Alabama Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Alabama with 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 1,285,737 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Alabama? Tuskegee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in alabama for 2020. 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 2020

Tuskegee, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 8,699
% African American: 95.83%
# Of African American Residents: 8,336
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.66%
More on Tuskegee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fairfield, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,790
% African American: 92.62%
# Of African American Residents: 9,994
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.42%
More on Fairfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Prichard, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,927
% African American: 88.12%
# Of African American Residents: 19,321
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.53%
More on Prichard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Midfield, AL

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,158
% African American: 81.39%
# Of African American Residents: 4,198
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.87%
More on Midfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Selma, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 18,804
% African American: 81.17%
# Of African American Residents: 15,264
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.81%
More on Selma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bessemer, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 26,759
% African American: 71.16%
# Of African American Residents: 19,042
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.82%
More on Bessemer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Birmingham, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 212,021
% African American: 70.26%
# Of African American Residents: 148,967
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.67%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Center Point, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 16,460
% African American: 69.23%
# Of African American Residents: 11,395
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.33%
More on Center Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montgomery, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 200,156
% African American: 60.47%
# Of African American Residents: 121,028
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.7%
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montgomery is a major city and the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County. Named for Richard Montgomery, it is located on the Alabama River, in the Gulf Coastal Plain. As of the 2013 Census, Montgomery has a population of 201,332. It is the second-largest city in Alabama, after Birmingham, and is the 115th largest in the United States. The Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area had a 2010 estimated population of 374,536. It is the fourth-largest in the state and 136th among United States metropolitan areas.

Lanett, AL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,318
% African American: 59.83%
# Of African American Residents: 3,780
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.06%
More on Lanett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In alabama With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 95.8% to 0.3%.

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. 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. 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 % African American Population
1 Tuskegee 95.83% 8,699
2 Fairfield 92.62% 10,790
3 Prichard 88.12% 21,927
4 Midfield 81.39% 5,158
5 Selma 81.17% 18,804
6 Bessemer 71.16% 26,759
7 Birmingham 70.26% 212,021
8 Center Point 69.23% 16,460
9 Montgomery 60.47% 200,156
10 Lanett 59.83% 6,318
11 Pleasant Grove 59.73% 10,185
12 Monroeville 56.8% 6,011
13 Demopolis 56.63% 6,918
14 Greenville 56.07% 7,714
15 Atmore 55.46% 9,746
16 Tarrant 54.14% 6,212
17 Anniston 51.87% 21,924
18 Mobile 50.51% 191,485
19 Talladega 50.3% 15,609
20 Eufaula 49.0% 12,289
21 Chickasaw 44.06% 5,837
22 Tuscaloosa 43.89% 98,881
23 Brewton 43.55% 5,263
24 Phenix City 43.45% 36,641
25 Opelika 43.39% 29,798
26 Roanoke 42.82% 5,941
27 Valley 39.73% 9,305
28 Troy 39.59% 19,141
29 Bay Minette 39.44% 9,089
30 Irondale 39.39% 12,474
31 Hueytown 39.24% 15,583
32 Gadsden 35.27% 35,624
33 Sylacauga 33.94% 12,397
34 Dothan 33.75% 67,872
35 Alexander City 33.01% 14,621
36 Ozark 32.45% 14,456
37 Calera 31.11% 13,557
38 Pike Road 30.52% 8,884
39 Wetumpka 30.43% 8,117
40 Huntsville 30.26% 193,663
41 Clay 26.77% 9,653
42 Millbrook 26.68% 15,160
43 Lincoln 26.5% 6,600
44 Northport 26.28% 25,457
45 Andalusia 25.11% 8,864
46 Tuscumbia 24.55% 8,426
47 Montevallo 24.42% 6,654
48 Jacksonville 23.65% 12,654
49 Sheffield 22.88% 8,986
50 Decatur 22.51% 54,617
51 Enterprise 22.48% 27,859
52 Clanton 21.86% 8,724
53 Opp 20.71% 6,520
54 Pinson 20.17% 7,121
55 Florence 19.18% 40,104
56 Daleville 19.05% 5,113
57 Prattville 18.64% 35,657
58 Hoover 17.33% 84,480
59 Athens 16.92% 25,176
60 Auburn 16.82% 62,996
61 Fultondale 16.81% 9,097
62 Foley 15.74% 17,818
63 Leeds 15.2% 12,348
64 Helena 14.92% 17,861
65 Madison 14.87% 48,275
66 Daphne 14.8% 25,361
67 Jasper 14.59% 13,727
68 Oxford 14.54% 21,208
69 Rainbow City 14.5% 9,581
70 Alabaster 14.48% 32,878
71 Attalla 14.33% 5,847
72 Smiths Station 13.91% 5,349
73 Homewood 12.82% 25,595
74 Saraland 12.64% 14,268
75 Moody 11.85% 12,752
76 Muscle Shoals 11.75% 13,874
77 Pell City 11.62% 13,593
78 Guntersville 11.3% 8,377
79 Gardendale 11.14% 13,875
80 Satsuma 11.1% 6,151
81 Pelham 9.83% 23,242
82 Russellville 9.46% 9,711
83 Hamilton 8.3% 6,664
84 Oneonta 8.11% 6,575
85 Hartselle 6.21% 14,405
86 Trussville 6.18% 21,721
87 Scottsboro 5.96% 14,527
88 Spanish Fort 5.81% 8,324
89 Robertsdale 5.77% 6,521
90 Chelsea 5.2% 12,643
91 Fairhope 4.61% 20,327
92 Vestavia Hills 3.64% 34,163
93 Albertville 3.42% 21,460
94 Fort Payne 3.23% 14,006
95 Boaz 2.89% 9,553
96 Southside 1.33% 8,788
97 Cullman 1.29% 15,558
98 Mountain Brook 0.95% 20,466
99 Glencoe 0.92% 5,120
100 Arab 0.73% 8,234

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