The 10 Illinois Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,766,586 - at 13.9% 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 2022:

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

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 2022. 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 2022

1. East St. Louis

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Population: 26,359
% African American: 96.05%
# Of African American Residents: 25,319
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.46%
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East St. Louis, IL

2. Dolton

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Population: 22,487
% African American: 92.08%
# Of African American Residents: 20,705
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.67%
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Dolton, IL

3. Calumet Park

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Population: 8,383
% African American: 90.29%
# Of African American Residents: 7,569
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.64%
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Calumet Park, IL

4. Country Club Hills

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Population: 16,564
% African American: 88.42%
# Of African American Residents: 14,646
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.69%
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5. Hazel Crest

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Population: 13,918
% African American: 88.41%
# Of African American Residents: 12,305
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.84%
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Hazel Crest, IL

6. Robbins

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Population: 5,068
% African American: 87.15%
# Of African American Residents: 4,417
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.46%
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7. Riverdale

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Population: 12,530
% African American: 85.57%
# Of African American Residents: 10,722
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.26%
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Riverdale, IL

8. Richton Park

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Population: 13,381
% African American: 85.49%
# Of African American Residents: 11,440
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.98%
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9. Matteson

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 19,374
% African American: 82.28%
# Of African American Residents: 15,941
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.79%
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Matteson, IL

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10. University Park

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,224
% African American: 80.92%
# Of African American Residents: 5,846
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.98%
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Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Illinois With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 326 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 Hampshire 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.

Summary: 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. Hampshire
  2. Spring Grove
  3. Lake Bluff

For more Illinois reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Illinois

Rank City % African American Population
1 East St. Louis 96.05% 26,359
2 Dolton 92.08% 22,487
3 Calumet Park 90.29% 8,383
4 Country Club Hills 88.42% 16,564
5 Hazel Crest 88.41% 13,918
6 Robbins 87.15% 5,068
7 Riverdale 85.57% 12,530
8 Richton Park 85.49% 13,381
9 Matteson 82.28% 19,374
10 University Park 80.92% 7,224
11 South Holland 79.91% 21,451
12 Calumet City 76.55% 36,229
13 Lynwood 75.68% 9,210
14 Markham 74.78% 12,401
15 Broadview 73.3% 7,677
16 Glenwood 72.68% 8,846
17 Bellwood 72.04% 18,799
18 Park Forest 68.29% 20,715
19 Sauk Village 65.61% 10,319
20 Harvey 65.01% 24,295
21 Cahokia 64.65% 14,035
22 Flossmoor 63.61% 9,318
23 Maywood 61.81% 23,351
24 Homewood 45.6% 18,656
25 Hillside 43.2% 7,937
26 Lansing 42.88% 27,614
27 Kankakee 41.39% 25,818
28 Chicago Heights 38.79% 29,598
29 Danville 32.29% 30,969
30 Blue Island 31.21% 23,160
31 Crete 31.16% 8,058
32 Fairview Heights 30.78% 16,143
33 Chicago 28.77% 2,699,347
34 Pinckneyville 27.88% 5,391
35 Forest Park 27.25% 13,808
36 Evergreen Park 27.04% 19,290
37 Peoria 26.77% 112,644
38 Carbondale 26.75% 25,400
39 Berkeley 26.11% 5,079
40 Chester 25.59% 8,264
41 North Chicago 25.46% 29,967
42 Alton 24.33% 26,490
43 Crest Hill 24.14% 20,388
44 Belleville 23.69% 41,256
45 Alsip 23.11% 18,843
46 Zion 22.62% 23,677
47 Decatur 22.4% 71,857
48 Rockford 21.58% 147,441
49 Justice 21.37% 12,677
50 Shiloh 20.74% 13,465
51 Rantoul 20.35% 12,946
52 Springfield 19.95% 115,075
53 Waukegan 19.63% 87,157
54 Swansea 18.5% 14,100
55 Westchester 18.38% 16,255
56 Urbana 18.26% 42,461
57 Oak Park 18.08% 52,102
58 Champaign 17.94% 88,288
59 Bolingbrook 17.88% 74,319
60 Rock Island 17.31% 37,651
61 Freeport 16.95% 23,930
62 Joliet 16.44% 147,323
63 Murphysboro 16.41% 7,727
64 Evanston 15.96% 73,979
65 Hillsboro 15.15% 6,177
66 Greenville 15.05% 6,725
67 Mount Vernon 15.0% 14,769
68 Robinson 14.22% 7,431
69 Steger 14.18% 9,289
70 Collinsville 14.11% 24,489
71 Vandalia 13.95% 6,615
72 East Moline 13.74% 20,683
73 Galesburg 13.39% 30,405
74 Dekalb 13.12% 42,961
75 North Riverside 12.31% 6,460
76 Glendale Heights 11.92% 33,863
77 Normal 11.46% 54,699
78 Jacksonville 11.31% 18,784
79 Romeoville 10.92% 39,644
80 Granite City 10.83% 28,563
81 Yorkville 10.82% 19,386
82 Dixon 10.62% 15,544
83 O'fallon 10.16% 29,487
84 Aurora 10.14% 199,326
85 Woodridge 9.93% 33,443
86 Park City 9.8% 7,636
87 Skokie 9.56% 63,300
88 Bloomington 9.49% 77,725
89 Pontiac 9.22% 11,430
90 Bourbonnais 9.09% 19,639
91 Beach Park 8.9% 13,433
92 Edwardsville 8.73% 25,332
93 Summit 8.7% 11,171
94 Centralia 8.45% 12,354
95 Moline 8.28% 41,213
96 Round Lake 8.26% 18,235
97 Plainfield 8.24% 44,857
98 Canton 8.14% 13,600
99 Beardstown 8.14% 5,504
100 Hanover Park 7.97% 37,811

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Illinois with the largest African American population.

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