These Are The 10 Kentucky Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 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 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 2019:

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

Shively took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Kentucky for 2019. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Kentucky With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 55.2% 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 Cold Spring 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.

Shively, KY

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Population: 15,701
% African American: 55.24%
# Of African American Residents: 8,674
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.28%
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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: 31,741
% African American: 30.01%
# Of African American Residents: 9,526
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.31%
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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: 22,718
% African American: 27.54%
# Of African American Residents: 6,256
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.05%
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.

Paducah, KY

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Population: 24,879
% African American: 23.01%
# Of African American Residents: 5,725
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.04%
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.

Louisville, KY

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6
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Population: 615,478
% African American: 22.91%
# Of African American Residents: 140,979
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.61%
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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.

Lebanon, KY

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Population: 5,584
% African American: 21.49%
# Of African American Residents: 1,200
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.7%
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.

Oak Grove, KY

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Population: 7,426
% African American: 21.42%
# Of African American Residents: 1,591
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.31%
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.

Russellville, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,015
% African American: 18.39%
# Of African American Residents: 1,290
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.85%
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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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 8,675
% African American: 16.18%
# Of African American Residents: 1,404
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.71%
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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.

Central City, KY

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Population: 5,841
% African American: 15.78%
# Of African American Residents: 922
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.12%
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Central City is a home rule-class city in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,978 at the 2010 census. It is also the largest city in the county and the principal community in the Central City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Muhlenberg County.

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. Cold Spring
  2. Corbin
  3. Alexandria

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kentucky

Rank City % African American Population
1 Shively 55.24% 15,701
2 Hopkinsville 30.01% 31,741
3 Radcliff 27.54% 22,718
4 Paducah 23.01% 24,879
5 Louisville 22.91% 615,478
6 Lebanon 21.49% 5,584
7 Oak Grove 21.42% 7,426
8 Russellville 18.39% 7,015
9 Franklin 16.18% 8,675
10 Central City 15.78% 5,841
11 Frankfort 15.75% 27,453
12 Lexington 14.32% 315,109
13 Mayfield 14.05% 9,936
14 Princeton 13.8% 6,173
15 Paris 13.64% 9,807
16 Bowling Green 13.6% 64,302
17 Bardstown 13.02% 13,034
18 Lyndon 12.76% 11,394
19 Douglass Hills 12.0% 5,677
20 Covington 11.28% 40,578
21 Shelbyville 11.19% 15,318
22 Madisonville 11.12% 19,303
23 Newport 10.93% 15,219
24 Elizabethtown 10.74% 29,794
25 Jeffersontown 10.47% 27,406
26 Henderson 10.33% 28,859
27 Danville 10.07% 16,657
28 Maysville 8.6% 8,804
29 Richmond 8.44% 33,993
30 Harrodsburg 8.37% 8,351
31 Winchester 7.94% 18,364
32 Versailles 7.79% 9,132
33 Glasgow 7.54% 14,318
34 St. Matthews 7.28% 17,993
35 Mount Sterling 7.1% 7,139
36 Campbellsville 7.04% 11,364
37 Middletown 7.04% 7,817
38 Georgetown 6.75% 32,142
39 Owensboro 6.65% 58,791
40 Middlesborough 6.62% 9,709
41 Elsmere 6.56% 8,555
42 Murray 6.14% 18,900
43 Nicholasville 5.77% 29,547
44 Florence 4.86% 31,603
45 Cynthiana 4.84% 6,328
46 Williamsburg 4.71% 5,261
47 La Grange 4.21% 8,620
48 Highland Heights 4.19% 7,128
49 Erlanger 3.8% 18,674
50 Leitchfield 3.69% 6,826
51 Morehead 3.5% 7,663
52 Berea 3.33% 14,927
53 Lawrenceburg 3.13% 11,087
54 Monticello 3.01% 6,120
55 Pikeville 2.79% 7,065
56 Taylor Mill 2.72% 6,739
57 Somerset 2.37% 11,334
58 Ashland 2.18% 21,035
59 Bellevue 2.02% 5,838
60 Hillview 1.92% 8,913
61 Independence 1.91% 26,772
62 London 1.85% 8,000
63 Fort Thomas 1.72% 16,254
64 Fort Wright 1.21% 5,718
65 Flatwoods 1.1% 7,274
66 Mount Washington 0.9% 14,285
67 Dayton 0.87% 5,378
68 Shepherdsville 0.7% 12,006
69 Union 0.45% 5,751
70 Fort Mitchell 0.36% 8,239
71 Edgewood 0.22% 8,688
72 Villa Hills 0.19% 7,397
73 Alexandria 0.08% 9,022
74 Corbin 0.05% 7,315
75 Cold Spring 0.03% 6,283

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