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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 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 in the black population 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 2019:

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 77.7% 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. 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.

Pine Bluff, AR

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Population: 44,509
% African American: 77.68%
# Of African American Residents: 34,573
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.29%
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Pine Bluff is the tenth-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is the principal city of the Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area and part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff Combined Statistical Area. The population of the city was 49,083 in the 2010 Census with 2016 estmates showing a decline to 43,841.

Helena-West Helena, AR

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Population: 11,210
% African American: 74.83%
# Of African American Residents: 8,389
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.48%
More on Helena-West Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helena-West Helena is the county seat of and the largest city within Phillips County, Arkansas, United States. The current city was consolidated, effective January 1, 2006, from the two Arkansas cities of Helena and West Helena. Helena is sited on lowlands between the Mississippi River and the eastern side of Crowley’s Ridge. West Helena is located on the western side of Crowley’s Ridge, a geographic anomaly in the typically flat Arkansas Delta. The Helena Bridge, one of Arkansas’ four Mississippi River bridges, carries U.S. Route 49 across to Mississippi. The combined population of the two cities was 15,012 at the 2000 census and at the 2010 census, the official population was 12,282.

Forrest City, AR

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Population: 14,691
% African American: 70.02%
# Of African American Residents: 10,287
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.03%
More on Forrest City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Forrest City is a city in St. Francis County, Arkansas, United States, and the county seat. It was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who used the location as a campsite for a construction crew completing a railroad between Memphis and Little Rock, shortly after the Civil War. The population was 15,371 at the 2010 census, an increase from 14,774 in 2000. The city refers to itself as the “Jewel of the Delta”.

West Memphis, AR

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Population: 25,152
% African American: 61.17%
# Of African American Residents: 15,386
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.96%
More on West Memphis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 26,245 at the 2010 census, ranking it as the state’s 18th largest city, behind Bella Vista. It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area, and is located directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis.

Blytheville, AR

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Population: 14,588
% African American: 61.13%
# Of African American Residents: 8,918
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.97%
More on Blytheville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blytheville is the largest city in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Blytheville is approximately 60 miles north of West Memphis. The population was 18,272 at the 2000 census.

Osceola, AR

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Population: 7,160
% African American: 55.8%
# Of African American Residents: 3,995
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.67%
More on Osceola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Osceola is a city in and one of the two county seats of Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Located along the Mississippi River within the Arkansas delta, the settlement was founded in 1837 and incorporated in 1853. Occupying an important location on the river, the city’s economy grew as steamboat traffic increased. Timber and cotton harvesting would develop, and the city experienced rapid growth and development throughout the early 20th century. The city’s economy has since diversified to include a robust industrial sector. The population was 7,757 at the 2010 census.

Camden, AR

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Population: 11,289
% African American: 55.27%
# Of African American Residents: 6,239
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.65%
More on Camden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Camden is a city in and the county seat of Ouachita County in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

El Dorado, AR

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Population: 18,201
% African American: 49.48%
# Of African American Residents: 9,005
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.56%
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North Little Rock, AR

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Population: 66,144
% African American: 43.8%
# Of African American Residents: 28,973
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.87%
More on North Little Rock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Little Rock is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in the central part of the state. The population was 62,304 at the 2010 census. North Little Rock, along with Little Rock and Conway, anchors the six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is further included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area with 902,443 residents.

Crossett, AR

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Population: 5,142
% African American: 43.74%
# Of African American Residents: 2,249
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.13%
More on Crossett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Mountain Home

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Arkansas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Pine Bluff 77.68% 44,509
2 Helena-West Helena 74.83% 11,210
3 Forrest City 70.02% 14,691
4 West Memphis 61.17% 25,152
5 Blytheville 61.13% 14,588
6 Osceola 55.8% 7,160
7 Camden 55.27% 11,289
8 El Dorado 49.48% 18,201
9 North Little Rock 43.8% 66,144
10 Crossett 43.74% 5,142
11 Hope 42.48% 9,923
12 Magnolia 41.99% 11,570
13 Little Rock 41.42% 197,780
14 Warren 40.87% 5,715
15 Monticello 38.58% 9,660
16 Stuttgart 38.04% 8,979
17 Jacksonville 36.99% 28,637
18 Wynne 33.68% 8,095
19 Texarkana 33.13% 30,120
20 Marion 32.33% 12,467
21 Arkadelphia 30.08% 10,664
22 Malvern 29.7% 10,830
23 Newport 26.49% 7,770
24 Sherwood 20.4% 30,590
25 Jonesboro 18.67% 73,581
26 Morrilton 18.25% 6,663
27 Hot Springs 17.0% 36,780
28 Conway 16.58% 64,481
29 Maumelle 14.56% 17,967
30 White Hall 13.5% 5,213
31 Bryant 11.07% 19,607
32 Fort Smith 9.56% 87,537
33 Searcy 8.94% 23,819
34 Benton 8.2% 34,034
35 Trumann 7.29% 7,103
36 Fayetteville 6.78% 81,889
37 Beebe 6.04% 7,992
38 Russellville 5.81% 29,147
39 De Queen 5.48% 6,623
40 Centerton 4.68% 12,178
41 Clarksville 4.12% 9,448
42 Batesville 3.88% 10,568
43 Bentonville 2.58% 44,601
44 Springdale 2.52% 77,252
45 Van Buren 2.23% 23,135
46 Siloam Springs 2.08% 16,311
47 Pocahontas 2.01% 6,459
48 Rogers 1.46% 63,411
49 Paragould 1.45% 27,815
50 Cabot 1.41% 25,732
51 Heber Springs 0.92% 7,079
52 Harrison 0.89% 13,058
53 Lowell 0.82% 8,622
54 Alma 0.5% 5,616
55 Berryville 0.37% 5,389
56 Mena 0.29% 5,612
57 Mountain Home 0.12% 12,253
58 Greenwood 0.06% 9,311
59 Farmington 0.0% 6,598

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