The 10 Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 466,288 - 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Massachusetts? Brockton took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Massachusetts 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 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 2022

1. Brockton

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Population: 95,740
% African American: 42.35%
# Of African American Residents: 40,543
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.94%
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Brockton, MA

2. Boston

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Population: 689,326
% African American: 21.99%
# Of African American Residents: 151,564
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.46%
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Boston, MA

3. Springfield

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Population: 153,677
% African American: 18.57%
# Of African American Residents: 28,543
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.5%
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Springfield, MA

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4. Everett

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Population: 46,275
% African American: 16.73%
# Of African American Residents: 7,740
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.06%
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Everett, MA

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5. Malden

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Population: 60,710
% African American: 15.66%
# Of African American Residents: 9,505
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.26%
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Malden, MA

6. Worcester

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Population: 185,186
% African American: 11.9%
# Of African American Residents: 22,031
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.43%
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Worcester, MA

7. Lynn

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Population: 94,201
% African American: 11.05%
# Of African American Residents: 10,407
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.29%
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Lynn, MA

8. Cambridge

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Population: 117,822
% African American: 9.79%
# Of African American Residents: 11,536
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.33%
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Cambridge, MA

9. Medford

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Population: 58,290
% African American: 8.79%
# Of African American Residents: 5,124
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.02%
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Medford, MA

10. Lowell

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Population: 111,311
% African American: 8.01%
# Of African American Residents: 8,915
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.15%
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Lowell, MA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 12,000 people. That left us with 52 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 42.3% to 0.4%.

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.

Summary: 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. Easthampton Town
  3. Newburyport

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Massachusetts

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brockton 42.35% 95,740
2 Boston 21.99% 689,326
3 Springfield 18.57% 153,677
4 Everett 16.73% 46,275
5 Malden 15.66% 60,710
6 Worcester 11.9% 185,186
7 Lynn 11.05% 94,201
8 Cambridge 9.79% 117,822
9 Medford 8.79% 58,290
10 Lowell 8.01% 111,311
11 Taunton 7.2% 57,327
12 Waltham 7.03% 62,597
13 New Bedford 6.21% 95,355
14 Fitchburg 5.75% 40,576
15 Fall River 5.58% 89,618
16 Weymouth Town 5.56% 57,213
17 Barnstable Town 5.55% 44,497
18 Quincy 5.46% 94,389
19 Leominster 5.27% 41,581
20 Chelsea 5.22% 39,878
21 Somerville 5.05% 81,175
22 Salem 4.81% 43,350
23 Chicopee 4.71% 55,186
24 Woburn 4.32% 40,297
25 Marlborough 4.31% 39,663
26 Pittsfield 4.14% 42,514
27 Revere 4.1% 53,400
28 Methuen Town 4.05% 50,518
29 Attleboro 3.96% 45,023
30 Winthrop Town 3.59% 18,558
31 Melrose 3.34% 28,054
32 Palmer Town 3.15% 12,236
33 Peabody 3.13% 53,004
34 Braintree Town 2.98% 37,196
35 Watertown Town 2.89% 35,749
36 Newton 2.84% 88,322
37 Haverhill 2.71% 63,783
38 Holyoke 2.4% 40,161
39 West Springfield Town 2.38% 28,527
40 Beverly 2.31% 42,062
41 Northampton 2.06% 28,552
42 Agawam Town 2.05% 28,627
43 Gardner 1.99% 20,605
44 Southbridge Town 1.95% 16,865
45 Gloucester 1.9% 30,291
46 Lawrence 1.88% 80,022
47 North Adams 1.67% 12,897
48 Franklin Town 1.41% 33,644
49 Westfield 1.37% 41,303
50 Newburyport 1.3% 18,197
51 Easthampton Town 0.53% 15,930
52 Amesbury Town 0.35% 17,474

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

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