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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan 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 Michigan is 1,361,993 – at 13.7% 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 2018:

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

Highland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Michigan for 2018. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 146 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.8% 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 Grand Haven was the least African American city.

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.

1. Highland Park

Highland Park, Michigan

Population: 10,978
% African American: 91.85%
# Of African American Residents: 10,083
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.87%
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Highland Park is a city in Wayne County in the State of Michigan, within Metro Detroit. The population was 11,776 at the 2010 census. The city is completely surrounded by Detroit except for a small portion that touches the city of Hamtramck, which is also surrounded by Detroit.

2. Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Population: 9,988
% African American: 84.87%
# Of African American Residents: 8,477
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.06%
More on Benton Harbor: Data | Jobs

Benton Harbor is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan which is located west of Kalamazoo, and northwest of South Bend, Indiana. In 2010, the population was 10,038 according to the census. It is the smaller, by population, of the two principal cities in the Niles-Benton Harbor Metropolitan Statistical Area, an area with 156,813 people.

3. Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Population: 683,443
% African American: 79.4%
# Of African American Residents: 542,649
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.28%
More on Detroit: Data | Jobs

Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the largest city on the United States-Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The municipality of Detroit had a 2016 estimated population of 672,795, making it the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after Chicago.

4. Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Population: 10,792
% African American: 76.99%
# Of African American Residents: 8,309
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.15%
More on Muskegon Heights: Data | Jobs

5. Inkster

Inkster, Michigan

Population: 24,738
% African American: 71.21%
# Of African American Residents: 17,615
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.6%
More on Inkster: Data | Jobs

Inkster is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, United States. At the 2010 census, the city population was 25,369. It is one of the few Metro Detroit suburbs whose population is majority African American.

6. Southfield

Southfield, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 73,055
% African American: 69.09%
# Of African American Residents: 50,476
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.37%
More on Southfield: Data | Jobs

Southfield is a city in Oakland County of the US state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of Detroit, MI. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 71,739. A part of Metro Detroit’s upscale office market, the city’s marque is a cluster of five golden skyscrapers – known as the “Golden Triangle” – that form the contemporary 2,200,000 square feet Southfield Town Center office complex with a Westin Hotel and a conference center. In addition, a 33-story luxury residential high-rise is separate from the complex. To the west, near the confluence of I-696Lodge Freeway, is the American Center.

7. Oak Park

Oak Park, Michigan

Population: 29,751
% African American: 58.33%
# Of African American Residents: 17,354
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.08%
More on Oak Park: Data | Jobs

Oak Park is a city in south Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of the city of Detroit, which is located in neighboring Wayne County, and part of its metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Oak Park is 29,319.

8. Harper Woods

Harper Woods, Michigan

Population: 13,895
% African American: 55.85%
# Of African American Residents: 7,760
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.07%
More on Harper Woods: Data | Jobs

Harper Woods is a suburban U.S. city located on the eastern border of Detroit, Michigan. The city is located in Wayne County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 14,236.

9. Flint

Flint, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 98,918
% African American: 54.02%
# Of African American Residents: 53,434
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.22%
More on Flint: Data | Jobs

Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan, United States. Located along the Flint River, 66 miles northwest of Detroit, it is a principal city within the region known as Mid Michigan. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan. The Flint metropolitan area is located entirely within Genesee County. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with a population of 425,790 in 2010. The city was incorporated in 1855.

10. River Rouge

River Rouge, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,609
% African American: 49.48%
# Of African American Residents: 3,765
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.73%
More on River Rouge: Data | Jobs

River Rouge is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan and an industrial Downriver suburb of Detroit. The population was 7,903 at the 2010 census. It is named after the River Rouge, which flows along the city’s northern border and into the Detroit River. The city includes the heavily industrialized Zug Island at the mouth of the River Rouge.

