Mississippi Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi is 1,121,752 – at 37.5% of the total population of Mississippi.

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 Mississippi? Which cities and towns in Mississippi have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Mississippi with the largest African American population in 2020:

  1. Yazoo City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Clarksdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Indianola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Holly Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. McComb (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Mississippi? Yazoo City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi or the most diverse places in Mississippi.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Mississippi For 2020

Yazoo City, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 11,076
% African American: 82.71%
# Of African American Residents: 9,161
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.64%
More on Yazoo City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yazoo City is a U.S. city in Yazoo County, Mississippi. It was named after the Yazoo River, which, in turn was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle in 1682 as “Rivire des Yazous” in reference to the Yazoo tribe living near the river’s mouth. It is the county seat of Yazoo County and the principal city of the Yazoo City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Jackson-Yazoo City Combined Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, the population was 11,403.

Clarksdale, MS

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,174
% African American: 81.85%
# Of African American Residents: 13,238
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.7%
More on Clarksdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States, and seat of the county.

Jackson, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 168,862
% African American: 81.8%
# Of African American Residents: 138,131
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.89%
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is the primary seat of Hinds County, equally sharing its county power with Raymond, Mississippi. The City of Jackson also owns more than 3,000 acres comprising Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport in Rankin County. Jackson is on the Pearl River, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico, and it is part of the Jackson Prairie region of the state. The city is named after General Andrew Jackson, who was honored for his role in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and later served as U.S. president.

Indianola, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,624
% African American: 81.11%
# Of African American Residents: 7,806
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.75%
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Indianola is a city in Sunflower County, Mississippi, United States, in the Mississippi Delta. The population was 12,066 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Sunflower County.

Greenville, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 31,319
% African American: 80.71%
# Of African American Residents: 25,276
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.63%
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenville is a city in, and the county seat of, Washington County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 34,400 at the 2010 census. It is located in the area of historic cotton plantations and culture known as the Mississippi Delta.

Holly Springs, MS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,578
% African American: 78.42%
# Of African American Residents: 5,943
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.4%
More on Holly Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holly Springs is a city in and county seat of Marshall County, Mississippi, United States at the border with southern Tennessee.

Canton, MS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,330
% African American: 73.41%
# Of African American Residents: 9,052
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.96%
More on Canton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,347
% African American: 72.51%
# Of African American Residents: 3,877
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.5%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen is the county seat of Monroe County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,612.

Mccomb, MS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,723
% African American: 72.42%
# Of African American Residents: 9,214
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.21%
More on Mccomb: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenwood, MS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,280
% African American: 71.36%
# Of African American Residents: 10,190
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.57%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenwood is a city in and the county seat of Leflore County, Mississippi, located at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, approximately 96 miles north of the state capital, Jackson, Mississippi, and 130 miles south of the riverport of Memphis, Tennessee. It was a center of cotton planter culture in the 19th century.

How We Determined The Cities In Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 82.7% to 8.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Yazoo City took the distinction of being the most Black, while Ocean Springs was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Mississippi 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 Mississippi

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Mississippi according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Mississippi:

  1. Ocean Springs
  2. Long Beach
  3. Madison

For more Mississippi reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Mississippi

Rank City % African American Population
1 Yazoo City 82.71% 11,076
2 Clarksdale 81.85% 16,174
3 Jackson 81.8% 168,862
4 Indianola 81.11% 9,624
5 Greenville 80.71% 31,319
6 Holly Springs 78.42% 7,578
7 Canton 73.41% 12,330
8 Aberdeen 72.51% 5,347
9 Mccomb 72.42% 12,723
10 Greenwood 71.36% 14,280
11 Moss Point 70.62% 13,487
12 Vicksburg 67.44% 22,706
13 Byram 66.35% 11,657
14 Columbus 63.4% 24,272
15 Natchez 63.09% 15,188
16 Meridian 62.81% 38,602
17 West Point 62.61% 10,794
18 Laurel 61.87% 18,607
19 Louisville 59.81% 6,298
20 Brookhaven 55.6% 12,226
21 Grenada 55.11% 12,633
22 Kosciusko 53.24% 6,959
23 Hattiesburg 52.46% 46,251
24 Columbia 50.31% 6,088
25 Batesville 49.98% 7,303
26 Cleveland 48.92% 11,998
27 Philadelphia 47.36% 7,284
28 Senatobia 43.47% 7,966
29 Forest 43.3% 5,668
30 Horn Lake 42.77% 26,925
31 Clinton 38.41% 25,456
32 Tupelo 38.29% 38,270
33 Gulfport 36.93% 71,570
34 Picayune 36.82% 11,140
35 Ridgeland 36.63% 24,265
36 Starkville 36.5% 25,122
37 Gautier 33.09% 18,563
38 Pascagoula 32.26% 21,865
39 New Albany 31.1% 8,714
40 Olive Branch 30.68% 36,721
41 Amory 28.48% 6,983
42 Pearl 28.26% 26,508
43 Flowood 26.53% 8,870
44 Southaven 25.3% 53,274
45 Corinth 23.62% 14,647
46 Ripley 23.61% 5,282
47 D’iberville 23.3% 13,531
48 Oxford 21.75% 23,037
49 Biloxi 21.21% 45,568
50 Pontotoc 18.99% 5,997
51 Brandon 18.1% 23,688
52 Hernando 16.43% 15,807
53 Booneville 16.12% 8,767
54 Richland 14.68% 7,185
55 Waveland 14.39% 6,358
56 Bay St. Louis 13.4% 12,465
57 Petal 12.9% 10,669
58 Madison 9.61% 25,522
59 Long Beach 8.85% 15,529
60 Ocean Springs 8.1% 17,613

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