The 10 Alabama Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,292,950 - 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Alabama? Tuskegee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Alabama for 2022. 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 2022

1. Tuskegee

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Population: 8,443
% African American: 96.23%
# Of African American Residents: 8,125
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.82%
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Tuskegee, AL

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2. Fairfield

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Population: 10,749
% African American: 92.24%
# Of African American Residents: 9,915
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.18%
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Fairfield, AL

3. Prichard

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Population: 21,618
% African American: 90.15%
# Of African American Residents: 19,488
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.69%
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Prichard, AL

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4. Selma

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Population: 17,762
% African American: 83.26%
# Of African American Residents: 14,788
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.78%
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Selma, AL

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5. Center Point

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Population: 15,971
% African American: 73.88%
# Of African American Residents: 11,800
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.21%
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Center Point, AL

6. Bessemer

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Population: 26,063
% African American: 72.69%
# Of African American Residents: 18,946
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.29%
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Bessemer, AL

7. Birmingham

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Population: 210,928
% African American: 68.08%
# Of African American Residents: 143,598
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.03%
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Birmingham, AL

8. Lanett

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Population: 6,220
% African American: 64.08%
# Of African American Residents: 3,986
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.99%
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Lanett, AL

9. Monroeville

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Population: 5,812
% African American: 63.09%
# Of African American Residents: 3,667
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.1%
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Monroeville, AL

10. Pleasant Grove

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Population: 9,625
% African American: 60.91%
# Of African American Residents: 5,863
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.22%
More on Pleasant Grove: Real Estate | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Alabama With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 101 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.

Summary: 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. Mountain Brook

For more Alabama reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Alabama

Rank City % African American Population
1 Tuskegee 96.23% 8,443
2 Fairfield 92.24% 10,749
3 Prichard 90.15% 21,618
4 Selma 83.26% 17,762
5 Center Point 73.88% 15,971
6 Bessemer 72.69% 26,063
7 Birmingham 68.08% 210,928
8 Lanett 64.08% 6,220
9 Monroeville 63.09% 5,812
10 Pleasant Grove 60.91% 9,625
11 Montgomery 60.61% 199,054
12 Greenville 59.63% 7,478
13 Atmore 57.16% 9,269
14 Tarrant 52.46% 6,216
15 Anniston 51.62% 21,518
16 Mobile 50.91% 189,994
17 Talladega 50.01% 15,405
18 Demopolis 46.88% 6,724
19 Phenix City 46.76% 36,461
20 Roanoke 45.98% 5,931
21 Eufaula 45.5% 11,878
22 Chickasaw 44.82% 5,757
23 Tuscaloosa 43.94% 100,633
24 Opelika 40.17% 30,589
25 Bay Minette 39.35% 9,297
26 Hueytown 39.18% 15,446
27 Troy 38.93% 18,995
28 Brewton 38.27% 5,210
29 Valley 37.71% 9,195
30 Clay 37.69% 9,936
31 Irondale 36.42% 13,068
32 Gadsden 36.18% 35,224
33 Dothan 34.59% 68,608
34 Pinson 34.21% 7,108
35 Wetumpka 33.87% 8,282
36 Smiths Station 31.9% 5,821
37 Alexander City 31.82% 14,515
38 Huntsville 31.44% 199,845
39 Ozark 30.89% 14,350
40 Pike Road 30.57% 9,745
41 Sylacauga 29.48% 12,132
42 Fultondale 28.24% 9,247
43 Daleville 27.57% 5,125
44 Calera 27.51% 14,327
45 Andalusia 26.63% 8,719
46 Lincoln 26.61% 6,805
47 Millbrook 25.17% 16,037
48 Tuscumbia 24.77% 8,445
49 Northport 24.36% 25,970
50 Sheffield 23.13% 8,925
51 Jacksonville 22.01% 12,796
52 Decatur 21.96% 54,344
53 Enterprise 21.53% 28,170
54 Clanton 21.15% 8,719
55 Prattville 19.7% 36,599
56 Florence 18.47% 40,652
57 Hoover 18.43% 85,386
58 Auburn 17.48% 65,508
59 Athens 17.48% 26,686
60 Opp 17.31% 6,405
61 Helena 17.24% 18,631
62 Montevallo 17.19% 6,829
63 Daphne 16.93% 26,578
64 Alabaster 16.77% 33,373
65 Attalla 16.33% 5,885
66 Oxford 14.31% 21,282
67 Leeds 13.81% 12,555
68 Madison 13.73% 50,717
69 Muscle Shoals 13.35% 14,379
70 Guntersville 12.32% 8,531
71 Satsuma 12.14% 6,163
72 Jasper 11.76% 13,584
73 Saraland 11.37% 14,561
74 Homewood 11.07% 25,170
75 Pell City 10.38% 14,081
76 Rainbow City 9.91% 9,601
77 Moody 9.88% 13,004
78 Spanish Fort 9.57% 8,991
79 Pelham 9.5% 23,707
80 Gardendale 9.42% 14,021
81 Russellville 8.66% 9,803
82 Hamilton 8.32% 6,662
83 Foley 7.23% 19,337
84 Hartselle 6.91% 14,421
85 Vestavia Hills 6.5% 34,482
86 Chelsea 6.49% 13,599
87 Trussville 5.95% 22,590
88 Scottsboro 5.3% 14,452
89 Oneonta 4.09% 6,550
90 Boaz 3.45% 9,587
91 Fort Payne 3.43% 14,063
92 Robertsdale 3.31% 6,776
93 Albertville 3.28% 21,620
94 Fairhope 2.59% 22,035
95 Glencoe 2.3% 5,125
96 Southside 2.12% 8,801
97 Cullman 1.24% 16,072
98 Arab 0.77% 8,405
99 Mountain Brook 0.4% 20,178
100 Gulf Shores 0.33% 12,550

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Alabama with the largest African American population.

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