The 10 Louisiana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Louisiana with the largest African American population.

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 1,492,386 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Louisiana? Baker took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in louisiana for 2021. 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 2021

1. Baker

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,437
% African American: 84.57%
# Of African American Residents: 11,363
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.0%
More on Baker: Real Estate | Data

2. Bastrop

Bastrop, LA

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 10,311
% African American: 80.49%
# Of African American Residents: 8,299
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.04%
More on Bastrop: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Tallulah

Tallulah, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,851
% African American: 79.57%
# Of African American Residents: 5,451
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.33%
More on Tallulah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Jeanerette

Jeanerette, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,385
% African American: 77.23%
# Of African American Residents: 4,159
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.99%
More on Jeanerette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Donaldsonville

Donaldsonville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,237
% African American: 75.15%
# Of African American Residents: 6,190
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.72%
More on Donaldsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Opelousas

Opelousas, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 16,234
% African American: 74.7%
# Of African American Residents: 12,126
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.67%
More on Opelousas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,282
% African American: 67.04%
# Of African American Residents: 4,882
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.97%
More on St. Gabriel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. St. Martinville

St. Martinville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,945
% African American: 63.01%
# Of African American Residents: 3,746
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.96%
More on St. Martinville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Monroe

Monroe, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 48,241
% African American: 62.04%
# Of African American Residents: 29,927
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.41%
More on Monroe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Ville Platte

Ville Platte, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,159
% African American: 61.56%
# Of African American Residents: 4,407
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.32%
More on Ville Platte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In louisiana With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 84.6% to 2.8%.

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 84.57% 13,437
2 Bastrop 80.49% 10,311
3 Tallulah 79.57% 6,851
4 Jeanerette 77.23% 5,385
5 Donaldsonville 75.15% 8,237
6 Opelousas 74.7% 16,234
7 St. Gabriel 67.04% 7,282
8 St. Martinville 63.01% 5,945
9 Monroe 62.04% 48,241
10 Ville Platte 61.56% 7,159
11 New Orleans 58.86% 390,845
12 Franklin 58.25% 6,960
13 Natchitoches 56.98% 17,898
14 Shreveport 56.9% 192,035
15 Alexandria 55.06% 47,012
16 Plaquemine 54.85% 6,680
17 Baton Rouge 54.57% 224,149
18 Minden 51.39% 12,274
19 Gonzales 51.24% 10,789
20 Ruston 47.89% 21,976
21 Bogalusa 47.86% 11,673
22 Hammond 47.78% 20,668
23 Zachary 47.58% 17,283
24 Lake Charles 47.55% 77,283
25 Carencro 46.04% 8,984
26 Abbeville 42.82% 12,236
27 New Iberia 40.72% 29,456
28 Breaux Bridge 39.08% 8,262
29 Rayne 37.63% 8,041
30 Deridder 35.5% 10,861
31 Gretna 35.49% 17,774
32 Thibodaux 35.16% 14,494
33 West Monroe 35.15% 12,583
34 Pineville 34.89% 14,237
35 Crowley 34.82% 12,796
36 Leesville 34.63% 5,891
37 Patterson 33.71% 5,953
38 Eunice 33.55% 10,140
39 Marksville 33.23% 5,432
40 Lafayette 30.8% 126,666
41 Ponchatoula 30.4% 7,195
42 Oakdale 28.11% 7,607
43 Jennings 28.09% 9,980
44 Bossier City 27.82% 68,248
45 Westwego 26.7% 8,438
46 Kenner 23.35% 66,777
47 Houma 23.29% 33,334
48 Morgan City 22.62% 11,206
49 Covington 18.8% 10,372
50 Slidell 16.92% 27,822
51 Broussard 14.67% 11,913
52 Denham Springs 13.86% 9,937
53 Youngsville 12.3% 13,407
54 Walker 12.2% 6,261
55 Scott 11.69% 8,729
56 Central 8.48% 29,107
57 Sulphur 6.82% 20,113
58 Harahan 4.79% 9,304
59 Mandeville 2.82% 12,448

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