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


We used science and data to determine which cities in California 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 California is 2,158,363 – at 5.6% of the total population of California.

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

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

  1. Inglewood (Photos)
  2. Compton (Photos)
  3. Gardena (Photos)
  4. Oakland (Photos)
  5. Hawthorne (Photos)
  6. Richmond (Photos)
  7. Carson (Photos)
  8. Suisun City (Photos)
  9. Lancaster (Photos)
  10. Vallejo (Photos)

Inglewood took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in California for 2018. 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 California 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 California or the most diverse places in California.

How We Determined The Cities In California 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 California.

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 422 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 41.9% 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. Inglewood took the distinction of being the most Black, while Parlier was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in California 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.

1. Inglewood

Inglewood, California

Population: 111,012
% African American: 41.94%
# Of African American Residents: 46,560
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.08%
More on Inglewood: Data | Jobs

Inglewood is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, southwest of downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 109,673. It was incorporated on February 14, 1908. The city is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is currently under construction in the city and when completed around 2020 will be the new home of both the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The city is also close to the Los Angeles International Airport.

2. Compton

Compton, California

Population: 97,740
% African American: 30.57%
# Of African American Residents: 29,879
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.09%
More on Compton: Data | Jobs

Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, situated south of downtown Los Angeles. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,455. It is known as the “Hub City” due to its geographic centrality in Los Angeles County. Neighborhoods in Compton include Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and Richland Farms. The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and is home to a relatively young community, at an average 25 years of age, compared to the American median age of 35.

3. Gardena

Gardena, California

Population: 59,898
% African American: 24.57%
# Of African American Residents: 14,714
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.11%
More on Gardena: Data | Jobs

Gardena is a city located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 58,829 at the 2010 census, up from 57,746 at the 2000 census. Until 2014, the US census cited the City of Gardena as the place with the highest percentage of Japanese Americans in California. Gardena has a large Japanese population helping make the South Bay region of Los Angeles home to the largest concentration of Japanese companies within the mainland United States.

4. Oakland

Oakland, California

Population: 412,040
% African American: 24.14%
# Of African American Residents: 99,471
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.3%
More on Oakland: Data | Jobs

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 419,267 as of 2015, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. The city was incorporated in 1852.

5. Hawthorne

Hawthorne, California

Population: 86,938
% African American: 22.72%
# Of African American Residents: 19,751
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.26%
More on Hawthorne: Data | Jobs

Hawthorne is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city at the 2010 census had a population of 84,293, up from 84,112 in 2000. In 2013, the population was 86,199.

6. Richmond

Richmond, California

Population: 108,303
% African American: 21.65%
# Of African American Residents: 23,450
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.96%
More on Richmond: Data | Jobs

Richmond is a city in western Contra Costa County, California, United States. The city was incorporated on August 7, 1905. Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Richmond borders the cities of San Pablo, Albany, El Cerrito and Pinole in addition to the unincorporated communities of North Richmond, Hasford Heights, Kensington, El Sobrante, Bayview-Montalvin Manor, Tara Hills, and East Richmond Heights, and for a short distance San Francisco on Red Rock Island in the San Francisco Bay. Richmond is one of two cities, the other being San Rafael, California, that sits on the shores of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay simultaneously.

7. Carson

Carson, California

Population: 92,780
% African American: 20.91%
# Of African American Residents: 19,398
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.2%
More on Carson: Data | Jobs

Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 census, Carson had a population of 91,714. Located 13 miles south of downtown Los Angeles and approximately 14 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport. Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the youngest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles. The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods.

8. Suisun City

Suisun City, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 29,045
% African American: 20.87%
# Of African American Residents: 6,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.52%
More on Suisun City: Data | Jobs

Suisun City is a city in Solano County, California, United States. The population was 28,111 at the 2010 census. The city takes its name from the adjacent Suisun Bay, which in turn is named for the Suisunes, an indigenous tribe of the area.

9. Lancaster

Lancaster, California

Population: 159,651
% African American: 20.83%
# Of African American Residents: 33,253
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.57%
More on Lancaster: Data | Jobs

Lancaster is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California. As of 2013, Lancaster was the 31st largest city in California. Lancaster is part of a twin city complex with its southern neighbor Palmdale and together they are the principal cities within the Antelope Valley region and California’s High Desert.

