Michigan Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 1,360,345 – 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 2020:

  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)

What’s the blackest city in Michigan? Highland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Michigan for 2020. 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 2020

Highland Park, MI

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Population: 10,915
% African American: 89.33%
# Of African American Residents: 9,750
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.68%
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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: 9,920
% African American: 84.61%
# Of African American Residents: 8,393
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.99%
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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: 677,155
% African American: 78.32%
# Of African American Residents: 530,335
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.25%
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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: 10,735
% African American: 73.97%
# Of African American Residents: 7,941
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.4%
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Inkster, MI

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Population: 24,615
% African American: 72.71%
# Of African American Residents: 17,897
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.12%
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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: 73,392
% African American: 69.94%
# Of African American Residents: 51,329
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.14%
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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: 13,959
% African American: 58.4%
# Of African American Residents: 8,152
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.29%
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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: 29,849
% African American: 55.7%
# Of African American Residents: 16,625
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.54%
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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: 97,161
% African American: 53.16%
# Of African American Residents: 51,646
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.25%
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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: 7,536
% African American: 49.88%
# Of African American Residents: 3,759
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.89%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In Michigan With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 145 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.3% 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. Belding
  3. Tecumseh

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Michigan

Rank City % African American Population
1 Highland Park 89.33% 10,915
2 Benton Harbor 84.61% 9,920
3 Detroit 78.32% 677,155
4 Muskegon Heights 73.97% 10,735
5 Inkster 72.71% 24,615
6 Southfield 69.94% 73,392
7 Harper Woods 58.4% 13,959
8 Oak Park 55.7% 29,849
9 Flint 53.16% 97,161
10 River Rouge 49.88% 7,536
11 Eastpointe 48.93% 32,576
12 Pontiac 48.35% 60,116
13 Saginaw 43.51% 48,997
14 Ecorse 42.62% 9,372
15 Romulus 39.17% 23,515
16 Albion 31.76% 8,324
17 Muskegon 31.1% 37,969
18 Ypsilanti 27.25% 20,939
19 St. Louis 26.29% 7,198
20 Mount Clemens 25.31% 16,358
21 Lansing 21.39% 116,699
22 Center Line 21.11% 8,303
23 Jackson 20.77% 32,800
24 Kalamazoo 20.77% 76,040
25 Kentwood 20.2% 51,525
26 Ionia 19.98% 11,187
27 Farmington Hills 19.16% 81,482
28 Roseville 18.83% 47,603
29 Westland 18.65% 82,120
30 Grand Rapids 18.42% 197,081
31 Warren 18.42% 135,192
32 Battle Creek 18.23% 51,475
33 Wayne 17.58% 17,063
34 Taylor 17.3% 61,574
35 Auburn Hills 16.92% 23,107
36 Wixom 16.83% 13,870
37 Dowagiac 13.96% 5,779
38 Hamtramck 13.52% 21,941
39 Grand Blanc 13.39% 7,925
40 Melvindale 13.18% 10,419
41 Hazel Park 13.08% 16,592
42 Niles 11.13% 11,265
43 Beverly Hills 10.51% 10,440
44 Farmington 10.41% 10,590
45 Three Rivers 10.17% 7,680
46 Lapeer 9.8% 8,731
47 Springfield 9.77% 5,208
48 Madison Heights 9.44% 30,226
49 Walled Lake 8.51% 7,193
50 Novi 8.42% 59,625
51 Grosse Pointe Park 8.41% 11,207
52 Burton 8.04% 28,754
53 Lincoln Park 8.02% 36,883
54 Dearborn Heights 8.02% 56,089
55 East Lansing 7.52% 48,374
56 Port Huron 7.1% 29,175
57 Coldwater 7.07% 12,284
58 Wyoming 6.98% 75,532
59 Big Rapids 6.81% 10,392
60 Ferndale 6.49% 20,211
61 Ann Arbor 6.44% 120,641
62 Woodhaven 6.4% 12,551
63 Fraser 6.26% 14,638
64 Grosse Pointe Woods 6.26% 15,559
65 Southgate 5.71% 29,268
66 Sterling Heights 5.69% 132,470
67 St. Clair Shores 5.51% 59,781
68 Monroe 5.41% 19,947
69 Flat Rock 5.05% 9,932
70 Adrian 4.97% 20,640
71 Portage 4.92% 48,421
72 Riverview 4.86% 12,167
73 Rochester Hills 4.54% 74,011
74 Livonia 4.38% 94,567
75 Mason 4.36% 8,447
76 Holland 4.32% 33,503
77 Swartz Creek 4.21% 5,531
78 Marquette 4.2% 20,932
79 Mount Pleasant 3.95% 25,691
80 Berkley 3.88% 15,360
81 Troy 3.82% 83,881
82 St. Joseph 3.81% 8,314
83 Royal Oak 3.66% 59,107
84 Walker 3.44% 24,768
85 Sault Ste. Marie 3.38% 13,712
86 Dearborn 3.27% 95,089
87 Bay City 2.93% 33,463
88 Birmingham 2.78% 21,066
89 Norton Shores 2.72% 24,357
90 New Baltimore 2.69% 12,365
91 Alma 2.62% 9,051
92 Garden City 2.61% 26,809
93 Rochester 2.54% 13,130
94 Rockford 2.42% 6,186
95 Houghton 2.41% 7,934
96 Grosse Pointe Farms 2.41% 9,224
97 Allen Park 2.3% 27,353
98 Grosse Pointe 2.15% 5,218
99 Midland 2.09% 41,963
100 Traverse City 1.94% 15,474

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