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 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 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. 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 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.

1. Gary

Gary, Indiana

Population: 77,858
% African American: 80.64%
# Of African American Residents: 62,783
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.47%
More on Gary: Data | Jobs

Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois.

2. Merrillville

Merrillville, Indiana

Population: 35,268
% African American: 45.41%
# Of African American Residents: 16,016
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.42%
More on Merrillville: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on East Chicago: Data | Jobs

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.

4. Westville

Westville, Indiana

Population: 6,862
% African American: 27.85%
# Of African American Residents: 1,911
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.88%
More on Westville: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Indianapolis: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Michigan City: Data | Jobs

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.

7. Lawrence

Lawrence, Indiana

Population: 47,415
% African American: 27.39%
# Of African American Residents: 12,989
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.39%
More on Lawrence: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on South Bend: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Speedway: Data | Jobs

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.

10. Hammond

Hammond, Indiana

Population: 78,349
% African American: 21.52%
# Of African American Residents: 16,863
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.72%
More on Hammond: Data | Jobs

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. Hartford City
  2. Monticello
  3. Elwood

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Indiana

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

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