Midfield


Population: 5,260
% African American: 81.35%
# Of African American Residents: 4,279
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.97%
More on Midfield: Data | Jobs

5. Selma

Selma, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,650
% African American: 78.46%
# Of African American Residents: 15,417
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.86%
More on Selma: Data | Jobs

Selma is a city in and the county seat of Dallas County, in the Black Belt region of south central Alabama and extending to the west. Located on the banks of the Alabama River, the city has a population of 20,756 as of the 2010 census.

6. Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Population: 212,424
% African American: 71.71%
# Of African American Residents: 152,326
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.56%
More on Birmingham: Data | Jobs

Birmingham is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. The city’s population was 212,237 in the 2010 United States Census. In the 2010 US Census, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of about 1,128,047, which is approximately one-quarter of Alabama’s population.

7. Bessemer

Bessemer, Alabama

Population: 26,856
% African American: 70.76%
# Of African American Residents: 19,002
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.02%
More on Bessemer: Data | Jobs

Bessemer is a city southwest of Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, 8 miles west of Hoover. The population was 27,456 at the 2010 Census.

8. Center Point

Center Point, Alabama

Population: 16,711
% African American: 65.38%
# Of African American Residents: 10,926
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.83%
More on Center Point: Data | Jobs

9. Lanett

Lanett, Alabama

Population: 6,454
% African American: 64.16%
# Of African American Residents: 4,141
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.82%
More on Lanett: Data | Jobs

10. Monroeville

Monroeville, Alabama

Population: 6,203
% African American: 60.83%
# Of African American Residents: 3,773
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.19%
More on Monroeville: Data | Jobs

Monroeville is a city in Monroe County, Alabama, United States, the county seat of Monroe County. At the 2010 census its population was 6,519.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Alabama

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Alabama according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Alabama:

  1. Gulf Shores
  2. Orange Beach
  3. Arab

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Alabama

Rank City Population % African American
1 Tuskegee 9,050 94.66%
2 Fairfield 10,937 89.97%
3 Prichard 22,340 86.37%
4 Midfield 5,260 81.35%
5 Selma 19,650 78.46%
6 Birmingham 212,424 71.71%
7 Bessemer 26,856 70.76%
8 Center Point 16,711 65.38%
9 Lanett 6,454 64.16%
10 Monroeville 6,203 60.83%
11 Montgomery 201,717 59.23%
12 Demopolis 7,167 55.9%
13 Greenville 7,896 54.01%
14 Pleasant Grove 10,284 52.41%
15 Mobile 193,717 50.49%
16 Atmore 10,067 50.1%
17 Eufaula 12,688 49.97%
18 Tarrant 6,271 49.91%
19 Anniston 22,441 48.59%
20 Talladega 15,793 47.98%
21 Jackson 5,002 47.2%
22 Brewton 5,435 46.31%
23 Phenix City 36,990 44.05%
24 Tuscaloosa 96,352 43.25%
25 Chickasaw 5,955 41.78%
26 Opelika 29,030 41.26%
27 Troy 18,944 41.25%
28 Roanoke 5,987 40.82%
29 Bay Minette 9,019 39.31%
30 Valley 9,439 38.42%
31 Alexander City 14,859 38.25%
32 Childersburg 5,062 35.76%
33 Gadsden 36,235 34.99%
34 Irondale 12,388 34.94%
35 Sylacauga 12,696 34.11%
36 Hueytown 15,797 33.96%
37 Dothan 68,066 33.63%
38 Ozark 14,721 31.76%
39 Huntsville 188,973 30.48%
40 Wetumpka 7,654 30.13%
41 Calera 12,839 27.28%
42 Pike Road 7,790 26.43%
43 Northport 24,544 26.42%
44 Millbrook 15,045 26.28%
45 Andalusia 9,042 26.18%
46 Lincoln 6,429 24.5%
47 Jacksonville 12,827 23.65%
48 Daleville 5,160 23.18%
49 Montevallo 6,633 23.14%
50 Clanton 8,730 22.68%
51 Clay 9,659 22.46%
52 Decatur 55,419 21.25%
53 Sheffield 9,067 21.11%
54 Enterprise 28,025 21.06%
55 Tuscumbia 8,506 20.23%
56 Florence 39,938 18.96%
57 Opp 6,635 18.09%
58 Athens 24,461 17.51%
59 Leeds 11,701 17.5%
60 Auburn 60,318 17.4%
61 Hoover 84,100 17.13%
62 Attalla 5,934 16.89%
63 Prattville 35,107 16.84%
64 Fultondale 8,854 16.57%
65 Muscle Shoals 13,585 16.55%
66 Foley 16,741 16.54%
67 Daphne 24,295 15.16%
68 Jasper 14,137 15.09%
69 Homewood 25,652 14.34%
70 Madison 46,396 14.08%
71 Pell City 13,489 13.96%
72 Oxford 21,202 13.66%
73 Alabaster 32,269 13.47%
74 Gardendale 13,750 12.94%
75 Moody 12,464 12.93%
76 Pinson 7,451 12.86%
77 Guntersville 8,360 12.5%
78 Helena 17,630 12.46%
79 Satsuma 6,159 11.28%
80 Smiths Station 5,235 11.27%
81 Rainbow City 9,590 10.57%
82 Saraland 13,778 10.04%
83 Pelham 22,596 9.78%
84 Oneonta 6,645 8.46%
85 Russellville 9,804 8.36%
86 Hartselle 14,475 8.13%
87 Trussville 20,872 6.73%
88 Hamilton 6,784 6.6%
89 Chelsea 11,706 6.59%
90 Spanish Fort 7,825 5.64%
91 Glencoe 5,122 5.51%
92 Scottsboro 14,748 5.33%
93 Fairhope 17,996 5.18%
94 Robertsdale 5,776 4.73%
95 Fort Payne 14,101 3.69%
96 Albertville 21,434 2.65%
97 Vestavia Hills 34,243 2.39%
98 Southside 8,563 2.24%
99 Boaz 9,639 2.2%
100 Mountain Brook 20,532 1.55%

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