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.
But how has the increase 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:
- East St. Louis
- Country Club Hills
- University Park
- Calumet Park (Photos)
- Hazel Crest (Photos)
- Richton Park
Centreville took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Illinois for 2018.
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.
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*
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.
Population: 5,127% African American: 96.02%
# Of African American Residents: 4,923
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.04%
2. East St. Louis
Population: 26,731% African American: 95.36%
# Of African American Residents: 25,492
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.82%
Population: 13,047% African American: 93.82%
# Of African American Residents: 12,241
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.4%
Population: 5,216 % African American: 90.91%
# Of African American Residents: 4,742
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.72%
Population: 23,113% African American: 88.92%
# Of African American Residents: 20,551
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.4%
6. Country Club Hills
Population: 16,794 % African American: 86.26%
# Of African American Residents: 14,487
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.56%
7. University Park
Population: 7,196% African American: 85.39%
# Of African American Residents: 6,145
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.23%
8. Calumet Park
Population: 8,320% African American: 84.81%
# Of African American Residents: 7,056
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.74%
9. Hazel Crest
Population: 13,924% African American: 84.16%
# Of African American Residents: 11,718
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.06%
10. Richton Park
Population: 13,668 % African American: 83.05%
# Of African American Residents: 11,351
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.12%
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:
- Spring Grove
- Western Springs
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- These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Illinois