These Are The 10 Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts is 443,182 – at 6.6% of the total population of Massachusetts.

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 impacted Massachusetts? Which cities and towns in Massachusetts have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Massachusetts with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Brockton (Photos)
  2. Boston (Photos)
  3. Everett (Photos)
  4. Springfield (Photos)
  5. Malden (Photos)
  6. Worcester (Photos)
  7. Lynn (Photos)
  8. Cambridge (Photos)
  9. Medford (Photos)
  10. Lowell (Photos)

Brockton took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Massachusetts for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts or the most diverse places in Massachusetts.

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How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 12,000 people. That left us with 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 39.5% to 0.5%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Massachusetts 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.

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1. Brockton

Brockton, Massachusetts

Population: 94,813
% African American: 39.5%
# Of African American Residents: 37,449
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.18%

2. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 658,279
% African American: 22.79%
# Of African American Residents: 150,037
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.37%

3. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

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Population: 44,636
% African American: 18.92%
# Of African American Residents: 8,446
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.47%

4. Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts

Population: 153,991
% African American: 18.84%
# Of African American Residents: 29,007
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.0%

5. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Population: 60,732
% African American: 14.67%
# Of African American Residents: 8,909
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.22%

6. Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

Population: 183,677
% African American: 12.15%
# Of African American Residents: 22,317
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.14%

7. Lynn

Lynn, Massachusetts

Population: 92,074
% African American: 11.46%
# Of African American Residents: 10,551
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.75%

8. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Population: 108,757
% African American: 9.99%
# Of African American Residents: 10,868
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.54%

9. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Population: 57,180
% African American: 9.09%
# Of African American Residents: 5,199
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.44%

10. Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Population: 109,871
% African American: 6.66%
# Of African American Residents: 7,322
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.47%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Massachusetts

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

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

  1. Winthrop Town
  2. Franklin Town
  3. Amesbury Town

For more Massachusetts reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Massachusetts

City Rank Population % African American
Brockton 1 94,813 39.5%
Boston 2 658,279 22.79%
Everett 3 44,636 18.92%
Springfield 4 153,991 18.84%
Malden 5 60,732 14.67%
Worcester 6 183,677 12.15%
Lynn 7 92,074 11.46%
Cambridge 8 108,757 9.99%
Medford 9 57,180 9.09%
Lowell 10 109,871 6.66%
Taunton 11 56,504 6.41%
Somerville 12 79,507 6.38%
New Bedford 13 94,988 5.91%
Waltham 14 62,699 5.65%
Woburn 15 39,220 5.25%
Salem 16 42,804 5.16%
Quincy 17 93,349 5.1%
Chelsea 18 38,244 5.05%
Braintree Town 19 37,066 4.74%
Revere 20 53,165 4.68%
Pittsfield 21 43,632 4.5%
Weymouth Town 22 55,601 4.18%
Barnstable Town 23 44,498 4.01%
Leominster 24 41,304 3.81%
Fall River 25 88,902 3.77%
Attleboro 26 44,121 3.75%
Chicopee 27 56,100 3.61%
Holyoke 28 40,280 3.5%
Melrose 29 27,787 3.44%
Fitchburg 30 40,441 3.41%
Newton 31 88,317 3.38%
Marlborough 32 39,545 2.99%
Watertown Town 33 33,849 2.68%
Lawrence 34 79,337 2.64%
Northampton 35 28,534 2.63%
West Springfield Town 36 28,575 2.6%
Southbridge Town 37 16,824 2.38%
Peabody 38 52,235 2.06%
Haverhill 39 62,340 1.99%
Easthampton Town 40 16,042 1.96%
Methuen Town 41 49,043 1.84%
Gardner 42 20,334 1.82%
Westfield 43 41,486 1.77%
Agawam Town 44 28,701 1.41%
Newburyport 45 17,837 1.38%
Greenfield Town 46 17,477 1.32%
Palmer Town 47 12,145 1.17%
North Adams 48 13,326 1.16%
Beverly 49 40,967 1.01%
Gloucester 50 29,546 0.9%
Amesbury Town 51 17,082 0.86%
Franklin Town 52 32,873 0.68%
Winthrop Town 53 18,031 0.49%

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