These Are The 10 Florida Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 3,078,918 – 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 2019:

  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. Belle Glade (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. North Miami (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pahokee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Pembroke Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lake Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Lauderdale Lakes took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Florida for 2019. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Florida With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 210 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 84.0% 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 Treasure Island was the least African American city.

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.

Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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Population: 34,744
% African American: 83.99%
# Of African American Residents: 29,181
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.77%
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: 70,963
% African American: 77.33%
# Of African American Residents: 54,879
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.22%
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: 34,093
% African American: 68.35%
# Of African American Residents: 23,302
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.92%
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: 113,187
% African American: 67.88%
# Of African American Residents: 76,826
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.13%
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

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Population: 7,599
% African American: 62.8%
# Of African American Residents: 4,772
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.23%
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.

Belle Glade, FL

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Population: 19,175
% African American: 59.43%
# Of African American Residents: 11,395
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.11%
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.

North Miami, FL

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Population: 62,308
% African American: 58.57%
# Of African American Residents: 36,494
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.62%
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: 6,129
% African American: 56.78%
# Of African American Residents: 3,480
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.02%
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.

Pembroke Park, FL

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Population: 6,491
% African American: 55.12%
# Of African American Residents: 3,578
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.47%
More on Pembroke Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Park, FL

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Population: 8,527
% African American: 54.49%
# Of African American Residents: 4,646
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.29%
More on Lake Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Park is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 8,721 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 9,080.

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. Treasure Island
  2. Surfside
  3. St. Augustine Beach

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Florida

Rank City % African American Population
1 Lauderdale Lakes 83.99% 34,744
2 Lauderhill 77.33% 70,963
3 Riviera Beach 68.35% 34,093
4 Miami Gardens 67.88% 113,187
5 Quincy 62.8% 7,599
6 Belle Glade 59.43% 19,175
7 North Miami 58.57% 62,308
8 Pahokee 56.78% 6,129
9 Pembroke Park 55.12% 6,491
10 Lake Park 54.49% 8,527
11 West Park 53.63% 14,960
12 North Lauderdale 52.71% 43,574
13 Opa-Locka 51.49% 16,426
14 Palatka 48.67% 10,291
15 Marianna 48.64% 7,360
16 Florida City 44.6% 12,149
17 Miramar 44.23% 136,415
18 Perry 40.01% 6,948
19 Lake City 39.12% 12,033
20 North Miami Beach 38.35% 43,963
21 Fort Pierce 36.22% 44,248
22 Sunrise 34.88% 92,272
23 Tallahassee 34.7% 188,463
24 Live Oak 34.56% 6,854
25 West Palm Beach 33.54% 106,805
26 Daytona Beach 33.02% 65,339
27 Pompano Beach 31.75% 107,542
28 Fort Lauderdale 31.23% 177,175
29 Jacksonville 30.55% 867,313
30 Boynton Beach 30.4% 74,483
31 Delray Beach 29.75% 66,453
32 Pensacola 29.11% 52,689
33 Cocoa 28.35% 17,748
34 Alachua 28.22% 9,676
35 Winter Haven 27.62% 38,663
36 Tamarac 27.47% 64,262
37 Avon Park 27.38% 10,152
38 Margate 27.3% 57,045
39 Starke 27.2% 5,324
40 Oakland Park 27.12% 44,085
41 Royal Palm Beach 27.1% 37,665
42 Deerfield Beach 26.66% 79,468
43 Leesburg 26.55% 21,853
44 Lake Wales 26.44% 15,401
45 Fort Myers 25.68% 73,712
46 Arcadia 25.52% 7,774
47 Sanford 25.2% 57,979
48 Orlando 25.09% 269,414
49 Dade City 24.31% 6,841
50 Haines City 24.27% 22,826
51 Springfield 23.53% 9,375
52 Tampa 22.84% 368,087
53 Lantana 22.74% 11,240
54 Groveland 22.62% 11,461
55 St. Petersburg 22.62% 256,031
56 Bartow 22.26% 18,705
57 Gainesville 21.65% 129,394
58 Apopka 21.24% 48,682
59 Homestead 20.94% 67,354
60 Temple Terrace 20.88% 25,853
61 Macclenny 20.86% 6,423
62 Plantation 20.8% 92,126
63 Coral Springs 20.7% 130,110
64 Panama City 20.22% 36,661
65 Ocoee 20.16% 43,194
66 Wildwood 20.08% 6,311
67 Lakeland 19.45% 104,165
68 Callaway 19.4% 15,015
69 Ocala 19.38% 57,812
70 Lake Worth 19.06% 37,354
71 Pembroke Pines 19.05% 166,530
72 Greenacres 18.87% 39,827
73 Hallandale Beach 18.84% 39,285
74 Bradenton 18.36% 53,654
75 Crestview 18.36% 23,159
76 Dania Beach 18.09% 31,526
77 Palm Bay 18.03% 107,802
78 Eustis 17.89% 19,886
79 Green Cove Springs 17.79% 7,345
80 Holly Hill 17.49% 11,922
81 Port St. Lucie 17.4% 178,778
82 Hollywood 16.49% 149,750
83 Sebring 16.38% 10,469
84 Miami 15.76% 443,007
85 Wilton Manors 15.62% 12,407
86 Fort Meade 15.38% 5,938
87 Deland 15.3% 30,315
88 Coconut Creek 15.17% 59,154
89 South Miami 14.87% 12,255
90 Plant City 14.73% 37,459
91 High Springs 14.66% 5,764
92 Winter Garden 14.16% 40,799
93 Titusville 13.85% 44,984
94 Sarasota 13.73% 55,103
95 South Daytona 13.66% 12,597
96 Clermont 13.51% 32,217
97 Mount Dora 13.44% 13,350
98 Rockledge 13.24% 26,497
99 Maitland 13.03% 17,066
100 Clewiston 12.93% 7,430

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