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 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.

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.

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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.

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1. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Population: 124,320
% African American: 35.04%
# Of African American Residents: 43,559
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.96%

2. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Population: 147,022
% African American: 33.0%
# Of African American Residents: 48,518
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.59%

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%

4. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Population: 54,972
% African American: 19.42%
# Of African American Residents: 10,677
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.04%

5. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Population: 109,211
% African American: 18.2%
# Of African American Residents: 19,879
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.3%

6. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Population: 87,930
% African American: 14.6%
# Of African American Residents: 12,842
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.44%

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%

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%

9. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Population: 46,933
% African American: 11.86%
# Of African American Residents: 5,566
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.39%

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%

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

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

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