Arkansas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2020. This is our sixth 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 458,536 – at 15.3% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Arkansas? Pine Bluff took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Arkansas for 2020. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Arkansas For 2020

Pine Bluff, AR

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Population: 43,840
% African American: 76.9%
# Of African American Residents: 33,711
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.65%
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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: 10,965
% African American: 75.14%
# Of African American Residents: 8,239
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.04%
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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: 14,475
% African American: 71.92%
# Of African American Residents: 10,411
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.18%
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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”.

Blytheville, AR

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Population: 14,298
% African American: 60.92%
# Of African American Residents: 8,711
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.26%
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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.

West Memphis, AR

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Population: 25,009
% African American: 59.65%
# Of African American Residents: 14,918
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.85%
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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.

Camden, AR

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Population: 11,152
% African American: 56.49%
# Of African American Residents: 6,300
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.71%
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Camden is a city in and the county seat of Ouachita County in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Osceola, AR

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Population: 7,049
% African American: 54.83%
# Of African American Residents: 3,865
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.67%
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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.

El Dorado, AR

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Population: 18,129
% African American: 48.15%
# Of African American Residents: 8,729
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.51%
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North Little Rock, AR

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Population: 66,282
% African American: 44.44%
# Of African American Residents: 29,456
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.87%
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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.

Magnolia, AR

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Population: 11,573
% African American: 43.75%
# Of African American Residents: 5,063
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.57%
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Magnolia is a city in Columbia County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 11,577. The city is the county seat of Columbia County.

How We Determined The Cities In Arkansas With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 76.9% 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 Alma was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Alma
  2. Cherokee Village
  3. Farmington

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Arkansas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Pine Bluff 76.9% 43,840
2 Helena-West Helena 75.14% 10,965
3 Forrest City 71.92% 14,475
4 Blytheville 60.92% 14,298
5 West Memphis 59.65% 25,009
6 Camden 56.49% 11,152
7 Osceola 54.83% 7,049
8 El Dorado 48.15% 18,129
9 North Little Rock 44.44% 66,282
10 Magnolia 43.75% 11,573
11 Hope 43.37% 9,847
12 Little Rock 41.63% 198,135
13 Warren 39.74% 5,704
14 Monticello 39.04% 9,580
15 Crossett 37.93% 5,075
16 Jacksonville 37.62% 28,588
17 Stuttgart 37.48% 8,866
18 Texarkana 33.25% 30,104
19 Marion 32.8% 12,447
20 Arkadelphia 31.86% 10,611
21 Wynne 29.56% 8,017
22 Malvern 28.27% 10,853
23 Newport 20.74% 7,695
24 Sherwood 19.81% 30,812
25 White Hall 19.62% 5,158
26 Jonesboro 19.05% 74,710
27 Morrilton 17.97% 6,640
28 Hot Springs 17.33% 36,969
29 Conway 16.81% 65,069
30 Maumelle 15.81% 18,053
31 Bryant 13.46% 19,944
32 Fort Smith 9.81% 87,639
33 Searcy 9.47% 23,853
34 Benton 8.75% 34,873
35 Fayetteville 7.13% 83,736
36 Trumann 6.14% 7,089
37 De Queen 5.63% 6,612
38 Russellville 5.51% 29,244
39 Centerton 4.1% 13,252
40 Clarksville 3.95% 9,512
41 Batesville 3.68% 10,642
42 Beebe 3.55% 8,055
43 Bentonville 2.94% 46,857
44 Van Buren 2.46% 23,296
45 Paragould 2.37% 28,296
46 Pocahontas 2.27% 6,506
47 Springdale 2.26% 78,690
48 Cabot 1.98% 26,176
49 Siloam Springs 1.93% 16,567
50 Rogers 1.52% 64,947
51 Heber Springs 1.25% 7,047
52 Harrison 0.9% 13,069
53 Lowell 0.73% 8,926
54 Greenwood 0.3% 9,357
55 Mena 0.23% 5,597
56 Berryville 0.22% 5,421
57 Mountain Home 0.11% 12,303
58 Farmington 0.0% 6,810
59 Cherokee Village 0.0% 5,067
60 Alma 0.0% 5,688

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