The 10 Illinois Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Illinois with the largest African American population.

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 1,783,708 - 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 2021:

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

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 2021. 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 2021

1. East St. Louis

East St. Louis, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 26,543
% African American: 96.21%
# Of African American Residents: 25,538
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.65%
More on East St. Louis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Dolton

Dolton, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 22,737
% African American: 91.96%
# Of African American Residents: 20,909
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.7%
More on Dolton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Country Club Hills

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,758
% African American: 89.79%
# Of African American Residents: 15,047
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.53%
More on Country Club Hills: Real Estate | Data

4. Riverdale

Riverdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 12,793
% African American: 88.56%
# Of African American Residents: 11,330
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.51%
More on Riverdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Calumet Park

Calumet Park, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,208
% African American: 86.89%
# Of African American Residents: 7,132
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.91%
More on Calumet Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Hazel Crest

Hazel Crest, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,549
% African American: 86.69%
# Of African American Residents: 11,746
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.83%
More on Hazel Crest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Richton Park

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,504
% African American: 85.53%
# Of African American Residents: 11,550
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.05%
More on Richton Park: Real Estate | Data

8. University Park

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,947
% African American: 84.81%
# Of African American Residents: 5,892
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.25%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Robbins

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,037
% African American: 83.46%
# Of African American Residents: 4,204
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.87%
More on Robbins: Real Estate | Data

10. South Holland

South Holland, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,677
% African American: 83.04%
# Of African American Residents: 18,001
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.45%
More on South Holland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In illinois With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 96.2% 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 Manhattan 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. Manhattan
  2. Hampshire
  3. Spring Grove

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 96.21% 26,543
2 Dolton 91.96% 22,737
3 Country Club Hills 89.79% 16,758
4 Riverdale 88.56% 12,793
5 Calumet Park 86.89% 8,208
6 Hazel Crest 86.69% 13,549
7 Richton Park 85.53% 13,504
8 University Park 84.81% 6,947
9 Robbins 83.46% 5,037
10 South Holland 83.04% 21,677
11 Matteson 80.88% 19,385
12 Markham 79.11% 12,493
13 Broadview 76.58% 7,755
14 Calumet City 74.28% 36,551
15 Bellwood 74.07% 18,996
16 Lynwood 70.82% 9,279
17 Glenwood 69.82% 8,657
18 Maywood 67.38% 23,578
19 Harvey 66.37% 24,386
20 Park Forest 65.96% 21,563
21 Sauk Village 65.88% 10,423
22 Flossmoor 60.21% 9,472
23 Cahokia 58.83% 14,162
24 Homewood 44.45% 19,112
25 Lansing 43.08% 27,904
26 Kankakee 41.29% 25,830
27 Hillside 39.96% 8,080
28 Chicago Heights 38.43% 29,856
29 Crete 34.86% 8,118
30 Fairview Heights 32.71% 16,125
31 Danville 32.5% 31,246
32 Blue Island 31.54% 22,611
33 Zion 29.78% 23,858
34 Chicago 29.19% 2,709,534
35 Berkeley 29.18% 5,116
36 Pinckneyville 28.79% 5,436
37 Forest Park 27.9% 13,927
38 Peoria 26.89% 113,532
39 Carbondale 26.69% 25,597
40 North Chicago 26.47% 29,971
41 Evergreen Park 26.32% 19,479
42 Chester 25.45% 8,343
43 Belleville 25.22% 41,585
44 Alton 24.86% 26,640
45 Rantoul 24.81% 13,218
46 Crest Hill 24.46% 20,550
47 Alsip 22.77% 19,022
48 Rockford 21.09% 147,070
49 Decatur 20.75% 72,359
50 Justice 20.71% 12,800
51 Shiloh 20.02% 13,482
52 Springfield 19.71% 115,888
53 Steger 19.59% 9,366
54 Rock Island 19.18% 38,111
55 Swansea 18.68% 13,851
56 Champaign 18.39% 87,636
57 Westchester 18.19% 16,440
58 Oak Park 17.87% 52,233
59 Bolingbrook 17.82% 74,431
60 Freeport 17.16% 24,119
61 Waukegan 17.15% 87,297
62 Joliet 16.88% 147,826
63 Greenville 16.65% 6,665
64 Urbana 16.31% 42,718
65 Posen 16.28% 6,149
66 Mount Vernon 15.93% 14,742
67 Evanston 15.88% 74,587
68 Hillsboro 15.64% 6,402
69 Robinson 15.29% 7,614
70 Vandalia 14.04% 6,909
71 Dekalb 14.01% 42,908
72 Murphysboro 13.97% 7,757
73 Collinsville 13.71% 24,626
74 East Moline 13.27% 20,916
75 Galesburg 13.21% 30,689
76 Park City 12.76% 7,396
77 Jacksonville 11.58% 18,859
78 O'fallon 11.57% 29,333
79 Chicago Ridge 11.23% 14,153
80 Dixon 11.2% 15,433
81 Edwardsville 11.18% 25,171
82 Beach Park 11.18% 13,181
83 Normal 10.7% 54,891
84 Plano 10.66% 11,752
85 Silvis 10.44% 7,497
86 Bloomington 10.18% 78,015
87 Orland Hills 10.12% 7,136
88 Pontiac 9.92% 11,688
89 Aurora 9.89% 199,927
90 Midlothian 9.88% 14,595
91 Centralia 9.7% 12,356
92 Granite City 9.62% 28,612
93 Romeoville 9.6% 39,666
94 Yorkville 9.28% 19,352
95 Bourbonnais 9.2% 19,653
96 Round Lake 9.03% 18,349
97 Beardstown 9.01% 5,682
98 Woodridge 8.99% 33,455
99 Carpentersville 8.85% 37,872
100 Canton 8.56% 13,682

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