Florida Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Florida with 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 florida is 3,167,011 – at 15.4% 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 2020:

  1. Lauderdale Lakes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lauderhill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Riviera Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Miami Gardens (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Quincy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. North Miami (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Pahokee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Belle Glade (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. West Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Opa-locka (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Florida? Lauderdale Lakes took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in florida for 2020. 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 2020

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 35,254
% African American: 84.36%
# Of African American Residents: 29,742
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.94%
More on Lauderdale Lakes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lauderdale Lakes, officially the City of Lauderdale Lakes, is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 32,593. It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to 5,564,635 people.

Lauderhill, FL

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Population: 71,328
% African American: 77.28%
# Of African American Residents: 55,119
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.69%
More on Lauderhill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lauderhill, officially the City of Lauderhill, is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 66,887. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census. Its sister city is Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago.

Riviera Beach, FL

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Population: 34,352
% African American: 69.14%
# Of African American Residents: 23,751
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.0%
More on Riviera Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Riviera Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, which was incorporated September 29, 1922. Due to the location of its eastern boundary lies, it is also the easternmost municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area. The population was 29,884 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 32,522.

Miami Gardens, FL

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Population: 112,913
% African American: 68.79%
# Of African American Residents: 77,677
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.05%
More on Miami Gardens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Miami Gardens is a suburban city located in north-central Miami-Dade County, Florida. Its boundaries stretch from I-95 and NE 2nd Avenue on the east, to NW 47th and NW 57th Avenues on the west, and from the Broward County line on the north, to 151st Street on the south. The city name comes from one of the major roadways through the area, Miami Gardens Drive. According to a 2011 estimate from the US Census Bureau, the city had a population of 109,680, and it is the largest city in Florida that has a majority African American population. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

Quincy, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,512
% African American: 63.09%
# Of African American Residents: 4,739
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.83%
More on Quincy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Quincy is a city in Gadsden County, Florida, United States. The population was 7,972 at the 2010 census, up from 6,982 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Gadsden County.

North Miami, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 61,435
% African American: 60.21%
# Of African American Residents: 36,991
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.06%
More on North Miami: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, about 10 miles north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay and hosts the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University, and the North Miami campus of Johnson & Wales University. Originally the town of “Arch Creek”, the area was incorporated as the “Town of Miami Shores”, which was renamed the “Town of North Miami” in 1931. It was reincorporated as a city in 1953.

Pahokee, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,167
% African American: 58.55%
# Of African American Residents: 3,611
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.45%
More on Pahokee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pahokee is a city located on the shore of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,985 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 6,459. Culturally, Pahokee is associated with the Florida Heartland, although officially it is a part of South Florida.

Belle Glade, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 19,358
% African American: 58.01%
# Of African American Residents: 11,230
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.62%
More on Belle Glade: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belle Glade is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States on the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2011, the city had a population of 17,667.

West Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,924
% African American: 54.27%
# Of African American Residents: 8,099
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.73%
More on West Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Park, officially the City of West Park, is a municipality in Broward County, Florida, United States. It was created on March 1, 2005. It is located in the southeastern part of the county and consists of the neighborhoods of Carver Ranches, Lake Forest, Miami Gardens, and Utopia. A large portion of the city lies west of the town of Pembroke Park, so the new city was called “West Park”. With a population of 14,156 as of the 2010 census, the city is bordered by Miami-Dade County on the south, Pembroke Park on the east, Hollywood on the north and Miramar on the west.

Opa-Locka, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,420
% African American: 53.52%
# Of African American Residents: 8,788
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.23%
More on Opa-Locka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Opa-locka is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 15,219. The city was developed by Glenn Curtiss. Developed based on a One Thousand and One Nights theme, Opa-locka has the largest collection of Moorish Revival architecture in the Western hemisphere, and streets with such names as Sabur Lane, Sultan Avenue, Ali Baba Avenue, Perviz Avenue, and Sesame Street. Opa-locka has an area of 4.2 square miles and is located in the northeastern area of Miami-Dade County, Florida.

