These Are The 10 Indiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Indiana 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 Indiana is 599,629 – at 9.1% of the total population of Indiana.

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 Indiana? Which cities and towns in Indiana have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Indiana with the largest African American population in 2019:

  1. Gary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Merrillville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. East Chicago (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Michigan City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Indianapolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. South Bend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Westville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Speedway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hammond (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Gary took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Indiana for 2019. 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 Indiana 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 Indiana or the most diverse places in Indiana.

How We Determined The Cities In Indiana With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 Indiana.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 113 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 80.2% 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. Gary took the distinction of being the most Black, while Alexandria was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Indiana 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.

Gary, IN

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Population: 77,416
% African American: 80.23%
# Of African American Residents: 62,108
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.44%
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Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Merrillville, IN

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Population: 35,183
% African American: 45.02%
# Of African American Residents: 15,838
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.17%
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Merrillville is a town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana. The population was 35,246 at the 2010 census. Merrillville is located in the east-central portion of Lake County, in the Chicago metropolitan area. On January 1, 2015, Merrillville became the most populated town in Indiana, as Fishers in Hamilton County was converted from a town to a city.

East Chicago, IN

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Population: 28,728
% African American: 35.73%
# Of African American Residents: 10,265
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.68%
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East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,698 at the 2010 census. It is the home of Marktown, Clayton Mark’s planned worker community.

Michigan City, IN

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Population: 31,352
% African American: 28.42%
# Of African American Residents: 8,910
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.26%
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Michigan City is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. It is one of the two principal cities of the Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City Combined Statistical Area.

Indianapolis, IN

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Population: 853,431
% African American: 27.89%
# Of African American Residents: 238,057
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.16%
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Indianapolis is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. It is in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States. With an estimated population of 855,164 in 2016, Indianapolis is the second most populous city in the Midwest and 15th most populous in the U.S. The city is the economic and cultural center of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, home to 2 million people, the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with 2.38 million inhabitants. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

Lawrence, IN

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Population: 48,081
% African American: 27.31%
# Of African American Residents: 13,133
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.74%
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Lawrence is a city in Marion County, Indiana, United States. It is one of four “excluded cities” in Marion County. The city is home to Fort Benjamin Harrison within Fort Harrison State Park. The population was 46,001 at the 2010 census. The city is also adjacent to the east side of Indianapolis.

South Bend, IN

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Population: 101,928
% African American: 26.04%
# Of African American Residents: 26,541
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.63%
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South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 318,586 and Combined Statistical Area of 721,296. It is the fourth-largest city in Indiana, serving as the economic and cultural hub of Northern Indiana. The highly ranked University of Notre Dame is located just to the north in unincorporated Notre Dame, Indiana and is an integral contributor to the region’s economy.

Westville, IN

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Population: 6,659
% African American: 23.23%
# Of African American Residents: 1,547
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.76%
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Westville is a town in New Durham Township, LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,853 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Michigan City, Indiana-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. Westville is located in a part of Indiana referred to by locals as The Region.

Speedway, IN

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Population: 12,229
% African American: 21.36%
# Of African American Residents: 2,612
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.03%
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Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,812 at the 2010 census. Speedway is home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; it is an enclave of Indianapolis.

Hammond, IN

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Population: 77,827
% African American: 21.0%
# Of African American Residents: 16,346
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.45%
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Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. First settled in the mid-19th century, it is one of the oldest cities of northern Lake County. As of the 2010 United States census, it is also the largest in population: the 2010 population was 80,830, replacing Gary as the most populous city in Lake County. From north to south, Hammond runs from Lake Michigan down to the Little Calumet River; from east to west along its southern border, it runs from the Illinois state line to Cline Avenue. The city is traversed by numerous railroads and expressways, including the South Shore Line, Borman Expressway, and Indiana Toll Road.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Indiana

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Indiana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Indiana:

