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


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 2019. This is our second 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 1,483,906 – 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 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 2019:

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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 61 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 80.3% to 3.5%.

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.

Bastrop, LA

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Population: 10,643
% African American: 80.28%
# Of African American Residents: 8,544
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.85%
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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.

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Population: 13,694
% African American: 79.16%
# Of African American Residents: 10,840
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.89%
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.

Opelousas, LA

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Population: 16,480
% African American: 76.95%
# Of African American Residents: 12,682
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.48%
More on Opelousas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Tallulah, LA

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Population: 7,013
% African American: 76.8%
# Of African American Residents: 5,386
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.49%
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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.

Donaldsonville, LA

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Population: 7,975
% African American: 70.73%
# Of African American Residents: 5,641
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.48%
More on Donaldsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Jeanerette, LA

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Population: 5,465
% African American: 68.97%
# Of African American Residents: 3,769
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.23%
More on Jeanerette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

St. Martinville, LA

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Population: 6,058
% African American: 64.05%
# Of African American Residents: 3,880
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.67%
More on St. Martinville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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: 5,086
% African American: 63.98%
# Of African American Residents: 3,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.51%
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Monroe, LA

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Population: 48,938
% African American: 62.98%
# Of African American Residents: 30,819
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.62%
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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.

Ville Platte, LA

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Population: 7,259
% African American: 61.76%
# Of African American Residents: 4,483
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.82%
More on Ville Platte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ville Platte is a city in, and the parish seat of, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,430 at the 2010 census, down from 8,145 in 2000. The city’s name is of French origin, roughly translating to “flat city”, in reference to its relatively flat topography in contrast to the more hilly terrain north of the area.

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. Mandeville

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Louisiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Bastrop 80.28% 10,643
2 Baker 79.16% 13,694
3 Opelousas 76.95% 16,480
4 Tallulah 76.8% 7,013
5 Donaldsonville 70.73% 7,975
6 Jeanerette 68.97% 5,465
7 St. Martinville 64.05% 6,058
8 Port Allen 63.98% 5,086
9 Monroe 62.98% 48,938
10 Ville Platte 61.76% 7,259
11 St. Gabriel 61.05% 7,094
12 New Orleans 59.09% 388,182
13 Natchitoches 58.47% 18,176
14 Franklin 56.81% 7,244
15 Shreveport 56.42% 196,217
16 Plaquemine 54.77% 6,812
17 Baton Rouge 54.67% 227,549
18 Alexandria 54.42% 47,954
19 Bogalusa 52.68% 11,852
20 Minden 50.58% 12,614
21 Lake Charles 48.14% 75,194
22 Ruston 47.94% 22,154
23 Hammond 45.97% 20,325
24 Abbeville 45.83% 12,350
25 Zachary 44.14% 16,879
26 Gonzales 44.02% 10,558
27 Carencro 43.94% 8,620
28 Breaux Bridge 42.01% 8,291
29 New Iberia 40.9% 30,292
30 Marksville 38.36% 5,519
31 Rayne 38.32% 8,079
32 Patterson 38.04% 6,067
33 Crowley 36.37% 13,047
34 Pineville 36.02% 14,381
35 Deridder 36.01% 10,995
36 Ponchatoula 35.74% 7,015
37 Springhill 35.73% 5,054
38 Gretna 35.29% 17,888
39 West Monroe 34.99% 12,874
40 Leesville 34.08% 6,335
41 Eunice 34.07% 10,305
42 Lafayette 31.52% 126,476
43 Thibodaux 31.32% 14,488
44 Bossier City 26.19% 67,511
45 Oakdale 25.79% 7,669
46 Houma 25.69% 33,784
47 Jennings 24.54% 10,084
48 Westwego 24.53% 8,557
49 Kenner 23.66% 67,253
50 Morgan City 20.11% 11,685
51 Covington 19.99% 9,925
52 Slidell 17.18% 27,755
53 Scott 15.38% 8,784
54 Denham Springs 14.91% 10,066
55 Walker 14.55% 6,266
56 Broussard 13.79% 10,888
57 Central 10.29% 28,462
58 Youngsville 7.07% 11,950
59 Mandeville 4.8% 12,215
60 Harahan 3.91% 9,367
61 Sulphur 3.52% 20,237

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