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 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 2018:

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

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

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%
More on Lauderdale Lakes: Data | Jobs

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.

2. Lauderhill

Lauderhill, Florida

Population: 70,452
% African American: 76.37%
# Of African American Residents: 53,804
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.1%
More on Lauderhill: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Miami Gardens: Data | Jobs

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.

4. Riviera Beach

Riviera Beach, Florida

Population: 33,683
% African American: 66.38%
# Of African American Residents: 22,358
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.55%
More on Riviera Beach: Data | Jobs

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.

5. Quincy

Quincy, Florida

Population: 7,743
% African American: 64.91%
# Of African American Residents: 5,026
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.67%
More on Quincy: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on North Miami: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Belle Glade: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Pahokee: Data | Jobs

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.

9. Pembroke Park

Pembroke Park, Florida

Population: 6,259
% African American: 54.03%
# Of African American Residents: 3,382
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.2%
More on Pembroke Park: Data | Jobs

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%
More on North Lauderdale: Data | Jobs

North Lauderdale is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 41,023. It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.

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

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

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