The 10 Delaware Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Delaware 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 Delaware 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 delaware is 207,402 - at 21.7% 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 2021:

  1. Wilmington
  2. Dover
  3. Smyrna
  4. Middl
  5. New Castle
  6. Seaford
  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 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 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 2021

1. Wilmington

Wilmington, DE

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Population: 70,644
% African American: 57.43%
# Of African American Residents: 40,574
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.5%
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2. Dover

Dover, DE

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Population: 37,523
% African American: 44.76%
# Of African American Residents: 16,796
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.66%
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3. Smyrna

Smyrna, DE

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Population: 11,484
% African American: 27.89%
# Of African American Residents: 3,203
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.66%
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4. Middl

Middl, DE

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Population: 21,692
% African American: 26.42%
# Of African American Residents: 5,732
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.19%
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5. New Castle

New Castle, DE

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Population: 5,242
% African American: 26.42%
# Of African American Residents: 1,385
Percent Change Since 2010: -22.93%
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6. Seaford

Seaford, DE

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Population: 7,715
% African American: 26.35%
# Of African American Residents: 2,033
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.73%
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7. Milford

Milford, DE

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Population: 11,111
% African American: 25.68%
# Of African American Residents: 2,853
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.02%
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8. Georg

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Population: 7,259
% African American: 12.74%
# Of African American Residents: 925
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.96%
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9. Elsmere

Elsmere, DE

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Population: 5,943
% African American: 12.55%
# Of African American Residents: 746
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.61%
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10. Newark

Newark, DE

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Population: 33,448
% African American: 8.59%
# Of African American Residents: 2,873
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.08%
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How We Determined The Cities In delaware 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 delaware.

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 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 57.4% to 8.6%.

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.

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 % African American Population
1 Wilmington 57.43% 70,644
2 Dover 44.76% 37,523
3 Smyrna 27.89% 11,484
4 Middl 26.42% 21,692
5 New Castle 26.42% 5,242
6 Seaford 26.35% 7,715
7 Milford 25.68% 11,111
8 Georg 12.74% 7,259
9 Elsmere 12.55% 5,943
10 Newark 8.59% 33,448

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One thought on “The 10 Delaware Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  1. Would you recommend Middletown, DE is a good place to live? I have family in CT and in Virginia Beach. I lived in PA which also would like recommendations. But I have heard how reasonable DE is to live. I’m just concerned about the best areas that are reasonable and also a good mix of population.

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