The 10 Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Massachusetts with the largest African American population.

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 473,181 - at 6.9% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Massachusetts? Brockton took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in massachusetts for 2021. 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 2021

1. Brockton

Brockton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 95,594
% African American: 44.06%
# Of African American Residents: 42,122
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.92%
More on Brockton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Boston

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 684,379
% African American: 22.66%
# Of African American Residents: 155,096
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.99%
More on Boston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Springfield

Springfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 154,139
% African American: 18.52%
# Of African American Residents: 28,543
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.5%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Malden

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,984
% African American: 17.79%
# Of African American Residents: 10,849
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.13%
More on Malden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Everett

Everett, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 46,118
% African American: 16.53%
# Of African American Residents: 7,625
Percent Change Since 2010: 55.71%
More on Everett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Worcester

Worcester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 185,143
% African American: 12.2%
# Of African American Residents: 22,594
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.79%
More on Worcester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Lynn

Lynn, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 93,743
% African American: 10.84%
# Of African American Residents: 10,164
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.83%
More on Lynn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Cambridge

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 116,632
% African American: 9.93%
# Of African American Residents: 11,576
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.68%
More on Cambridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Medford

Medford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 57,637
% African American: 9.13%
# Of African American Residents: 5,263
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.69%
More on Medford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Taunton

Taunton, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 57,124
% African American: 8.38%
# Of African American Residents: 4,789
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.76%
More on Taunton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In massachusetts With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 44.1% to 0.6%.

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. Gloucester

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brockton 44.06% 95,594
2 Boston 22.66% 684,379
3 Springfield 18.52% 154,139
4 Malden 17.79% 60,984
5 Everett 16.53% 46,118
6 Worcester 12.2% 185,143
7 Lynn 10.84% 93,743
8 Cambridge 9.93% 116,632
9 Medford 9.13% 57,637
10 Taunton 8.38% 57,124
11 Lowell 7.19% 111,306
12 Waltham 6.7% 62,777
13 New Bedford 6.35% 95,239
14 Leominster 5.81% 41,606
15 Barnstable Town 5.64% 44,406
16 Somerville 5.6% 80,906
17 Weymouth Town 5.48% 56,734
18 Woburn 5.44% 40,304
19 Chelsea 5.37% 39,992
20 Fall River 5.29% 89,388
21 Revere 4.98% 53,692
22 Quincy 4.98% 94,207
23 Salem 4.72% 43,252
24 Chicopee 4.14% 55,421
25 Pittsfield 4.06% 42,766
26 Attleboro 4.0% 44,789
27 Marlborough 3.83% 39,736
28 Fitchburg 3.64% 40,702
29 Peabody 3.3% 52,906
30 Methuen Town 3.16% 50,282
31 Haverhill 3.06% 63,533
32 Holyoke 2.89% 40,241
33 Melrose 2.88% 28,113
34 Newton 2.83% 88,593
35 West Springfield Town 2.81% 28,609
36 Braintree Town 2.67% 37,220
37 Gardner 2.31% 20,610
38 Lawrence 2.22% 79,942
39 Palmer Town 2.13% 12,237
40 Agawam Town 2.12% 28,696
41 Northampton 2.11% 28,516
42 Greenfield Town 1.92% 17,375
43 Southbridge Town 1.91% 16,887
44 Easthampton Town 1.88% 15,960
45 Beverly 1.64% 41,885
46 Newburyport 1.64% 18,077
47 North Adams 1.62% 12,959
48 Winthrop Town 1.61% 18,542
49 Watertown Town 1.51% 35,401
50 Westfield 1.44% 41,449
51 Gloucester 1.42% 30,162
52 Franklin Town 0.91% 33,256
53 Amesbury Town 0.57% 17,434

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