The 10 California Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 2,142,371 - at 5.4% 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in California? Inglewood took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in California for 2022. 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 2022

1. Inglewood

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Population: 109,309
% African American: 39.78%
# Of African American Residents: 43,488
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.6%
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Inglewood, CA

2. Compton

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Population: 95,804
% African American: 27.04%
# Of African American Residents: 25,903
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.72%
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Compton, CA

3. Hawthorne

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Population: 85,410
% African American: 26.44%
# Of African American Residents: 22,582
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.26%
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Hawthorne, CA

4. Carson

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Population: 91,354
% African American: 23.71%
# Of African American Residents: 21,658
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.61%
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Carson, CA

5. California City

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Population: 14,001
% African American: 23.6%
# Of African American Residents: 3,304
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.31%
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California City, CA

6. Oakland

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Population: 422,575
% African American: 22.22%
# Of African American Residents: 93,890
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.45%
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Oakland, CA

7. Gardena

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Population: 59,401
% African American: 20.77%
# Of African American Residents: 12,339
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.15%
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Gardena, CA

8. Lancaster

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Population: 157,697
% African American: 20.55%
# Of African American Residents: 32,407
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.53%
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Lancaster, CA

9. Suisun City

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Population: 29,459
% African American: 20.22%
# Of African American Residents: 5,957
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.66%
More on Suisun City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Suisun City, CA

Source: Public domain

10. Antioch

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Population: 111,468
% African American: 20.21%
# Of African American Residents: 22,524
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.06%
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Antioch, CA

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In California With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 39.8% 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 Firebaugh 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.

Summary: 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. Firebaugh
  2. Calistoga
  3. Parlier

For more California reading, check out:

African American Population By City In California

Rank City % African American Population
1 Inglewood 39.78% 109,309
2 Compton 27.04% 95,804
3 Hawthorne 26.44% 85,410
4 Carson 23.71% 91,354
5 California City 23.6% 14,001
6 Oakland 22.22% 422,575
7 Gardena 20.77% 59,401
8 Lancaster 20.55% 157,697
9 Suisun City 20.22% 29,459
10 Antioch 20.21% 111,468
11 Hercules 18.2% 26,090
12 Vallejo 17.8% 121,275
13 Richmond 17.43% 110,051
14 Moreno Valley 17.31% 208,751
15 Adelanto 16.82% 34,238
16 Victorville 16.75% 122,958
17 Lemon Grove 16.31% 26,739
18 Fairfield 16.3% 116,544
19 Barstow 16.09% 23,547
20 Calipatria 16.03% 7,260
21 Emeryville 15.16% 11,679
22 Susanville 14.58% 14,922
23 Pittsburg 12.97% 71,723
24 Sacramento 12.88% 503,482
25 San Bernardino 12.13% 216,784
26 Long Beach 12.09% 462,081
27 Rialto 12.09% 103,549
28 Bellflower 12.0% 76,339
29 Rio Vista 11.98% 9,407
30 Palmdale 11.96% 153,240
31 Corcoran 11.68% 22,078
32 East Palo Alto 11.54% 29,448
33 Signal Hill 11.32% 11,430
34 Stockton 10.99% 311,103
35 Pinole 10.97% 19,343
36 Rancho Cordova 10.49% 74,394
37 Elk Grove 10.37% 173,370
38 Blythe 10.34% 19,747
39 San Pablo 10.25% 30,959
40 San Leandro 9.72% 90,489
41 Rancho Cucamonga 9.57% 178,060
42 Hayward 9.4% 158,817
43 Twentynine Palms 9.32% 26,748
44 Beaumont 9.26% 48,272
45 Soledad 9.19% 25,667
46 Vacaville 9.17% 99,958
47 Culver City 9.14% 38,913
48 Lynwood 9.03% 69,625
49 Desert Hot Springs 8.88% 29,280
50 Apple Valley 8.58% 73,339
51 Los Angeles 8.43% 3,973,278
52 Brentwood 8.37% 63,013
53 Hemet 8.14% 84,686
54 Lawndale 8.06% 32,533
55 Fontana 7.99% 212,704
56 Cerritos 7.97% 49,388
57 Lakewood 7.97% 79,676
58 Pasadena 7.97% 142,017
59 Loma Linda 7.86% 24,239
60 La Mesa 7.86% 60,208
61 Berkeley 7.81% 123,065
62 Oakley 7.74% 41,656
63 Paramount 7.7% 53,949
64 Perris 7.67% 77,708
65 Crescent City 7.37% 6,690
66 American Canyon 7.3% 20,256
67 Colton 7.27% 54,215
68 San Jacinto 7.24% 48,786
69 Seaside 7.19% 34,063
70 Banning 7.11% 30,276
71 Bakersfield 6.98% 379,879
72 Alameda 6.92% 79,827
73 Fresno 6.86% 526,147
74 Highland 6.86% 55,339
75 Tehachapi 6.83% 12,718
76 Chowchilla 6.75% 18,443
77 Marina 6.71% 21,966
78 Menifee 6.4% 92,968
79 Duarte 6.38% 21,399
80 Lake Elsinore 6.34% 64,201
81 Lathrop 6.14% 23,863
82 Chino 6.09% 89,170
83 Upland 6.09% 77,348
84 Monrovia 6.08% 37,636
85 Corona 5.99% 168,112
86 Lomita 5.8% 20,212
87 San Diego 5.73% 1,414,545
88 Wasco 5.68% 27,553
89 Lemoore 5.65% 25,867
90 Redlands 5.59% 71,680
91 Pomona 5.56% 151,124
92 Riverside 5.5% 327,569
93 Imperial Beach 5.45% 27,334
94 Ontario 5.36% 178,194
95 El Cajon 5.25% 103,249
96 Tracy 5.08% 91,462
97 Norwalk 5.01% 104,524
98 Patterson 5.0% 22,309
99 Claremont 4.91% 35,610
100 San Francisco 4.89% 874,784

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in California with the largest African American population.

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