These Are The 10 Michigan Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Michigan with 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 2019:

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

Highland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Michigan for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 90.6% 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.

Highland Park, MI

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Population: 10,955
% African American: 90.64%
# Of African American Residents: 9,930
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.16%
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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.

Benton Harbor, MI

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Population: 9,944
% African American: 84.83%
# Of African American Residents: 8,435
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.53%
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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.

Detroit, MI

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Population: 679,865
% African American: 78.82%
# Of African American Residents: 535,900
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.36%
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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.

Muskegon Heights, MI

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Population: 10,743
% African American: 74.48%
# Of African American Residents: 8,001
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.71%
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Inkster, MI

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Population: 24,670
% African American: 71.28%
# Of African American Residents: 17,586
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.75%
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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.

Southfield, MI

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Population: 73,228
% African American: 69.87%
# Of African American Residents: 51,168
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.8%
More on Southfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Harper Woods, MI

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Population: 13,890
% African American: 58.34%
# Of African American Residents: 8,103
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.39%
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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.

Oak Park, MI

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Population: 29,824
% African American: 57.53%
# Of African American Residents: 17,159
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.87%
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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.

Flint, MI

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Population: 97,810
% African American: 53.45%
# Of African American Residents: 52,279
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.18%
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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.

River Rouge, MI

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Population: 7,559
% African American: 49.4%
# Of African American Residents: 3,734
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.53%
More on River Rouge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Ishpeming

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Michigan

Rank City % African American Population
1 Highland Park 90.64% 10,955
2 Benton Harbor 84.83% 9,944
3 Detroit 78.82% 679,865
4 Muskegon Heights 74.48% 10,743
5 Inkster 71.28% 24,670
6 Southfield 69.87% 73,228
7 Harper Woods 58.34% 13,890
8 Oak Park 57.53% 29,824
9 Flint 53.45% 97,810
10 River Rouge 49.4% 7,559
11 Pontiac 48.4% 60,039
12 Eastpointe 46.07% 32,601
13 Ecorse 43.82% 9,321
14 Romulus 42.94% 23,479
15 Saginaw 42.73% 49,366
16 Albion 31.36% 8,263
17 Muskegon 30.93% 38,189
18 Ypsilanti 27.62% 20,804
19 St. Louis 26.46% 7,261
20 Mount Clemens 25.53% 16,383
21 Jackson 21.8% 32,875
22 Ionia 21.37% 11,253
23 Lansing 20.99% 115,222
24 Kalamazoo 20.83% 75,833
25 Farmington Hills 19.69% 81,235
26 Center Line 19.5% 8,299
27 Grand Rapids 19.08% 195,355
28 Wayne 18.65% 17,090
29 Warren 18.42% 135,147
30 Battle Creek 18.25% 51,505
31 Westland 18.13% 82,172
32 Roseville 17.81% 47,617
33 Kentwood 17.69% 51,154
34 Auburn Hills 17.47% 22,644
35 Wixom 17.47% 13,777
36 Taylor 17.39% 61,648
37 Dowagiac 14.44% 5,812
38 Hamtramck 13.95% 21,959
39 Melvindale 13.51% 10,432
40 Farmington 12.28% 10,560
41 Hazel Park 12.2% 16,587
42 Three Rivers 11.47% 7,726
43 Niles 11.06% 11,332
44 Grand Blanc 10.51% 7,964
45 Springfield 10.24% 5,203
46 Lapeer 9.33% 8,769
47 Grosse Pointe Park 9.26% 11,240
48 Beverly Hills 8.87% 10,424
49 Novi 8.76% 58,835
50 Madison Heights 8.32% 30,173
51 Fraser 8.22% 14,616
52 Dearborn Heights 8.19% 56,201
53 Burton 7.65% 28,856
54 Woodhaven 7.61% 12,565
55 East Lansing 7.56% 48,281
56 Port Huron 7.14% 29,285
57 Ann Arbor 6.89% 119,303
58 Wyoming 6.88% 75,124
59 Ferndale 6.74% 20,159
60 Lincoln Park 6.66% 37,028
61 Grosse Pointe Woods 6.28% 15,678
62 Walled Lake 6.18% 7,174
63 Southgate 6.12% 29,291
64 Monroe 5.9% 20,128
65 Big Rapids 5.64% 10,413
66 Sterling Heights 5.2% 131,996
67 Portage 5.18% 48,072
68 St. Clair Shores 5.08% 59,865
69 Riverview 4.81% 12,192
70 Adrian 4.67% 20,743
71 St. Joseph 4.55% 8,301
72 Livonia 4.4% 94,708
73 Rochester Hills 4.15% 73,458
74 Berkley 4.11% 15,269
75 Marquette 4.07% 21,081
76 Flat Rock 4.07% 9,889
77 Mason 3.92% 8,387
78 Mount Pleasant 3.92% 25,711
79 Swartz Creek 3.86% 5,565
80 Troy 3.77% 83,336
81 Dearborn 3.75% 95,295
82 Holland 3.38% 33,488
83 Walker 3.35% 24,618
84 Grosse Pointe Farms 3.29% 9,238
85 Royal Oak 3.25% 58,973
86 Bay City 2.92% 33,736
87 Birmingham 2.78% 20,836
88 Norton Shores 2.74% 24,234
89 Garden City 2.68% 26,889
90 Sault Ste. Marie 2.62% 13,798
91 Grosse Pointe 2.61% 5,241
92 Midland 2.45% 41,958
93 Rochester 2.36% 12,987
94 Alma 2.25% 9,108
95 Houghton 1.98% 7,882
96 Holly 1.88% 6,173
97 Rockford 1.88% 6,132
98 Hillsdale 1.82% 8,170
99 Flushing 1.81% 8,058
100 Allen Park 1.78% 27,406

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