Louisiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 louisiana is 1,492,230 – at 32.0% of the total population of louisiana.

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

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

  1. Baker (Homes For Sale)
  2. Bastrop (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Tallulah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Opelousas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Jeanerette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Donaldsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. St. Martinville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Port Allen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. St. Gabriel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Monroe (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Louisiana? Baker took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in louisiana 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 louisiana 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 louisiana or the most diverse places in louisiana.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Louisiana For 2020

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Population: 13,557
% African American: 83.99%
# Of African American Residents: 11,386
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.22%
More on Baker: Real Estate | Data

Baker is a small city in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the fourth-largest city in East Baton Rouge Parish. The population was 13,895 as of the 2010 census, an increase of 102 persons from the 2000 tabulation of 13,793.

Bastrop, LA

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Population: 10,521
% African American: 79.52%
# Of African American Residents: 8,366
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.25%
More on Bastrop: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bastrop is the largest city and the parish seat of Morehouse Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,365 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 1,623 from the 12,988 tabulation of 2000. The population of Bastrop is 73 percent African American. It is the principal city of and is included in the Bastrop, Louisiana Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Monroe-Bastrop, Louisiana Combined Statistical Area.

Tallulah, LA

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Population: 6,929
% African American: 77.3%
# Of African American Residents: 5,356
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.02%
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Tallulah is a small city in and the parish seat of Madison Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. The 2010 population was 7,335, a decrease of 1,854, or 20.2 percent, from the 9,189 tabulation at the 2000 census. The city is nearly 77 percent African American. Tallulah is the principal city of the Tallulah Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison Parish. The Madison Parish Sheriff’s office operates the Steve Hoyle Rehabilitation Center in Tallulah.

Opelousas, LA

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Population: 16,399
% African American: 76.8%
# Of African American Residents: 12,594
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.14%
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Opelousas is a small city in and the parish seat of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies at the junction of Interstate 49 and U.S. Route 190. The population was 22,860 at the 2000 census. Although the 2006 population estimate was 23,222, a 2004 annexation should have put the city’s population above 25,000. In the 2010 census, however, the population shrank to 16,634. Opelousas is the principal city for the Opelousas-Eunice Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 92,178 in 2008. Opelousas is also the third largest city in the Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 537,947.

Jeanerette, LA

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Population: 5,410
% African American: 75.71%
# Of African American Residents: 4,096
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.34%
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Jeanerette is a small city in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Known as “Sugar City”, it had a population of 5,530 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 467 from the 2000 tabulation of 5,997. It is two thirds African American, many of them Creoles of color.

Donaldsonville, LA

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Population: 8,090
% African American: 75.04%
# Of African American Residents: 6,071
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.73%
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Donaldsonville is a small city in and the parish seat of Ascension Parish in south Louisiana, United States, located along the River Road of the west bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 7,436 at the 2010 census, a decrease of more than 150 from the 7,605 tabulation in 2000. Donaldsonville is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.

St. Martinville, LA

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Population: 6,014
% African American: 64.0%
# Of African American Residents: 3,849
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.43%
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St. Martinville is a small city in and the parish seat of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on Bayou Teche, sixteen miles south of Breaux Bridge, eighteen miles southeast of Lafayette, and nine miles north of New Iberia. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census, down from 6,989 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Port Allen, LA

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Population: 5,051
% African American: 62.98%
# Of African American Residents: 3,181
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.15%
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St. Gabriel, LA

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Population: 7,200
% African American: 62.89%
# Of African American Residents: 4,528
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.06%
More on St. Gabriel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Gabriel is a city in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,677 at the 2010 census. The city of St. Gabriel includes the areas of Sunshine and Carville. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Monroe, LA

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Population: 48,663
% African American: 62.58%
# Of African American Residents: 30,454
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.76%
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Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish. In the official 2010 census, Monroe had a population of 48,815. The municipal population declined by 8.1 percent over the past decade; it was 53,107 in the 2000 census. After a recheck in 2012, the Census Bureau changed the 2010 population from 48,815 to 49,147. Mayor Jamie Mayo, however, maintains that the Monroe population is more than 50,000 and indicated that he will pursue a continued challenge to the count.

How We Determined The Cities In louisiana 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 louisiana.

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 84.0% to 2.5%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Baker took the distinction of being the most Black, while Mandeville was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in louisiana 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 Louisiana

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

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

  1. Mandeville
  2. Harahan
  3. Sulphur

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Louisiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Baker 83.99% 13,557
2 Bastrop 79.52% 10,521
3 Tallulah 77.3% 6,929
4 Opelousas 76.8% 16,399
5 Jeanerette 75.71% 5,410
6 Donaldsonville 75.04% 8,090
7 St. Martinville 64.0% 6,014
8 Port Allen 62.98% 5,051
9 St. Gabriel 62.89% 7,200
10 Monroe 62.58% 48,663
11 New Orleans 59.01% 389,648
12 Franklin 58.87% 7,097
13 Ville Platte 58.69% 7,196
14 Shreveport 56.83% 193,785
15 Natchitoches 56.4% 18,080
16 Plaquemine 55.69% 6,726
17 Alexandria 55.25% 47,539
18 Baton Rouge 54.84% 225,362
19 Minden 52.9% 12,442
20 Lake Charles 48.26% 76,267
21 Ruston 48.17% 22,055
22 Bogalusa 47.82% 11,793
23 Gonzales 47.73% 10,677
24 Carencro 47.18% 8,775
25 Abbeville 46.22% 12,286
26 Zachary 46.05% 17,056
27 Hammond 45.31% 20,444
28 New Iberia 40.75% 29,992
29 Marksville 39.32% 5,476
30 Breaux Bridge 38.49% 8,299
31 Gretna 36.27% 17,797
32 Crowley 35.55% 12,960
33 Patterson 35.41% 6,012
34 Pineville 35.12% 14,313
35 Deridder 34.73% 11,050
36 Eunice 34.57% 10,407
37 Leesville 33.92% 6,055
38 Rayne 33.19% 8,075
39 Ponchatoula 32.8% 7,131
40 West Monroe 32.61% 12,756
41 Lafayette 30.77% 126,515
42 Thibodaux 30.3% 14,515
43 Bossier City 26.77% 67,935
44 Oakdale 26.26% 7,640
45 Westwego 25.96% 8,499
46 Jennings 25.65% 10,047
47 Houma 24.68% 33,520
48 Morgan City 24.6% 11,452
49 Kenner 23.79% 66,910
50 Broussard 20.64% 11,412
51 Covington 19.73% 10,133
52 Slidell 18.06% 27,769
53 Denham Springs 14.66% 9,991
54 Scott 14.45% 8,761
55 Walker 11.33% 6,250
56 Central 8.67% 28,577
57 Youngsville 8.22% 12,753
58 Sulphur 5.29% 20,241
59 Harahan 4.96% 9,309
60 Mandeville 2.49% 12,252

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