The 10 Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

The most African American cities in Connecticut are Hartford and New Haven for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Most African American cities in Connecticut research summary. We used Saturday Night Science to analyze Connecticut’s most recent Census data to determine the blackest cities in Connecticut based on the percentage of Black residents. Here are the results of our analysis:

  • The city with the largest African American population in Connecticut is Hartford based on the most recent Census data.

  • Hartford is 33.95% Black.

  • The least African American city in Connecticut is Milford.

  • Milford is 1.66% Black.

  • Connecticut is 9.9% Black.

  • Connecticut is the 21st blackest state in the United States.

Cities With Highest Black Population In Connecticut Map

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The Black community is one of the fastest-growing communities in America this decade.

Roughly 42 million people identifying as Black or African American live in the United States, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Connecticut is 355,970 – at 9.9% of the total population of Connecticut.

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. Most scholars and historians agree that increasing diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Connecticut? Which cities and towns in Connecticut have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Connecticut with the largest African American population in 2024:

What’s the blackest city in Connecticut? The city with the largest Black population in Connecticut for 2024 is Hartford. See if Hartford ranked as one of the most african american places in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Connecticut or the most diverse places in Connecticut.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Connecticut For 2024

1. Hartford

Hartford, CT

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Population: 121,057
% African American: 33.95%
# Of African American Residents: 41,103
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.55%
More on Hartford: Data | Cost Of Living

2. New Haven

New Haven, CT

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Population: 135,736
% African American: 28.02%
# Of African American Residents: 38,040
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.38%
More on New Haven: Data | Cost Of Living

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, CT

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Population: 114,480
% African American: 25.49%
# Of African American Residents: 29,181
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.1%
More on Waterbury: Data | Cost Of Living

4. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

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Population: 148,470
% African American: 19.64%
# Of African American Residents: 29,156
Percent Change Since 2010: -38.35%
More on Bridgeport: Data | Cost Of Living

5. Stamford

Stamford, CT

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Population: 135,413
% African American: 18.03%
# Of African American Residents: 24,415
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.37%
More on Stamford: Data | Cost Of Living

6. Norwalk

Norwalk, CT

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Population: 91,050
% African American: 17.3%
# Of African American Residents: 15,754
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.38%
More on Norwalk: Data | Cost Of Living

7. West Haven

West Haven, CT

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Population: 55,336
% African American: 16.16%
# Of African American Residents: 8,944
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.84%
More on West Haven: Data | Cost Of Living

8. New London

New London, CT

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Population: 27,596
% African American: 14.2%
# Of African American Residents: 3,918
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.19%
More on New London: Data | Cost Of Living

9. Middletown

Middletown, CT

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Population: 48,152
% African American: 13.24%
# Of African American Residents: 6,376
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.79%
More on Middletown: Data | Cost Of Living

10. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, CT

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Population: 31,653
% African American: 12.54%
# Of African American Residents: 3,969
Percent Change Since 2010: 227.48%
More on Naugatuck: Data | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Connecticut With The Largest Black Population For 2024

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the Census. So that’s where we went to get the race breakdown across Connecticut.

That leads us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2018-2022 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 was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 9,000 people in Connecticut. That left us with 21 cities.

We then calculated the percentage of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 34.0% to 1.7%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percentage of the Black population, with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Hartford took the distinction of being the most Black, while Milford was the least African American city.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Connecticut with the largest African American population.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Connecticut 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 Connecticut

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Connecticut according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

The blackest cities in Connecticut are Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, West Haven, New London, Middletown, and Naugatuck.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Connecticut:

  1. Milford
  2. Shelton
  3. Bristol

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Connecticut

Rank City Population African American Population % African American
1 Hartford 121,057 41,103 33.95%
2 New Haven 135,736 38,040 28.02%
3 Waterbury 114,480 29,181 25.49%
4 Bridgeport 148,470 29,156 19.64%
5 Stamford 135,413 24,415 18.03%
6 Norwalk 91,050 15,754 17.3%
7 West Haven 55,336 8,944 16.16%
8 New London 27,596 3,918 14.2%
9 Middletown 48,152 6,376 13.24%
10 Naugatuck 31,653 3,969 12.54%
11 Danbury 86,456 10,352 11.97%
12 New Britain 74,212 8,160 11.0%
13 Derby 12,373 1,352 10.93%
14 Ansonia 18,954 2,023 10.67%
15 Norwich 40,054 3,938 9.83%
16 Torrington 35,510 3,331 9.38%
17 Groton 9,364 728 7.77%
18 Meriden 60,556 4,333 7.16%
19 Bristol 61,052 4,156 6.81%
20 Shelton 41,206 1,744 4.23%
21 Milford 50,664 841 1.66%
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2 thoughts on “The 10 Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

  1. Where is Bloomfield? According to Wikipedia the town had 20,500 residents according to the 2010 census and the makeup is 57.5 African-American.

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