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 broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Georgia with the largest African American population in 2018:
- Union City (Photos)
- Riverdale (Photos)
- Fairburn (Photos)
- College Park (Photos)
- East Point (Photos)
- Waynesboro (Photos)
- Fort Valley (Photos)
- Camilla (Photos)
- Lovejoy (Photos)
- 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.
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*
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
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
10. Stone Mountain
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:
- Fort Oglethorpe
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