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. Grand Haven
  2. Tecumseh
  3. Belding

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Michigan

Rank City Population % African American
1 Highland Park 10,978 91.85%
2 Benton Harbor 9,988 84.87%
3 Detroit 683,443 79.4%
4 Muskegon Heights 10,792 76.99%
5 Inkster 24,738 71.21%
6 Southfield 73,055 69.09%
7 Oak Park 29,751 58.33%
8 Harper Woods 13,895 55.85%
9 Flint 98,918 54.02%
10 River Rouge 7,609 49.48%
11 Pontiac 59,920 49.25%
12 Ecorse 9,270 47.76%
13 Romulus 23,457 43.78%
14 Saginaw 49,892 42.71%
15 Eastpointe 32,648 42.5%
16 Muskegon 38,086 31.09%
17 Albion 8,293 28.18%
18 St. Louis 7,302 27.25%
19 Ypsilanti 20,577 27.11%
20 Mount Clemens 16,390 26.44%
21 Jackson 33,165 23.04%
22 Kalamazoo 75,885 21.06%
23 Lansing 114,773 20.97%
24 Farmington Hills 81,154 20.18%
25 Grand Rapids 193,887 18.95%
26 Auburn Hills 22,342 18.66%
27 Westland 82,218 18.62%
28 Kentwood 50,761 18.15%
29 Battle Creek 51,763 18.0%
30 Warren 135,069 17.37%
31 Center Line 8,313 17.01%
32 Taylor 61,716 16.96%
33 Roseville 47,606 15.54%
34 Wayne 17,143 15.45%
35 Ionia 11,396 15.13%
36 Hamtramck 21,985 14.74%
37 Dowagiac 5,863 14.63%
38 Wixom 13,733 13.42%
39 Melvindale 10,437 12.87%
40 Hazel Park 16,587 12.45%
41 Farmington 10,526 12.36%
42 Grand Blanc 8,039 11.61%
43 Three Rivers 7,743 10.94%
44 Grosse Pointe Park 11,276 10.49%
45 Niles 11,379 9.84%
46 Springfield 5,218 9.75%
47 Fraser 14,620 9.13%
48 Lapeer 8,795 9.1%
49 Dearborn Heights 56,329 8.43%
50 Burton 28,995 8.2%
51 Novi 58,233 7.82%
52 East Lansing 48,395 7.74%
53 Port Huron 29,388 7.47%
54 Lincoln Park 37,155 7.25%
55 Ann Arbor 118,087 7.22%
56 Madison Heights 30,168 7.2%
57 Wyoming 74,692 6.54%
58 Southgate 29,355 6.4%
59 Ferndale 20,167 6.34%
60 Big Rapids 10,495 6.18%
61 Flat Rock 9,836 6.16%
62 Beverly Hills 10,450 6.0%
63 Monroe 20,243 5.95%
64 Walled Lake 7,102 5.73%
65 Riverview 12,208 5.68%
66 Woodhaven 12,590 5.62%
67 St. Joseph 8,307 5.53%
68 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,785 5.47%
69 Sterling Heights 131,674 5.19%
70 Adrian 20,800 5.11%
71 Portage 47,854 4.94%
72 Rochester Hills 72,987 4.79%
73 St. Clair Shores 59,916 4.7%
74 Marquette 21,282 4.07%
75 Mason 8,334 4.07%
76 Livonia 94,849 4.06%
77 Swartz Creek 5,617 3.95%
78 Dearborn 95,520 3.87%
79 Mount Pleasant 25,896 3.77%
80 Troy 82,982 3.7%
81 Holland 33,581 3.5%
82 Royal Oak 58,823 3.38%
83 Birmingham 20,653 3.18%
84 Norton Shores 24,091 3.02%
85 Garden City 27,009 2.94%
86 Bay City 34,110 2.9%
87 Rochester 12,969 2.87%
88 Grosse Pointe Farms 9,265 2.74%
89 Sault Ste. Marie 13,941 2.7%
90 Midland 42,063 2.41%
91 Ironwood 5,089 2.26%
92 Berkley 15,239 2.25%
93 Walker 24,458 2.23%
94 Houghton 7,924 2.16%
95 Allen Park 27,519 2.1%
96 Grosse Pointe 5,256 2.09%
97 Grandville 15,842 2.04%
98 Rockford 6,044 1.97%
99 Flushing 8,129 1.8%
100 Huntington Woods 6,330 1.75%

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