The 10 California Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in California with the largest African American population.

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 2,169,155 - at 5.5% 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 2021:

  1. Inglewood
  2. Compton
  3. Hawthorne
  4. California City
  5. Carson
  6. Oakland
  7. Gardena
  8. Antioch
  9. Suisun City
  10. Lancaster

What's the blackest city in California? Inglewood took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in california for 2021. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In California For 2021

1. Inglewood

Inglewood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 109,613
% African American: 39.65%
# Of African American Residents: 43,457
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.67%
More on Inglewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Compton

Compton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 96,803
% African American: 28.4%
# Of African American Residents: 27,490
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.67%
More on Compton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Hawthorne

Hawthorne, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 87,107
% African American: 24.11%
# Of African American Residents: 21,003
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.95%
More on Hawthorne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. California City

California City, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 13,826
% African American: 23.88%
# Of African American Residents: 3,301
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.14%
More on California City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Carson

Carson, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 92,079
% African American: 23.48%
# Of African American Residents: 21,624
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.45%
More on Carson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Oakland

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 425,097
% African American: 23.23%
# Of African American Residents: 98,749
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.97%
More on Oakland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Gardena

Gardena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 59,709
% African American: 22.24%
# Of African American Residents: 13,279
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.08%
More on Gardena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Antioch

Antioch, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 111,200
% African American: 21.07%
# Of African American Residents: 23,431
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.54%
More on Antioch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Suisun City

Suisun City, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,488
% African American: 20.92%
# Of African American Residents: 6,169
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.38%
More on Suisun City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Lancaster

Lancaster, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 159,028
% African American: 20.48%
# Of African American Residents: 32,571
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.12%
More on Lancaster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In california With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 421 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 39.6% 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. Inglewood took the distinction of being the most Black, while Orland was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Orland
  2. Healdsburg
  3. Firebaugh

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In California

Rank City % African American Population
1 Inglewood 39.65% 109,613
2 Compton 28.4% 96,803
3 Hawthorne 24.11% 87,107
4 California City 23.88% 13,826
5 Carson 23.48% 92,079
6 Oakland 23.23% 425,097
7 Gardena 22.24% 59,709
8 Antioch 21.07% 111,200
9 Suisun City 20.92% 29,488
10 Lancaster 20.48% 159,028
11 Vallejo 19.71% 121,267
12 Richmond 19.53% 109,884
13 Adelanto 17.74% 33,660
14 Barstow 17.66% 23,899
15 Moreno Valley 17.08% 207,289
16 Victorville 15.97% 121,902
17 Calipatria 14.97% 7,395
18 Hercules 14.96% 25,616
19 Pittsburg 14.88% 71,422
20 Fairfield 14.84% 115,282
21 Emeryville 14.72% 11,899
22 Lemon Grove 14.4% 26,802
23 Susanville 14.03% 15,064
24 San Bernardino 13.29% 216,089
25 Bellflower 12.97% 77,195
26 Sacramento 12.74% 500,930
27 Palmdale 12.65% 156,293
28 Rialto 12.37% 103,045
29 Long Beach 12.21% 466,776
30 Pinole 11.64% 19,279
31 Corcoran 11.36% 22,156
32 Signal Hill 11.01% 11,512
33 Elk Grove 10.93% 170,825
34 East Palo Alto 10.9% 29,593
35 Stockton 10.8% 309,228
36 San Pablo 10.74% 30,967
37 Blythe 10.66% 19,643
38 San Leandro 9.92% 90,025
39 Ione 9.87% 7,753
40 Tehachapi 9.83% 12,680
41 Twentynine Palms 9.71% 26,147
42 Loma Linda 9.7% 24,184
43 Lawndale 9.69% 32,819
44 Perris 9.61% 77,290
45 Vacaville 9.53% 98,875
46 Rancho Cucamonga 9.51% 176,379
47 Soledad 9.4% 25,705
48 Desert Hot Springs 9.23% 28,585
49 Hayward 9.16% 159,293
50 Oakley 8.99% 41,324
51 Rancho Cordova 8.99% 73,147
52 Paramount 8.81% 54,513
53 Beaumont 8.71% 47,144
54 Culver City 8.69% 39,169
55 Los Angeles 8.61% 3,966,936
56 Lakewood 8.59% 80,292
57 Cerritos 8.46% 50,143
58 Fontana 8.44% 210,759
59 Apple Valley 8.43% 72,726
60 Pasadena 8.32% 141,258
61 Highland 8.11% 55,049
62 Lynwood 8.05% 70,635
63 Chowchilla 8.02% 18,413
64 Banning 7.78% 31,072
65 Brentwood 7.76% 61,961
66 La Mesa 7.74% 59,556
67 Berkeley 7.68% 121,485
68 Crescent City 7.64% 6,676
69 American Canyon 7.59% 20,261
70 Rio Vista 7.58% 8,947
71 Bakersfield 7.23% 377,917
72 Alameda 7.2% 78,522
73 Colton 7.11% 54,580
74 Hemet 7.06% 84,542
75 Fresno 7.04% 525,010
76 Seaside 6.87% 33,956
77 San Jacinto 6.71% 47,989
78 Marina 6.42% 21,981
79 Yucca Valley 6.21% 21,622
80 Patterson 6.11% 22,066
81 Lomita 6.11% 20,514
82 San Diego 6.05% 1,409,573
83 Lathrop 5.96% 22,341
84 Lake Elsinore 5.96% 65,817
85 Wasco 5.93% 27,193
86 Los Alamitos 5.8% 11,534
87 Riverside 5.77% 326,414
88 Menifee 5.69% 90,349
89 Upland 5.53% 76,596
90 Murrieta 5.47% 112,941
91 Duarte 5.46% 21,559
92 El Cajon 5.4% 103,186
93 Redlands 5.35% 71,198
94 Chino 5.34% 89,631
95 Pomona 5.3% 152,209
96 Monrovia 5.29% 36,816
97 Claremont 5.27% 36,090
98 Corona 5.18% 166,972
99 Ontario 5.1% 176,760
100 Artesia 5.07% 16,758

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4 thoughts on “The 10 California Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  1. You have not added Baldwin Hills, View park-windsor Hills, and Ladera. All of these have a higher percentage of African-American population than any of these cities listed in this article. All three of these are in Los Angeles, and have 78% or above of African American population. These are middle class to upper middle class African-American areas. So, I questioned the research on this article.

  2. Thank you for this data. I am looking for middle class African American neighborhoods in California. Also, what about Rancho Cucamonga? There is a high African American population there as well.

  3. Rancho Cucamonga has about a 12% African American population. It is nice in Rancho Cucamonga along with reasonable purchase and rental prices. The shopping is very nice with any kind of shops you can think of. Rancho Cucamonga is a place where you can live, work, and play. There are many business buildings with major companies hiring. Rancho Cucamonga is a nice place for African Americans.

  4. Yes, Baldwin Hills, View Park-Windsor Hills, Ladera, and Leimert Park also have middle class African American areas. It ranges from middle to upper middles class neighborhoods.

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