Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Massachusetts have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Massachusetts with 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 463,796 – at 6.8% 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 in the black population 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 2020:

  1. Brockton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Boston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Springfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Everett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Malden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Worcester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lynn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Cambridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Medford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Taunton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Massachusetts? Brockton took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Massachusetts for 2020. 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Massachusetts For 2020

Brockton, MA

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Population: 95,426
% African American: 40.81%
# Of African American Residents: 38,947
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.9%
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Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 95,314 in the 2015 Census. Brockton, along with Plymouth, are the county seats of Plymouth County. Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts and is sometimes referred to as the “City of Champions”, due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs. Two of the villages within the city are Montello and Campello, both have the distinction of having their own MBTA Commuter Rail Stations and post offices. Campello is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but also the most populous. Brockton hosts a baseball team, the Brockton Rox. Brockton is one of the windiest cities in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14.3mph.

Boston, MA

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8
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Population: 679,413
% African American: 22.72%
# Of African American Residents: 154,363
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.47%
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Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Springfield, MA

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Population: 154,596
% African American: 18.58%
# Of African American Residents: 28,727
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.91%
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Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 153,060. Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts, had a population of 692,942 as of 2010.

Everett, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 45,856
% African American: 17.83%
# Of African American Residents: 8,178
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.0%
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Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 4 miles north of Boston. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

Malden, MA

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8.5
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Population: 61,094
% African American: 16.08%
# Of African American Residents: 9,821
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.99%
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Malden is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population was at 59,450 people. In 2009, Malden was named the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Worcester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 185,195
% African American: 11.94%
# Of African American Residents: 22,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.88%
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Worcester pronunciation is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city’s population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles west of Boston, 50 miles east of Springfield and 40 miles north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth”, thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine’s Day card was invented in the city.

Lynn, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 93,617
% African American: 11.16%
# Of African American Residents: 10,446
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.69%
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Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Boston, Lynn is part of Greater Boston’s urban inner core. An early colonial settlement and industrial center, Lynn was long colloquially referred to as the “City of Sin,” owing to its historic reputation for crime and vice. Today, however, the city is known for its large international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. The city also is home to the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Lynn Heritage State Park, and the National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 115,665
% African American: 10.23%
# Of African American Residents: 11,831
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.92%
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Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Medford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 57,771
% African American: 9.26%
# Of African American Residents: 5,347
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.33%
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Medford is a city 3.2 miles northwest of downtown Boston on the Mystic River in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. In the 2010 U.S. Census, Medford’s population was 56,173. It is home to Tufts University.

Taunton, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 56,963
% African American: 8.1%
# Of African American Residents: 4,614
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.36%
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Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 40 miles south of Boston, 18 miles east of Providence, 10 miles north of Fall River, 20 miles north of New Bedford, and 25 miles west of Plymouth. It is the seat of Bristol County. Taunton is situated on the Taunton River which winds its way through the city on its way to Mount Hope Bay, 10 miles to the south. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 55,874. Thomas Hoye Jr. is the current mayor of Taunton, and has held the position since 2012.

How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 40.8% to 0.8%.

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 Amesbury Town was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Amesbury Town
  2. Franklin Town
  3. Winthrop Town

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brockton 40.81% 95,426
2 Boston 22.72% 679,413
3 Springfield 18.58% 154,596
4 Everett 17.83% 45,856
5 Malden 16.08% 61,094
6 Worcester 11.94% 185,195
7 Lynn 11.16% 93,617
8 Cambridge 10.23% 115,665
9 Medford 9.26% 57,771
10 Taunton 8.1% 56,963
11 Waltham 7.49% 62,979
12 Lowell 6.64% 111,249
13 Woburn 6.49% 40,298
14 Somerville 6.12% 80,434
15 New Bedford 5.92% 95,117
16 Chelsea 5.84% 39,852
17 Leominster 5.25% 41,579
18 Fall River 5.24% 89,339
19 Revere 5.16% 53,966
20 Weymouth Town 4.99% 56,384
21 Quincy 4.98% 94,121
22 Barnstable Town 4.84% 44,314
23 Pittsfield 4.51% 43,058
24 Salem 4.33% 43,302
25 Chicopee 4.12% 55,661
26 Fitchburg 3.84% 40,737
27 Holyoke 3.27% 40,376
28 Newton 3.2% 88,660
29 Marlborough 2.99% 39,776
30 Braintree Town 2.91% 37,207
31 Attleboro 2.86% 44,548
32 Peabody 2.64% 52,865
33 Melrose 2.63% 28,116
34 West Springfield Town 2.62% 28,666
35 Southbridge Town 2.57% 16,894
36 Haverhill 2.47% 63,280
37 Methuen Town 2.42% 50,019
38 Northampton 2.28% 28,568
39 Easthampton Town 2.25% 16,023
40 Lawrence 2.14% 79,841
41 Greenfield Town 2.12% 17,468
42 Gardner 2.08% 20,555
43 Watertown Town 1.86% 35,103
44 Palmer Town 1.75% 12,251
45 Westfield 1.75% 41,599
46 North Adams 1.73% 13,089
47 Agawam Town 1.72% 28,744
48 Beverly 1.68% 41,731
49 Newburyport 1.45% 17,990
50 Gloucester 1.36% 30,049
51 Winthrop Town 1.25% 18,535
52 Franklin Town 0.93% 33,022
53 Amesbury Town 0.79% 17,378

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