The 10 Mississippi Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Mississippi with the largest African American population.

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 1,121,516 - at 37.6% 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 2021:

  1. Yazoo City
  2. Jackson
  3. Clarksdale
  4. Indianola
  5. Greenville
  6. Holly Springs
  7. McComb
  8. Greenwood
  9. Canton
  10. Aberdeen

What's the blackest city in Mississippi? Yazoo City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in mississippi for 2021. 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 2021

1. Yazoo City

Yazoo City, MS

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Population: 11,063
% African American: 85.33%
# Of African American Residents: 9,440
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.77%
More on Yazoo City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Jackson

Jackson, MS

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Population: 166,383
% African American: 81.97%
# Of African American Residents: 136,389
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.39%
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Clarksdale

Clarksdale, MS

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Population: 15,734
% African American: 81.84%
# Of African American Residents: 12,876
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.28%
More on Clarksdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Indianola

Indianola, MS

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Population: 9,450
% African American: 81.75%
# Of African American Residents: 7,725
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.67%
More on Indianola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Greenville

Greenville, MS

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Population: 30,588
% African American: 81.61%
# Of African American Residents: 24,962
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.83%
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, MS

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Population: 7,737
% African American: 80.63%
# Of African American Residents: 6,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.45%
More on Holly Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Mccomb

Mccomb, MS

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Population: 12,725
% African American: 77.51%
# Of African American Residents: 9,863
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.83%
More on Mccomb: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Greenwood

Greenwood, MS

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Population: 14,040
% African American: 73.07%
# Of African American Residents: 10,259
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.91%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Canton

Canton, MS

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Population: 12,222
% African American: 72.66%
# Of African American Residents: 8,880
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.64%
More on Canton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, MS

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,326
% African American: 72.23%
# Of African American Residents: 3,847
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.68%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In mississippi With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 85.3% to 6.7%.

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 85.33% 11,063
2 Jackson 81.97% 166,383
3 Clarksdale 81.84% 15,734
4 Indianola 81.75% 9,450
5 Greenville 81.61% 30,588
6 Holly Springs 80.63% 7,737
7 Mccomb 77.51% 12,725
8 Greenwood 73.07% 14,040
9 Canton 72.66% 12,222
10 Aberdeen 72.23% 5,326
11 Moss Point 69.59% 13,451
12 Byram 69.52% 11,578
13 Vicksburg 67.55% 22,332
14 Laurel 64.12% 18,508
15 Natchez 63.47% 14,981
16 Columbus 63.11% 24,083
17 Meridian 62.78% 37,848
18 Louisville 62.67% 6,124
19 West Point 62.14% 10,626
20 Brookhaven 60.59% 12,115
21 Grenada 56.46% 12,475
22 Kosciusko 53.95% 6,855
23 Hattiesburg 52.95% 46,098
24 Cleveland 50.35% 11,627
25 Columbia 48.68% 5,992
26 Philadelphia 47.55% 7,218
27 Batesville 47.36% 7,245
28 Horn Lake 44.67% 27,080
29 Forest 42.42% 5,629
30 Senatobia 40.05% 7,840
31 Picayune 39.08% 11,040
32 Tupelo 38.87% 38,271
33 Clinton 37.74% 25,131
34 Gulfport 37.5% 71,676
35 Ridgeland 37.09% 24,269
36 Pascagoula 34.88% 21,809
37 Starkville 34.84% 25,387
38 Ripley 33.42% 5,290
39 New Albany 32.87% 8,705
40 Amory 31.25% 6,932
41 Flowood 31.16% 9,030
42 Olive Branch 30.31% 37,461
43 Gautier 29.86% 18,496
44 Southaven 27.88% 54,152
45 D'iberville 26.57% 13,673
46 Pearl 26.26% 26,461
47 Pontotoc 24.54% 6,015
48 Oxford 24.37% 26,962
49 Corinth 24.15% 14,562
50 Richland 21.57% 7,175
51 Biloxi 20.06% 45,906
52 Brandon 19.01% 23,930
53 Bay St. Louis 15.82% 13,018
54 Booneville 15.1% 8,637
55 Hernando 13.4% 15,942
56 Waveland 13.27% 6,336
57 Petal 13.14% 10,584
58 Madison 10.72% 25,592
59 Long Beach 7.75% 15,698
60 Ocean Springs 6.67% 17,729

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