  1. Alexandria
  2. Hartford City
  3. Monticello

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Indiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Gary 80.23% 77,416
2 Merrillville 45.02% 35,183
3 East Chicago 35.73% 28,728
4 Michigan City 28.42% 31,352
5 Indianapolis 27.89% 853,431
6 Lawrence 27.31% 48,081
7 South Bend 26.04% 101,928
8 Westville 23.23% 6,659
9 Speedway 21.36% 12,229
10 Hammond 21.0% 77,827
11 Marion 15.02% 28,490
12 Griffith 14.85% 16,468
13 Elkhart 14.81% 52,662
14 Fort Wayne 14.75% 262,450
15 Jeffersonville 13.62% 46,840
16 Anderson 13.6% 54,986
17 Evansville 12.59% 119,806
18 Cumberland 12.16% 5,566
19 Muncie 11.29% 69,237
20 Kokomo 9.62% 57,941
21 Terre Haute 9.48% 60,691
22 New Albany 9.06% 36,548
23 Plainfield 8.86% 31,012
24 Lafayette 8.43% 72,174
25 Richmond 8.08% 35,819
26 Portage 8.07% 36,849
27 Peru 7.39% 11,510
28 Mishawaka 7.15% 48,582
29 Hobart 7.09% 28,573
30 Beech Grove 6.87% 14,943
31 Princeton 6.21% 8,573
32 Vincennes 5.83% 17,944
33 Avon 5.63% 16,479
34 Crown Point 5.47% 28,952
35 Schererville 5.01% 28,778
36 Dyer 4.62% 16,077
37 Bloomington 4.22% 83,636
38 Greenwood 4.21% 55,459
39 Highland 4.2% 22,938
40 Clarksville 4.14% 21,228
41 Mount Vernon 4.08% 6,548
42 Washington 4.03% 11,999
43 Noblesville 3.93% 59,807
44 Connersville 3.83% 13,022
45 Rushville 3.72% 6,160
46 Brownsburg 3.36% 24,625
47 Lake Station 3.22% 12,157
48 Valparaiso 3.06% 32,501
49 West Lafayette 3.03% 45,110
50 Madison 3.02% 11,920
51 Munster 2.96% 23,005
52 Yor 2.83% 11,200
53 Goshen 2.81% 33,583
54 La Porte 2.77% 21,825
55 Rensselaer 2.72% 5,631
56 Columbus 2.49% 46,926
57 Carmel 2.45% 88,595
58 Warsaw 2.28% 14,797
59 Logansport 2.19% 18,169
60 Decatur 2.16% 9,502
61 Shelbyville 2.08% 19,034
62 Danville 2.01% 9,598
63 Charlestown 1.93% 8,079
64 New Haven 1.93% 15,895
65 Greencastle 1.88% 10,426
66 Seymour 1.87% 19,225
67 New Whiteland 1.79% 5,881
68 Crawfordsville 1.74% 16,075
69 Zionsville 1.59% 25,810
70 Huntingburg 1.52% 6,633
71 Gas City 1.52% 5,920
72 Franklin 1.49% 24,489
73 New Castle 1.48% 17,476
74 North Vernon 1.46% 6,695
75 Martinsville 1.45% 11,647
76 North Manchester 1.38% 6,152
77 Huntington 1.31% 17,214
78 Tell City 1.25% 7,295
79 Nappanee 1.24% 6,927
80 Ellettsville 1.21% 6,542
81 Lebanon 1.17% 15,710
82 Chesterton 1.12% 14,052
83 Sellersburg 1.09% 8,806
84 Greensburg 1.08% 12,056
85 Frankfort 1.03% 16,226
86 Kendallville 0.98% 9,592
87 Greenfield 0.93% 21,565
88 Bluffton 0.86% 9,823
89 Jasper 0.83% 15,716
90 Brazil 0.82% 8,384
91 Columbia City 0.81% 9,057
92 Portland 0.76% 6,068
93 Scottsburg 0.75% 6,687
94 Batesville 0.72% 6,389
95 Angola 0.68% 8,636
96 Bedford 0.63% 13,292
97 Plymouth 0.62% 10,011
98 Cedar Lake 0.62% 12,024
99 St. John 0.57% 16,391
100 Boonville 0.5% 6,379

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