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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Delaware 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 Delaware is 197,550 – at 21.1% of the total population of Delaware.

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 Delaware? Which cities and towns in Delaware have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Delaware with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Wilmington (Photos)
  2. Dover (Photos)
  3. Seaford (Photos)
  4. Smyrna (Photos)
  5. Middl (Photos)
  6. Milford (Photos)
  7. New Castle (Photos)
  8. Georg
  9. Elsmere (Photos)
  10. Newark (Photos)

Wilmington took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware or the most diverse places in Delaware.

How We Determined The Cities In Delaware 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 Delaware.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 10 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 56.6% to 8.1%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Delaware 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. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Population: 71,502
% African American: 56.55%
# Of African American Residents: 40,436
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.14%
More on Wilmington: Data | Jobs

Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

2. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Population: 37,351
% African American: 41.52%
# Of African American Residents: 15,510
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.34%
More on Dover: Data | Jobs

Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

3. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Population: 7,417
% African American: 34.15%
# Of African American Residents: 2,533
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.68%
More on Seaford: Data | Jobs

Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Population: 11,081
% African American: 26.98%
# Of African American Residents: 2,990
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.17%
More on Smyrna: Data | Jobs

Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

5. Middl

Middl, Delaware

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,045
% African American: 26.94%
# Of African American Residents: 5,400
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.13%
More on Middl: Data | Jobs

6. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Population: 10,532
% African American: 21.33%
# Of African American Residents: 2,247
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.91%
More on Milford: Data | Jobs

Milford is a city in Kent and Sussex counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,559.

7. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Population: 5,372
% African American: 21.17%
# Of African American Residents: 1,137
Percent Change Since 2010: -36.73%
More on New Castle: Data | Jobs

New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.

8. Georg

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,917
% African American: 11.39%
# Of African American Residents: 788
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.63%
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9. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

Population: 6,137
% African American: 9.79%
# Of African American Residents: 601
Percent Change Since 2010: -42.49%
More on Elsmere: Data | Jobs

Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington’s western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131.

10. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Population: 32,941
% African American: 8.09%
# Of African American Residents: 2,666
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.06%
More on Newark: Data | Jobs

Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Delaware

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Delaware according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. Newark
  2. Elsmere
  3. Georg

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Delaware

Rank City Population % African American
1 Wilmington 71,502 56.55%
2 Dover 37,351 41.52%
3 Seaford 7,417 34.15%
4 Smyrna 11,081 26.98%
5 Middl 20,045 26.94%
6 Milford 10,532 21.33%
7 New Castle 5,372 21.17%
8 Georg 6,917 11.39%
9 Elsmere 6,137 9.79%
10 Newark 32,941 8.09%

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