The 10 Georgia Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Georgia 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 Georgia is 3,275,581 - at 31.1% of the total population of Georgia.

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 Georgia? Which cities and towns in Georgia have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Georgia with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Union City
  2. Stone Mountain
  3. Riverdale
  4. College Park
  5. East Point
  6. Fort Valley
  7. Albany
  8. Fairburn
  9. Lovejoy
  10. Cordele

What's the blackest city in Georgia? Union City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Georgia 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 Georgia 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 Georgia or the most diverse places in Georgia.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Georgia For 2022

1. Union City

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,976
% African American: 88.65%
# Of African American Residents: 19,482
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.49%
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Union City, GA

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2. Stone Mountain

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Population: 6,376
% African American: 85.85%
# Of African American Residents: 5,474
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.95%
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Stone Mountain, GA

3. Riverdale

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Population: 15,455
% African American: 83.11%
# Of African American Residents: 12,844
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.47%
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Riverdale, GA

Source: Public domain

4. College Park

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,479
% African American: 82.27%
# Of African American Residents: 11,912
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.48%
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College Park, GA

5. East Point

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 35,031
% African American: 76.16%
# Of African American Residents: 26,678
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.83%
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East Point, GA

Source: Public domain

6. Fort Valley

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,817
% African American: 75.68%
# Of African American Residents: 6,673
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.58%
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Fort Valley, GA

7. Albany

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 72,634
% African American: 74.4%
# Of African American Residents: 54,043
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.29%
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Albany, GA

Source: Public domain

8. Fairburn

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 15,956
% African American: 74.26%
# Of African American Residents: 11,849
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.43%
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Fairburn, GA

Source: Public domain

9. Lovejoy

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 6,511
% African American: 73.71%
# Of African American Residents: 4,799
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.51%
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Lovejoy, GA

10. Cordele

Overall SnackAbility

1
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Population: 10,600
% African American: 70.24%
# Of African American Residents: 7,445
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.1%
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Cordele, GA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Georgia 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 Georgia.

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 120 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 88.7% to 3.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Union City took the distinction of being the most Black, while Flowery Branch was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Georgia 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 Georgia

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Georgia according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Georgia:

  1. Flowery Branch
  2. Fort Oglethorpe
  3. Doraville

For more Georgia reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Georgia

Rank City % African American Population
1 Union City 88.65% 21,976
2 Stone Mountain 85.85% 6,376
3 Riverdale 83.11% 15,455
4 College Park 82.27% 14,479
5 East Point 76.16% 35,031
6 Fort Valley 75.68% 8,817
7 Albany 74.4% 72,634
8 Fairburn 74.26% 15,956
9 Lovejoy 73.71% 6,511
10 Cordele 70.24% 10,600
11 Waynesboro 69.78% 5,453
12 Camilla 67.78% 5,087
13 Dublin 65.41% 15,762
14 Swainsboro 65.3% 7,418
15 Stockbridge 64.79% 29,446
16 Americus 64.46% 15,319
17 Douglasville 63.31% 33,035
18 Mcdonough 62.41% 25,572
19 Conyers 62.34% 15,705
20 Sylvester 61.94% 5,809
21 Sandersville 61.27% 5,468
22 Thomson 61.06% 6,553
23 Brunswick 60.22% 16,231
24 Austell 60.21% 7,783
25 Clarkston 60.12% 12,747
26 Bainbridge 59.52% 12,200
27 Thomasville 57.85% 18,530
28 Jonesboro 56.78% 5,428
29 Eatonton 56.67% 6,661
30 Waycross 56.67% 13,638
31 Monroe 56.52% 13,568
32 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 56.41% 197,535
33 Hampton 56.14% 7,887
34 Valdosta 54.58% 56,320
35 Savannah 53.48% 145,492
36 Forest Park 53.36% 19,884
37 Fitzgerald 53.28% 8,747
38 Powder Springs 53.24% 15,390
39 Griffin 52.84% 22,724
40 Covington 51.63% 14,113
41 Lagrange 51.6% 30,494
42 Barnesville 49.66% 6,673
43 Atlanta 49.25% 497,642
44 Adel 46.52% 5,297
45 Moultrie 46.19% 14,086
46 Columbus 45.64% 195,418
47 Hinesville 45.52% 33,304
48 Cairo 44.9% 9,395
49 Douglas 44.61% 11,556
50 Milledgeville 44.17% 18,526
51 Garden City 42.78% 8,957
52 Thomaston 40.69% 8,771
53 Morrow 40.39% 7,061
54 Vidalia 40.03% 10,380
55 Villa Rica 39.99% 15,803
56 Warner Robins 39.54% 76,967
57 Statesboro 39.5% 32,115
58 Locust Grove 39.03% 7,525
59 Fayetteville 38.16% 17,902
60 Snellville 37.95% 19,923
61 Hapeville 37.27% 6,576
62 Centerville 36.8% 7,821
63 Jesup 35.7% 9,864
64 Tifton 35.3% 17,189
65 Lawrenceville 35.23% 30,125
66 Carrollton 33.79% 26,857
67 Newnan 33.7% 40,227
68 Perry 33.51% 17,235
69 Smyrna 31.94% 56,333
70 Marietta 31.76% 60,687
71 Tyrone 29.76% 7,427
72 Pooler 29.67% 24,575
73 Loganville 29.58% 12,490
74 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 28.07% 124,962
75 Eastman 27.57% 5,110
76 Dallas 27.35% 13,680
77 Rome 24.62% 36,518
78 Acworth 24.3% 22,683
79 Grovetown 23.13% 14,777
80 Cedartown 22.85% 10,062
81 Kennesaw 22.83% 34,232
82 Kingsland 22.46% 17,523
83 Norcross 20.94% 16,876
84 Duluth 20.76% 29,538
85 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 20.33% 10,470
86 Sandy Springs 19.21% 108,180
87 Commerce 19.09% 7,008
88 Winder 19.0% 17,054
89 Toccoa 18.83% 8,328
90 Chamblee 18.22% 29,874
91 Gainesville 16.28% 41,464
92 Decatur 16.12% 24,814
93 Jefferson 15.96% 11,619
94 Richmond Hill 15.83% 13,250
95 Cartersville 15.8% 21,331
96 Lilburn 14.04% 12,755
97 Buford 13.4% 16,003
98 Milton 13.3% 39,252
99 St. Marys 13.11% 18,321
100 Dunwoody 12.92% 49,466

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

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