The 10 Maine Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

The most African American cities in Maine are Lewiston and Portland for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Most African American cities in Maine research summary. We used Saturday Night Science to analyze Maine’s most recent Census data to determine the blackest cities in Maine based on the percentage of Black residents. Here are the results of our analysis:

  • The city with the largest African American population in Maine is Lewiston based on the most recent Census data.

  • Lewiston is 10.8% Black.

  • The least African American city in Maine is Gardiner.

  • Gardiner is 0.0% Black.

  • Maine is 1.5% Black.

  • Maine is the 44th blackest state in the United States.

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The Black community is one of the fastest-growing communities in America this decade.

Roughly 42 million people identifying as Black or African American live in the United States, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Maine is 21,093 – at 1.5% of the total population of Maine.

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. Most scholars and historians agree that increasing diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Maine? Which cities and towns in Maine have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Maine with the largest African American population in 2024:

What’s the blackest city in Maine? The city with the largest Black population in Maine for 2024 is Lewiston. See if Lewiston ranked as one of the most african american places in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Maine or the most diverse places in Maine.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Maine For 2024

1. Lewiston

Lewiston, ME

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Population: 37,577
% African American: 10.8%
# Of African American Residents: 4,058
Percent Change Since 2010: 240.15%
More on Lewiston: Data | Cost Of Living

2. Portland

Portland, ME

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Population: 68,280
% African American: 8.56%
# Of African American Residents: 5,844
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.1%
More on Portland: Data | Cost Of Living

3. South Portland

South Portland, ME

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Population: 26,656
% African American: 6.82%
# Of African American Residents: 1,817
Percent Change Since 2010: 139.39%
More on South Portland: Data | Cost Of Living

4. Westbrook

Westbrook, ME

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Population: 20,339
% African American: 4.26%
# Of African American Residents: 867
Percent Change Since 2010: 44.02%
More on Westbrook: Data | Cost Of Living

5. Bangor

Bangor, ME

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Population: 31,705
% African American: 2.45%
# Of African American Residents: 776
Percent Change Since 2010: 94.0%
More on Bangor: Data | Cost Of Living

6. Auburn

Auburn, ME

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Population: 24,038
% African American: 2.09%
# Of African American Residents: 503
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.29%
More on Auburn: Data | Cost Of Living

7. Saco

Saco, ME

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Population: 20,446
% African American: 2.06%
# Of African American Residents: 422
Percent Change Since 2010: 502.86%
More on Saco: Data | Cost Of Living

8. Augusta

Augusta, ME

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Population: 18,938
% African American: 1.68%
# Of African American Residents: 319
Percent Change Since 2010: 450.0%
More on Augusta: Data | Cost Of Living

9. Biddeford

Biddeford, ME

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Population: 22,438
% African American: 1.28%
# Of African American Residents: 287
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.73%
More on Biddeford: Data | Cost Of Living

10. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, ME

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Population: 8,772
% African American: 1.22%
# Of African American Residents: 107
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.75%
More on Presque Isle: Data | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Maine With The Largest Black Population For 2024

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the Census. So that’s where we went to get the race breakdown across Maine.

That leads us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2018-2022 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 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 in Maine. That left us with 19 cities.

We then calculated the percentage of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 10.8% to 0.0%.

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

We updated this article for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Maine with the largest African American population.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maine 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 Maine

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Maine according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

The blackest cities in Maine are Lewiston, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Bangor, Auburn, Saco, Augusta, Biddeford, and Presque Isle.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Maine:

  1. Gardiner
  2. Old Town
  3. Caribou

For more Maine reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Maine

Rank City Population African American Population % African American
1 Lewiston 37,577 4,058 10.8%
2 Portland 68,280 5,844 8.56%
3 South Portland 26,656 1,817 6.82%
4 Westbrook 20,339 867 4.26%
5 Bangor 31,705 776 2.45%
6 Auburn 24,038 503 2.09%
7 Saco 20,446 422 2.06%
8 Augusta 18,938 319 1.68%
9 Biddeford 22,438 287 1.28%
10 Presque Isle 8,772 107 1.22%
11 Waterville 15,785 187 1.18%
12 Belfast 6,953 71 1.02%
13 Ellsworth 8,478 85 1.0%
14 Brewer 9,633 43 0.45%
15 Bath 8,775 22 0.25%
16 Rockland 6,986 4 0.06%
17 Caribou 7,454 0 0.0%
18 Old Town 7,458 0 0.0%
19 Gardiner 5,994 0 0.0%
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2 thoughts on “The 10 Maine Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

  1. Could you possibly publish the dramatic increase in crime percentages in the cities you listed ?Tim J.

  2. Pardon me for saying so, but you’ve taken the laziest possible approach to something this important. First of all, you left Sanford off the list. Second, and much more importantly, the entire State of Maine only has 23 incorporated cities. Everything else that looks like a city officially is a town. So you also left out Brunswick (20,000 people), Scarborough (19,000), Windham (17,000), Gorham (17,000), York, Falmouth, Kennebunk, Orono (home of the original University of Maine), Standish, Wells, Kittery, Cape Elizabeth, Lisbon, Old Orchard Beach, Topsham, Yarmouth, Skowhegan, Freeport, Buxton, Gray, Waterboro, Cumberland, Winslow, Berwick, Farmington, Hampden, South Berwick, Fairfield, Elliot, Oakland, Lebanon, Winthrop, Houlton, Hermon, Turner, New Gloucester, Rumford, Poland, Bridgeport, Bar Harbor, Paris, Lincoln, and Sabattus.

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