California Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2,164,519 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in California? Inglewood took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in California for 2020. 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 2020

Inglewood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 110,327
% African American: 41.05%
# Of African American Residents: 45,291
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.77%
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

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5
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Population: 97,301
% African American: 28.87%
# Of African American Residents: 28,094
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.76%
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.

California City, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 13,646
% African American: 24.89%
# Of African American Residents: 3,397
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.52%
More on California City: Real Estate | Data | 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.

Hawthorne, CA

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6
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Population: 87,370
% African American: 23.9%
# Of African American Residents: 20,880
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.47%
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.

Carson, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 92,517
% African American: 23.17%
# Of African American Residents: 21,432
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.53%
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.

Oakland, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 421,042
% African American: 23.05%
# Of African American Residents: 97,053
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.53%
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.

Gardena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 59,924
% African American: 22.84%
# Of African American Residents: 13,684
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.19%
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.

Lancaster, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 159,662
% African American: 21.27%
# Of African American Residents: 33,958
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.11%
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.

Vallejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 120,977
% African American: 20.4%
# Of African American Residents: 24,674
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.16%
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.

Suisun City, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,379
% African American: 20.28%
# Of African American Residents: 5,958
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.67%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In California With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 41.1% 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. 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. Parlier
  2. Calistoga
  3. Kerman

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In California

Rank City % African American Population
1 Inglewood 41.05% 110,327
2 Compton 28.87% 97,301
3 California City 24.89% 13,646
4 Hawthorne 23.9% 87,370
5 Carson 23.17% 92,517
6 Oakland 23.05% 421,042
7 Gardena 22.84% 59,924
8 Lancaster 21.27% 159,662
9 Vallejo 20.4% 120,977
10 Suisun City 20.28% 29,379
11 Antioch 19.84% 110,730
12 Richmond 19.57% 109,340
13 Adelanto 19.27% 33,416
14 Moreno Valley 17.76% 205,034
15 Barstow 17.4% 23,812
16 Pittsburg 16.65% 70,492
17 Victorville 16.11% 121,861
18 Calipatria 15.1% 7,458
19 Hercules 14.95% 25,343
20 Susanville 14.58% 15,216
21 Fairfield 14.06% 114,101
22 Emeryville 13.52% 11,724
23 Lemon Grove 13.52% 26,767
24 Sacramento 13.05% 495,011
25 San Bernardino 12.85% 215,182
26 Long Beach 12.46% 468,883
27 Palmdale 12.23% 156,904
28 Bellflower 12.16% 77,529
29 Rialto 11.49% 102,873
30 Blythe 11.46% 19,581
31 Stockton 11.45% 306,283
32 Signal Hill 11.38% 11,538
33 Loma Linda 11.35% 24,078
34 East Palo Alto 11.25% 29,633
35 Twentynine Palms 11.15% 26,109
36 Elk Grove 10.87% 168,503
37 San Pablo 10.55% 30,839
38 Corcoran 10.45% 22,301
39 San Leandro 10.27% 90,103
40 Hayward 9.88% 158,241
41 Paramount 9.84% 54,776
42 Pinole 9.81% 19,264
43 Perris 9.56% 76,276
44 Vacaville 9.41% 97,943
45 Pasadena 9.27% 141,246
46 Desert Hot Springs 9.12% 28,430
47 Ione 8.97% 7,439
48 Rancho Cucamonga 8.89% 175,679
49 Tehachapi 8.86% 12,753
50 Rancho Cordova 8.76% 72,056
51 Los Angeles 8.6% 3,959,657
52 Apple Valley 8.55% 72,359
53 Soledad 8.43% 25,597
54 Lynwood 8.31% 71,022
55 Culver City 8.24% 39,295
56 Fontana 8.15% 208,943
57 Lawndale 8.11% 33,007
58 Banning 8.1% 30,942
59 Oakley 7.93% 40,669
60 Highland 7.92% 54,859
61 Berkeley 7.9% 120,926
62 American Canyon 7.49% 20,306
63 Marina 7.46% 21,608
64 Beaumont 7.32% 45,403
65 Cerritos 7.31% 50,172
66 Hemet 7.22% 84,069
67 Fresno 7.2% 522,277
68 Lakewood 7.19% 80,771
69 La Mesa 7.07% 59,562
70 Alameda 6.99% 78,462
71 Bakersfield 6.98% 375,699
72 Seaside 6.95% 34,077
73 Colton 6.93% 54,415
74 Chowchilla 6.81% 18,533
75 Brentwood 6.64% 60,446
76 Rio Vista 6.64% 8,618
77 Crescent City 6.54% 6,681
78 Wasco 6.4% 26,708
79 Duarte 6.37% 21,713
80 Patterson 6.27% 21,783
81 San Jacinto 6.23% 47,474
82 Lathrop 6.19% 21,393
83 San Diego 6.17% 1,401,932
84 Chino 6.12% 87,735
85 Redlands 6.03% 71,012
86 Menifee 5.95% 88,515
87 Riverside 5.74% 323,935
88 Benicia 5.74% 28,088
89 Los Alamitos 5.7% 11,628
90 Corona 5.7% 165,355
91 Monrovia 5.64% 37,006
92 Pomona 5.62% 152,494
93 Merced 5.55% 82,289
94 Lake Elsinore 5.54% 64,037
95 El Cajon 5.52% 103,285
96 La Palma 5.51% 15,733
97 Hawaiian Gardens 5.41% 14,411
98 El Cerrito 5.35% 25,203
99 Upland 5.28% 76,382
100 Ontario 5.23% 173,580

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4 thoughts on “California Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  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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