10. Vallejo

Vallejo, California

Population: 119,644
% African American: 20.81%
# Of African American Residents: 24,892
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.3%
More on Vallejo: Data | Jobs

Vallejo oh; Spanish: ) is a waterfront city in Solano County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Vallejo is geographically the closest North Bay city to the inner East Bay, so it is sometimes mistakenly associated with that region. The population was 115,942 at the 2010 census. It is the tenth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the largest in Solano County. Vallejo sits on the northeastern shore of San Pablo Bay, 30 miles north of San Francisco, the northwestern shore of the Carquinez Strait and the southern end of the Napa River, 15 miles south of Napa. The city is named after General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a native Californio, leading proponent of California’s statehood, and one of the first members of the California State Senate; the neighboring city of Benicia is named for his wife, Francisca Benicia Carrillo de Vallejo.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across California

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

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

  1. Parlier
  2. Huron
  3. Kerman

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In California

Rank City Population % African American
1 Inglewood 111,012 41.94%
2 Compton 97,740 30.57%
3 Gardena 59,898 24.57%
4 Oakland 412,040 24.14%
5 Hawthorne 86,938 22.72%
6 Richmond 108,303 21.65%
7 Carson 92,780 20.91%
8 Suisun City 29,045 20.87%
9 Lancaster 159,651 20.83%
10 Vallejo 119,644 20.81%
11 California City 13,360 20.67%
12 Antioch 108,675 19.39%
13 Adelanto 32,311 17.98%
14 Hercules 25,011 17.98%
15 Moreno Valley 202,061 17.59%
16 Victorville 121,320 17.07%
17 Pittsburg 67,998 16.97%
18 Calipatria 7,511 14.98%
19 Emeryville 11,111 14.43%
20 Barstow 23,438 14.37%
21 Susanville 15,555 14.03%
22 Fairfield 110,953 13.94%
23 San Bernardino 214,581 13.39%
24 Sacramento 484,530 13.22%
25 Bellflower 77,687 13.01%
26 San Pablo 29,991 12.69%
27 Blythe 19,675 12.68%
28 Long Beach 469,793 12.54%
29 Palmdale 156,823 12.39%
30 East Palo Alto 29,353 11.92%
31 San Leandro 89,039 11.51%
32 Lemon Grove 26,421 11.48%
33 Rialto 102,418 11.34%
34 Signal Hill 11,404 11.29%
35 Ione 7,056 11.14%
36 Loma Linda 23,859 11.1%
37 Stockton 301,443 11.0%
38 Hayward 154,507 10.81%
39 Perris 73,718 10.53%
40 Elk Grove 163,634 10.36%
41 Pasadena 140,268 10.17%
42 Chowchilla 18,195 10.0%
43 Corcoran 22,917 9.96%
44 Vacaville 95,607 9.54%
45 Rancho Cordova 69,482 9.28%
46 Paramount 54,941 9.28%
47 Lawndale 33,161 9.09%
48 Soledad 25,616 9.06%
49 Rancho Cucamonga 173,309 9.01%
50 Fontana 205,228 8.77%
51 Los Angeles 3,918,872 8.7%
52 Lynwood 71,233 8.48%
53 Twentynine Palms 25,848 8.33%
54 Duarte 21,792 8.27%
55 Berkeley 118,585 8.21%
56 Cerritos 49,797 8.13%
57 Highland 54,490 8.13%
58 Pinole 19,040 8.02%
59 Apple Valley 71,455 7.97%
60 Banning 30,643 7.97%
61 Lathrop 20,331 7.96%
62 American Canyon 20,334 7.85%
63 Culver City 39,395 7.84%
64 Crescent City 6,965 7.74%
65 Hemet 82,748 7.72%
66 Fresno 513,807 7.65%
67 Oakley 38,968 7.65%
68 Colton 53,856 7.65%
69 San Jacinto 46,375 7.57%
70 La Mesa 59,125 7.5%
71 Patterson 21,205 7.43%
72 Alameda 77,409 7.42%
73 Bakersfield 367,555 7.4%
74 Tehachapi 13,179 7.28%
75 Seaside 34,120 7.07%
76 Monrovia 37,090 6.92%
77 Lakewood 81,054 6.88%
78 Rio Vista 8,055 6.6%
79 Wasco 26,061 6.56%
80 El Cerrito 24,646 6.55%
81 Pomona 151,807 6.44%
82 Desert Hot Springs 28,092 6.43%
83 Marina 20,816 6.37%
84 Brentwood 56,923 6.34%
85 Murrieta 108,583 6.12%
86 San Diego 1,374,812 6.09%
87 Ontario 169,389 5.93%
88 Yucca Valley 21,362 5.83%
89 Dublin 54,523 5.81%
90 La Palma 15,834 5.8%
91 Coalinga 16,609 5.76%
92 Riverside 318,678 5.73%
93 Upland 75,851 5.7%
94 Avenal 13,590 5.67%
95 El Cajon 102,894 5.63%
96 Benicia 27,780 5.61%
97 Chino 83,670 5.54%
98 Grand Terrace 12,393 5.53%
99 Clearlake 15,070 5.48%
100 Menifee 84,978 5.43%

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