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 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 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. 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 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.

1. Bastrop

Bastrop, Louisiana

Population: 10,851
% African American: 79.49%
# Of African American Residents: 8,626
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.82%
More on Bastrop: Data | Jobs

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.

2. Baker


Population: 13,754
% African American: 78.28%
# Of African American Residents: 10,767
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.18%
More on Baker: Data | Jobs

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.

3. Tallulah

Tallulah, Louisiana

Population: 7,144
% African American: 77.72%
# Of African American Residents: 5,552
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.54%
More on Tallulah: Data | Jobs

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.

4. Opelousas

Opelousas, Louisiana

Population: 16,605
% African American: 76.36%
# Of African American Residents: 12,679
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.5%
More on Opelousas: Data | Jobs

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.

5. Donaldsonville

Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Population: 7,916
% African American: 72.11%
# Of African American Residents: 5,708
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.36%
More on Donaldsonville: Data | Jobs

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.

6. Jeanerette

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Population: 5,526
% African American: 68.37%
# Of African American Residents: 3,778
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.0%
More on Jeanerette: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on St. Martinville: Data | Jobs

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.

8. Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

Population: 49,361
% African American: 63.77%
# Of African American Residents: 31,478
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.55%
More on Monroe: Data | Jobs

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.

9. Port Allen

Port Allen, Louisiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,123
% African American: 62.07%
# Of African American Residents: 3,180
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.11%
More on Port Allen: Data | Jobs

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%
More on St. Gabriel: Data | Jobs

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.

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

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

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