Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 connecticut is 351,817 – at 9.8% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Connecticut? Hartford took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in connecticut 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Connecticut For 2020

Hartford, CT

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Population: 123,628
% African American: 34.65%
# Of African American Residents: 42,843
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.59%
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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.

Bridgeport, CT

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Population: 146,417
% African American: 32.86%
# Of African American Residents: 48,114
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.73%
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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.

New Haven, CT

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Population: 130,529
% African American: 31.46%
# Of African American Residents: 41,070
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.48%
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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.

West Haven, CT

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Population: 54,918
% African American: 19.11%
# Of African American Residents: 10,496
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.28%
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West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

Waterbury, CT

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Population: 108,672
% African American: 18.81%
# Of African American Residents: 20,444
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.26%
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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.

Middletown, CT

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Population: 46,473
% African American: 13.5%
# Of African American Residents: 6,273
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.12%
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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.

Norwalk, CT

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Population: 88,436
% African American: 13.45%
# Of African American Residents: 11,896
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.01%
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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.

New London, CT

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Population: 27,032
% African American: 13.17%
# Of African American Residents: 3,561
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.03%
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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.

Stamford, CT

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Population: 129,026
% African American: 12.61%
# Of African American Residents: 16,266
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.15%
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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.

Ansonia, CT

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Population: 18,860
% African American: 12.35%
# Of African American Residents: 2,330
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.04%
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Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles northwest of New Haven. The population was 19,249 at the 2010 census. The ZIP code for Ansonia is 06401. The city is served by the Metro-North Railroad. Ansonia Station is a stop on the railroad passenger commuter service’s Waterbury line, connecting to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Ansonia also is served by the Connecticut Transit bus carrier. Connecticut Route 8 serves Ansonia.

How We Determined The Cities In connecticut 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 connecticut.

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 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 34.7% to 1.6%.

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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Milford
  3. Torrington

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Connecticut

Rank City % African American Population
1 Hartford 34.65% 123,628
2 Bridgeport 32.86% 146,417
3 New Haven 31.46% 130,529
4 West Haven 19.11% 54,918
5 Waterbury 18.81% 108,672
6 Middletown 13.5% 46,473
7 Norwalk 13.45% 88,436
8 New London 13.17% 27,032
9 Stamford 12.61% 129,026
10 Ansonia 12.35% 18,860
11 New Britain 11.6% 72,839
12 Norwich 10.5% 39,567
13 Meriden 9.38% 59,864
14 Groton 9.38% 9,109
15 Danbury 8.14% 84,479
16 Naugatuck 7.69% 31,481
17 Derby 4.99% 12,596
18 Bristol 4.65% 60,308
19 Torrington 2.69% 34,737
20 Milford 2.67% 52,349
21 Shelton 1.56% 41,155

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