The 10 Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 352,036 - 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. 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Connecticut? Hartford took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Connecticut 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 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 2022

1. Hartford

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Population: 122,549
% African American: 34.8%
# Of African American Residents: 42,651
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.03%
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Hartford, CT

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2. New Haven

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Population: 130,381
% African American: 31.84%
# Of African American Residents: 41,517
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.46%
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New Haven, CT

3. Bridgeport

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Population: 145,014
% African American: 31.8%
# Of African American Residents: 46,109
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.51%
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Bridgeport, CT

4. Waterbury

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Population: 107,841
% African American: 18.88%
# Of African American Residents: 20,365
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.85%
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Waterbury, CT

5. West Haven

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Population: 54,666
% African American: 17.46%
# Of African American Residents: 9,544
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.0%
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West Haven, CT

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6. Middletown

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Population: 46,406
% African American: 13.8%
# Of African American Residents: 6,404
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.25%
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Middletown, CT

7. Stamford

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Population: 130,057
% African American: 13.14%
# Of African American Residents: 17,093
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.87%
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Stamford, CT

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8. New London

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Population: 27,001
% African American: 12.75%
# Of African American Residents: 3,442
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.11%
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New London, CT

9. Norwalk

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Population: 88,755
% African American: 12.61%
# Of African American Residents: 11,196
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.23%
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Norwalk, CT

10. Ansonia

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Population: 18,709
% African American: 12.18%
# Of African American Residents: 2,278
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.36%
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Ansonia, CT

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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 8,000 people. That left us with 21 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 34.8% to 2.3%.

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.

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.

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:

African American Population By City In Connecticut

Rank City % African American Population
1 Hartford 34.8% 122,549
2 New Haven 31.84% 130,381
3 Bridgeport 31.8% 145,014
4 Waterbury 18.88% 107,841
5 West Haven 17.46% 54,666
6 Middletown 13.8% 46,406
7 Stamford 13.14% 130,057
8 New London 12.75% 27,001
9 Norwalk 12.61% 88,755
10 Ansonia 12.18% 18,709
11 New Britain 11.74% 72,543
12 Norwich 10.04% 39,112
13 Groton 8.86% 8,999
14 Naugatuck 8.44% 31,201
15 Meriden 8.19% 59,512
16 Danbury 8.18% 84,650
17 Derby 6.2% 12,420
18 Bristol 5.36% 60,039
19 Torrington 3.11% 34,259
20 Milford 3.03% 52,902
21 Shelton 2.27% 41,162

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

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