The 10 Georgia Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Georgia have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Georgia with the largest African American population.

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 3,244,348 - at 31.2% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Georgia? Union City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in georgia for 2021. 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 2021

1. Union City

Union City, GA

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Population: 21,396
% African American: 85.41%
# Of African American Residents: 18,274
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.15%
More on Union City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Riverdale

Riverdale, GA

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Population: 15,291
% African American: 83.55%
# Of African American Residents: 12,776
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.87%
More on Riverdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. College Park

College Park, GA

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Population: 14,501
% African American: 79.72%
# Of African American Residents: 11,560
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.33%
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Fort Valley

Fort Valley, GA

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Population: 8,742
% African American: 78.84%
# Of African American Residents: 6,892
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.48%
More on Fort Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. East Point

East Point, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 34,957
% African American: 77.49%
# Of African American Residents: 27,089
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.49%
More on East Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, GA

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Population: 6,285
% African American: 77.31%
# Of African American Residents: 4,859
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.91%
More on Stone Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Albany

Albany, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 73,478
% African American: 74.17%
# Of African American Residents: 54,501
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.46%
More on Albany: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Fairburn

Fairburn, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 15,295
% African American: 71.7%
# Of African American Residents: 10,966
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.89%
More on Fairburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Cordele

Cordele, GA

Overall SnackAbility

1
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Population: 10,752
% African American: 71.58%
# Of African American Residents: 7,696
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.0%
More on Cordele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Camilla

Camilla, GA

Overall SnackAbility

1
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Population: 5,126
% African American: 71.56%
# Of African American Residents: 3,668
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.12%
More on Camilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In georgia With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 85.4% to 3.3%.

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 Fort Oglethorpe 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.

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. Fort Oglethorpe
  2. Doraville
  3. Calhoun

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Georgia

Rank City % African American Population
1 Union City 85.41% 21,396
2 Riverdale 83.55% 15,291
3 College Park 79.72% 14,501
4 Fort Valley 78.84% 8,742
5 East Point 77.49% 34,957
6 Stone Mountain 77.31% 6,285
7 Albany 74.17% 73,478
8 Fairburn 71.7% 15,295
9 Cordele 71.58% 10,752
10 Camilla 71.56% 5,126
11 Waynesboro 71.5% 5,487
12 Lovejoy 66.82% 6,179
13 Americus 66.82% 15,503
14 Mcdonough 65.79% 24,852
15 Conyers 64.93% 15,986
16 Dublin 63.46% 15,828
17 Swainsboro 63.16% 7,396
18 Sylvester 62.81% 5,865
19 Douglasville 62.0% 33,052
20 Stockbridge 61.74% 29,089
21 Sandersville 60.64% 5,546
22 Bainbridge 59.34% 12,199
23 Clarkston 59.33% 12,750
24 Eatonton 57.75% 6,603
25 Barnesville 57.32% 6,650
26 Fitzgerald 57.29% 8,812
27 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 56.34% 197,191
28 Griffin 56.0% 22,748
29 Waycross 54.4% 13,692
30 Powder Springs 54.26% 15,163
31 Brunswick 54.08% 16,122
32 Austell 53.31% 7,205
33 Savannah 53.31% 145,403
34 Thomasville 52.93% 18,539
35 Thomson 52.89% 6,593
36 Valdosta 52.73% 56,095
37 Douglas 52.58% 11,556
38 Hampton 51.71% 7,735
39 Lagrange 51.16% 30,400
40 Atlanta 50.49% 488,800
41 Monroe 47.74% 13,418
42 Adel 46.3% 5,289
43 Covington 46.15% 13,967
44 Columbus 45.61% 195,739
45 Milledgeville 45.43% 18,738
46 Forest Park 45.4% 19,723
47 Locust Grove 45.3% 6,954
48 Moultrie 45.18% 14,069
49 Cairo 44.84% 9,446
50 Hinesville 44.74% 32,996
51 Snellville 44.5% 19,778
52 Morrow 43.19% 6,965
53 Statesboro 43.16% 31,495
54 Garden City 41.59% 8,885
55 Villa Rica 41.39% 15,392
56 Hapeville 40.43% 6,577
57 Eastman 39.94% 5,135
58 Fayetteville 39.69% 17,586
59 Warner Robins 39.66% 76,115
60 Vidalia 39.09% 10,409
61 Jesup 37.64% 9,753
62 Thomaston 36.93% 8,774
63 Perry 35.96% 16,595
64 Lawrenceville 33.8% 29,719
65 Carrollton 32.4% 26,570
66 Tifton 31.72% 16,644
67 Newnan 31.43% 39,019
68 Smyrna 30.02% 56,268
69 Marietta 29.82% 60,544
70 Dallas 29.46% 13,321
71 Centerville 29.38% 7,751
72 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 27.75% 124,719
73 Grovetown 27.68% 14,053
74 Loganville 27.14% 12,010
75 Pooler 26.49% 23,858
76 Acworth 25.81% 22,534
77 Rome 25.63% 36,332
78 Kingsland 25.35% 17,093
79 Tyrone 25.29% 7,295
80 Kennesaw 24.99% 33,960
81 Duluth 21.97% 29,370
82 Norcross 21.87% 16,458
83 Cedartown 20.51% 9,999
84 Decatur 20.08% 24,002
85 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 19.88% 10,560
86 Toccoa 18.78% 8,308
87 Cartersville 18.71% 20,870
88 Winder 18.54% 16,413
89 Sandy Springs 18.28% 107,072
90 Rincon 17.71% 10,027
91 Commerce 16.89% 6,858
92 Richmond Hill 16.51% 12,720
93 Lilburn 15.98% 12,644
94 Chamblee 15.84% 29,232
95 Gainesville 15.32% 39,991
96 Buford 14.13% 16,143
97 Roswell 13.94% 94,498
98 St. Marys 13.43% 18,077
99 Jefferson 13.32% 11,114
100 Braselton 12.29% 11,452

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