These Are The 10 Illinois Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Illinois 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 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 in the black population 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 2019:

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

Centreville took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Illinois for 2019. 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 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Illinois With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 329 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 95.8% 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.

Centreville, IL

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Population: 5,094
% African American: 95.8%
# Of African American Residents: 4,880
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.85%
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East St. Louis, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 26,678
% African American: 95.3%
# Of African American Residents: 25,423
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.08%
More on East St. Louis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East St. Louis is a city in St. Clair County, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri, in the Metro-East region of Southern Illinois. Once a bustling industrial center like many cities in the Rust Belt, East St. Louis has been severely affected by loss of jobs due to deindustrialization during the second half of the 20th century. In 1950, East St. Louis was the fourth largest city in Illinois when population peaked at 82,366. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 27,006, less than one-third of the 1950 census.

Riverdale, IL

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Population: 13,025
% African American: 93.17%
# Of African American Residents: 12,136
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.22%
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Dolton, IL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 23,091
% African American: 89.54%
# Of African American Residents: 20,675
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.81%
More on Dolton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dolton is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,153 at the 2010 census. Dolton is located just west of the expressway Interstate 94 and immediately south of the city limits of Chicago. Its most common ZIP code is 60419.

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Population: 5,203
% African American: 88.74%
# Of African American Residents: 4,617
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.31%
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Hazel Crest, IL

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Population: 13,935
% African American: 87.35%
# Of African American Residents: 12,172
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.73%
More on Hazel Crest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hazel Crest is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,100 at the 2010 census. The village is primarily located in Bremen Township, while the portion of the village south of 183rd Street is located in Rich Township and the portion east of I-80/94 is in Thornton Township. The village is located near Chicago in an area known as the Chicago Southland and is approximately 25 miles south of the Chicago Loop.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,756
% African American: 86.64%
# Of African American Residents: 14,517
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.78%
More on Country Club Hills: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,038
% African American: 86.3%
# Of African American Residents: 6,074
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.36%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data

University Park is a village in Cook and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located almost entirely in Will County, University Park has been the home of Governors State University since 1969. The village population was 7,129 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 13,661
% African American: 84.25%
# Of African American Residents: 11,510
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.66%
More on Richton Park: Real Estate | Data

Calumet Park, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,337
% African American: 84.24%
# Of African American Residents: 7,023
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.23%
More on Calumet Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Marseilles
  3. Mahomet

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Illinois

Rank City % African American Population
1 Centreville 95.8% 5,094
2 East St. Louis 95.3% 26,678
3 Riverdale 93.17% 13,025
4 Dolton 89.54% 23,091
5 Robbins 88.74% 5,203
6 Hazel Crest 87.35% 13,935
7 Country Club Hills 86.64% 16,756
8 University Park 86.3% 7,038
9 Richton Park 84.25% 13,661
10 Calumet Park 84.24% 8,337
11 Matteson 82.08% 19,277
12 Markham 80.58% 12,649
13 South Holland 78.43% 21,991
14 Calumet City 76.05% 37,091
15 Broadview 74.52% 7,892
16 Bellwood 73.54% 19,165
17 Lynwood 70.94% 9,357
18 Maywood 68.76% 23,981
19 Harvey 68.57% 25,685
20 Glenwood 68.46% 8,809
21 Sauk Village 66.38% 10,572
22 Park Forest 64.41% 21,672
23 Cahokia 58.93% 14,408
24 Flossmoor 55.12% 9,440
25 Hillside 42.57% 8,151
26 Chicago Heights 42.08% 30,292
27 Kankakee 39.33% 26,036
28 Lansing 39.0% 28,308
29 Homewood 36.93% 19,252
30 Danville 33.19% 31,765
31 Berkeley 32.97% 5,205
32 Zion 31.56% 24,157
33 Forest Park 31.2% 14,127
34 Chicago 30.13% 2,722,586
35 Pinckneyville 29.93% 5,412
36 Chester 29.31% 8,597
37 Blue Island 28.47% 22,446
38 Fairview Heights 27.92% 16,579
39 Crete 27.77% 8,210
40 North Chicago 27.24% 30,013
41 Peoria 26.43% 115,424
42 Alton 26.12% 27,037
43 Belleville 26.09% 42,283
44 Carbondale 25.27% 26,196
45 Evergreen Park 24.52% 19,796
46 Crest Hill 22.7% 20,368
47 Steger 22.23% 9,505
48 Rockford 21.17% 148,640
49 Hillsboro 20.74% 7,231
50 Alsip 19.97% 19,302
51 Shiloh 19.88% 13,141
52 Rantoul 19.77% 13,190
53 Decatur 19.76% 73,505
54 Springfield 19.74% 116,313
55 Oak Park 19.38% 52,229
56 Rock Island 19.35% 38,560
57 Justice 18.51% 12,973
58 Bolingbrook 18.2% 74,548
59 Champaign 17.47% 85,710
60 Westchester 17.34% 16,687
61 Freeport 17.34% 24,537
62 Joliet 17.25% 148,172
63 Waukegan 17.0% 87,999
64 Urbana 16.72% 42,141
65 Evanston 16.63% 75,557
66 Vandalia 15.4% 7,013
67 Mount Vernon 15.09% 14,723
68 Murphysboro 14.21% 7,952
69 Greenville 13.83% 6,746
70 Park City 13.67% 7,438
71 Dekalb 13.39% 43,141
72 O’fallon 13.34% 29,095
73 Galesburg 13.32% 31,215
74 Posen 12.65% 6,371
75 East Moline 12.43% 21,302
76 Swansea 12.33% 13,753
77 Beach Park 12.09% 13,631
78 Edwardsville 11.75% 24,823
79 Collinsville 11.15% 24,767
80 Chicago Ridge 10.82% 14,338
81 Jacksonville 10.71% 18,812
82 Dixon 10.57% 15,257
83 Bloomington 10.49% 78,426
84 Romeoville 10.46% 39,682
85 Bourbonnais 10.17% 18,532
86 Pontiac 10.1% 12,047
87 Aurora 10.09% 200,946
88 Silvis 9.85% 7,586
89 Robinson 9.82% 7,589
90 Normal 9.18% 54,531
91 Centralia 9.16% 12,582
92 Plano 8.62% 11,863
93 Woodridge 8.62% 33,447
94 Canton 8.54% 14,187
95 Orland Hills 8.11% 7,226
96 Metropolis 8.08% 6,239
97 Gilberts 7.82% 7,638
98 Carpentersville 7.8% 38,280
99 Midlothian 7.73% 14,809
100 Beardstown 7.66% 6,004

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