The 10 Mississippi Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Mississippi 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 Mississippi is 1,118,689 - 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Mississippi? Yazoo City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Mississippi 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 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 2022

1. Yazoo City

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Population: 10,806
% African American: 84.2%
# Of African American Residents: 9,099
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.28%
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Yazoo City, MS

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2. Greenville

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Population: 29,854
% African American: 83.23%
# Of African American Residents: 24,846
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.27%
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Greenville, MS

3. Clarksdale

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Population: 15,342
% African American: 82.52%
# Of African American Residents: 12,660
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.82%
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Clarksdale, MS

4. Jackson

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Population: 163,778
% African American: 82.17%
# Of African American Residents: 134,578
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.71%
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Jackson, MS

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5. Indianola

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Population: 9,258
% African American: 81.81%
# Of African American Residents: 7,574
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.4%
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Indianola, MS

6. Holly Springs

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Population: 7,727
% African American: 79.11%
# Of African American Residents: 6,113
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.39%
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Holly Springs, MS

7. Mccomb

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Population: 12,788
% African American: 75.37%
# Of African American Residents: 9,638
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.19%
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Mccomb, MS

8. Moss Point

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Population: 13,396
% African American: 74.01%
# Of African American Residents: 9,914
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.97%
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Moss Point, MS

9. Canton

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Population: 11,943
% African American: 72.54%
# Of African American Residents: 8,663
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.75%
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Canton, MS

10. Greenwood

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 13,826
% African American: 72.23%
# Of African American Residents: 9,986
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.5%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenwood, MS

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 84.2% to 5.9%.

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.

Summary: 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:

African American Population By City In Mississippi

Rank City % African American Population
1 Yazoo City 84.2% 10,806
2 Greenville 83.23% 29,854
3 Clarksdale 82.52% 15,342
4 Jackson 82.17% 163,778
5 Indianola 81.81% 9,258
6 Holly Springs 79.11% 7,727
7 Mccomb 75.37% 12,788
8 Moss Point 74.01% 13,396
9 Canton 72.54% 11,943
10 Greenwood 72.23% 13,826
11 Aberdeen 71.75% 5,302
12 Vicksburg 69.41% 22,045
13 West Point 66.05% 10,517
14 Byram 65.22% 11,519
15 Meridian 63.52% 37,252
16 Natchez 62.08% 14,854
17 Columbus 61.61% 23,853
18 Laurel 61.3% 18,403
19 Louisville 60.07% 6,063
20 Brookhaven 59.3% 12,045
21 Kosciusko 57.76% 6,778
22 Grenada 56.06% 12,349
23 Cleveland 55.4% 11,363
24 Hattiesburg 54.62% 46,010
25 Philadelphia 49.74% 7,137
26 Batesville 46.17% 7,200
27 Horn Lake 45.13% 27,234
28 Columbia 44.23% 5,940
29 Forest 41.64% 5,569
30 Senatobia 41.04% 7,759
31 Ridgeland 39.6% 24,194
32 Picayune 38.23% 11,016
33 Gulfport 38.04% 71,660
34 Clinton 37.99% 24,797
35 Tupelo 37.57% 38,251
36 Pascagoula 34.4% 21,732
37 New Albany 33.27% 8,723
38 Starkville 33.03% 25,495
39 Southaven 31.68% 55,026
40 Pearl 31.66% 26,462
41 Olive Branch 31.02% 38,270
42 Gautier 30.66% 18,436
43 Ripley 28.78% 5,268
44 Flowood 28.33% 9,213
45 Amory 27.18% 6,873
46 Pontotoc 25.21% 6,070
47 Oxford 25.0% 27,662
48 Corinth 24.18% 14,544
49 D'iberville 23.86% 13,766
50 Brandon 21.73% 24,088
51 Richland 20.09% 7,203
52 Biloxi 20.0% 46,042
53 Bay St. Louis 16.8% 13,539
54 Petal 15.7% 10,624
55 Hernando 15.56% 16,206
56 Booneville 14.59% 8,539
57 Waveland 14.45% 6,352
58 Madison 11.29% 25,650
59 Long Beach 6.3% 15,829
60 Ocean Springs 5.89% 17,756

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

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