These Are The 10 Arkansas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas is 457,822 – at 15.4% of the total population of Arkansas.

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 Arkansas? Which cities and towns in Arkansas have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Arkansas with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Pine Bluff (Photos)
  2. Helena-West Helena (Photos)
  3. Forrest City (Photos)
  4. West Memphis (Photos)
  5. Blytheville (Photos)
  6. Camden (Photos)
  7. Osceola (Photos)
  8. El Dorado (Photos)
  9. Hope (Photos)
  10. North Little Rock (Photos)

Pine Bluff took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Arkansas for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Arkansas 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 Arkansas or the most diverse places in Arkansas.

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How We Determined The Cities In Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 76.6% 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. Pine Bluff took the distinction of being the most Black, while Farmington was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Arkansas 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. Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Population: 45,404
% African American: 76.59%
# Of African American Residents: 34,775
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.74%

2. Helena-West Helena

Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,325
% African American: 76.29%
# Of African American Residents: 8,640
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.86%

3. Forrest City

Forrest City, Arkansas

Population: 14,871
% African American: 65.08%
# Of African American Residents: 9,678
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.95%

4. West Memphis

West Memphis, Arkansas

Population: 25,411
% African American: 63.38%
# Of African American Residents: 16,105
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.52%

5. Blytheville

Blytheville, Arkansas

Population: 14,849
% African American: 59.0%
# Of African American Residents: 8,761
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.71%

6. Camden

Camden, Arkansas

Population: 11,515
% African American: 55.48%
# Of African American Residents: 6,389
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.35%

7. Osceola

Osceola, Arkansas

Population: 7,315
% African American: 53.0%
# Of African American Residents: 3,877
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.36%

8. El Dorado

El Dorado, Arkansas

Population: 18,393
% African American: 49.5%
# Of African American Residents: 9,105
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.48%

9. Hope

Hope, Arkansas

Population: 9,968
% African American: 44.87%
# Of African American Residents: 4,473
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.29%

10. North Little Rock

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Population: 66,042
% African American: 42.51%
# Of African American Residents: 28,072
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.14%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Arkansas

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Arkansas according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Arkansas:

  1. Farmington
  2. Greenwood
  3. Mena

For more Arkansas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Arkansas

City Rank Population % African American
Pine Bluff 1 45,404 76.59%
Helena-West Helena 2 11,325 76.29%
Forrest City 3 14,871 65.08%
West Memphis 4 25,411 63.38%
Blytheville 5 14,849 59.0%
Camden 6 11,515 55.48%
Osceola 7 7,315 53.0%
El Dorado 8 18,393 49.5%
Hope 9 9,968 44.87%
North Little Rock 10 66,042 42.51%
Little Rock 11 197,640 41.63%
Magnolia 12 11,651 39.93%
Warren 13 5,804 39.7%
Monticello 14 9,752 38.58%
Stuttgart 15 9,125 38.47%
Crossett 16 5,272 38.11%
Jacksonville 17 28,661 36.74%
Texarkana 18 30,155 33.91%
Wynne 19 8,195 32.92%
Marion 20 12,323 31.32%
Malvern 21 10,937 31.1%
Newport 22 7,781 28.33%
Arkadelphia 23 10,728 27.93%
Morrilton 24 6,746 20.41%
Sherwood 25 30,251 19.27%
Jonesboro 26 72,638 19.26%
Hot Springs 27 36,711 17.82%
Conway 28 64,184 16.21%
Maumelle 29 17,795 15.57%
White Hall 30 5,243 15.45%
Bryant 31 19,529 9.75%
Fort Smith 32 87,712 9.26%
Searcy 33 23,969 8.92%
Benton 34 33,613 7.07%
De Queen 35 6,657 6.65%
Beebe 36 7,952 6.51%
Fayetteville 37 80,552 6.27%
Russellville 38 29,136 5.48%
Trumann 39 7,143 5.45%
Clarksville 40 9,391 3.98%
Centerton 41 11,403 3.89%
Batesville 42 10,579 3.78%
Springdale 43 76,188 2.67%
Bentonville 44 42,499 2.65%
Pocahontas 45 6,470 2.21%
Van Buren 46 23,155 1.9%
Siloam Springs 47 16,095 1.7%
Alma 48 5,599 1.54%
Paragould 49 27,521 1.3%
Rogers 50 61,979 1.23%
Cabot 51 25,407 1.17%
Heber Springs 52 7,169 0.85%
Harrison 53 13,168 0.84%
Berryville 54 5,370 0.74%
Lowell 55 8,322 0.71%
Mountain Home 56 12,312 0.35%
Mena 57 5,674 0.14%
Greenwood 58 9,296 0.06%
Farmington 59 6,470 0.0%

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