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 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 2018:

  1. Centreville (Photos)
  2. East St. Louis (Photos)
  3. Riverdale (Photos)
  4. Robbins
  5. Dolton (Photos)
  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. 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 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.

1. Centreville

Centreville, Illinois

Population: 5,127
% African American: 96.02%
# Of African American Residents: 4,923
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.04%
More on Centreville: Data | Jobs

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%
More on East St. Louis: Data | Jobs

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.

3. Riverdale

Riverdale, Illinois

Population: 13,047
% African American: 93.82%
# Of African American Residents: 12,241
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.4%
More on Riverdale: Data | Jobs

4. Robbins


Population: 5,216
% African American: 90.91%
# Of African American Residents: 4,742
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.72%
More on Robbins: Data | Jobs

5. Dolton

Dolton, Illinois

Population: 23,113
% African American: 88.92%
# Of African American Residents: 20,551
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.4%
More on Dolton: Data | Jobs

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.

6. Country Club Hills


Population: 16,794
% African American: 86.26%
# Of African American Residents: 14,487
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.56%
More on Country Club Hills: Data | Jobs

7. University Park


Population: 7,196
% African American: 85.39%
# Of African American Residents: 6,145
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.23%
More on University Park: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Calumet Park: Data | Jobs

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%
More on Hazel Crest: Data | Jobs

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.

10. Richton Park


Population: 13,668
% African American: 83.05%
# Of African American Residents: 11,351
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.12%
More on Richton Park: Data | Jobs

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

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

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