The 10 Kentucky Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 356,048 - at 8.0% 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 2022:

  1. Shively
  2. Oak Grove
  3. Radcliff
  4. Hopkinsville
  5. Louisville
  6. Paducah
  7. Russellville
  8. Lebanon
  9. Lyndon
  10. Franklin

What's the blackest city in Kentucky? Shively took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Kentucky 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 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 2022

1. Shively

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Population: 15,723
% African American: 50.37%
# Of African American Residents: 7,920
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.56%
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Shively, KY

2. Oak Grove

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Population: 7,332
% African American: 31.18%
# Of African American Residents: 2,286
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.44%
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Oak Grove, KY

3. Radcliff

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Population: 22,796
% African American: 29.36%
# Of African American Residents: 6,693
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.15%
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Radcliff, KY

4. Hopkinsville

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Population: 31,052
% African American: 28.66%
# Of African American Residents: 8,899
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.41%
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Hopkinsville, KY

Source: Public domain

5. Louisville

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Population: 618,733
% African American: 23.7%
# Of African American Residents: 146,616
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.91%
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Louisville, KY

6. Paducah

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Population: 24,947
% African American: 21.22%
# Of African American Residents: 5,293
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.43%
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Paducah, KY

7. Russellville

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Population: 7,056
% African American: 17.46%
# Of African American Residents: 1,232
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.59%
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Russellville, KY

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8. Lebanon

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Population: 5,960
% African American: 16.88%
# Of African American Residents: 1,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.86%
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Lebanon, KY

9. Lyndon

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Population: 11,451
% African American: 15.95%
# Of African American Residents: 1,826
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.03%
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Lyndon, KY

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10. Franklin

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Population: 8,909
% African American: 15.89%
# Of African American Residents: 1,416
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.94%
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Franklin, KY

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Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 50.4% 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.

Summary: 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. Union
  3. Taylor Mill

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Kentucky

Rank City % African American Population
1 Shively 50.37% 15,723
2 Oak Grove 31.18% 7,332
3 Radcliff 29.36% 22,796
4 Hopkinsville 28.66% 31,052
5 Louisville 23.7% 618,733
6 Paducah 21.22% 24,947
7 Russellville 17.46% 7,056
8 Lebanon 16.88% 5,960
9 Lyndon 15.95% 11,451
10 Franklin 15.89% 8,909
11 Frankfort 14.61% 27,705
12 Lexington 14.47% 322,200
13 Princeton 13.6% 6,087
14 Douglass Hills 13.32% 5,713
15 Bowling Green 13.11% 71,628
16 Danville 12.18% 16,801
17 Bardstown 12.01% 13,169
18 Paris 11.99% 9,776
19 Elizabethtown 11.97% 30,179
20 Madisonville 11.73% 18,801
21 Shelbyville 11.27% 16,244
22 Covington 10.97% 40,466
23 Mayfield 10.96% 9,823
24 Henderson 10.67% 28,469
25 Newport 10.48% 15,045
26 Jeffersontown 9.6% 27,933
27 Campbellsville 8.9% 11,370
28 Middletown 7.86% 7,885
29 Winchester 7.22% 18,520
30 St. Matthews 7.2% 18,022
31 Glasgow 7.04% 14,394
32 Elsmere 7.02% 8,617
33 Maysville 6.57% 8,752
34 Harrodsburg 6.54% 8,480
35 Owensboro 6.45% 59,796
36 Murray 6.37% 19,254
37 Versailles 6.27% 9,251
38 La Grange 6.03% 8,938
39 Richmond 5.98% 35,744
40 Georgetown 5.98% 34,362
41 Highland Heights 5.91% 7,372
42 Florence 5.66% 32,721
43 Mount Sterling 5.52% 7,190
44 Lawrenceburg 5.37% 11,416
45 Middlesborough 5.33% 9,242
46 Central City 5.15% 5,770
47 Nicholasville 5.13% 30,549
48 Williamsburg 4.88% 5,266
49 Hillview 4.3% 9,066
50 Cynthiana 4.0% 6,270
51 Berea 3.96% 15,773
52 Dayton 3.89% 5,550
53 Erlanger 2.85% 19,106
54 Somerset 2.83% 11,548
55 Monticello 2.7% 5,999
56 Independence 2.67% 28,119
57 Morehead 2.57% 7,653
58 Pikeville 2.06% 6,642
59 Flatwoods 2.03% 7,143
60 Fort Thomas 1.89% 16,335
61 London 1.87% 8,058
62 Leitchfield 1.83% 6,789
63 Ashland 1.81% 20,449
64 Fort Wright 1.75% 5,766
65 Edgewood 1.69% 8,779
66 Shepherdsville 1.01% 13,757
67 Fort Mitchell 0.74% 8,278
68 Mount Washington 0.72% 14,699
69 Cold Spring 0.37% 6,481
70 Corbin 0.21% 7,558
71 Villa Hills 0.19% 7,475
72 Bellevue 0.07% 5,786
73 Taylor Mill 0.0% 6,805
74 Union 0.0% 5,988
75 Alexandria 0.0% 9,600

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

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