These Are The 10 Florida Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Florida 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 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 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 2018:

  1. Lauderdale Lakes (Photos)
  2. Lauderhill
  3. Miami Gardens
  4. Riviera Beach
  5. Quincy (Photos)
  6. North Miami (Photos)
  7. Belle Glade (Photos)
  8. Pahokee (Photos)
  9. Pembroke Park
  10. North Lauderdale

Lauderdale Lakes took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Florida for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Florida With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 81.8% 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.

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.

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1. Lauderdale Lakes

Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 34,321
% African American: 81.82%
# Of African American Residents: 28,080
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.51%

2. Lauderhill

Lauderhill, Florida

Population: 70,452
% African American: 76.37%
# Of African American Residents: 53,804
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.1%

3. Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens, Florida

Population: 112,514
% African American: 69.93%
# Of African American Residents: 78,678
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.23%

4. Riviera Beach


Population: 33,683
% African American: 66.38%
# Of African American Residents: 22,358
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.55%

5. Quincy

Quincy, Florida

Population: 7,743
% African American: 64.91%
# Of African American Residents: 5,026
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.67%

6. North Miami

North Miami, Florida

Population: 62,158
% African American: 59.21%
# Of African American Residents: 36,804
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.52%

7. Belle Glade

Belle Glade, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,855
% African American: 57.7%
# Of African American Residents: 10,879
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.56%

8. Pahokee

Pahokee, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,022
% African American: 57.02%
# Of African American Residents: 3,434
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.28%

9. Pembroke Park


Population: 6,259
% African American: 54.03%
# Of African American Residents: 3,382
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.2%

10. North Lauderdale

North Lauderdale, Florida

Population: 43,087
% African American: 53.72%
# Of African American Residents: 23,147
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.81%

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. Gulf Breeze
  3. Treasure Island

For more Florida reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Florida

City Rank Population % African American
Lauderdale Lakes 1 34,321 81.82%
Lauderhill 2 70,452 76.37%
Miami Gardens 3 112,514 69.93%
Riviera Beach 4 33,683 66.38%
Quincy 5 7,743 64.91%
North Miami 6 62,158 59.21%
Belle Glade 7 18,855 57.7%
Pahokee 8 6,022 57.02%
Pembroke Park 9 6,259 54.03%
North Lauderdale 10 43,087 53.72%
Opa-Locka 11 16,245 53.51%
West Park 12 14,884 52.9%
Florida City 13 12,076 50.38%
Lake Park 14 8,457 48.99%
Palatka 15 10,407 47.29%
Miramar 16 133,741 44.0%
Perry 17 7,039 41.27%
Marianna 18 9,157 41.23%
North Miami Beach 19 43,722 40.36%
Lake City 20 12,137 38.63%
Fort Pierce 21 43,883 37.48%
Tallahassee 22 188,466 34.78%
Live Oak 23 6,921 34.4%
Daytona Beach 24 64,105 33.73%
Sunrise 25 91,177 33.22%
West Palm Beach 26 104,978 32.29%
Avon Park 27 10,052 31.52%
Pompano Beach 28 106,004 31.4%
Fort Lauderdale 29 175,153 31.3%
Jacksonville 30 856,616 30.24%
Delray Beach 31 65,044 30.07%
Boynton Beach 32 72,748 29.22%
Cocoa 33 17,558 28.71%
Pensacola 34 53,250 28.0%
Winter Haven 35 36,669 27.67%
Royal Palm Beach 36 36,829 27.48%
Fort Myers 37 71,051 27.15%
Deerfield Beach 38 78,642 27.12%
Haines City 39 22,138 26.9%
Oakland Park 40 43,660 26.36%
Tamarac 41 63,747 26.22%
Starke 42 5,398 26.1%
Margate 43 56,245 26.04%
Orlando 44 263,306 25.49%
Leesburg 45 21,570 25.45%
Sanford 46 57,039 25.08%
Alachua 47 9,553 25.02%
Arcadia 48 7,761 24.12%
Bartow 49 18,501 23.37%
Lantana 50 11,016 23.3%
St. Petersburg 51 253,585 23.29%
Tampa 52 361,477 23.01%
Ocala 53 57,873 21.94%
Gainesville 54 128,610 21.73%
Dade City 55 6,782 21.72%
Homestead 56 65,688 21.51%
Lake Worth 57 36,838 21.35%
Coral Springs 58 127,673 21.28%
Dania Beach 59 31,046 20.46%
Plantation 60 90,878 20.37%
Lake Wales 61 15,206 20.35%
Groveland 62 10,643 20.32%
Apopka 63 47,023 20.27%
Macclenny 64 6,451 20.0%
Temple Terrace 65 25,654 19.95%
Crestview 66 22,941 19.89%
Lakeland 67 102,714 19.7%
Springfield 68 9,318 19.48%
Callaway 69 14,942 19.37%
Panama City 70 36,654 19.27%
Ocoee 71 41,393 19.03%
Bradenton 72 52,985 18.85%
Pembroke Pines 73 164,753 18.59%
Holly Hill 74 11,839 18.29%
Palm Bay 75 106,573 17.99%
Greenacres 76 39,190 17.59%
Port St. Lucie 77 175,652 17.19%
Hallandale Beach 78 38,951 17.14%
Eustis 79 19,661 16.89%
Green Cove Springs 80 7,205 16.41%
Fort Meade 81 5,883 16.27%
Wildwood 82 6,776 16.19%
Hollywood 83 148,114 16.17%
Miami 84 432,622 16.08%
Sebring 85 10,423 15.74%
Wilton Manors 86 12,270 15.31%
Rockledge 87 26,144 15.29%
Coconut Creek 88 57,731 14.94%
South Miami 89 12,207 14.91%
Deland 90 29,442 14.77%
Mount Dora 91 13,204 14.76%
Sarasota 92 54,425 14.58%
Winter Garden 93 39,219 14.49%
Clewiston 94 7,343 14.44%
Maitland 95 16,911 14.08%
Fernandina Beach 96 12,156 13.47%
High Springs 97 5,678 13.44%
South Daytona 98 12,470 13.4%
Plant City 99 36,830 13.36%
Palm Springs 100 23,592 13.3%

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