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 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
  4. Midfield
  5. Selma (Photos)
  6. Birmingham (Photos)
  7. Bessemer
  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.

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.

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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.

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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%

2. Fairfield

Fairfield, Alabama

Population: 10,937
% African American: 89.97%
# Of African American Residents: 9,840
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.91%

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%

4. Midfield

Midfield, Alabama

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,260
% African American: 81.35%
# Of African American Residents: 4,279
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.97%

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%

6. Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Population: 212,424
% African American: 71.71%
# Of African American Residents: 152,326
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.56%

7. Bessemer

Bessemer, Alabama

Population: 26,856
% African American: 70.76%
# Of African American Residents: 19,002
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.02%

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%

9. Lanett

Lanett, Alabama

Population: 6,454
% African American: 64.16%
# Of African American Residents: 4,141
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.82%

10. Monroeville

Monroeville, Alabama

Population: 6,203
% African American: 60.83%
# Of African American Residents: 3,773
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.19%

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

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

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