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 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
  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.

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.

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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.

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1. Inglewood

Inglewood, California

Population: 111,012
% African American: 41.94%
# Of African American Residents: 46,560
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.08%

2. Compton

Compton, California

Population: 97,740
% African American: 30.57%
# Of African American Residents: 29,879
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.09%

3. Gardena

Gardena, California

Population: 59,898
% African American: 24.57%
# Of African American Residents: 14,714
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.11%

4. Oakland

Oakland, California

Population: 412,040
% African American: 24.14%
# Of African American Residents: 99,471
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.3%

5. Hawthorne

Hawthorne, California

Population: 86,938
% African American: 22.72%
# Of African American Residents: 19,751
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.26%

6. Richmond

Richmond, California

Population: 108,303
% African American: 21.65%
# Of African American Residents: 23,450
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.96%

7. Carson

Carson, California

Population: 92,780
% African American: 20.91%
# Of African American Residents: 19,398
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.2%

8. Suisun City

Suisun City, California

Population: 29,045
% African American: 20.87%
# Of African American Residents: 6,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.52%

9. Lancaster

Lancaster, California

Population: 159,651
% African American: 20.83%
# Of African American Residents: 33,253
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.57%

10. Vallejo

Vallejo, California

Population: 119,644
% African American: 20.81%
# Of African American Residents: 24,892
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.3%

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

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

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