These Are The 10 Kentucky Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kentucky 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 Kentucky is 345,715 – at 7.8% 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 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 2018:

  1. Shively (Photos)
  2. Hopkinsville (Photos)
  3. Radcliff
  4. Louisville (Photos)
  5. Oak Grove
  6. Paducah (Photos)
  7. Lebanon (Photos)
  8. Russellville (Photos)
  9. Central City
  10. Franklin (Photos)

Shively took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Kentucky for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 52.8% 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 Villa Hills was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Shively

Shively, Kentucky

Population: 15,625
% African American: 52.8%
# Of African American Residents: 8,250
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.25%

2. Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,442
% African American: 28.94%
# Of African American Residents: 9,388
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.65%

3. Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky

Population: 22,806
% African American: 26.05%
# Of African American Residents: 5,940
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.18%

4. Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 611,573
% African American: 22.65%
# Of African American Residents: 138,543
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.75%

5. Oak Grove

Oak Grove, Kentucky

Population: 7,487
% African American: 21.97%
# Of African American Residents: 1,645
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.82%

6. Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

Population: 25,010
% African American: 20.95%
# Of African American Residents: 5,240
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.34%

7. Lebanon

Lebanon, Kentucky

Population: 5,604
% African American: 19.24%
# Of African American Residents: 1,078
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.22%

8. Russellville

Russellville, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,998
% African American: 18.58%
# Of African American Residents: 1,300
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.75%

9. Central City

Central City, Kentucky

Population: 5,895
% African American: 17.79%
# Of African American Residents: 1,049
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.24%

10. Franklin

Franklin, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,706
% African American: 17.26%
# Of African American Residents: 1,503
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.34%

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. Villa Hills
  2. Edgewood
  3. Corbin

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kentucky

City Rank Population % African American
Shively 1 15,625 52.8%
Hopkinsville 2 32,442 28.94%
Radcliff 3 22,806 26.05%
Louisville 4 611,573 22.65%
Oak Grove 5 7,487 21.97%
Paducah 6 25,010 20.95%
Lebanon 7 5,604 19.24%
Russellville 8 6,998 18.58%
Central City 9 5,895 17.79%
Franklin 10 8,706 17.26%
Frankfort 11 27,598 16.16%
Bowling Green 12 62,824 14.63%
Lexington 13 311,529 14.39%
Bardstown 14 13,026 13.95%
Mayfield 15 10,078 13.9%
Paris 16 9,836 13.05%
Madisonville 17 19,615 12.62%
Princeton 18 6,215 12.34%
Lyndon 19 11,310 12.16%
Jeffersontown 20 27,395 11.96%
Newport 21 15,321 11.17%
Covington 22 40,766 11.05%
Henderson 23 28,870 10.91%
Shelbyville 24 15,039 10.26%
Danville 25 16,645 10.2%
Elizabethtown 26 29,835 9.78%
Glasgow 27 14,338 8.84%
Maysville 28 8,883 8.83%
Versailles 29 9,091 8.81%
Richmond 30 33,583 8.5%
Douglass Hills 31 5,645 8.41%
Winchester 32 18,395 8.15%
Harrodsburg 33 8,409 7.78%
Georgetown 34 31,708 7.36%
Middlesborough 35 9,842 6.99%
Owensboro 36 58,685 6.93%
Mount Sterling 37 7,136 6.92%
Elsmere 38 8,488 6.57%
St. Matthews 39 17,930 6.5%
Middletown 40 7,773 6.33%
Campbellsville 41 11,329 6.32%
Murray 42 18,726 6.15%
Nicholasville 43 29,249 5.74%
Cynthiana 44 6,376 5.58%
Berea 45 14,667 4.58%
La Grange 46 8,481 4.39%
Leitchfield 47 6,850 4.36%
Florence 48 31,735 4.15%
Highland Heights 49 7,136 3.98%
Williamsburg 50 5,263 3.88%
Erlanger 51 18,565 3.6%
Lawrenceburg 52 11,081 3.18%
Morehead 53 7,615 3.14%
Somerset 54 11,415 2.86%
Pikeville 55 7,266 2.79%
Ashland 56 21,294 2.61%
Taylor Mill 57 6,719 2.49%
London 58 8,111 2.27%
Bellevue 59 5,879 2.06%
Fort Thomas 60 16,317 1.85%
Fort Mitchell 61 8,245 1.7%
Monticello 62 6,116 1.47%
Mount Washington 63 14,088 1.14%
Flatwoods 64 7,358 1.13%
Fort Wright 65 5,732 1.1%
Union 66 5,677 1.0%
Independence 67 26,317 0.78%
Shepherdsville 68 11,869 0.5%
Dayton 69 5,385 0.24%
Cold Spring 70 6,168 0.19%
Hillview 71 8,688 0.12%
Alexandria 72 8,878 0.09%
Corbin 73 7,306 0.08%
Edgewood 74 8,703 0.07%
Villa Hills 75 7,404 0.0%

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