These Are The 10 Mississippi Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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 1,117,387 – 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 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 2018:

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

Yazoo City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Mississippi for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Mississippi With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 86.8% to 9.0%.

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 Madison 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.

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1. Yazoo City

Yazoo City, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,336
% African American: 86.8%
# Of African American Residents: 9,840
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.35%

2. Indianola

Indianola, Mississippi

Population: 10,047
% African American: 83.65%
# Of African American Residents: 8,404
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.91%

3. Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi

Source: Public domain

Population: 172,039
% African American: 80.84%
# Of African American Residents: 139,078
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.58%

4. Clarksdale

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Population: 16,994
% African American: 80.84%
# Of African American Residents: 13,738
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.14%

5. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Population: 7,591
% African American: 80.16%
# Of African American Residents: 6,085
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.07%

6. Greenville

Greenville, Mississippi

Population: 32,612
% African American: 79.54%
# Of African American Residents: 25,941
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.09%

7. Moss Point

Moss Point, Mississippi

Population: 13,652
% African American: 73.59%
# Of African American Residents: 10,047
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.32%

8. Greenwood

Greenwood, Mississippi

Population: 14,780
% African American: 71.53%
# Of African American Residents: 10,572
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.05%

9. Mccomb

Mccomb, Mississippi

Population: 12,732
% African American: 71.18%
# Of African American Residents: 9,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.44%

10. Canton

Canton, Mississippi

Population: 13,504
% African American: 70.33%
# Of African American Residents: 9,498
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.62%

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. Madison
  2. Ocean Springs
  3. Long Beach

For more Mississippi reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Mississippi

City Rank Population % African American
Yazoo City 1 11,336 86.8%
Indianola 2 10,047 83.65%
Jackson 3 172,039 80.84%
Clarksdale 4 16,994 80.84%
Holly Springs 5 7,591 80.16%
Greenville 6 32,612 79.54%
Moss Point 7 13,652 73.59%
Greenwood 8 14,780 71.53%
Mccomb 9 12,732 71.18%
Canton 10 13,504 70.33%
Vicksburg 11 23,320 68.46%
Aberdeen 12 5,427 67.24%
Louisville 13 6,373 66.15%
Laurel 14 18,806 62.34%
Columbus 15 24,833 62.05%
West Point 16 11,042 61.69%
Meridian 17 40,094 61.05%
Natchez 18 15,345 60.24%
Grenada 19 12,863 58.63%
Byram 20 11,610 57.08%
Brookhaven 21 12,418 55.33%
Kosciusko 22 7,208 55.26%
Hattiesburg 23 46,846 53.3%
Philadelphia 24 7,399 51.37%
Cleveland 25 12,346 48.96%
Columbia 26 6,292 46.57%
Forest 27 5,700 44.51%
Batesville 28 7,402 44.46%
Clinton 29 25,411 39.07%
Horn Lake 30 26,785 37.94%
Tupelo 31 38,856 36.88%
Starkville 32 25,011 36.4%
Gulfport 33 71,265 36.25%
Ridgeland 34 24,338 36.04%
Senatobia 35 7,969 36.03%
Amory 36 7,110 34.59%
Picayune 37 10,732 33.76%
Gautier 38 18,541 31.81%
Pascagoula 39 22,163 30.59%
Olive Branch 40 35,508 29.34%
New Albany 41 8,589 27.16%
Ripley 42 5,336 27.02%
Southaven 43 51,816 25.53%
Flowood 44 8,532 24.89%
Corinth 45 14,832 24.25%
Biloxi 46 45,271 21.18%
Pearl 47 26,344 20.91%
Oxford 48 21,634 20.78%
D’Iberville 49 10,829 20.28%
Pontotoc 50 5,906 19.27%
Booneville 51 8,764 18.94%
Brandon 52 23,186 18.06%
Waveland 53 6,454 17.14%
Bay St. Louis 54 11,448 16.63%
Richland 55 7,069 16.08%
Petal 56 10,736 12.93%
Hernando 57 15,227 11.47%
Long Beach 58 15,450 9.54%
Ocean Springs 59 17,547 9.33%
Madison 60 25,473 8.97%

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