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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Illinois 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 Illinois is 1,810,559 – at 14.1% of the total population of Illinois.

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 Illinois? Which cities and towns in Illinois have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Illinois with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Centreville
  2. East St. Louis
  3. Riverdale
  4. Robbins
  5. Dolton
  6. Country Club Hills
  7. University Park
  8. Calumet Park (Photos)
  9. Hazel Crest (Photos)
  10. Richton Park

Centreville took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Illinois for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Illinois 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 Illinois or the most diverse places in Illinois.

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How We Determined The Cities In Illinois 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 Illinois.

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 330 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 96.0% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Centreville took the distinction of being the most Black, while Spring Grove was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Illinois 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. Centreville

Centreville, Illinois

Population: 5,127
% African American: 96.02%
# Of African American Residents: 4,923
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.04%

2. East St. Louis

East St. Louis, Illinois

Source: Public domain

Population: 26,731
% African American: 95.36%
# Of African American Residents: 25,492
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.82%

3. Riverdale

Riverdale, Illinois

Population: 13,047
% African American: 93.82%
# Of African American Residents: 12,241
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.4%

4. Robbins


Population: 5,216
% African American: 90.91%
# Of African American Residents: 4,742
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.72%

5. Dolton

Dolton, Illinois

Population: 23,113
% African American: 88.92%
# Of African American Residents: 20,551
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.4%

6. Country Club Hills


Population: 16,794
% African American: 86.26%
# Of African American Residents: 14,487
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.56%

7. University Park

University Park, Illinois

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,196
% African American: 85.39%
# Of African American Residents: 6,145
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.23%

8. Calumet Park

Calumet Park, Illinois

Population: 8,320
% African American: 84.81%
# Of African American Residents: 7,056
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.74%

9. Hazel Crest

Hazel Crest, Illinois

Population: 13,924
% African American: 84.16%
# Of African American Residents: 11,718
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.06%

10. Richton Park


Population: 13,668
% African American: 83.05%
# Of African American Residents: 11,351
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.12%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Illinois

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Illinois according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Illinois:

  1. Spring Grove
  2. Western Springs
  3. Manhattan

For more Illinois reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Illinois

City Rank Population % African American
Centreville 1 5,127 96.02%
East St. Louis 2 26,731 95.36%
Riverdale 3 13,047 93.82%
Robbins 4 5,216 90.91%
Dolton 5 23,113 88.92%
Country Club Hills 6 16,794 86.26%
University Park 7 7,196 85.39%
Calumet Park 8 8,320 84.81%
Hazel Crest 9 13,924 84.16%
Richton Park 10 13,668 83.05%
Markham 11 12,633 81.55%
Matteson 12 19,146 80.42%
South Holland 13 22,040 77.32%
Broadview 14 7,915 75.51%
Calumet City 15 37,112 73.34%
Bellwood 16 19,146 72.99%
Lynwood 17 9,232 72.1%
Maywood 18 24,029 70.9%
Harvey 19 25,625 69.99%
Glenwood 20 8,853 67.93%
Sauk Village 21 10,541 63.94%
Park Forest 22 21,831 63.65%
Cahokia 23 14,574 56.96%
Flossmoor 24 9,215 49.54%
Chicago Heights 25 30,349 41.7%
Hillside 26 8,165 41.22%
Kankakee 27 26,424 39.37%
Homewood 28 19,280 37.02%
Lansing 29 28,369 35.09%
Berkeley 30 5,201 34.3%
Zion 31 24,195 32.98%
Danville 32 32,030 32.24%
Forest Park 33 14,137 30.94%
Chicago 34 2,714,017 30.57%
Crete 35 8,215 29.75%
Hillsboro 36 7,287 29.44%
Fairview Heights 37 16,793 28.86%
Blue Island 38 22,446 27.82%
North Chicago 39 30,023 27.66%
Chester 40 8,599 27.05%
Alton 41 27,175 26.84%
Pinckneyville 42 5,422 26.5%
Peoria 43 115,990 26.19%
Belleville 44 42,729 25.28%
Carbondale 45 26,066 24.23%
Evergreen Park 46 19,849 23.62%
Crest Hill 47 20,316 22.22%
Steger 48 9,535 21.53%
Rantoul 49 13,238 21.02%
Oak Park 50 51,989 20.94%
Shiloh 51 13,050 20.93%
Rockford 52 149,597 20.88%
Decatur 53 74,063 19.96%
Rock Island 54 38,647 19.85%
Springfield 55 116,745 19.78%
Bolingbrook 56 74,320 19.05%
Justice 57 12,957 18.12%
Alsip 58 19,335 17.78%
Westchester 59 16,719 17.45%
Urbana 60 41,941 17.15%
Freeport 61 24,784 16.79%
Evanston 62 75,472 16.78%
Joliet 63 147,515 16.2%
Champaign 64 84,672 15.87%
Waukegan 65 88,159 15.77%
Swansea 66 13,722 14.78%
Park City 67 7,402 14.43%
Mount Vernon 68 14,880 14.19%
O’Fallon 69 29,078 13.88%
Vandalia 70 6,758 13.87%
Dekalb 71 43,269 13.25%
Beach Park 72 13,788 13.24%
Galesburg 73 31,469 13.06%
Murphysboro 74 8,007 11.88%
Romeoville 75 39,739 11.57%
Greenville 76 6,833 10.8%
Chicago Ridge 77 14,368 10.71%
Bloomington 78 78,368 10.66%
East Moline 79 21,394 10.62%
Jacksonville 80 19,042 10.48%
Summit 81 11,409 10.4%
Silvis 82 7,546 10.22%
Collinsville 83 24,855 10.2%
Edwardsville 84 25,044 10.13%
Dixon 85 14,802 10.11%
Bourbonnais 86 18,607 9.96%
Robinson 87 7,447 9.96%
Aurora 88 200,907 9.95%
Centralia 89 12,696 9.63%
Posen 90 6,251 9.63%
Glen Carbon 91 12,782 9.54%
Normal 92 54,534 9.11%
Pontiac 93 12,016 9.05%
Woodridge 94 33,331 8.99%
Orland Hills 95 7,241 8.81%
Montgomery 96 19,055 8.52%
Crestwood 97 10,989 8.21%
Macomb 98 18,771 7.93%
Canton 99 14,397 7.87%
Westmont 100 25,149 7.78%

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