Cities In America With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our fourth time ranking the cities in America with the highest african american population.

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What city would you guess has the largest African American population?

For us, we immediately figured it’d have to be somewhere in the South — while it’s trending away from it, the majority of the African American population in America lives in the south.

And we figured it HAS to be a BIG city right? Seems like that would have a better chance than a smaller city of being more diverse.

Well take a second for you to guess.

Ok cool, well, we were half right — it’s in the South but not all that big.

The city with the largest percentage of African Americans? Jackson, MS. Here’s a look at the top ten big cities in America with the largest black population:

Our intuition served us pretty well with one big old glaring exception at the top — Detroit. Detroit has been a predominately African American city for years. It’s an economic hub in the Midwest for African Americans.

Read on to see how we calculated the most African American cities in America based on the most recent Census data.

For more reading, check out:

The 10 Most African American Cities In America For 2020

Jackson, MS

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Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 168,862
Percent African American: 81.8%
Percent African American 2010: 78.0%
Percent Change: -0.9%
More on Jackson: PhotosData

Jackson takes the top spot for being the city with the largest African American population in America for 2020.

It’s the only city to be greater than 80% black as of the latest census data.

Additionally, it has becoming more African American over the course of the decade.

Detroit, MI

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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 677,155
Percent African American: 78.3%
Percent African American 2010: 82.4%
Percent Change: 15.2%
More on Detroit: PhotosData

The only city north of the Mason-Dixon line to make the top ten is Detroit. It’s about 79% black which is actually down from 82.4% in 2010.

It’s the largest city in the top 25 by a wide margin clocking in at over 750,000 people.

Birmingham, AL

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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 212,021
Percent African American: 70.3%
Percent African American 2010: 73.8%
Percent Change: 6.7%
More on Birmingham: PhotosData

In what would have been our guess for the most African American city, Birmingham finds itself 3rd on the list for 2020.

It’s a pretty big drop off from Detroit in terms of percentage of the population that is black — ‘only’ 72% of the folks here are African American.

Miami Gardens, FL

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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 112,913
Percent African American: 68.8%
Percent African American 2010: 74.3%
Percent Change: 1.0%
More on Miami Gardens: PhotosData

Our only Florida spotting on the list, Miami Gardens ranks as the 4th most African American with close to 70% of residents being black.

In addition to a large African American population, there is also a sizable cuban population in Miami Gardens.

Memphis, TN

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Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 653,248
Percent African American: 64.0%
Percent African American 2010: 62.4%
Percent Change: -2.3%
More on Memphis: PhotosData

The 5th ranked city in terms of African American population is Memphis.

Memphis as the 2nd largest African American absolute population in the country behind Detroit — over 400,000 people as of the last census count.

Baltimore, MD

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Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 614,700
Percent African American: 61.9%
Percent African American 2010: 64.0%
Percent Change: 4.2%
More on Baltimore: PhotosData

Baltimore, with 64% of the folks who live there identifying as African America, ranks 6th for 2020.

Since 2010, the African American population has decreased by a count of 9,512.

Montgomery, AL

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Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population: 200,156
Percent African American: 60.5%
Percent African American 2010: 55.4%
Percent Change: -6.7%
More on Montgomery: PhotosData

Surprising to almost no one, the first repeat state on the list goes to Alabama with Montgomery coming in as the 8th most African American big city in America.

Montgomery is only 00.02% more African American than New Orleans, the closest gap of any cities in the top ten.

New Orleans, LA

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Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population: 389,648
Percent African American: 59.0%
Percent African American 2010: 59.4%
Percent Change: -31.0%
More on New Orleans: PhotosData

New Orleans has an interesting quirk — the percentage of the population that is African American has decreased since 2010, but there are not over 51,000 more African Americans living there in that time span.

All that means is that people of every race are down to live in New Orleans and the black population has, just barely, not grown as fast.

Shreveport, LA

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Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population: 193,785
Percent African American: 56.8%
Percent African American 2010: 53.7%
Percent Change: -3.4%
More on Shreveport: PhotosData

Not to be out done by Alabama, Louisiana offers up another city in the top ten — Shreveport.

We honestly hadn’t heard of Shreveport before, but it’s one of the biggest in Louisiana and the 128th largest in the country. So now we know.

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Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population: 196,807
Percent African American: 56.4%
Percent African American 2010: 53.8%
Percent Change: -6.6%
More on Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance): Data

Rounding out the blackest cities in the US is Augusta, GA.

Surprised? Only if you were expecting to see Atlanta instead — we figured Georgia would have a city in the top ten somewhere.

How We Determined The Most African American Large Cities in The US

When we analyze what it’s like to live in a certain place, we simply look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2014-2018 American Community Survey for a detailed breakdown of race by city.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002 which has the breakdown of people by Hispanic/latino and race.

Limiting our analysis to only cities greater than 100,000 people, we looked at the percentage of the population of each city that identified as non-Hispanic/latino, black.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 273 in terms of that percentage with the city having the highest overall percentage being named the “City In America with the Largest African American population” — Jackson, MS. You can download the data here.

The “least African American” city according to the data? That would be Brownsville, TX which is only 0.21% African American as of the latest data.

There You Have It — The Most African American Big Cities in America

Based on recent trends, the South might not continue to dominate this list in the years to come — well maybe decades — as some more Northern and Western cities continue to attract large swaths of the black population.

But until then, we’ll keep seeing southern cities atop the list.

