The 10 Delaware Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 208,126 - at 21.5% 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Delaware? Wilmington took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Delaware 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Delaware For 2022

1. Wilmington

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Population: 70,655
% African American: 56.4%
# Of African American Residents: 39,847
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.61%
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Wilmington, DE

2. Dover

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Population: 37,872
% African American: 40.93%
# Of African American Residents: 15,501
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.28%
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Dover, DE

3. Smyrna

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Population: 11,694
% African American: 31.88%
# Of African American Residents: 3,728
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.59%
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Smyrna, DE

4. Middl

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Population: 22,350
% African American: 27.02%
# Of African American Residents: 6,038
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.62%
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Middl, DE

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5. Seaford

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Population: 7,897
% African American: 26.24%
# Of African American Residents: 2,072
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.17%
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Seaford, DE

6. New Castle

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Population: 5,302
% African American: 25.63%
# Of African American Residents: 1,359
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.37%
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New Castle, DE

7. Milford

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Population: 11,463
% African American: 24.94%
# Of African American Residents: 2,859
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.38%
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Milford, DE

8. Georg

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Population: 7,436
% African American: 14.93%
# Of African American Residents: 1,110
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.84%
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9. Elsmere

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 5,814
% African American: 12.76%
# Of African American Residents: 742
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.0%
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Elsmere, DE

10. Newark

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 33,822
% African American: 8.83%
# Of African American Residents: 2,988
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.08%
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Newark, DE

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Delaware 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 Delaware.

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 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 56.4% to 8.8%.

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. You can download the data here.

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.

Summary: 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:

African American Population By City In Delaware

Rank City % African American Population
1 Wilmington 56.4% 70,655
2 Dover 40.93% 37,872
3 Smyrna 31.88% 11,694
4 Middl 27.02% 22,350
5 Seaford 26.24% 7,897
6 New Castle 25.63% 5,302
7 Milford 24.94% 11,463
8 Georg 14.93% 7,436
9 Elsmere 12.76% 5,814
10 Newark 8.83% 33,822

How Is The Area In ?

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

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