The 10 Indiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 622,317 - at 9.3% 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 2022:

  1. Gary
  2. Merrillville
  3. East Chicago
  4. Indianapolis
  5. Michigan City
  6. Lawrence
  7. Speedway
  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 2022. 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 2022

1. Gary

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Population: 75,486
% African American: 77.61%
# Of African American Residents: 58,588
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.52%
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Gary, IN

2. Merrillville

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Population: 34,871
% African American: 42.97%
# Of African American Residents: 14,985
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.18%
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Merrillville, IN

3. East Chicago

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Population: 28,044
% African American: 35.57%
# Of African American Residents: 9,975
Percent Change Since 2010: -22.93%
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East Chicago, IN

4. Indianapolis

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Population: 869,387
% African American: 28.63%
# Of African American Residents: 248,897
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.13%
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Indianapolis, IN

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5. Michigan City

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Population: 31,191
% African American: 27.73%
# Of African American Residents: 8,649
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.7%
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Michigan City, IN

6. Lawrence

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Population: 49,020
% African American: 26.11%
# Of African American Residents: 12,801
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.64%
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Lawrence, IN

7. Speedway

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Population: 12,327
% African American: 25.67%
# Of African American Residents: 3,164
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.05%
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Speedway, IN

8. South Bend

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Population: 102,686
% African American: 24.86%
# Of African American Residents: 25,532
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.31%
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South Bend, IN

9. Westville

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Population: 5,822
% African American: 22.47%
# Of African American Residents: 1,308
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.73%
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Westville, IN

10. Hammond

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Population: 76,141
% African American: 21.11%
# Of African American Residents: 16,072
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.72%
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Hammond, IN

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Indiana With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 77.6% 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 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.

Summary: 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. Linton
  3. Salem

For more Indiana reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Indiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Gary 77.61% 75,486
2 Merrillville 42.97% 34,871
3 East Chicago 35.57% 28,044
4 Indianapolis 28.63% 869,387
5 Michigan City 27.73% 31,191
6 Lawrence 26.11% 49,020
7 Speedway 25.67% 12,327
8 South Bend 24.86% 102,686
9 Westville 22.47% 5,822
10 Hammond 21.11% 76,141
11 Anderson 14.97% 54,476
12 Fort Wayne 14.78% 268,378
13 Marion 14.78% 27,730
14 Griffith 14.71% 16,198
15 Elkhart 14.13% 52,657
16 Evansville 13.09% 118,414
17 Cumberland 13.0% 5,840
18 Terre Haute 11.13% 60,690
19 Jeffersonville 11.12% 47,932
20 Kokomo 10.7% 58,066
21 Muncie 10.62% 67,739
22 Lafayette 9.26% 72,556
23 Mishawaka 8.75% 49,675
24 Portage 8.72% 36,524
25 Brownsburg 8.72% 26,560
26 New Albany 8.43% 36,730
27 Plainfield 7.95% 34,224
28 Hobart 7.74% 28,120
29 Richmond 7.74% 35,467
30 Beech Grove 7.52% 15,148
31 Avon 7.34% 18,056
32 Princeton 7.0% 8,716
33 Schererville 6.49% 28,559
34 Peru 6.25% 11,369
35 Crown Point 6.14% 30,372
36 Highland 5.99% 22,479
37 Clarksville 5.77% 21,825
38 Vincennes 5.46% 17,091
39 Lake Station 5.1% 11,952
40 Rushville 5.04% 6,194
41 Bloomington 4.41% 84,691
42 Madison 4.32% 11,783
43 Greenwood 4.13% 58,784
44 Connersville 4.04% 13,096
45 La Porte 4.02% 21,328
46 Danville 3.87% 10,380
47 Washington 3.84% 12,514
48 West Lafayette 3.82% 49,668
49 Munster 3.74% 22,604
50 Dyer 3.7% 15,933
51 Goshen 3.66% 34,586
52 Mount Vernon 3.66% 6,535
53 Noblesville 3.58% 64,430
54 North Vernon 3.47% 7,167
55 Valparaiso 3.47% 33,707
56 Carmel 3.18% 99,130
57 New Whiteland 2.87% 6,178
58 Franklin 2.86% 25,276
59 Seymour 2.78% 19,780
60 New Castle 2.76% 17,234
61 North Manchester 2.53% 5,612
62 Sellersburg 2.39% 9,320
63 St. John 2.33% 18,382
64 Columbus 2.24% 48,820
65 Bluffton 2.14% 10,298
66 Kendallville 2.11% 9,365
67 Greencastle 2.08% 10,312
68 Tell City 2.07% 7,243
69 Shelbyville 2.01% 18,918
70 Warsaw 1.99% 15,757
71 Chesterton 1.96% 13,884
72 Plymouth 1.8% 10,029
73 Charlestown 1.8% 8,290
74 Yor 1.79% 11,128
75 Crawfordsville 1.74% 16,088
76 Greenfield 1.68% 22,561
77 Huntingburg 1.59% 6,301
78 New Haven 1.54% 15,934
79 Gas City 1.51% 5,756
80 Zionsville 1.39% 28,035
81 Logansport 1.32% 17,968
82 Huntington 1.27% 17,083
83 Lebanon 1.15% 16,317
84 Ellettsville 1.08% 6,650
85 Angola 1.07% 8,706
86 Rensselaer 1.04% 6,151
87 Brazil 0.95% 8,225
88 Decatur 0.94% 9,700
89 Hartford City 0.85% 5,781
90 Columbia City 0.79% 9,115
91 Portland 0.75% 5,972
92 Garrett 0.72% 6,507
93 Elwood 0.66% 8,435
94 Boonville 0.64% 6,512
95 Martinsville 0.61% 11,807
96 Auburn 0.6% 13,209
97 Batesville 0.55% 6,945
98 Frankfort 0.47% 15,569
99 Scottsburg 0.46% 6,715
100 Bedford 0.44% 13,246

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Indiana with the largest African American population.

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