The 10 Florida Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 3,231,108 - at 15.2% 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 2022:

  1. Lauderdale Lakes
  2. Lauderhill
  3. Miami Gardens
  4. Riviera Beach
  5. Quincy
  6. Belle Glade
  7. North Miami
  8. Opa-locka
  9. Lake Park
  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 2022. 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 2022

1. Lauderdale Lakes

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Population: 36,063
% African American: 82.97%
# Of African American Residents: 29,923
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.64%
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Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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2. Lauderhill

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Population: 71,827
% African American: 80.09%
# Of African American Residents: 57,523
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.43%
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Lauderhill, FL

3. Miami Gardens

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Population: 110,767
% African American: 67.11%
# Of African American Residents: 74,336
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.3%
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Miami Gardens, FL

4. Riviera Beach

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Population: 35,025
% African American: 66.91%
# Of African American Residents: 23,436
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.55%
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Riviera Beach, FL

5. Quincy

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,237
% African American: 64.57%
# Of African American Residents: 4,673
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.01%
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Quincy, FL

6. Belle Glade

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Population: 19,829
% African American: 62.06%
# Of African American Residents: 12,305
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.35%
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Belle Glade, FL

7. North Miami

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 62,468
% African American: 58.39%
# Of African American Residents: 36,474
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.56%
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North Miami, FL

8. Opa-Locka

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,008
% African American: 54.36%
# Of African American Residents: 8,702
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.17%
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Opa-Locka, FL

9. Lake Park

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 8,541
% African American: 54.29%
# Of African American Residents: 4,637
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.48%
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Lake Park, FL

10. North Lauderdale

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 44,189
% African American: 53.87%
# Of African American Residents: 23,804
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.98%
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North Lauderdale, FL

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Florida With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 83.0% 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 Neptune Beach 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.

Summary: 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. Neptune Beach
  2. Surfside
  3. Marco Island

For more Florida reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Florida

Rank City % African American Population
1 Lauderdale Lakes 82.97% 36,063
2 Lauderhill 80.09% 71,827
3 Miami Gardens 67.11% 110,767
4 Riviera Beach 66.91% 35,025
5 Quincy 64.57% 7,237
6 Belle Glade 62.06% 19,829
7 North Miami 58.39% 62,468
8 Opa-Locka 54.36% 16,008
9 Lake Park 54.29% 8,541
10 North Lauderdale 53.87% 44,189
11 Pahokee 51.29% 6,286
12 Florida City 51.27% 11,855
13 Marianna 50.89% 6,607
14 West Park 47.85% 15,052
15 Miramar 46.16% 140,479
16 Live Oak 45.45% 6,929
17 Fort Pierce 43.11% 45,855
18 Pembroke Park 41.38% 6,716
19 Perry 40.89% 6,884
20 North Miami Beach 40.68% 42,824
21 Palatka 39.15% 10,388
22 Tallahassee 35.51% 192,885
23 Sunrise 34.29% 94,657
24 Daytona Beach 34.1% 68,711
25 West Palm Beach 33.25% 111,006
26 Cocoa 33.11% 20,151
27 Lake City 32.62% 12,166
28 Avon Park 32.0% 10,539
29 Boynton Beach 31.19% 78,060
30 Fort Lauderdale 31.08% 181,818
31 Macclenny 30.87% 6,732
32 Margate 30.61% 58,465
33 Jacksonville 30.45% 902,488
34 Pompano Beach 29.6% 111,202
35 Delray Beach 28.66% 68,916
36 Oakland Park 28.57% 44,950
37 Starke 27.83% 5,415
38 Tamarac 27.78% 66,432
39 Sanford 27.3% 60,337
40 Alachua 26.48% 9,891
41 Deerfield Beach 26.47% 80,822
42 Royal Palm Beach 26.12% 39,615
43 Pensacola 25.86% 52,918
44 Haines City 25.06% 25,178
45 Lantana 25.02% 11,958
46 Greenacres 24.09% 41,242
47 Dade City 24.04% 7,270
48 Orlando 23.32% 284,817
49 Wildwood 23.3% 7,339
50 Winter Haven 23.01% 42,933
51 Apopka 22.92% 52,795
52 Fort Myers 22.84% 83,505
53 Lake Wales 22.76% 16,515
54 Leesburg 22.22% 23,142
55 Plantation 22.16% 94,366
56 Coral Springs 22.1% 133,370
57 Springfield 21.98% 9,004
58 Tampa 21.85% 395,912
59 Eustis 21.81% 21,010
60 St. Petersburg 20.89% 264,001
61 Pembroke Pines 20.77% 171,979
62 Dania Beach 20.71% 32,125
63 Sebring 20.68% 10,454
64 Panama City 20.62% 35,952
65 Homestead 20.55% 68,937
66 Gainesville 20.36% 133,611
67 Ocoee 20.28% 47,433
68 Bartow 19.56% 19,762
69 Arcadia 19.53% 8,187
70 Mount Dora 19.41% 14,201
71 High Springs 19.18% 5,875
72 Lakeland 18.68% 110,335
73 Orange Park 18.31% 8,764
74 Ocala 18.22% 60,021
75 Palm Bay 17.36% 113,751
76 Crestview 17.25% 24,687
77 Hallandale Beach 16.84% 39,782
78 Port St. Lucie 16.81% 195,773
79 Fort Meade 16.55% 6,163
80 Holly Hill 16.46% 12,259
81 Temple Terrace 16.35% 26,901
82 Hollywood 16.32% 153,834
83 Bradenton 15.84% 57,346
84 Palmetto 15.78% 13,678
85 Coconut Creek 15.32% 60,935
86 Deland 15.11% 33,620
87 Palm Springs 14.9% 25,168
88 Altamonte Springs 14.52% 43,969
89 Sarasota 14.47% 57,787
90 Rockledge 14.18% 27,739
91 Miami Shores 14.11% 10,372
92 Maitland 13.98% 17,749
93 Miami 13.96% 461,080
94 Auburndale 13.92% 16,230
95 Plant City 13.75% 39,437
96 Groveland 13.58% 15,109
97 Callaway 13.57% 14,691
98 Winter Garden 13.38% 44,888
99 Valparaiso 13.27% 5,669
100 Fellsmere 13.16% 5,692

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Florida with the largest African American population.

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