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


We used science and data to determine which cities in California 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 California 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 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 2019:

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

Inglewood took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in California 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 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 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 California.

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 422 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 40.9% 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 Huron 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.

Inglewood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 111,006
% African American: 40.94%
# Of African American Residents: 45,444
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.45%
More on Inglewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 97,847
% African American: 30.38%
# Of African American Residents: 29,727
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.57%
More on Compton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 417,442
% African American: 23.64%
# Of African American Residents: 98,681
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.03%
More on Oakland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Hawthorne, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 87,425
% African American: 23.27%
# Of African American Residents: 20,340
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.76%
More on Hawthorne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Gardena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 60,096
% African American: 23.21%
# Of African American Residents: 13,946
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.2%
More on Gardena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Carson, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 92,927
% African American: 22.75%
# Of African American Residents: 21,145
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.16%
More on Carson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lancaster, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 160,113
% African American: 21.25%
# Of African American Residents: 34,026
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.35%
More on Lancaster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

8. California City

California City, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 13,495
% African American: 21.19%
# Of African American Residents: 2,859
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.35%
More on California City: Real Estate | Photos

California City is a city incorporated in 1965 in the northern Antelope Valley in Kern County, California, 65 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. The population was 14,120 at the 2010 census making California City the 331st largest city in the state by population. Covering 203.631 square miles, the city is the third largest city in the state by area.

Suisun City, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,280
% African American: 20.72%
# Of African American Residents: 6,068
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.61%
More on Suisun City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Vallejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 120,599
% African American: 20.45%
# Of African American Residents: 24,667
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.19%
More on Vallejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Huron
  2. Mendota
  3. Gustine

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In California

Rank City % African American Population
1 Inglewood 40.94% 111,006
2 Compton 30.38% 97,847
3 Oakland 23.64% 417,442
4 Hawthorne 23.27% 87,425
5 Gardena 23.21% 60,096
6 Carson 22.75% 92,927
7 Lancaster 21.25% 160,113
8 California City 21.19% 13,495
9 Suisun City 20.72% 29,280
10 Vallejo 20.45% 120,599
11 Adelanto 20.35% 32,867
12 Richmond 20.18% 108,853
13 Antioch 19.74% 110,026
14 Moreno Valley 16.77% 203,691
15 Hercules 16.03% 25,260
16 Pittsburg 16.01% 69,449
17 Barstow 15.7% 23,609
18 Victorville 15.19% 121,721
19 Emeryville 14.73% 11,524
20 Calipatria 14.33% 7,426
21 Fairfield 14.04% 112,790
22 Susanville 13.69% 15,286
23 San Bernardino 13.21% 215,252
24 Sacramento 13.07% 489,650
25 Bellflower 12.84% 77,852
26 Lemon Grove 12.74% 26,645
27 Blythe 12.6% 19,486
28 Long Beach 12.38% 470,489
29 Palmdale 12.3% 157,358
30 San Pablo 12.28% 30,720
31 Loma Linda 11.9% 23,961
32 Rialto 11.81% 102,708
33 San Leandro 11.12% 89,910
34 Stockton 11.07% 304,358
35 East Palo Alto 10.61% 29,646
36 Signal Hill 10.61% 11,508
37 Corcoran 10.53% 22,650
38 Elk Grove 10.48% 166,228
39 Vacaville 10.02% 96,918
40 Ione 9.98% 7,161
41 Lawndale 9.98% 33,191
42 Hayward 9.74% 156,917
43 Pasadena 9.73% 141,231
44 Perris 9.63% 75,011
45 Pinole 9.48% 19,191
46 Twentynine Palms 9.31% 25,995
47 Rancho Cordova 9.14% 70,785
48 Banning 8.95% 30,824
49 Rancho Cucamonga 8.79% 174,573
50 Paramount 8.7% 55,020
51 Los Angeles 8.6% 3,949,776
52 Oakley 8.6% 39,950
53 Soledad 8.55% 25,603
54 Fontana 8.35% 207,086
55 Berkeley 8.34% 120,179
56 Highland 8.14% 54,704
57 Lynwood 7.98% 71,350
58 American Canyon 7.95% 20,341
59 Chowchilla 7.86% 18,314
60 Hemet 7.75% 83,604
61 Apple Valley 7.7% 71,916
62 Culver City 7.52% 39,432
63 Colton 7.52% 54,200
64 Fresno 7.42% 519,037
65 Tehachapi 7.38% 12,948
66 Alameda 7.33% 78,246
67 Rio Vista 7.23% 8,350
68 Lakewood 7.23% 81,106
69 Cerritos 7.18% 50,145
70 Marina 7.17% 21,227
71 Bakersfield 7.13% 372,680
72 Redlands 7.11% 70,765
73 Seaside 7.0% 34,259
74 Duarte 6.93% 21,832
75 Desert Hot Springs 6.78% 28,298
76 La Mesa 6.65% 59,479
77 Wasco 6.63% 26,378
78 Patterson 6.6% 21,497
79 Beaumont 6.51% 43,641
80 Crescent City 6.46% 6,751
81 Menifee 6.3% 86,820
82 Yucca Valley 6.19% 21,483
83 Brentwood 6.12% 58,828
84 San Jacinto 6.08% 46,932
85 San Diego 6.07% 1,390,966
86 Pomona 6.02% 152,366
87 Lathrop 5.97% 21,050
88 Murrieta 5.91% 110,043
89 Chino 5.72% 85,609
90 Benicia 5.69% 28,011
91 Ontario 5.68% 171,041
92 Riverside 5.68% 321,570
93 Hawaiian Gardens 5.46% 14,465
94 El Cajon 5.4% 103,314
95 Merced 5.32% 82,008
96 Upland 5.28% 76,155
97 La Palma 5.27% 15,814
98 Claremont 5.24% 35,949
99 El Cerrito 5.23% 24,982
100 Tracy 5.15% 87,613

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