The 10 Maine Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maine 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 Maine is 17,761 - at 1.3% 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. 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 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 2022:

  1. Portland
  2. Lewiston
  3. South Portland
  4. Westbrook
  5. Biddeford
  6. Bangor
  7. Augusta
  8. Belfast
  9. Auburn
  10. Waterville

What's the blackest city in Maine? Portland took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine or the most diverse places in Maine.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Maine For 2022

1. Portland

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,706
% African American: 8.5%
# Of African American Residents: 5,670
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.42%
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Portland, ME

2. Lewiston

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 36,158
% African American: 5.53%
# Of African American Residents: 1,998
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.48%
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Lewiston, ME

Source: Public domain

3. South Portland

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,665
% African American: 4.89%
# Of African American Residents: 1,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.22%
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South Portland, ME

4. Westbrook

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,935
% African American: 4.63%
# Of African American Residents: 877
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.68%
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Westbrook, ME

5. Biddeford

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,502
% African American: 2.37%
# Of African American Residents: 510
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.65%
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Biddeford, ME

6. Bangor

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,029
% African American: 1.84%
# Of African American Residents: 588
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.0%
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Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain

7. Augusta

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,662
% African American: 1.71%
# Of African American Residents: 320
Percent Change Since 2010: 451.72%
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Augusta, ME

8. Belfast

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,710
% African American: 1.33%
# Of African American Residents: 89
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Belfast, ME

9. Auburn

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,267
% African American: 1.14%
# Of African American Residents: 266
Percent Change Since 2010: -45.38%
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Auburn, ME

10. Waterville

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,623
% African American: 0.76%
# Of African American Residents: 126
Percent Change Since 2010: -76.36%
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Waterville, ME

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Maine 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 Maine.

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 19 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 8.5% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of 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. You can download the data here.

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. Rockland
  3. Caribou

For more Maine reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Maine

Rank City % African American Population
1 Portland 8.5% 66,706
2 Lewiston 5.53% 36,158
3 South Portland 4.89% 25,665
4 Westbrook 4.63% 18,935
5 Biddeford 2.37% 21,502
6 Bangor 1.84% 32,029
7 Augusta 1.71% 18,662
8 Belfast 1.33% 6,710
9 Auburn 1.14% 23,267
10 Waterville 0.76% 16,623
11 Saco 0.71% 19,716
12 Brewer 0.68% 9,026
13 Bath 0.54% 8,333
14 Ellsworth 0.32% 8,085
15 Gardiner 0.3% 5,670
16 Presque Isle 0.23% 9,072
17 Caribou 0.21% 7,659
18 Rockland 0.01% 7,172
19 Old Town 0.01% 7,453

How Is The Area In ?

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

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