The 10 Alabama Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Alabama with the largest African American population.

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 1,291,524 - at 26.5% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Alabama? Tuskegee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in alabama for 2021. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Alabama For 2021

1. Tuskegee

Tuskegee, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,486
% African American: 96.16%
# Of African American Residents: 8,160
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.46%
More on Tuskegee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Fairfield

Fairfield, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,720
% African American: 91.11%
# Of African American Residents: 9,767
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.61%
More on Fairfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Prichard

Prichard, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 21,773
% African American: 88.76%
# Of African American Residents: 19,325
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.51%
More on Prichard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Selma

Selma, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,276
% African American: 81.83%
# Of African American Residents: 14,956
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.73%
More on Selma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Midfield

Midfield, AL

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,085
% African American: 78.68%
# Of African American Residents: 4,001
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.76%
More on Midfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Bessemer

Bessemer, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,680
% African American: 72.36%
# Of African American Residents: 19,306
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.54%
More on Bessemer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Center Point

Center Point, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,353
% African American: 72.33%
# Of African American Residents: 11,828
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.48%
More on Center Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 212,297
% African American: 69.61%
# Of African American Residents: 147,777
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.41%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Monroeville

Monroeville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,898
% African American: 61.58%
# Of African American Residents: 3,632
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.07%
More on Monroeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Montgomery

Montgomery, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 199,783
% African American: 60.68%
# Of African American Residents: 121,219
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.87%
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In alabama With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 102 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 96.2% to 0.1%.

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 Orange Beach was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Orange Beach
  2. Gulf Shores
  3. Arab

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Alabama

Rank City % African American Population
1 Tuskegee 96.16% 8,486
2 Fairfield 91.11% 10,720
3 Prichard 88.76% 21,773
4 Selma 81.83% 18,276
5 Midfield 78.68% 5,085
6 Bessemer 72.36% 26,680
7 Center Point 72.33% 16,353
8 Birmingham 69.61% 212,297
9 Monroeville 61.58% 5,898
10 Montgomery 60.68% 199,783
11 Lanett 59.8% 6,271
12 Atmore 58.39% 9,495
13 Pleasant Grove 56.78% 9,651
14 Greenville 55.87% 7,589
15 Tarrant 53.06% 6,174
16 Demopolis 52.11% 6,807
17 Anniston 51.43% 21,688
18 Mobile 51.35% 190,432
19 Talladega 47.66% 15,522
20 Chickasaw 46.02% 5,817
21 Eufaula 45.78% 12,065
22 Tuscaloosa 43.86% 99,390
23 Phenix City 43.68% 36,516
24 Roanoke 43.2% 5,926
25 Opelika 41.93% 30,232
26 Brewton 40.44% 5,240
27 Hueytown 40.01% 15,540
28 Valley 39.47% 9,286
29 Bay Minette 38.76% 9,169
30 Troy 38.16% 19,112
31 Clay 37.49% 9,888
32 Irondale 37.28% 12,637
33 Gadsden 35.54% 35,486
34 Dothan 33.43% 67,894
35 Wetumpka 33.14% 8,243
36 Sylacauga 32.85% 12,226
37 Pike Road 32.27% 9,320
38 Alexander City 31.94% 14,508
39 Ozark 30.5% 14,413
40 Huntsville 30.39% 196,219
41 Tuscumbia 29.48% 8,444
42 Calera 28.3% 13,856
43 Lincoln 27.69% 6,681
44 Andalusia 27.68% 8,772
45 Millbrook 25.75% 15,645
46 Northport 25.64% 25,874
47 Sheffield 24.86% 8,986
48 Pinson 24.52% 7,109
49 Montevallo 24.31% 6,693
50 Jacksonville 23.47% 12,651
51 Enterprise 22.45% 27,947
52 Decatur 22.39% 54,478
53 Clanton 21.22% 8,700
54 Daleville 21.14% 5,123
55 Florence 19.73% 40,309
56 Opp 19.69% 6,455
57 Hoover 18.8% 85,175
58 Attalla 18.78% 5,836
59 Prattville 18.66% 35,925
60 Leeds 18.52% 12,600
61 Auburn 18.15% 64,054
62 Fultondale 17.98% 9,179
63 Daphne 17.56% 25,901
64 Helena 17.08% 18,463
65 Athens 16.7% 25,922
66 Smiths Station 16.33% 5,364
67 Madison 14.69% 49,327
68 Jasper 14.59% 13,649
69 Oxford 14.56% 21,323
70 Alabaster 14.5% 33,176
71 Homewood 14.09% 25,534
72 Saraland 13.63% 14,391
73 Guntersville 12.07% 8,468
74 Foley 12.0% 18,533
75 Muscle Shoals 11.48% 14,103
76 Pelham 11.17% 23,428
77 Pell City 10.68% 13,781
78 Moody 9.74% 12,840
79 Gardendale 9.73% 14,016
80 Rainbow City 9.55% 9,589
81 Russellville 9.37% 9,781
82 Satsuma 7.73% 6,159
83 Oneonta 6.88% 6,568
84 Chelsea 6.13% 13,098
85 Trussville 5.95% 21,876
86 Scottsboro 5.93% 14,526
87 Hartselle 5.92% 14,428
88 Hamilton 5.6% 6,682
89 Vestavia Hills 5.0% 34,307
90 Fairhope 4.44% 21,083
91 Robertsdale 4.43% 6,473
92 Spanish Fort 3.71% 8,601
93 Albertville 3.68% 21,541
94 Fort Payne 3.37% 14,115
95 Boaz 3.08% 9,277
96 Glencoe 2.42% 5,077
97 Southside 1.18% 8,811
98 Mountain Brook 1.14% 20,436
99 Cullman 1.13% 15,729
100 Arab 0.77% 8,293

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