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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana is 1,483,906 – at 31.9% 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 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 2018:

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

Bastrop took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Louisiana for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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 61 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 79.5% to 3.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Bastrop took the distinction of being the most Black, while Sulphur was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Bastrop

Bastrop, Louisiana

Population: 10,851
% African American: 79.49%
# Of African American Residents: 8,626
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.82%

2. Baker


Population: 13,754
% African American: 78.28%
# Of African American Residents: 10,767
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.18%

3. Tallulah

Tallulah, Louisiana

Population: 7,144
% African American: 77.72%
# Of African American Residents: 5,552
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.54%

4. Opelousas

Opelousas, Louisiana

Population: 16,605
% African American: 76.36%
# Of African American Residents: 12,679
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.5%

5. Donaldsonville

Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Population: 7,916
% African American: 72.11%
# Of African American Residents: 5,708
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.36%

6. Jeanerette

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Population: 5,526
% African American: 68.37%
# Of African American Residents: 3,778
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.0%

7. St. Martinville

St. Martinville, Louisiana

Population: 6,096
% African American: 65.31%
# Of African American Residents: 3,981
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.19%

8. Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

Population: 49,361
% African American: 63.77%
# Of African American Residents: 31,478
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.55%

9. Port Allen

Port Allen, Louisiana

Population: 5,123
% African American: 62.07%
# Of African American Residents: 3,180
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.11%

10. St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel, Louisiana

Population: 6,984
% African American: 61.21%
# Of African American Residents: 4,275
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.68%

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. Sulphur
  2. Harahan
  3. Youngsville

For more Louisiana reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Louisiana

City Rank Population % African American
Bastrop 1 10,851 79.49%
Baker 2 13,754 78.28%
Tallulah 3 7,144 77.72%
Opelousas 4 16,605 76.36%
Donaldsonville 5 7,916 72.11%
Jeanerette 6 5,526 68.37%
St. Martinville 7 6,096 65.31%
Monroe 8 49,361 63.77%
Port Allen 9 5,123 62.07%
St. Gabriel 10 6,984 61.21%
Ville Platte 11 7,338 60.32%
Natchitoches 12 18,402 59.72%
New Orleans 13 382,922 59.26%
Franklin 14 7,339 56.77%
Alexandria 15 48,044 56.69%
Shreveport 16 198,571 56.06%
Baton Rouge 17 228,694 54.93%
Plaquemine 18 6,920 53.6%
Minden 19 12,790 52.41%
Lake Charles 20 75,044 48.42%
Bogalusa 21 11,964 47.33%
Hammond 22 20,389 46.47%
Ruston 23 22,245 46.39%
Abbeville 24 12,408 44.95%
Gonzales 25 10,492 44.61%
Carencro 26 8,420 43.11%
Breaux Bridge 27 8,331 41.62%
New Iberia 28 30,717 41.36%
Patterson 29 6,085 39.98%
Rayne 30 8,051 39.04%
Marksville 31 5,560 38.99%
Zachary 32 16,154 38.63%
Ponchatoula 33 6,944 35.96%
Deridder 34 10,918 35.4%
Gretna 35 17,832 35.27%
Springhill 36 5,149 34.26%
Leesville 37 6,551 34.18%
Crowley 38 13,155 33.74%
West Monroe 39 13,031 32.8%
Eunice 40 10,199 32.48%
Thibodaux 41 14,565 32.29%
Lafayette 42 125,808 30.45%
Pineville 43 14,477 30.13%
Bossier City 44 67,152 26.53%
Jennings 45 10,180 25.66%
Oakdale 46 7,693 25.13%
Houma 47 34,052 24.36%
Westwego 48 8,545 24.11%
Kenner 49 66,954 23.87%
Covington 50 9,725 22.4%
Scott 51 8,687 21.95%
Morgan City 52 11,936 21.82%
Slidell 53 27,697 17.59%
Broussard 54 10,221 16.32%
Denham Springs 55 10,278 14.59%
Walker 56 6,256 11.11%
Central 57 28,017 10.19%
Mandeville 58 12,244 8.62%
Youngsville 59 10,878 6.09%
Harahan 60 9,321 3.69%
Sulphur 61 20,198 3.18%

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