The 10 Florida Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Florida 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 Florida 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 florida is 3,202,687 - at 15.3% of the total population of florida.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in florida with the largest African American population in 2021:

  1. Lauderdale Lakes
  2. Lauderhill
  3. Riviera Beach
  4. Miami Gardens
  5. Pahokee
  6. Quincy
  7. North Miami
  8. Belle Glade
  9. Opa-locka
  10. North Lauderdale

What's the blackest city in Florida? Lauderdale Lakes took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in florida 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 florida 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 florida or the most diverse places in florida.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Florida For 2021

1. Lauderdale Lakes

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,606
% African American: 83.31%
# Of African American Residents: 29,662
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.63%
More on Lauderdale Lakes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Lauderhill

Lauderhill, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 71,625
% African American: 79.06%
# Of African American Residents: 56,625
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.66%
More on Lauderhill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Riviera Beach

Riviera Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 34,702
% African American: 69.05%
# Of African American Residents: 23,963
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.99%
More on Riviera Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 111,363
% African American: 68.63%
# Of African American Residents: 76,431
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.64%
More on Miami Gardens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Pahokee

Pahokee, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
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Population: 6,269
% African American: 62.24%
# Of African American Residents: 3,902
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.5%
More on Pahokee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Quincy

Quincy, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,334
% African American: 59.07%
# Of African American Residents: 4,332
Percent Change Since 2010: -22.14%
More on Quincy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. North Miami

North Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 62,489
% African American: 58.89%
# Of African American Residents: 36,802
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.51%
More on North Miami: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Belle Glade

Belle Glade, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 19,654
% African American: 58.08%
# Of African American Residents: 11,416
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.3%
More on Belle Glade: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Opa-Locka

Opa-Locka, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,149
% African American: 55.41%
# Of African American Residents: 8,948
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.46%
More on Opa-Locka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. North Lauderdale

North Lauderdale, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 44,020
% African American: 53.69%
# Of African American Residents: 23,633
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.16%
More on North Lauderdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In florida 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 florida.

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 211 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 83.3% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Lauderdale Lakes took the distinction of being the most Black, while Surfside was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in florida 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 Florida

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Florida:

  1. Surfside
  2. Longboat Key
  3. Key Biscayne

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Florida

Rank City % African American Population
1 Lauderdale Lakes 83.31% 35,606
2 Lauderhill 79.06% 71,625
3 Riviera Beach 69.05% 34,702
4 Miami Gardens 68.63% 111,363
5 Pahokee 62.24% 6,269
6 Quincy 59.07% 7,334
7 North Miami 58.89% 62,489
8 Belle Glade 58.08% 19,654
9 Opa-Locka 55.41% 16,149
10 North Lauderdale 53.69% 44,020
11 Florida City 52.63% 11,928
12 Lake Park 51.8% 8,508
13 West Park 51.01% 15,012
14 Marianna 46.99% 6,923
15 Pembroke Park 44.11% 6,677
16 Miramar 43.39% 139,468
17 Palatka 41.48% 10,363
18 Fort Pierce 40.92% 45,329
19 North Miami Beach 39.72% 42,971
20 Lake City 35.18% 12,063
21 Perry 35.01% 6,896
22 Tallahassee 34.53% 191,279
23 Sunrise 34.41% 94,060
24 Starke 34.03% 5,393
25 West Palm Beach 33.67% 109,767
26 Daytona Beach 32.69% 67,604
27 Pompano Beach 31.62% 110,062
28 Fort Lauderdale 31.52% 180,124
29 Avon Park 30.86% 10,461
30 Jacksonville 30.48% 890,467
31 Tamarac 29.84% 65,874
32 Boynton Beach 29.84% 76,832
33 Margate 29.53% 58,023
34 Alachua 29.22% 9,867
35 Delray Beach 28.91% 68,217
36 Pensacola 28.42% 52,642
37 Haines City 27.45% 24,164
38 Sanford 27.1% 59,700
39 Cocoa 26.97% 18,285
40 Deerfield Beach 26.83% 80,312
41 Oakland Park 26.56% 44,699
42 Royal Palm Beach 26.16% 38,962
43 Live Oak 26.1% 6,890
44 Leesburg 25.69% 22,672
45 Lake Wales 25.41% 16,035
46 Dade City 25.01% 7,121
47 Winter Haven 24.88% 41,248
48 Arcadia 24.06% 8,072
49 Orlando 23.5% 280,832
50 Springfield 23.32% 9,319
51 Apopka 23.1% 51,800
52 Tampa 22.04% 387,916
53 Fort Myers 21.84% 79,927
54 Eustis 21.84% 20,700
55 St. Petersburg 21.8% 261,338
56 Groveland 21.53% 13,672
57 Bartow 21.52% 19,440
58 Gainesville 21.45% 132,127
59 Plantation 21.35% 93,449
60 Coral Springs 21.25% 132,568
61 Lantana 20.95% 11,695
62 Sebring 20.53% 10,377
63 Panama City 20.51% 36,640
64 Wildwood 20.5% 6,838
65 Greenacres 20.26% 40,529
66 Fort Meade 20.22% 6,104
67 Ocala 19.92% 59,267
68 Lakeland 19.81% 107,922
69 Pembroke Pines 19.55% 170,072
70 Homestead 19.14% 68,438
71 Ocoee 18.81% 46,305
72 Macclenny 18.72% 6,592
73 Temple Terrace 18.72% 26,539
74 Hallandale Beach 18.43% 39,656
75 Bradenton 18.24% 56,551
76 Lake Worth 17.86% 38,010
77 Dania Beach 17.81% 32,008
78 Mount Dora 17.8% 13,897
79 Port St. Lucie 17.24% 189,396
80 Holly Hill 17.21% 12,147
81 Hollywood 17.04% 152,511
82 Callaway 16.95% 14,958
83 Deland 16.74% 32,413
84 Palm Bay 16.72% 111,997
85 Green Cove Springs 16.34% 7,923
86 Crestview 16.03% 24,117
87 Maitland 15.97% 17,765
88 Coconut Creek 15.85% 60,490
89 Winter Garden 15.84% 43,648
90 Orange Park 15.0% 8,734
91 Miami 14.4% 454,279
92 Plant City 14.18% 39,012
93 Titusville 14.18% 45,932
94 Altamonte Springs 14.02% 43,810
95 Rockledge 14.0% 27,305
96 Palmetto 13.74% 13,611
97 Sarasota 13.59% 56,919
98 Key West 13.41% 24,843
99 Auburndale 13.34% 15,799
100 Miami Shores 13.04% 10,459

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