The 10 Louisiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,489,071 - 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 2022:

  1. Baker
  2. Donaldsonville
  3. Tallulah
  4. Bastrop
  5. Opelousas
  6. Jeanerette
  7. Ville Platte
  8. St. Gabriel
  9. Monroe
  10. New Orleans

What's the blackest city in Louisiana? Baker took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Louisiana for 2022. 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 2022

1. Baker

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Population: 13,233
% African American: 84.98%
# Of African American Residents: 11,245
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.85%
More on Baker: Real Estate | Data

Baker, LA

2. Donaldsonville

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Population: 8,424
% African American: 83.5%
# Of African American Residents: 7,034
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.86%
More on Donaldsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Donaldsonville, LA

3. Tallulah

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Population: 6,722
% African American: 79.59%
# Of African American Residents: 5,350
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.13%
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Tallulah, LA

4. Bastrop

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Population: 10,060
% African American: 78.87%
# Of African American Residents: 7,934
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.35%
More on Bastrop: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bastrop, LA

5. Opelousas

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Population: 16,687
% African American: 77.14%
# Of African American Residents: 12,873
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.04%
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Opelousas, LA

6. Jeanerette

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Population: 5,321
% African American: 75.36%
# Of African American Residents: 4,010
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.08%
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Jeanerette, LA

7. Ville Platte

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Population: 7,117
% African American: 64.37%
# Of African American Residents: 4,581
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.89%
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Ville Platte, LA

8. St. Gabriel

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Population: 7,374
% African American: 62.15%
# Of African American Residents: 4,583
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.44%
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St. Gabriel, LA

9. Monroe

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 47,906
% African American: 61.38%
# Of African American Residents: 29,406
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.03%
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Monroe, LA

10. New Orleans

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 391,249
% African American: 58.6%
# Of African American Residents: 229,253
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.63%
More on New Orleans: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Orleans, LA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 85.0% to 2.6%.

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.

Summary: 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:

African American Population By City In Louisiana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Baker 84.98% 13,233
2 Donaldsonville 83.5% 8,424
3 Tallulah 79.59% 6,722
4 Bastrop 78.87% 10,060
5 Opelousas 77.14% 16,687
6 Jeanerette 75.36% 5,321
7 Ville Platte 64.37% 7,117
8 St. Gabriel 62.15% 7,374
9 Monroe 61.38% 47,906
10 New Orleans 58.6% 391,249
11 Natchitoches 58.39% 17,711
12 Plaquemine 58.01% 6,589
13 St. Martinville 57.43% 5,844
14 Franklin 57.31% 6,844
15 Shreveport 57.09% 189,890
16 Alexandria 56.83% 46,545
17 Baton Rouge 53.35% 222,191
18 Minden 53.17% 12,035
19 Gonzales 49.69% 10,932
20 Carencro 48.6% 9,346
21 Hammond 48.2% 20,557
22 Bogalusa 48.15% 11,658
23 Lake Charles 47.83% 77,832
24 Ruston 47.11% 21,987
25 Zachary 45.26% 17,699
26 Abbeville 43.52% 12,167
27 Rayne 43.24% 8,062
28 New Iberia 41.13% 28,965
29 Patterson 40.97% 5,844
30 West Monroe 40.01% 12,431
31 Breaux Bridge 38.07% 8,213
32 Thibodaux 36.88% 14,565
33 Leesville 36.64% 5,773
34 Deridder 36.27% 10,955
35 Eunice 32.94% 9,754
36 Pineville 30.74% 14,179
37 Marksville 30.49% 5,376
38 Lafayette 30.43% 126,674
39 Ponchatoula 30.38% 7,311
40 Gretna 29.53% 17,746
41 Oakdale 28.61% 7,571
42 Bossier City 28.05% 68,286
43 Crowley 27.41% 12,689
44 Jennings 23.67% 9,874
45 Houma 23.19% 33,053
46 Kenner 23.15% 66,759
47 Broussard 20.16% 12,248
48 Westwego 18.07% 8,411
49 Covington 17.41% 10,471
50 Morgan City 17.1% 10,963
51 Slidell 16.98% 27,782
52 Walker 13.2% 6,278
53 Youngsville 12.37% 14,118
54 Denham Springs 10.92% 9,908
55 Central 10.08% 29,235
56 Scott 8.69% 8,815
57 Sulphur 5.46% 20,122
58 Harahan 3.59% 9,293
59 Mandeville 2.61% 12,567

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Louisiana with the largest African American population.

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