Indiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 610,343 – at 9.2% 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 2020:

  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. Speedway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Westville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hammond (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Indiana? Gary took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Indiana for 2020. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Indiana For 2020

Gary, IN

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Population: 76,677
% African American: 79.28%
# Of African American Residents: 60,791
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.34%
More on Gary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Merrillville, IN

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Population: 35,032
% African American: 43.55%
# Of African American Residents: 15,258
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.1%
More on Merrillville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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: 28,448
% African American: 35.77%
# Of African American Residents: 10,175
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.38%
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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: 31,251
% African American: 29.37%
# Of African American Residents: 9,177
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.3%
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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: 857,637
% African American: 28.11%
# Of African American Residents: 241,076
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.54%
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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: 48,405
% African American: 27.61%
# Of African American Residents: 13,363
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.89%
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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: 102,233
% African American: 26.02%
# Of African American Residents: 26,602
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.87%
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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.

Speedway, IN

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Population: 12,188
% African American: 25.43%
# Of African American Residents: 3,100
Percent Change Since 2010: 68.57%
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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.

Westville, IN

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Population: 6,343
% African American: 21.91%
# Of African American Residents: 1,390
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.07%
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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.

Hammond, IN

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Population: 77,071
% African American: 20.93%
# Of African American Residents: 16,128
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.07%
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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.

How We Determined The Cities In Indiana With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 79.3% 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Mooresville

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Indiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Gary 79.28% 76,677
2 Merrillville 43.55% 35,032
3 East Chicago 35.77% 28,448
4 Michigan City 29.37% 31,251
5 Indianapolis 28.11% 857,637
6 Lawrence 27.61% 48,405
7 South Bend 26.02% 102,233
8 Speedway 25.43% 12,188
9 Westville 21.91% 6,343
10 Hammond 20.93% 77,071
11 Griffith 14.89% 16,377
12 Marion 14.75% 28,118
13 Fort Wayne 14.57% 264,052
14 Elkhart 14.56% 52,308
15 Anderson 14.44% 54,788
16 Evansville 12.84% 118,952
17 Jeffersonville 12.64% 47,175
18 Muncie 11.33% 69,164
19 Terre Haute 10.36% 60,691
20 Cumberland 9.81% 5,792
21 Plainfield 9.58% 32,045
22 Kokomo 9.51% 57,947
23 New Albany 9.19% 36,512
24 Lafayette 8.77% 72,444
25 Richmond 8.54% 35,653
26 Portage 7.96% 36,859
27 Mishawaka 7.6% 48,926
28 Beech Grove 7.58% 14,912
29 Peru 7.56% 11,460
30 Avon 7.06% 17,169
31 Hobart 6.92% 28,309
32 Clarksville 6.51% 21,336
33 Dyer 6.07% 16,006
34 Princeton 6.03% 8,627
35 Lake Station 5.59% 12,059
36 Vincennes 5.34% 17,607
37 Crown Point 5.06% 29,368
38 Highland 4.56% 22,743
39 Brownsburg 4.46% 25,264
40 Schererville 4.39% 28,698
41 Rushville 4.18% 6,149
42 Greenwood 4.17% 56,791
43 Bloomington 4.14% 84,058
44 Washington 3.89% 12,069
45 Connersville 3.79% 13,069
46 Mount Vernon 3.7% 6,513
47 La Porte 3.6% 21,874
48 Noblesville 3.59% 61,558
49 Madison 3.55% 11,890
50 Valparaiso 3.46% 32,916
51 West Lafayette 3.38% 47,224
52 Danville 3.22% 9,791
53 Munster 3.09% 22,840
54 North Vernon 2.88% 6,662
55 Decatur 2.67% 10,331
56 Carmel 2.65% 90,163
57 Goshen 2.63% 33,915
58 Columbus 2.46% 47,227
59 Rensselaer 2.45% 5,757
60 Gas City 2.38% 5,844
61 New Castle 2.27% 17,402
62 New Haven 2.07% 16,047
63 Yor 2.07% 11,178
64 New Whiteland 2.07% 5,955
65 Seymour 2.02% 19,357
66 Warsaw 2.02% 15,062
67 Shelbyville 2.01% 18,898
68 Tell City 1.98% 7,270
69 Greencastle 1.97% 10,461
70 Sellersburg 1.86% 9,013
71 Logansport 1.78% 18,141
72 Crawfordsville 1.74% 16,053
73 Plymouth 1.68% 9,996
74 Kendallville 1.67% 9,522
75 Ellettsville 1.62% 6,602
76 North Manchester 1.54% 5,917
77 Chesterton 1.48% 13,899
78 Martinsville 1.39% 11,646
79 Zionsville 1.23% 26,209
80 Brazil 1.23% 8,288
81 Franklin 1.2% 24,813
82 Huntington 1.16% 17,147
83 St. John 1.15% 16,839
84 Greensburg 0.97% 11,712
85 Frankfort 0.96% 16,186
86 Lebanon 0.95% 15,816
87 Bluffton 0.95% 9,855
88 Huntingburg 0.87% 6,634
89 Batesville 0.87% 6,555
90 Portland 0.85% 5,996
91 Charlestown 0.81% 8,134
92 Jasper 0.77% 15,765
93 Columbia City 0.76% 9,084
94 Bedford 0.74% 13,285
95 Angola 0.73% 8,645
96 Greenfield 0.71% 21,871
97 Scottsburg 0.63% 6,696
98 Rochester 0.53% 6,043
99 Boonville 0.46% 6,337
100 Nappanee 0.45% 6,872

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