The 10 Michigan Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,342,592 - at 13.5% 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Michigan? Highland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Michigan for 2022. 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 2022

1. Highland Park

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Population: 10,818
% African American: 87.86%
# Of African American Residents: 9,505
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.75%
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Highland Park, MI

2. Benton Harbor

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Population: 9,806
% African American: 84.24%
# Of African American Residents: 8,261
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.46%
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Benton Harbor, MI

3. Detroit

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Population: 672,351
% African American: 76.57%
# Of African American Residents: 514,845
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.73%
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Detroit, MI

4. Muskegon Heights

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Population: 10,735
% African American: 76.32%
# Of African American Residents: 8,193
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.49%
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Muskegon Heights, MI

5. Inkster

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Population: 24,398
% African American: 73.47%
# Of African American Residents: 17,926
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.97%
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Inkster, MI

6. Southfield

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Population: 72,966
% African American: 67.95%
# Of African American Residents: 49,577
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.51%
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Southfield, MI

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7. Harper Woods

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Population: 13,829
% African American: 59.35%
# Of African American Residents: 8,207
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.31%
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Harper Woods, MI

8. Oak Park

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Population: 29,446
% African American: 57.06%
# Of African American Residents: 16,803
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.65%
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Oak Park, MI

9. Flint

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Population: 95,999
% African American: 53.04%
# Of African American Residents: 50,914
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.5%
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Flint, MI

10. Eastpointe

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Population: 32,221
% African American: 49.35%
# Of African American Residents: 15,902
Percent Change Since 2010: 71.1%
More on Eastpointe: Real Estate | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Michigan With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 87.9% 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.

Summary: 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. Northville
  3. Hastings

For more Michigan reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Michigan

Rank City % African American Population
1 Highland Park 87.86% 10,818
2 Benton Harbor 84.24% 9,806
3 Detroit 76.57% 672,351
4 Muskegon Heights 76.32% 10,735
5 Inkster 73.47% 24,398
6 Southfield 67.95% 72,966
7 Harper Woods 59.35% 13,829
8 Oak Park 57.06% 29,446
9 Flint 53.04% 95,999
10 Eastpointe 49.35% 32,221
11 River Rouge 49.14% 7,465
12 Pontiac 49.09% 59,714
13 Saginaw 42.89% 48,407
14 Ecorse 41.54% 9,456
15 Romulus 40.75% 23,544
16 Albion 31.72% 8,380
17 Muskegon 31.61% 37,317
18 Mount Clemens 27.75% 16,212
19 Center Line 26.66% 8,212
20 Ypsilanti 26.46% 20,792
21 St. Louis 25.68% 7,156
22 Lansing 22.35% 117,488
23 Kalamazoo 21.74% 76,106
24 Roseville 21.02% 47,160
25 Wayne 20.83% 16,894
26 Kentwood 20.78% 51,780
27 Westland 19.82% 81,713
28 Warren 19.74% 134,188
29 Jackson 19.57% 32,251
30 Ionia 18.76% 11,178
31 Taylor 18.64% 61,164
32 Farmington Hills 18.51% 80,937
33 Grand Rapids 17.52% 199,417
34 Battle Creek 17.18% 51,084
35 Auburn Hills 16.77% 23,984
36 Wixom 14.15% 13,970
37 Grand Blanc 13.11% 7,881
38 Dowagiac 12.94% 5,695
39 Niles 11.94% 11,168
40 Hazel Park 11.08% 16,452
41 Melvindale 10.71% 10,300
42 Lapeer 10.09% 8,626
43 Hamtramck 9.83% 21,704
44 Three Rivers 9.73% 7,644
45 Beverly Hills 9.66% 10,378
46 Springfield 9.43% 5,188
47 Flat Rock 9.2% 9,974
48 Farmington 9.0% 10,520
49 Lincoln Park 8.49% 36,525
50 Madison Heights 8.48% 30,000
51 Dearborn Heights 8.43% 55,630
52 Port Huron 8.13% 28,918
53 Burton 8.04% 28,598
54 Grosse Pointe Park 7.53% 11,108
55 Novi 7.41% 60,439
56 Wyoming 7.22% 75,999
57 Riverview 7.06% 12,085
58 East Lansing 6.99% 48,437
59 Big Rapids 6.88% 10,358
60 Ann Arbor 6.78% 121,093
61 Coldwater 6.54% 12,203
62 Southgate 6.26% 29,129
63 Monroe 6.23% 19,543
64 Sterling Heights 5.79% 132,296
65 Walled Lake 5.65% 7,153
66 Holland 5.59% 33,329
67 Portage 5.16% 49,224
68 St. Clair Shores 4.95% 59,184
69 Woodhaven 4.9% 12,501
70 Fraser 4.74% 14,503
71 Grosse Pointe Woods 4.69% 15,409
72 Royal Oak 4.67% 59,256
73 Ferndale 4.34% 20,139
74 Adrian 4.22% 20,550
75 Mason 4.22% 8,441
76 St. Joseph 4.21% 8,328
77 Livonia 4.09% 93,970
78 Mount Pleasant 3.72% 25,290
79 Rochester Hills 3.61% 74,340
80 Allen Park 3.53% 27,089
81 Norton Shores 3.34% 24,557
82 Garden City 3.33% 26,565
83 Milan 3.32% 6,057
84 Berkley 3.3% 15,352
85 Troy 3.28% 84,051
86 Birmingham 3.23% 21,272
87 Marquette 3.17% 20,631
88 Rockford 3.06% 6,310
89 Dearborn 2.9% 94,328
90 Alma 2.87% 8,918
91 Grosse Pointe 2.84% 5,176
92 Bay City 2.79% 32,892
93 Houghton 2.59% 7,805
94 Walker 2.43% 24,930
95 Rochester 2.38% 13,203
96 Midland 2.36% 41,922
97 Sault Ste. Marie 2.17% 13,526
98 Plymouth 1.96% 9,168
99 St. Clair 1.87% 5,354
100 Ludington 1.84% 8,081

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Michigan with the largest African American population.

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