These Are The 10 Mississippi Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2019. This is our second 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 1,117,387 – at 37.4% 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 2019:

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

Yazoo City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Mississippi for 2019. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Mississippi With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 83.1% to 8.5%.

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.

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.

Yazoo City, MS

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Population: 11,189
% African American: 83.13%
# Of African American Residents: 9,301
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.2%
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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.

Indianola, MS

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Population: 9,805
% African American: 82.69%
# Of African American Residents: 8,108
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.29%
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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.

Jackson, MS

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Population: 170,393
% African American: 81.44%
# Of African American Residents: 138,760
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.35%
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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.

Clarksdale, MS

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Population: 16,579
% African American: 81.28%
# Of African American Residents: 13,475
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.01%
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Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States, and seat of the county.

Holly Springs, MS

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Population: 7,538
% African American: 80.94%
# Of African American Residents: 6,101
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.2%
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Holly Springs is a city in and county seat of Marshall County, Mississippi, United States at the border with southern Tennessee.

Greenville, MS

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Population: 31,934
% African American: 80.24%
# Of African American Residents: 25,625
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.3%
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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.

Moss Point, MS

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Population: 13,501
% African American: 72.64%
# Of African American Residents: 9,807
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.12%
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Greenwood, MS

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Population: 14,496
% African American: 71.98%
# Of African American Residents: 10,434
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.26%
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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.

Vicksburg, MS

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Population: 22,961
% African American: 70.89%
# Of African American Residents: 16,278
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.74%
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Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. It is located 234 miles northwest of New Orleans on the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers, and 40 miles due west of Jackson, the state capital. It is located on the Mississippi River across from the state of Louisiana.

Mccomb, MS

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Population: 12,620
% African American: 69.57%
# Of African American Residents: 8,780
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.11%
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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 83.13% 11,189
2 Indianola 82.69% 9,805
3 Jackson 81.44% 170,393
4 Clarksdale 81.28% 16,579
5 Holly Springs 80.94% 7,538
6 Greenville 80.24% 31,934
7 Moss Point 72.64% 13,501
8 Greenwood 71.98% 14,496
9 Vicksburg 70.89% 22,961
10 Mccomb 69.57% 12,620
11 Canton 69.18% 12,800
12 Aberdeen 64.74% 5,375
13 Laurel 63.85% 18,661
14 West Point 62.65% 10,903
15 Columbus 62.57% 24,409
16 Louisville 61.14% 6,325
17 Meridian 60.29% 39,213
18 Byram 59.77% 11,660
19 Natchez 59.48% 15,191
20 Kosciusko 54.93% 7,018
21 Grenada 54.71% 12,719
22 Brookhaven 53.86% 12,289
23 Hattiesburg 53.45% 46,495
24 Forest 49.6% 5,679
25 Columbia 48.81% 6,163
26 Cleveland 48.59% 12,157
27 Batesville 48.24% 7,319
28 Philadelphia 47.34% 7,334
29 Horn Lake 41.3% 26,804
30 Clinton 40.24% 25,398
31 Senatobia 39.2% 7,903
32 Picayune 38.94% 10,528
33 Tupelo 37.13% 38,321
34 Gulfport 36.71% 71,318
35 Starkville 36.15% 24,954
36 Ridgeland 35.44% 24,312
37 Gautier 32.18% 18,555
38 Pascagoula 31.74% 21,935
39 Olive Branch 29.51% 36,033
40 Ripley 27.12% 5,302
41 Flowood 26.93% 8,704
42 New Albany 25.84% 8,642
43 Amory 25.63% 7,028
44 Southaven 24.96% 52,434
45 Corinth 23.65% 14,727
46 Pearl 23.43% 26,468
47 D’iberville 22.7% 11,150
48 Biloxi 21.92% 45,328
49 Booneville 21.5% 8,757
50 Oxford 21.41% 22,092
51 Brandon 18.59% 23,421
52 Pontotoc 17.56% 5,923
53 Richland 17.41% 7,175
54 Bay St. Louis 13.74% 11,918
55 Petal 13.44% 10,669
56 Waveland 13.27% 6,382
57 Hernando 13.16% 15,534
58 Madison 9.44% 25,350
59 Long Beach 8.51% 15,446
60 Ocean Springs 8.45% 17,514

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