These Are The 10 Alabama Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 1,275,780 – 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 2019:

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

Tuskegee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Alabama for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 95.4% 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.

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.

Tuskegee, AL

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Population: 8,852
% African American: 95.36%
# Of African American Residents: 8,441
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.59%
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

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Population: 10,850
% African American: 91.73%
# Of African American Residents: 9,953
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.82%
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: 22,063
% African American: 87.3%
# Of African American Residents: 19,261
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.84%
More on Prichard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,174
% African American: 83.82%
# Of African American Residents: 4,337
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.47%
More on Midfield: Real Estate | Data

Selma, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 19,176
% African American: 80.18%
# Of African American Residents: 15,375
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.12%
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.

Birmingham, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 212,265
% African American: 71.31%
# Of African American Residents: 151,375
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.16%
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.

Bessemer, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 26,697
% African American: 69.86%
# Of African American Residents: 18,651
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.72%
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.

Center Point, AL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,564
% African American: 67.85%
# Of African American Residents: 11,239
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.83%
More on Center Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montgomery, AL

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Population: 200,761
% African American: 59.81%
# Of African American Residents: 120,068
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.86%
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

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Population: 6,341
% African American: 59.8%
# Of African American Residents: 3,792
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.76%
More on Lanett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 95.36% 8,852
2 Fairfield 91.73% 10,850
3 Prichard 87.3% 22,063
4 Midfield 83.82% 5,174
5 Selma 80.18% 19,176
6 Birmingham 71.31% 212,265
7 Bessemer 69.86% 26,697
8 Center Point 67.85% 16,564
9 Montgomery 59.81% 200,761
10 Lanett 59.8% 6,341
11 Monroeville 59.29% 6,072
12 Demopolis 56.38% 6,999
13 Greenville 55.05% 7,766
14 Pleasant Grove 54.68% 10,224
15 Atmore 52.6% 9,969
16 Tarrant 51.12% 6,238
17 Mobile 50.24% 192,085
18 Eufaula 50.18% 12,467
19 Anniston 48.43% 22,097
20 Talladega 48.08% 15,747
21 Chickasaw 46.31% 5,889
22 Tuscaloosa 44.08% 97,373
23 Phenix City 43.73% 36,870
24 Brewton 43.23% 5,279
25 Opelika 43.11% 29,372
26 Roanoke 42.9% 5,925
27 Valley 41.42% 9,331
28 Bay Minette 41.38% 8,990
29 Troy 41.36% 19,010
30 Wetumpka 35.71% 7,799
31 Alexander City 35.44% 14,705
32 Sylacauga 35.39% 12,492
33 Irondale 35.16% 12,453
34 Gadsden 34.69% 35,832
35 Hueytown 33.7% 15,698
36 Dothan 33.33% 67,784
37 Ozark 32.45% 14,546
38 Huntsville 30.58% 190,501
39 Pike Road 28.66% 8,417
40 Calera 27.87% 13,216
41 Andalusia 26.54% 8,918
42 Millbrook 26.46% 14,994
43 Northport 26.36% 24,708
44 Lincoln 24.14% 6,544
45 Jacksonville 23.4% 12,731
46 Montevallo 23.02% 6,626
47 Sheffield 22.87% 9,007
48 Tuscumbia 21.65% 8,452
49 Decatur 21.61% 54,844
50 Enterprise 21.53% 27,776
51 Daleville 21.27% 5,138
52 Clay 20.93% 9,685
53 Clanton 20.65% 8,701
54 Attalla 19.43% 5,884
55 Prattville 18.92% 35,286
56 Florence 18.43% 39,824
57 Opp 17.92% 6,580
58 Hoover 17.51% 84,150
59 Auburn 17.3% 61,462
60 Athens 16.41% 24,735
61 Leeds 16.14% 11,847
62 Foley 15.76% 17,315
63 Pinson 15.6% 7,563
64 Fultondale 15.6% 9,012
65 Jasper 15.26% 13,854
66 Daphne 14.9% 24,685
67 Madison 14.71% 47,079
68 Alabaster 14.53% 32,567
69 Pell City 14.33% 13,465
70 Rainbow City 14.32% 9,560
71 Homewood 14.18% 25,678
72 Moody 14.11% 12,585
73 Oxford 13.74% 21,231
74 Helena 13.34% 17,928
75 Muscle Shoals 12.96% 13,701
76 Guntersville 12.16% 8,333
77 Gardendale 11.7% 13,799
78 Saraland 11.61% 14,026
79 Satsuma 10.69% 6,145
80 Pelham 10.56% 22,941
81 Smiths Station 10.45% 5,311
82 Russellville 9.44% 9,715
83 Oneonta 9.11% 6,585
84 Hartselle 8.29% 14,395
85 Hamilton 7.13% 6,718
86 Trussville 5.79% 21,145
87 Scottsboro 5.38% 14,584
88 Spanish Fort 5.15% 8,017
89 Chelsea 5.01% 12,199
90 Fairhope 4.92% 19,561
91 Vestavia Hills 3.79% 34,003
92 Robertsdale 3.5% 5,853
93 Albertville 2.92% 21,342
94 Fort Payne 2.87% 14,017
95 Boaz 2.11% 9,580
96 Glencoe 1.94% 5,116
97 Southside 1.57% 8,679
98 Mountain Brook 0.86% 20,438
99 Cullman 0.85% 15,111
100 Arab 0.76% 8,200

About Chris Kolmar

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