The 10 Indiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Indiana with the largest African American population.

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 616,545 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Indiana? Gary took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in indiana for 2021. 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 2021

1. Gary

Gary, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 76,010
% African American: 78.03%
# Of African American Residents: 59,309
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.48%
More on Gary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Merrillville

Merrillville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,889
% African American: 41.98%
# Of African American Residents: 14,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.81%
More on Merrillville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. East Chicago

East Chicago, IN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 28,201
% African American: 34.88%
# Of African American Residents: 9,836
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.0%
More on East Chicago: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Michigan City

Michigan City, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 31,118
% African American: 29.16%
# Of African American Residents: 9,075
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.14%
More on Michigan City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 864,447
% African American: 28.25%
# Of African American Residents: 244,192
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.97%
More on Indianapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Speedway

Speedway, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,266
% African American: 28.02%
# Of African American Residents: 3,437
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.9%
More on Speedway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Lawrence

Lawrence, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,699
% African American: 26.66%
# Of African American Residents: 12,985
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.36%
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. South Bend

South Bend, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 102,037
% African American: 26.22%
# Of African American Residents: 26,758
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.48%
More on South Bend: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Westville

Westville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,848
% African American: 24.16%
# Of African American Residents: 1,413
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.48%
More on Westville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Hammond

Hammond, IN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 76,547
% African American: 22.0%
# Of African American Residents: 16,842
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.59%
More on Hammond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In indiana With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 111 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 78.0% 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. Gary took the distinction of being the most Black, while Mooresville 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. Mooresville
  2. Hartford City
  3. Elwood

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Indiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Gary 78.03% 76,010
2 Merrillville 41.98% 34,889
3 East Chicago 34.88% 28,201
4 Michigan City 29.16% 31,118
5 Indianapolis 28.25% 864,447
6 Speedway 28.02% 12,266
7 Lawrence 26.66% 48,699
8 South Bend 26.22% 102,037
9 Westville 24.16% 5,848
10 Hammond 22.0% 76,547
11 Cumberland 15.67% 5,718
12 Griffith 15.47% 16,228
13 Fort Wayne 14.82% 265,752
14 Elkhart 14.57% 52,257
15 Anderson 14.48% 54,513
16 Marion 14.27% 27,956
17 Evansville 13.07% 118,588
18 Jeffersonville 12.71% 47,673
19 Muncie 10.82% 68,750
20 Terre Haute 10.6% 60,673
21 Kokomo 10.14% 58,145
22 Plainfield 9.4% 32,879
23 New Albany 8.96% 36,647
24 Peru 8.48% 11,584
25 Lafayette 8.47% 72,581
26 Richmond 8.26% 35,539
27 Beech Grove 8.07% 14,990
28 Portage 8.04% 36,648
29 Mishawaka 7.56% 49,245
30 Princeton 6.76% 8,684
31 Hobart 6.31% 28,049
32 Avon 5.92% 17,453
33 Danville 5.92% 9,923
34 Brownsburg 5.62% 26,046
35 Crown Point 5.59% 29,850
36 Lake Station 5.36% 12,002
37 Vincennes 5.07% 17,304
38 Highland 4.93% 22,581
39 Schererville 4.82% 28,590
40 Dyer 4.8% 15,953
41 Clarksville 4.72% 21,548
42 Noblesville 4.71% 63,071
43 Washington 4.59% 12,412
44 Rushville 4.48% 6,050
45 Greenwood 4.3% 57,764
46 Madison 4.13% 11,813
47 Mount Vernon 4.07% 6,584
48 North Vernon 3.98% 6,735
49 Bloomington 3.91% 84,116
50 Munster 3.85% 22,689
51 Connersville 3.75% 13,165
52 Goshen 3.53% 34,108
53 West Lafayette 3.49% 48,551
54 La Porte 3.36% 21,577
55 New Whiteland 3.22% 6,051
56 Valparaiso 3.2% 33,355
57 Sellersburg 2.9% 9,066
58 Carmel 2.7% 97,464
59 New Castle 2.68% 17,287
60 Warsaw 2.31% 15,458
61 Greencastle 2.19% 10,296
62 Columbus 2.18% 48,150
63 New Haven 2.18% 16,279
64 St. John 2.17% 17,426
65 Shelbyville 2.17% 18,951
66 Martinsville 2.06% 11,635
67 Seymour 2.04% 19,623
68 Tell City 1.96% 7,256
69 Huntingburg 1.84% 6,522
70 Gas City 1.81% 5,802
71 Zionsville 1.78% 27,463
72 Bluffton 1.76% 9,919
73 North Manchester 1.72% 5,710
74 Plymouth 1.67% 10,054
75 Chesterton 1.54% 14,119
76 Kendallville 1.52% 9,347
77 Rensselaer 1.52% 6,324
78 Charlestown 1.5% 8,199
79 Crawfordsville 1.5% 16,090
80 Logansport 1.41% 17,966
81 Brazil 1.36% 8,380
82 Yor 1.27% 11,143
83 Huntington 1.2% 17,067
84 Decatur 1.19% 9,863
85 Garrett 1.17% 6,651
86 Angola 1.13% 8,660
87 Franklin 1.06% 25,106
88 Frankfort 0.97% 15,634
89 Batesville 0.9% 6,651
90 Portland 0.9% 5,886
91 Lebanon 0.88% 15,932
92 Ellettsville 0.86% 6,642
93 Greensburg 0.86% 11,228
94 Columbia City 0.83% 9,116
95 Auburn 0.77% 13,056
96 Scottsburg 0.6% 6,702
97 Bedford 0.6% 13,272
98 Boonville 0.57% 6,292
99 Jasper 0.51% 15,827
100 Wabash 0.49% 10,089

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