Illinois Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 1,796,057 – at 14.0% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Illinois? East St. Louis took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Illinois 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Illinois For 2020

East St. Louis, IL

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Population: 26,647
% African American: 96.12%
# Of African American Residents: 25,613
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.38%
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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.

Centreville, IL

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Population: 5,059
% African American: 94.45%
# Of African American Residents: 4,778
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.78%
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Riverdale, IL

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Population: 12,786
% African American: 91.22%
# Of African American Residents: 11,663
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.91%
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Dolton, IL

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Population: 22,927
% African American: 90.51%
# Of African American Residents: 20,751
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.45%
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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.

Calumet Park, IL

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Population: 8,442
% African American: 88.12%
# Of African American Residents: 7,439
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.64%
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Hazel Crest, IL

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Population: 13,729
% African American: 87.09%
# Of African American Residents: 11,956
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.08%
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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.

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Population: 16,801
% African American: 85.73%
# Of African American Residents: 14,403
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.97%
More on Country Club Hills: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,115
% African American: 85.47%
# Of African American Residents: 6,081
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.25%
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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.

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Population: 5,003
% African American: 85.21%
# Of African American Residents: 4,263
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.65%
More on Robbins: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 13,629
% African American: 84.32%
# Of African American Residents: 11,492
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.49%
More on Richton Park: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Cities In Illinois 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 Illinois.

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 330 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 96.1% 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. East St. Louis took the distinction of being the most Black, while Mahomet was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Mahomet
  2. Manhattan
  3. Hampshire

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Illinois

Rank City % African American Population
1 East St. Louis 96.12% 26,647
2 Centreville 94.45% 5,059
3 Riverdale 91.22% 12,786
4 Dolton 90.51% 22,927
5 Calumet Park 88.12% 8,442
6 Hazel Crest 87.09% 13,729
7 Country Club Hills 85.73% 16,801
8 University Park 85.47% 7,115
9 Robbins 85.21% 5,003
10 Richton Park 84.32% 13,629
11 South Holland 81.28% 21,866
12 Matteson 80.8% 19,336
13 Markham 80.31% 12,600
14 Bellwood 75.36% 19,112
15 Broadview 74.49% 7,829
16 Calumet City 74.2% 36,856
17 Glenwood 70.34% 8,766
18 Harvey 69.96% 24,599
19 Sauk Village 68.47% 10,516
20 Lynwood 67.84% 9,316
21 Maywood 67.52% 23,810
22 Park Forest 64.34% 21,699
23 Cahokia 61.34% 14,271
24 Flossmoor 59.26% 9,427
25 Hillside 45.1% 8,096
26 Homewood 42.06% 19,592
27 Kankakee 41.45% 25,884
28 Lansing 41.26% 28,141
29 Chicago Heights 39.86% 30,087
30 Danville 32.77% 31,554
31 Crete 32.49% 8,184
32 Fairview Heights 29.97% 16,360
33 Chicago 29.73% 2,718,555
34 Pinckneyville 29.58% 5,463
35 Zion 29.56% 24,047
36 Chester 29.38% 8,410
37 Berkeley 28.93% 5,171
38 Blue Island 27.94% 22,636
39 Peoria 26.82% 114,512
40 Forest Park 26.6% 14,041
41 Belleville 26.11% 41,926
42 Carbondale 26.05% 25,846
43 North Chicago 25.18% 30,011
44 Steger 24.97% 9,439
45 Evergreen Park 24.72% 19,666
46 Alton 24.1% 26,884
47 Crest Hill 22.59% 20,379
48 Alsip 22.13% 19,179
49 Rockford 21.5% 147,881
50 Rantoul 20.66% 13,222
51 Decatur 20.35% 72,969
52 Shiloh 20.02% 13,250
53 Springfield 19.65% 116,459
54 Justice 18.76% 12,919
55 Rock Island 18.45% 38,354
56 Bolingbrook 18.2% 74,448
57 Oak Park 17.91% 52,225
58 Freeport 17.75% 24,300
59 Urbana 17.65% 42,375
60 Hillsboro 17.63% 6,840
61 Champaign 17.54% 86,791
62 Westchester 17.18% 16,573
63 Waukegan 16.97% 87,571
64 Joliet 16.7% 147,957
65 Evanston 16.17% 75,157
66 Swansea 15.29% 13,863
67 Mount Vernon 15.14% 14,804
68 Vandalia 14.72% 6,914
69 Dekalb 14.04% 42,839
70 Greenville 14.0% 6,607
71 Murphysboro 13.91% 7,951
72 East Moline 13.6% 21,373
73 Galesburg 13.44% 30,986
74 Park City 13.22% 7,456
75 Posen 13.2% 6,211
76 Robinson 13.19% 7,614
77 Collinsville 12.24% 24,756
78 O’fallon 11.97% 29,277
79 Chicago Ridge 11.88% 14,254
80 Jacksonville 11.38% 18,914
81 Beach Park 11.1% 13,534
82 Normal 10.8% 54,808
83 Edwardsville 10.76% 24,868
84 Pontiac 10.62% 11,804
85 Aurora 10.62% 200,660
86 Romeoville 10.4% 39,702
87 Plano 10.1% 11,766
88 Dixon 10.06% 15,496
89 Round Lake 10.01% 18,489
90 Bloomington 9.86% 78,331
91 Orland Hills 9.85% 7,181
92 Bourbonnais 9.46% 19,526
93 Centralia 9.43% 12,538
94 Woodridge 9.11% 33,493
95 Beardstown 8.35% 5,902
96 Canton 8.31% 13,789
97 Midlothian 8.3% 14,718
98 Gilberts 8.19% 7,742
99 Carpentersville 8.07% 38,138
100 Skokie 7.96% 64,395

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