The 10 Michigan Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 michigan is 1,358,034 - at 13.6% of the total population of michigan.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in michigan with the largest African American population in 2021:

  1. Highland Park
  2. Benton Harbor
  3. Detroit
  4. Muskegon Heights
  5. Inkster
  6. Southfield
  7. Harper Woods
  8. Oak Park
  9. Flint
  10. Pontiac

What's the blackest city in Michigan? Highland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in michigan 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 michigan 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 michigan or the most diverse places in michigan.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Michigan For 2021

1. Highland Park

Highland Park, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,867
% African American: 91.42%
# Of African American Residents: 9,935
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.12%
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 9,843
% African American: 83.6%
# Of African American Residents: 8,229
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.81%
More on Benton Harbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Detroit

Detroit, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 674,841
% African American: 77.98%
# Of African American Residents: 526,253
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.9%
More on Detroit: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,748
% African American: 75.38%
# Of African American Residents: 8,102
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.54%
More on Muskegon Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Inkster

Inkster, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 24,520
% African American: 73.32%
# Of African American Residents: 17,977
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.7%
More on Inkster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Southfield

Southfield, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 73,174
% African American: 69.14%
# Of African American Residents: 50,594
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.62%
More on Southfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Harper Woods

Harper Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,895
% African American: 59.84%
# Of African American Residents: 8,315
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.3%
More on Harper Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Oak Park

Oak Park, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,726
% African American: 55.54%
# Of African American Residents: 16,509
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.82%
More on Oak Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Flint

Flint, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 96,559
% African American: 53.17%
# Of African American Residents: 51,339
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.77%
More on Flint: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Pontiac

Pontiac, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 59,955
% African American: 50.2%
# Of African American Residents: 30,099
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.17%
More on Pontiac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In michigan 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 michigan.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 144 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.4% 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. Highland Park took the distinction of being the most Black, while Manistee was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in michigan 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 Michigan

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Michigan:

  1. Manistee
  2. Hastings
  3. Belding

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Michigan

Rank City % African American Population
1 Highland Park 91.42% 10,867
2 Benton Harbor 83.6% 9,843
3 Detroit 77.98% 674,841
4 Muskegon Heights 75.38% 10,748
5 Inkster 73.32% 24,520
6 Southfield 69.14% 73,174
7 Harper Woods 59.84% 13,895
8 Oak Park 55.54% 29,726
9 Flint 53.17% 96,559
10 Pontiac 50.2% 59,955
11 River Rouge 48.87% 7,502
12 Eastpointe 47.44% 32,443
13 Saginaw 42.69% 48,650
14 Ecorse 40.92% 9,432
15 Romulus 40.68% 23,527
16 Muskegon 31.87% 37,633
17 Albion 30.42% 8,336
18 Ypsilanti 28.03% 20,828
19 St. Louis 25.57% 7,189
20 Mount Clemens 24.57% 16,315
21 Lansing 22.22% 117,159
22 Center Line 21.85% 8,260
23 Ionia 21.73% 11,147
24 Kentwood 21.27% 51,693
25 Kalamazoo 21.19% 76,019
26 Jackson 20.35% 32,673
27 Roseville 20.11% 47,400
28 Farmington Hills 19.95% 81,214
29 Warren 19.26% 134,797
30 Taylor 18.93% 61,379
31 Wayne 18.23% 16,976
32 Grand Rapids 17.91% 198,401
33 Battle Creek 17.56% 51,316
34 Westland 17.24% 81,938
35 Auburn Hills 16.72% 23,572
36 Wixom 16.49% 13,902
37 Melvindale 14.99% 10,348
38 Grand Blanc 14.65% 7,905
39 Hazel Park 13.3% 16,525
40 Dowagiac 13.25% 5,743
41 Hamtramck 11.5% 21,822
42 Three Rivers 11.03% 7,659
43 Lapeer 10.7% 8,676
44 Farmington 10.62% 10,563
45 Springfield 9.19% 5,193
46 Beverly Hills 9.03% 10,387
47 Niles 8.79% 11,211
48 Madison Heights 8.44% 30,120
49 Walled Lake 8.21% 7,173
50 Lincoln Park 8.19% 36,697
51 Grosse Pointe Park 8.01% 11,153
52 Port Huron 7.81% 29,025
53 Dearborn Heights 7.69% 55,857
54 Novi 7.57% 60,014
55 Burton 7.52% 28,654
56 Coldwater 7.44% 12,241
57 Big Rapids 7.09% 10,355
58 Wyoming 7.03% 75,702
59 Ann Arbor 6.65% 120,735
60 East Lansing 6.56% 48,729
61 Ferndale 6.22% 20,137
62 Southgate 6.08% 29,165
63 Grosse Pointe Woods 5.96% 15,498
64 Woodhaven 5.94% 12,518
65 Sterling Heights 5.84% 132,476
66 Flat Rock 5.63% 9,967
67 St. Clair Shores 5.24% 59,528
68 Monroe 5.05% 19,775
69 Portage 4.98% 48,774
70 Fraser 4.98% 14,580
71 St. Joseph 4.87% 8,316
72 Livonia 4.32% 94,249
73 Swartz Creek 4.32% 5,535
74 Mason 4.17% 8,487
75 Holland 4.15% 33,402
76 Adrian 4.11% 20,572
77 Mount Pleasant 4.01% 25,629
78 Rochester Hills 3.99% 74,206
79 Marquette 3.87% 20,822
80 Royal Oak 3.69% 59,195
81 Troy 3.59% 83,989
82 Norton Shores 3.44% 24,467
83 Grosse Pointe 3.44% 5,206
84 Garden City 3.42% 26,683
85 Birmingham 3.36% 21,201
86 New Baltimore 3.19% 12,358
87 Riverview 3.12% 12,137
88 Bay City 3.11% 33,167
89 Dearborn 3.05% 94,701
90 Berkley 2.97% 15,372
91 Walker 2.89% 24,816
92 Rochester 2.58% 13,162
93 Houghton 2.47% 7,870
94 Allen Park 2.43% 27,216
95 Sault Ste. Marie 2.23% 13,591
96 Midland 2.02% 41,920
97 Milan 1.95% 6,107
98 Alma 1.94% 8,976
99 Grosse Pointe Farms 1.82% 9,168
100 Hillsdale 1.75% 8,097

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