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 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
  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.

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.

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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.

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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%

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%

3. Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Population: 683,443
% African American: 79.4%
# Of African American Residents: 542,649
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.28%

4. Muskegon Heights


Population: 10,792
% African American: 76.99%
# Of African American Residents: 8,309
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.15%

5. Inkster

Inkster, Michigan

Population: 24,738
% African American: 71.21%
# Of African American Residents: 17,615
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.6%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Michigan

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

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