And for those playing at home, here’s a look at the least African American cities in America:

  1. Laredo
  2. Brownsville
  3. East Los Angeles

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Most African American Cities In America For 2020

Rank City % Black
1 Jackson, MS 81.8%
2 Detroit, MI 78.3%
3 Birmingham, AL 70.3%
4 Miami Gardens, FL 68.8%
5 Memphis, TN 64.0%
6 Baltimore, MD 61.9%
7 Montgomery, AL 60.5%
8 New Orleans, LA 59.0%
9 Shreveport, LA 56.8%
10 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance), GA 56.4%
11 Baton Rouge, LA 54.8%
12 Savannah, GA 53.9%
13 Atlanta, GA 51.5%
14 Mobile, AL 50.5%
15 Hampton, VA 49.3%
16 Cleveland, OH 49.0%
17 Newark, NJ 48.1%
18 Beaumont, TX 48.0%
19 Richmond, VA 47.5%
20 St. Louis, MO 46.8%
21 Washington, DC 46.1%
22 Columbus, GA 45.2%
23 Miramar, FL 43.1%
24 Cincinnati, OH 42.4%
25 Little Rock, AR 41.6%
26 Greensboro, NC 41.3%
27 Fayetteville, NC 41.2%
28 Inglewood, CA 41.1%
29 Philadelphia, PA 41.0%
30 Norfolk, VA 40.9%
31 Columbia, SC 40.2%
32 Newport News, VA 39.7%
33 Durham, NC 38.7%
34 Dayton, OH 38.6%
35 Milwaukee, WI 38.4%
36 Rochester, NY 38.2%
37 Buffalo, NY 35.7%
38 Hartford, CT 34.7%
39 Killeen, TX 34.5%
40 Charlotte, NC 34.5%
41 Tallahassee, FL 34.3%
42 Winston-Salem, NC 34.3%
43 High Point, NC 34.0%
44 Bridgeport, CT 32.9%
45 Chattanooga, TN 32.3%
46 Pompano Beach, FL 32.3%
47 New Haven, CT 31.5%
48 Lafayette, LA 30.8%
49 Fort Lauderdale, FL 30.5%
50 Jacksonville, FL 30.5%
51 Huntsville, AL 30.3%
52 Akron, OH 29.9%
53 Chicago, IL 29.7%
54 Chesapeake, VA 29.2%
55 Kansas City, MO 28.7%
56 Syracuse, NY 28.5%
57 Raleigh, NC 28.2%
58 Indianapolis, IN 28.1%
59 Columbus, OH 28.1%
60 Nashville, TN 27.7%
61 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance), GA 27.5%
62 Peoria, IL 26.8%
63 Toledo, OH 26.6%
64 South Bend, IN 26.0%
65 Mesquite, TX 25.6%
66 Paterson, NJ 24.9%
67 Orlando, FL 24.3%
68 Dallas, TX 23.9%
69 Louisville, KY 23.2%
70 Clarksville, TN 23.1%
71 Kansas City, KS 23.1%
72 Oakland, CA 23.1%
73 Pittsburgh, PA 22.9%
74 Grand Prairie, TX 22.7%
75 Boston, MA 22.7%
76 Tampa, FL 22.7%
77 St. Petersburg, FL 22.3%
78 Charleston, SC 22.3%
79 Houston, TX 22.1%
80 Arlington, TX 22.0%
81 New York, NY 21.9%
82 Jersey City, NJ 21.9%
83 Rockford, IL 21.5%
84 Lansing, MI 21.4%
85 Alexandria, VA 21.3%
86 Lancaster, CA 21.3%
87 Gainesville, FL 21.2%
88 Waco, TX 21.2%
89 Coral Springs, FL 20.9%
90 Vallejo, CA 20.4%
91 Pembroke Pines, FL 20.2%
92 North Las Vegas, NV 20.2%
93 Springfield, IL 19.7%
94 Richmond, CA 19.6%
95 Minneapolis, MN 19.0%
96 Waterbury, CT 18.8%
97 Murfreesboro, TN 18.6%
98 Fort Worth, TX 18.6%
99 Springfield, MA 18.6%
100 Virginia Beach, VA 18.5%

African American Places By State

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3 thoughts on “Cities In America With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  1. Thank you for this interesting information.

    I have one suggestion, if I may.
    The beginning of your article/information you ask a question in a misleading way, at best, and incorrectly, at worst.

    This is your articles headline and title:
    “These Are The 10 Cities In America With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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

    Then, you ask the readers this question:
    “What city would you guess has the largest African American population?”

    Scientifically speaking, mathematically speaking, and logically speaking, there is a major difference and distinction between asking, “What city has the LARGEST A. American population?”, vs ,”What city’s population has the greatest percentage of A. American population?”

    Thus, the way the initial question was asked, even a person with decent knowledge of the American population will be thrown way off the track as to the actual answer you are looking for.

    Your answer, and your data chart do not show which cities have the largest or greatest A. American population. Your data chart shows which cities have the greatest percentage of a city’s population, who are A. American.

    So, the correct answer to your actual question is New York City, NY with a
    black/A. American population of over 2 million people.

    In stark contrast, even though Jackson, MS has the greatest percentage of it’s population being black/A. Americans, the total black/A. American population is almost 139,000. And that is far less than over 2 million in NYC.

    BTW, your question and answer is commonly confused, as is evidenced on multiple websites that also incorrectly conflate, “highest/greatest percentage”, vs, “largest number”.

  2. Thank you Tome. This issue is so much more complicated than the author would suggest. I appreciate your observations. But even then, the issue of the metropolitan area and populations further complicate the issue. As the metro area around our urban city cores typically represent white and mobile Americans who may work in and support the city center but chose not live there.

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