The 10 Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Connecticut with the largest African American population.

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 354,120 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Connecticut? Hartford took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in connecticut for 2021. 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 2021

1. Hartford

Hartford, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 123,088
% African American: 35.53%
# Of African American Residents: 43,729
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.58%
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2. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 145,639
% African American: 32.25%
# Of African American Residents: 46,969
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.69%
More on Bridgeport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. New Haven

New Haven, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 130,331
% African American: 31.24%
# Of African American Residents: 40,717
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.29%
More on New Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. West Haven

West Haven, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 54,763
% African American: 18.8%
# Of African American Residents: 10,298
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.35%
More on West Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Waterbury

Waterbury, CT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 108,276
% African American: 18.8%
# Of African American Residents: 20,358
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.81%
More on Waterbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Norwalk

Norwalk, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 88,599
% African American: 13.76%
# Of African American Residents: 12,192
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.64%
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7. Ansonia

Ansonia, CT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,802
% African American: 13.07%
# Of African American Residents: 2,458
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.64%
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8. Middletown

Middletown, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 46,511
% African American: 13.02%
# Of African American Residents: 6,058
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.38%
More on Middletown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Stamford

Stamford, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 129,309
% African American: 12.77%
# Of African American Residents: 16,512
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.34%
More on Stamford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. New London

New London, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,966
% African American: 12.77%
# Of African American Residents: 3,443
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.08%
More on New London: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In connecticut With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 35.5% 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. Torrington
  3. Milford

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Connecticut

Rank City % African American Population
1 Hartford 35.53% 123,088
2 Bridgeport 32.25% 145,639
3 New Haven 31.24% 130,331
4 West Haven 18.8% 54,763
5 Waterbury 18.8% 108,276
6 Norwalk 13.76% 88,599
7 Ansonia 13.07% 18,802
8 Middletown 13.02% 46,511
9 Stamford 12.77% 129,309
10 New London 12.77% 26,966
11 New Britain 11.19% 72,767
12 Norwich 9.97% 39,260
13 Meriden 9.18% 59,676
14 Naugatuck 9.15% 31,347
15 Danbury 9.04% 84,619
16 Groton 8.5% 9,030
17 Derby 6.71% 12,485
18 Bristol 4.81% 60,218
19 Milford 2.98% 52,732
20 Torrington 2.82% 34,489
21 Shelton 1.64% 41,141

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2 thoughts on “The 10 Connecticut Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  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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