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 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
  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.

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.

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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.

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1. Union City

Union City, Georgia

Population: 20,560
% African American: 83.61%
# Of African American Residents: 17,191
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.67%

2. Riverdale

Riverdale, Georgia

Population: 15,812
% African American: 81.59%
# Of African American Residents: 12,901
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.98%

3. Fairburn

Fairburn, Georgia

Population: 13,860
% African American: 79.08%
# Of African American Residents: 10,960
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.82%

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%

5. East Point

East Point, Georgia

Population: 35,477
% African American: 77.86%
# Of African American Residents: 27,624
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.65%

6. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Georgia

Population: 5,755
% African American: 76.39%
# Of African American Residents: 4,396
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.74%

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%

8. Camilla

Camilla, Georgia

Population: 5,075
% African American: 73.02%
# Of African American Residents: 3,706
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.18%

9. Lovejoy

Lovejoy, Georgia

Population: 6,252
% African American: 72.55%
# Of African American Residents: 4,536
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.07%

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%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Georgia

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

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