These Are The 10 Indiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana 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 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 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 2018:

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

Gary took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Indiana for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Indiana 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 Indiana.

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 113 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 80.6% 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 Hartford City 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.

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1. Gary

Gary, Indiana

Population: 77,858
% African American: 80.64%
# Of African American Residents: 62,783
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.47%

2. Merrillville

Merrillville, Indiana

Population: 35,268
% African American: 45.41%
# Of African American Residents: 16,016
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.42%

3. East Chicago

East Chicago, Indiana

Population: 28,961
% African American: 37.69%
# Of African American Residents: 10,916
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.65%

4. Westville

Westville, Indiana

Population: 6,862
% African American: 27.85%
# Of African American Residents: 1,911
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.88%

5. Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 846,674
% African American: 27.77%
# Of African American Residents: 235,102
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.8%

6. Michigan City

Michigan City, Indiana

Population: 31,374
% African American: 27.66%
# Of African American Residents: 8,679
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.36%

7. Lawrence

Lawrence, Indiana

Population: 47,415
% African American: 27.39%
# Of African American Residents: 12,989
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.39%

8. South Bend

South Bend, Indiana

Population: 101,037
% African American: 26.43%
# Of African American Residents: 26,700
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.25%

9. Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,145
% African American: 21.8%
# Of African American Residents: 2,648
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.99%

10. Hammond

Hammond, Indiana

Population: 78,349
% African American: 21.52%
# Of African American Residents: 16,863
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.72%

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. Hartford City
  2. Monticello
  3. Elwood

For more Indiana reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Indiana

City Rank Population % African American
Gary 1 77,858 80.64%
Merrillville 2 35,268 45.41%
East Chicago 3 28,961 37.69%
Westville 4 6,862 27.85%
Indianapolis 5 846,674 27.77%
Michigan City 6 31,374 27.66%
Lawrence 7 47,415 27.39%
South Bend 8 101,037 26.43%
Speedway 9 12,145 21.8%
Hammond 10 78,349 21.52%
Fort Wayne 11 260,954 14.94%
Marion 12 28,698 14.68%
Anderson 13 55,342 14.5%
Elkhart 14 52,378 14.42%
Jeffersonville 15 46,415 14.04%
Griffith 16 16,583 13.95%
Cumberland 17 5,422 12.6%
Evansville 18 120,156 12.32%
Kokomo 19 58,075 9.69%
Muncie 20 69,583 9.36%
Plainfield 21 30,318 8.92%
Terre Haute 22 61,021 8.91%
Lafayette 23 71,249 8.86%
New Albany 24 36,622 8.6%
Richmond 25 36,082 7.88%
Peru 26 11,415 7.81%
Portage 27 37,054 7.4%
Mishawaka 28 48,234 6.92%
Hobart 29 28,693 6.74%
Beech Grove 30 14,319 5.68%
Vincennes 31 18,098 5.63%
Princeton 32 8,617 5.61%
Crown Point 33 28,743 5.38%
Schererville 34 28,899 5.09%
Dyer 35 16,133 4.36%
Clarksville 36 21,812 4.22%
Bloomington 37 83,093 4.14%
Washington 38 11,941 4.13%
Avon 39 15,712 4.02%
Noblesville 40 58,719 3.94%
Connersville 41 13,202 3.89%
Greenwood 42 54,564 3.73%
Highland 43 23,107 3.58%
Lake Station 44 12,199 3.44%
Valparaiso 45 32,271 3.2%
Rushville 46 6,267 3.1%
Goshen 47 33,385 3.04%
West Lafayette 48 44,543 3.03%
Shelbyville 49 19,083 2.82%
Columbus 50 46,474 2.78%
Mount Vernon 51 6,579 2.69%
Madison 52 12,045 2.67%
Warsaw 53 14,640 2.61%
Carmel 54 86,940 2.6%
Logansport 55 17,924 2.48%
Munster 56 23,103 2.39%
La Porte 57 21,876 2.36%
Brownsburg 58 24,072 2.36%
Greencastle 59 10,413 2.32%
Tell City 60 7,313 2.27%
Decatur 61 9,384 2.18%
New Castle 62 17,634 2.07%
New Whiteland 63 5,814 2.05%
Crawfordsville 64 15,996 1.96%
Yor 65 11,232 1.89%
Ellettsville 66 6,501 1.86%
Franklin 67 24,021 1.81%
Sellersburg 68 8,722 1.8%
New Haven 69 15,677 1.73%
Rensselaer 70 5,359 1.6%
North Vernon 71 7,134 1.53%
Zionsville 72 25,709 1.51%
Charlestown 73 7,990 1.49%
Nappanee 74 6,767 1.43%
Martinsville 75 11,714 1.43%
Huntington 76 17,340 1.4%
Chesterton 77 13,912 1.37%
Gas City 78 5,983 1.35%
Danville 79 9,482 1.31%
Lebanon 80 15,846 1.28%
Frankfort 81 16,447 1.17%
Columbia City 82 9,324 1.13%
Greenfield 83 21,380 1.03%
Seymour 84 18,996 0.93%
Kendallville 85 9,980 0.9%
Greensburg 86 12,107 0.88%
North Manchester 87 6,346 0.82%
St. John 88 15,777 0.77%
Batesville 89 6,417 0.76%
Rochester 90 6,110 0.7%
Angola 91 8,624 0.7%
Portland 92 6,225 0.69%
Bluffton 93 9,702 0.6%
Jasper 94 15,790 0.54%
Bedford 95 13,341 0.53%
Plymouth 96 10,012 0.51%
Wabash 97 10,414 0.48%
Scottsburg 98 6,671 0.43%
Huntingburg 99 6,414 0.41%
Auburn 100 12,758 0.38%

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