The 10 Maine Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2023

We used Saturday Night Science to determine the cities in Maine with the largest African American population.

Most African American cities in Maine research summary. We analyzed 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 Portland based on the most recent Census data.

  • Portland is 8.9% Black.

  • The least African American city in Maine is Old Town.

  • Old Town is 0.0% Black.

  • Maine is 1.4% 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 18,834 – at 1.4% 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 2023:

What’s the blackest city in Maine? The city with the largest Black population in Maine for 2023 is Portland. See if Portland 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 2023

1. Portland

Portland, ME

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Population: 68,063
% African American: 8.9%
# Of African American Residents: 6,060
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.9%
More on Portland:  Data | Cost Of Living

2. Lewiston

Lewiston, ME

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Population: 36,615
% African American: 6.97%
# Of African American Residents: 2,553
Percent Change Since 2010: 114.0%
More on Lewiston:  Data | Cost Of Living

3. South Portland

South Portland, ME

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Population: 26,428
% African American: 4.99%
# Of African American Residents: 1,320
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.91%
More on South Portland:  Data | Cost Of Living

4. Westbrook

Westbrook, ME

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Population: 20,074
% African American: 4.41%
# Of African American Residents: 885
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.01%
More on Westbrook:  Data | Cost Of Living

5. Bangor

Bangor, ME

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Population: 31,920
% African American: 2.31%
# Of African American Residents: 738
Percent Change Since 2010: 84.5%
More on Bangor:  Data | Cost Of Living

6. Auburn

Auburn, ME

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Population: 23,790
% African American: 1.34%
# Of African American Residents: 319
Percent Change Since 2010: -34.5%
More on Auburn:  Data | Cost Of Living

7. Biddeford

Biddeford, ME

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Population: 22,331
% African American: 1.26%
# Of African American Residents: 282
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.71%
More on Biddeford:  Data | Cost Of Living

8. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, ME

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Population: 8,859
% African American: 1.25%
# Of African American Residents: 111
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.75%
More on Presque Isle:  Data | Cost Of Living

9. Augusta

Augusta, ME

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Population: 18,895
% African American: 1.24%
# Of African American Residents: 235
Percent Change Since 2010: 305.17%
More on Augusta:  Data | Cost Of Living

10. Belfast

Belfast, ME

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Population: 6,890
% African American: 1.22%
# Of African American Residents: 84
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Belfast:  Data | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Maine With The Largest Black Population For 2023

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 2017-2021 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 8.9% 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. Portland took the distinction of being the most Black, while Old Town was the least African American city.

We updated this article for 2023. 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.

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

  1. Old Town
  2. Caribou
  3. Rockland

For more Maine reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Maine

Rank City % African American Population
1 Portland 8.9% 68,063
2 Lewiston 6.97% 36,615
3 South Portland 4.99% 26,428
4 Westbrook 4.41% 20,074
5 Bangor 2.31% 31,920
6 Auburn 1.34% 23,790
7 Biddeford 1.26% 22,331
8 Presque Isle 1.25% 8,859
9 Augusta 1.24% 18,895
10 Belfast 1.22% 6,890
11 Saco 1.19% 20,203
12 Waterville 0.82% 15,872
13 Brewer 0.54% 9,606
14 Ellsworth 0.54% 8,340
15 Bath 0.49% 8,718
16 Gardiner 0.27% 5,944
17 Rockland 0.03% 6,977
18 Caribou 0.0% 7,448
19 Old Town 0.0% 7,415
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2 thoughts on “The 10 Maine Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2023

  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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