The 10 Kentucky Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Kentucky 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 kentucky is 353,997 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Kentucky? Shively took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in kentucky 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 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 2021

1. Shively

Shively, KY

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Population: 15,726
% African American: 54.57%
# Of African American Residents: 8,581
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.96%
More on Shively: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville, KY

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Population: 31,056
% African American: 31.25%
# Of African American Residents: 9,704
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.58%
More on Hopkinsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Radcliff

Radcliff, KY

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Population: 22,639
% African American: 28.17%
# Of African American Residents: 6,378
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.31%
More on Radcliff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Oak Grove

Oak Grove, KY

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Population: 7,338
% African American: 24.12%
# Of African American Residents: 1,770
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.94%
More on Oak Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Louisville

Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 617,790
% African American: 23.32%
# Of African American Residents: 144,069
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.97%
More on Louisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Paducah

Paducah, KY

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Population: 24,894
% African American: 21.77%
# Of African American Residents: 5,420
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.26%
More on Paducah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Russellville

Russellville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,039
% African American: 19.11%
# Of African American Residents: 1,345
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.83%
More on Russellville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Lebanon

Lebanon, KY

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5
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Population: 5,644
% African American: 18.04%
# Of African American Residents: 1,018
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.09%
More on Lebanon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Franklin

Franklin, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 8,835
% African American: 16.83%
# Of African American Residents: 1,487
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.37%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Lexington

Lexington, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 320,601
% African American: 14.45%
# Of African American Residents: 46,338
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.09%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In kentucky 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 kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 54.6% 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. 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. Villa Hills
  3. Corbin

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kentucky

Rank City % African American Population
1 Shively 54.57% 15,726
2 Hopkinsville 31.25% 31,056
3 Radcliff 28.17% 22,639
4 Oak Grove 24.12% 7,338
5 Louisville 23.32% 617,790
6 Paducah 21.77% 24,894
7 Russellville 19.11% 7,039
8 Lebanon 18.04% 5,644
9 Franklin 16.83% 8,835
10 Lexington 14.45% 320,601
11 Douglass Hills 13.61% 5,710
12 Frankfort 13.22% 27,680
13 Paris 13.09% 9,817
14 Bowling Green 12.72% 67,600
15 Jeffersontown 12.64% 28,035
16 Lyndon 12.63% 11,431
17 Bardstown 12.63% 13,094
18 Shelbyville 12.57% 16,009
19 Mayfield 12.0% 9,867
20 Princeton 11.94% 6,116
21 Madisonville 11.81% 18,936
22 Danville 11.71% 16,730
23 Covington 11.38% 40,548
24 Elizabethtown 11.21% 29,620
25 Newport 11.08% 15,123
26 Middletown 10.39% 7,891
27 Henderson 10.34% 28,625
28 Maysville 9.09% 8,782
29 Glasgow 8.81% 14,393
30 Central City 8.13% 5,808
31 Versailles 7.92% 9,215
32 St. Matthews 7.75% 18,161
33 Campbellsville 7.72% 11,419
34 Winchester 7.61% 18,429
35 Harrodsburg 7.42% 8,418
36 Richmond 7.18% 35,133
37 Nicholasville 6.39% 30,301
38 Owensboro 6.23% 59,536
39 Elsmere 6.12% 8,567
40 Georgetown 6.06% 33,605
41 Murray 6.05% 19,171
42 Highland Heights 6.03% 7,149
43 La Grange 5.79% 8,854
44 Middlesborough 5.78% 9,395
45 Florence 5.69% 32,369
46 Mount Sterling 5.37% 7,166
47 Cynthiana 5.1% 6,312
48 Hillview 4.72% 9,071
49 Lawrenceburg 4.68% 11,350
50 Monticello 4.43% 6,070
51 Williamsburg 4.14% 5,260
52 Berea 3.89% 15,474
53 Leitchfield 3.72% 6,807
54 Taylor Mill 3.28% 6,763
55 Morehead 3.23% 7,653
56 Erlanger 3.16% 18,967
57 Dayton 3.11% 5,496
58 Pikeville 2.83% 6,810
59 Independence 2.62% 27,683
60 Somerset 2.5% 11,447
61 Flatwoods 2.37% 7,160
62 Bellevue 2.0% 5,804
63 Ashland 1.92% 20,626
64 Fort Wright 1.74% 5,745
65 London 1.69% 8,059
66 Edgewood 1.64% 8,745
67 Fort Thomas 1.61% 16,308
68 Fort Mitchell 1.3% 8,257
69 Shepherdsville 0.85% 12,218
70 Union 0.52% 5,910
71 Mount Washington 0.35% 14,567
72 Cold Spring 0.33% 6,401
73 Corbin 0.22% 7,325
74 Villa Hills 0.21% 7,449
75 Alexandria 0.0% 9,425

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