How We Determined The Cities In florida With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 84.4% 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 Longboat Key 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. Longboat Key
  2. Surfside
  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 84.36% 35,254
2 Lauderhill 77.28% 71,328
3 Riviera Beach 69.14% 34,352
4 Miami Gardens 68.79% 112,913
5 Quincy 63.09% 7,512
6 North Miami 60.21% 61,435
7 Pahokee 58.55% 6,167
8 Belle Glade 58.01% 19,358
9 West Park 54.27% 14,924
10 Opa-Locka 53.52% 16,420
11 Lake Park 52.05% 8,505
12 North Lauderdale 51.95% 43,829
13 Florida City 50.64% 12,096
14 Pembroke Park 49.21% 6,625
15 Marianna 48.46% 7,266
16 Miramar 43.15% 138,168
17 Palatka 42.77% 10,320
18 Perry 40.91% 6,925
19 North Miami Beach 39.24% 45,069
20 Fort Pierce 37.63% 44,833
21 Lake City 35.39% 11,977
22 Live Oak 34.58% 6,888
23 Tallahassee 34.33% 190,180
24 Daytona Beach 34.32% 66,520
25 Sunrise 34.26% 93,199
26 West Palm Beach 33.7% 108,365
27 Pompano Beach 32.29% 108,855
28 Boynton Beach 31.27% 75,720
29 Starke 30.92% 5,375
30 Delray Beach 30.73% 67,353
31 Fort Lauderdale 30.54% 178,783
32 Jacksonville 30.47% 878,907
33 Tamarac 28.86% 64,748
34 Pensacola 28.84% 52,562
35 Margate 27.98% 57,427
36 Alachua 27.83% 9,794
37 Cocoa 27.73% 18,053
38 Deerfield Beach 26.92% 79,854
39 Haines City 26.78% 23,400
40 Oakland Park 26.57% 44,339
41 Avon Park 26.24% 10,386
42 Sanford 26.23% 58,862
43 Leesburg 26.2% 22,243
44 Winter Haven 25.96% 39,615
45 Dade City 24.91% 6,966
46 Orlando 24.33% 275,690
47 Springfield 23.93% 9,475
48 Royal Palm Beach 23.59% 38,344
49 Arcadia 23.38% 7,943
50 Fort Myers 23.37% 76,591
51 Lake Wales 23.37% 15,735
52 Macclenny 22.93% 6,482
53 Tampa 22.71% 376,345
54 St. Petersburg 22.33% 259,041
55 Lantana 22.1% 11,405
56 Plantation 21.44% 92,775
57 Gainesville 21.19% 130,790
58 Bartow 21.19% 19,063
59 Coral Springs 20.94% 131,151
60 Temple Terrace 20.78% 26,062
61 Panama City 20.7% 36,880
62 Fort Meade 20.51% 6,013
63 Apopka 20.35% 50,529
64 Pembroke Pines 20.22% 168,260
65 Eustis 20.03% 20,264
66 Lakeland 19.98% 105,958
67 Groveland 19.98% 12,465
68 Wildwood 19.78% 6,557
69 Ocala 19.72% 58,598
70 Holly Hill 19.19% 12,042
71 Greenacres 19.13% 40,224
72 Ocoee 18.73% 44,829
73 Hallandale Beach 18.58% 39,472
74 Dania Beach 18.55% 31,810
75 Homestead 18.49% 68,424
76 Bradenton 18.44% 55,059
77 Callaway 18.3% 15,182
78 Port St. Lucie 18.2% 183,762
79 Palm Bay 17.66% 110,271
80 Sebring 16.97% 10,636
81 Hollywood 16.94% 151,056
82 Lake Worth 16.44% 37,728
83 Crestview 16.44% 23,663
84 Coconut Creek 16.44% 59,997
85 Deland 15.11% 31,289
86 Mount Dora 15.11% 13,620
87 Miami 15.08% 451,214
88 Green Cove Springs 15.04% 7,639
89 Plant City 14.62% 38,119
90 Maitland 14.57% 17,622
91 Miami Shores 13.69% 10,676
92 Winter Garden 13.61% 42,263
93 Sarasota 13.49% 56,102
94 South Daytona 13.27% 12,734
95 Stuart 13.24% 16,100
96 South Miami 13.11% 12,202
97 Altamonte Springs 13.11% 43,426
98 Palmetto 13.04% 13,490
99 Clewiston 13.01% 7,663
100 Key West 12.79% 25,085

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One thought on “Florida Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  1. This would be much more helpful if you also included a summary of average income, home prices, quality of the schools and education levels in each city in your summary. It would be helpful to know what areas board and how integrated the respective towns & surrounding towns might be. I want to know the whole picture demographics when looking into places to live & work or even visit.

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