Kentucky Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 kentucky is 349,407 – at 7.9% of the total population of kentucky.

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 kentucky? Which cities and towns in kentucky have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in kentucky with the largest African American population in 2020:

  1. Shively (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hopkinsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Radcliff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Louisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Paducah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Oak Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Russellville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Kentucky? Shively took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in kentucky 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 kentucky 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 kentucky or the most diverse places in kentucky.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Kentucky For 2020

Shively, KY

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Population: 15,741
% African American: 51.04%
# Of African American Residents: 8,034
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.18%
More on Shively: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shively is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States and a suburb of Louisville within the Louisville Metro government. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 15,264, reflecting an increase of 107 from 15,157 in 2000.

Hopkinsville, KY

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Population: 31,483
% African American: 30.42%
# Of African American Residents: 9,577
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.81%
More on Hopkinsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 31,577.

Radcliff, KY

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Population: 22,693
% African American: 27.94%
# Of African American Residents: 6,340
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.6%
More on Radcliff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Radcliff is a home rule-class city in Hardin County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 21,692 at the 2010 census, and in 2016 the estimated population was 22,490. It is included in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Metropolitan Area.

Louisville, KY

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Population: 617,032
% African American: 23.17%
# Of African American Residents: 142,945
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.11%
More on Louisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Louisville LOO–vl or LUUV-l) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th-most populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being the state’s second-largest city of Lexington. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County.

Paducah, KY

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Population: 24,879
% African American: 23.09%
# Of African American Residents: 5,745
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.69%
More on Paducah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio Rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population was 24,864 in 2015, down from 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city’s downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Oak Grove, KY

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Population: 7,411
% African American: 22.9%
# Of African American Residents: 1,697
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.19%
More on Oak Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Grove is a home rule-class city adjacent to the Fort Campbell army base in Christian County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 7,489 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. It is part of the Clarksville, Tennessee metropolitan area.

Lebanon, KY

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Population: 5,621
% African American: 19.55%
# Of African American Residents: 1,099
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.37%
More on Lebanon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 6,331 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of its county. Lebanon is located in central Kentucky, southeast of Louisville. A national cemetery is located nearby.

Russellville, KY

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Population: 7,008
% African American: 18.48%
# Of African American Residents: 1,295
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.3%
More on Russellville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Russellville is a home rule-class city in Logan County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 6,947 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census.

Franklin, KY

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Population: 8,762
% African American: 16.93%
# Of African American Residents: 1,483
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.63%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Simpson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 8,408 at the 2010 census.

Lexington, KY

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Population: 318,734
% African American: 14.22%
# Of African American Residents: 45,335
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.64%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” it is the heart of the state’s Bluegrass region. With a mayor-alderman form of government, it is one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class; the other is the state’s largest city of Louisville. In the 2016 U.S. Census Estimate, the city’s population was 318,449, anchoring a metropolitan area of 506,751 people and a combined statistical area of 723,849 people. Due to constant increases in population, Lexington suffers some of the worst traffic congestion in Kentucky, because two interstates bypass the city to the north and east, resulting in a lack of freeways going through the most populated areas of the city.

How We Determined The Cities In kentucky 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 kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 51.0% 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. Shively 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 kentucky 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 Kentucky

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Kentucky according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Kentucky:

  1. Alexandria
  2. Corbin
  3. Cold Spring

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kentucky

Rank City % African American Population
1 Shively 51.04% 15,741
2 Hopkinsville 30.42% 31,483
3 Radcliff 27.94% 22,693
4 Louisville 23.17% 617,032
5 Paducah 23.09% 24,879
6 Oak Grove 22.9% 7,411
7 Lebanon 19.55% 5,621
8 Russellville 18.48% 7,008
9 Franklin 16.93% 8,762
10 Lexington 14.22% 318,734
11 Lyndon 14.22% 11,427
12 Frankfort 13.74% 27,582
13 Paris 13.49% 9,874
14 Princeton 12.99% 6,157
15 Bowling Green 12.92% 65,731
16 Mayfield 12.82% 9,940
17 Central City 12.64% 5,822
18 Douglass Hills 11.72% 5,702
19 Bardstown 11.43% 13,042
20 Jeffersontown 11.37% 28,178
21 Madisonville 11.37% 19,138
22 Newport 11.27% 15,152
23 Covington 11.08% 40,552
24 Shelbyville 10.68% 15,660
25 Henderson 10.32% 28,800
26 Danville 10.14% 16,685
27 Elizabethtown 9.89% 29,474
28 Maysville 8.25% 8,797
29 Richmond 7.53% 34,566
30 Harrodsburg 7.47% 8,403
31 Glasgow 7.43% 14,370
32 Versailles 7.23% 9,192
33 Winchester 7.11% 18,413
34 St. Matthews 7.03% 18,147
35 Elsmere 6.91% 8,570
36 Georgetown 6.84% 32,902
37 Owensboro 6.41% 59,188
38 Mount Sterling 6.13% 7,180
39 Middlesborough 5.82% 9,583
40 Nicholasville 5.81% 29,977
41 Middletown 5.68% 7,865
42 Florence 5.66% 31,940
43 Campbellsville 5.5% 11,413
44 Murray 5.41% 19,037
45 Cynthiana 5.32% 6,348
46 Monticello 5.26% 6,088
47 La Grange 5.24% 8,735
48 Highland Heights 5.13% 7,136
49 Williamsburg 5.11% 5,269
50 Lawrenceburg 4.46% 11,272
51 Berea 3.72% 15,188
52 Erlanger 3.68% 18,776
53 Morehead 3.56% 7,674
54 Taylor Mill 3.51% 6,746
55 Pikeville 3.49% 6,967
56 Leitchfield 3.42% 6,784
57 Hillview 2.84% 8,987
58 London 2.61% 8,020
59 Bellevue 2.44% 5,828
60 Somerset 2.33% 11,376
61 Ashland 2.26% 20,822
62 Fort Wright 2.18% 5,724
63 Flatwoods 2.07% 7,186
64 Fort Thomas 1.82% 16,313
65 Independence 1.75% 27,183
66 Dayton 1.64% 5,422
67 Edgewood 1.4% 8,723
68 Shepherdsville 0.66% 12,117
69 Union 0.64% 5,815
70 Fort Mitchell 0.55% 8,237
71 Mount Washington 0.54% 14,433
72 Villa Hills 0.2% 7,410
73 Cold Spring 0.19% 6,319
74 Corbin 0.01% 7,194
75 Alexandria 0.0% 9,211

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