These Are The 10 Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Connecticut 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 Connecticut is 347,674 – at 9.7% 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. 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 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 2018:

  1. Hartford (Photos)
  2. Bridgeport (Photos)
  3. New Haven (Photos)
  4. West Haven (Photos)
  5. Waterbury (Photos)
  6. Norwalk (Photos)
  7. Stamford (Photos)
  8. New London (Photos)
  9. Middletown (Photos)
  10. Norwich (Photos)

Hartford took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Connecticut for 2018. 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut or the most diverse places in Connecticut.

How We Determined The Cities In Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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 9,000 people. That left us with 21 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 35.0% to 1.2%.

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

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.

1. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 124,320
% African American: 35.04%
# Of African American Residents: 43,559
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.96%
More on Hartford: Data | Jobs

Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It was the seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. As of the 2010 Census, Hartford’s population was 124,775, making it Connecticut’s third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven. Census Bureau estimates since then have indicated Hartford’s fall to fourth place statewide, as a result of sustained population growth in the coastal city of Stamford.

2. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Population: 147,022
% African American: 33.0%
# Of African American Residents: 48,518
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.59%
More on Bridgeport: Data | Jobs

Bridgeport is a seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is the largest city in the state and is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. Bridgeport had a population of 144,229 during the 2010 Census, making it also the 5th-most populous in New England. It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States. Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx, Bridgeport is also part of the New York metropolitan area.

3. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Population: 130,405
% African American: 32.95%
# Of African American Residents: 42,970
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.16%
More on New Haven: Data | Jobs

New Haven, in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut, with a population of 129,779 people as of the 2010 United States Census. According to a census of 1 July 2012, by the Census Bureau, the city had a population of 130,741.

4. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 54,972
% African American: 19.42%
# Of African American Residents: 10,677
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.04%
More on West Haven: Data | Jobs

West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

5. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Population: 109,211
% African American: 18.2%
# Of African American Residents: 19,879
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.3%
More on Waterbury: Data | Jobs

Waterbury is a city in the U.S. state of Connecticut on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 77 miles northeast of New York City. Waterbury is in New Haven County, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, Waterbury had a population of 110,366, making it the 10th largest city in the New York Metropolitan Area, 9th largest city in New England and the 5th largest city in Connecticut.

6. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Population: 87,930
% African American: 14.6%
# Of African American Residents: 12,842
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.44%
More on Norwalk: Data | Jobs

Norwalk, is a U.S city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is included statistically within both the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area as well as the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 127,410
% African American: 13.99%
# Of African American Residents: 17,822
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.3%
More on Stamford: Data | Jobs

Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 128,278, making it the third-largest city in the state and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

8. New London

New London, Connecticut

Population: 27,218
% African American: 13.84%
# Of African American Residents: 3,767
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.71%
More on New London: Data | Jobs

New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River in New London County, Southeastern Connecticut.

9. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Population: 46,933
% African American: 11.86%
# Of African American Residents: 5,566
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.39%
More on Middletown: Data | Jobs

Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under its original Indian name, Mattabeseck. It received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town, making the city limits of the city quite extensive.

10. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,057
% African American: 10.88%
# Of African American Residents: 4,358
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.32%
More on Norwich: Data | Jobs

Norwich, known as ‘The Rose of New England’, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,493 at the 2010 United States Census. Three rivers, the Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug, flow into the city and form its harbor, from which the Thames River flows south to Long Island Sound.

There You Have It – 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.

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

  1. Shelton
  2. Torrington
  3. Milford

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Connecticut

Rank City Population % African American
1 Hartford 124,320 35.04%
2 Bridgeport 147,022 33.0%
3 New Haven 130,405 32.95%
4 West Haven 54,972 19.42%
5 Waterbury 109,211 18.2%
6 Norwalk 87,930 14.6%
7 Stamford 127,410 13.99%
8 New London 27,218 13.84%
9 Middletown 46,933 11.86%
10 Norwich 40,057 10.88%
11 Ansonia 18,950 10.31%
12 New Britain 72,876 10.26%
13 Groton 9,240 9.7%
14 Meriden 60,203 8.6%
15 Naugatuck 31,625 6.09%
16 Derby 12,755 5.83%
17 Danbury 83,890 5.78%
18 Bristol 60,437 3.07%
19 Milford 52,005 2.55%
20 Torrington 35,227 2.44%
21 Shelton 40,979 1.21%

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