Georgia Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Georgia with 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 3,195,363 – at 31.0% 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 2020:

  1. Union City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. College Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Riverdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Stone Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fort Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. East Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Albany (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fairburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cordele (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Georgia? Union City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in georgia for 2020. 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 2020

Union City, GA

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Population: 20,960
% African American: 86.88%
# Of African American Residents: 18,211
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.71%
More on Union City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

College Park, GA

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Population: 14,819
% African American: 79.27%
# Of African American Residents: 11,747
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.01%
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Riverdale, GA

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Population: 16,289
% African American: 79.25%
# Of African American Residents: 12,909
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.05%
More on Riverdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Stone Mountain, GA

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Population: 6,251
% African American: 77.64%
# Of African American Residents: 4,853
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.77%
More on Stone Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fort Valley, GA

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Population: 8,740
% African American: 76.29%
# Of African American Residents: 6,668
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.65%
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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.

East Point, GA

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Population: 34,977
% African American: 75.26%
# Of African American Residents: 26,322
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.39%
More on East Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Albany, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 74,631
% African American: 73.29%
# Of African American Residents: 54,699
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.1%
More on Albany: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Albany is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia. Located on the Flint River, it is the seat of Dougherty County. Located in southwest Georgia, it is the principal city of the Albany, Georgia metropolitan area. The population was 77,434 at the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the eighth-largest city in the state.

Waynesboro, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,558
% African American: 72.94%
# Of African American Residents: 4,054
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.34%
More on Waynesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fairburn, GA

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,708
% African American: 70.04%
# Of African American Residents: 10,301
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.95%
More on Fairburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Cordele, GA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,793
% African American: 67.48%
# Of African American Residents: 7,283
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.1%
More on Cordele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cordele is a city in Crisp County, Georgia, United States. The population was 11,147 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Crisp County.

How We Determined The Cities In georgia With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 86.9% to 4.6%.

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 Cumming 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. Cumming
  2. Fort Oglethorpe
  3. Peachtree City

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Georgia

Rank City % African American Population
1 Union City 86.88% 20,960
2 College Park 79.27% 14,819
3 Riverdale 79.25% 16,289
4 Stone Mountain 77.64% 6,251
5 Fort Valley 76.29% 8,740
6 East Point 75.26% 34,977
7 Albany 73.29% 74,631
8 Waynesboro 72.94% 5,558
9 Fairburn 70.04% 14,708
10 Cordele 67.48% 10,793
11 Americus 67.05% 15,659
12 Lovejoy 65.75% 6,484
13 Camilla 64.6% 5,000
14 Dublin 63.68% 15,869
15 Douglasville 63.47% 33,210
16 Mcdonough 63.03% 24,102
17 Conyers 62.3% 15,882
18 Sylvester 61.86% 5,926
19 Swainsboro 61.67% 7,347
20 Sandersville 61.2% 5,616
21 Bainbridge 60.3% 12,152
22 Stockbridge 59.81% 28,648
23 Barnesville 59.22% 6,608
24 Clarkston 57.68% 12,762
25 Powder Springs 57.46% 14,945
26 Thomson 56.73% 6,603
27 Eatonton 56.65% 6,529
28 Waycross 56.45% 13,836
29 Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance) 56.36% 196,807
30 Brunswick 55.69% 16,034
31 Griffin 55.43% 22,725
32 Hampton 54.59% 7,604
33 Savannah 53.86% 145,342
34 Thomasville 53.64% 18,546
35 Fitzgerald 52.97% 8,865
36 Austell 52.13% 7,276
37 Valdosta 51.73% 56,074
38 Atlanta 51.46% 479,655
39 Douglas 50.7% 11,556
40 Adel 50.19% 5,290
41 Lagrange 49.97% 30,412
42 Moultrie 47.33% 14,109
43 Covington 45.8% 13,844
44 Milledgeville 45.61% 18,813
45 Monroe 45.31% 13,370
46 Columbus 45.17% 196,670
47 Hinesville 45.02% 33,258
48 Forest Park 44.01% 19,483
49 Jesup 43.48% 9,814
50 Statesboro 42.82% 31,001
51 Locust Grove 42.81% 6,540
52 Thomaston 42.66% 8,802
53 Morrow 42.62% 7,238
54 Cairo 41.96% 9,528
55 Eastman 40.07% 5,209
56 Snellville 39.82% 19,631
57 Hapeville 39.33% 6,581
58 Villa Rica 39.24% 15,124
59 Warner Robins 38.95% 74,762
60 Garden City 38.48% 8,936
61 Perry 37.91% 16,031
62 Fayetteville 35.54% 17,349
63 Dallas 34.75% 13,014
64 Vidalia 34.57% 10,473
65 Tifton 32.37% 16,603
66 Lawrenceville 31.65% 29,401
67 Grovetown 30.72% 13,658
68 Marietta 29.89% 60,410
69 Centerville 29.72% 7,671
70 Newnan 29.53% 37,818
71 Smyrna 29.26% 55,976
72 Carrollton 28.44% 26,397
73 Tyrone 28.13% 7,221
74 Acworth 27.97% 22,336
75 Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance) 27.46% 123,310
76 Rome 26.93% 36,185
77 Loganville 26.6% 11,665
78 Kennesaw 24.46% 33,700
79 Kingsland 24.42% 16,784
80 Pooler 24.0% 23,102
81 Duluth 23.93% 29,239
82 Decatur 21.04% 23,054
83 Cartersville 20.71% 20,467
84 Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government 19.61% 10,767
85 Rincon 19.45% 9,863
86 Cedartown 19.41% 9,930
87 Winder 19.28% 15,827
88 Sandy Springs 19.02% 105,411
89 Toccoa 18.03% 8,274
90 Norcross 17.2% 16,369
91 Richmond Hill 17.14% 12,203
92 Lilburn 16.25% 12,561
93 Gainesville 15.89% 38,624
94 Chamblee 15.84% 28,748
95 Commerce 15.23% 6,742
96 St. Marys 13.39% 17,921
97 Roswell 13.14% 94,257
98 Buford 13.05% 15,185
99 Dunwoody 11.73% 49,016
100 Alpharetta 11.66% 64,672

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