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


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 3,105,273 – at 30.7% 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 2018:

  1. Union City (Photos)
  2. Riverdale (Photos)
  3. Fairburn (Photos)
  4. College Park (Photos)
  5. East Point (Photos)
  6. Waynesboro (Photos)
  7. Fort Valley (Photos)
  8. Camilla (Photos)
  9. Lovejoy (Photos)
  10. Stone Mountain (Photos)

Union City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Georgia 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 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Georgia 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 Georgia.

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 120 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 83.6% to 2.6%.

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 Dahlonega was the least African American city.

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.

1. Union City

Union City, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,560
% African American: 83.61%
# Of African American Residents: 17,191
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.67%
More on Union City: Data | Jobs

2. Riverdale

Riverdale, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,812
% African American: 81.59%
# Of African American Residents: 12,901
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.98%
More on Riverdale: Data | Jobs

Riverdale is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. The population was 15,134 at the 2010 census, up from 12,478 in 2000. Riverdale is a suburb just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

3. Fairburn

Fairburn, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,860
% African American: 79.08%
# Of African American Residents: 10,960
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.82%
More on Fairburn: Data | Jobs

Fairburn is a city and former county seat in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. The population was 12,950 at the 2010 census.

4. College Park

College Park, Georgia

Population: 14,434
% African American: 77.86%
# Of African American Residents: 11,239
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.46%
More on College Park: Data | Jobs

College Park is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia, adjacent to the southern boundary of the city of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,942. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is partially located in the city’s boundaries, and the Georgia International Convention Center, owned and operated by the City of College Park, is within the city limits.

5. East Point

East Point, Georgia

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,477
% African American: 77.86%
# Of African American Residents: 27,624
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.65%
More on East Point: Data | Jobs

East Point is a suburban city located southwest of the neighborhoods of Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 33,712. The city name is derived from being at the opposite end of the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad from West Point.

6. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Georgia

Population: 5,755
% African American: 76.39%
# Of African American Residents: 4,396
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.74%
More on Waynesboro: Data | Jobs

Waynesboro is a city in Burke County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,766 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Burke County. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

7. Fort Valley

Fort Valley, Georgia

Population: 8,975
% African American: 73.13%
# Of African American Residents: 6,563
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.13%
More on Fort Valley: Data | Jobs

Fort Valley is a city in and the county seat of Peach County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 9,815.

8. Camilla

Camilla, Georgia

Population: 5,075
% African American: 73.02%
# Of African American Residents: 3,706
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.18%
More on Camilla: Data | Jobs

Camilla is a city in Mitchell County, Georgia, United States, and is its county seat. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 5,360.

9. Lovejoy

Lovejoy, Georgia

Population: 6,252
% African American: 72.55%
# Of African American Residents: 4,536
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.07%
More on Lovejoy: Data | Jobs

10. Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Population: 6,102
% African American: 72.17%
# Of African American Residents: 4,404
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.52%
More on Stone Mountain: Data | Jobs

Stone Mountain is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,802 at the 2010 census. Stone Mountain is located in the eastern part of DeKalb County and is a suburb of Atlanta. It lies near to but does not include the geological formation Stone Mountain.

There You Have It – 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. Dahlonega
  2. Cumming
  3. Fort Oglethorpe

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Georgia

Rank City Population % African American
1 Union City 20,560 83.61%
2 Riverdale 15,812 81.59%
3 Fairburn 13,860 79.08%
4 College Park 14,434 77.86%
5 East Point 35,477 77.86%
6 Waynesboro 5,755 76.39%
7 Fort Valley 8,975 73.13%
8 Camilla 5,075 73.02%
9 Lovejoy 6,252 72.55%
10 Stone Mountain 6,102 72.17%
11 Albany 75,657 72.01%
12 Cordele 11,015 64.25%
13 Douglasville 32,317 63.76%
14 Sylvester 6,108 63.74%
15 Dublin 16,189 63.34%
16 Eatonton 6,496 62.82%
17 Thomson 6,699 62.71%
18 Bainbridge 12,492 62.1%
19 Conyers 15,682 62.09%
20 Mcdonough 23,086 61.2%
21 Americus 16,185 60.97%
22 Austell 7,056 60.22%
23 Barnesville 6,611 59.98%
24 Brunswick 15,997 59.17%
25 Clarkston 12,594 58.46%
26 Sandersville 5,776 57.1%
27 Swainsboro 7,504 56.92%
28 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 196,784 55.68%
29 Powder Springs 14,596 54.34%
30 Waycross 14,188 54.32%
31 Stockbridge 27,692 54.16%
32 Savannah 144,717 53.72%
33 Thomasville 18,706 53.57%
34 Griffin 22,875 53.16%
35 Douglas 11,742 52.32%
36 Fitzgerald 9,006 52.11%
37 Atlanta 456,378 51.91%
38 Valdosta 56,717 50.34%
39 Covington 13,667 48.46%
40 Lagrange 30,535 48.38%
41 Adel 5,304 47.64%
42 Moultrie 14,457 47.51%
43 Locust Grove 5,742 47.35%
44 Milledgeville 19,146 45.24%
45 Hinesville 34,127 44.69%
46 Hapeville 6,658 44.55%
47 Columbus 200,303 44.48%
48 Statesboro 30,597 42.8%
49 Jesup 10,145 42.67%
50 Garden City 8,889 42.46%
51 Cairo 9,708 42.41%
52 Monroe 13,253 42.01%
53 Eastman 5,315 40.4%
54 Thomaston 8,976 40.12%
55 Morrow 7,069 39.81%
56 Forest Park 19,156 39.32%
57 Hampton 7,281 39.23%
58 Perry 15,293 38.68%
59 Warner Robins 73,265 37.43%
60 Dallas 12,622 35.45%
61 Villa Rica 14,755 35.09%
62 Snellville 19,395 34.92%
63 Fayetteville 16,780 34.51%
64 Vidalia 10,674 34.37%
65 Lawrenceville 30,127 33.58%
66 Tifton 16,691 32.97%
67 Smyrna 54,788 31.42%
68 Grovetown 12,848 31.36%
69 Centerville 7,576 30.68%
70 Marietta 59,714 30.12%
71 Carrollton 25,960 30.04%
72 Newnan 35,642 28.95%
73 Acworth 21,824 28.87%
74 Rome 36,340 27.34%
75 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 120,813 27.2%
76 Loganville 11,072 27.19%
77 Tyrone 7,121 26.41%
78 Toccoa 8,374 26.01%
79 Pooler 22,131 25.57%
80 Kennesaw 32,669 24.93%
81 Duluth 28,681 21.62%
82 Kingsland 16,411 21.32%
83 Rincon 9,690 21.18%
84 Cartersville 20,169 21.15%
85 Decatur 21,210 20.58%
86 Sandy Springs 102,212 20.39%
87 Lilburn 12,481 18.05%
88 Winder 15,148 17.55%
89 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 11,882 17.51%
90 Norcross 16,293 16.92%
91 St. Marys 17,853 16.66%
92 Commerce 6,601 16.41%
93 Chamblee 27,862 15.41%
94 Gainesville 37,906 15.04%
95 Richmond Hill 11,501 14.9%
96 Cedartown 9,752 14.11%
97 Bremen 6,257 13.81%
98 Roswell 93,968 13.45%
99 Dunwoody 48,128 12.29%
100 Canton 25,022 11.75%

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