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 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 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. 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 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.

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%
More on Yazoo City: Data | Jobs

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.

2. Indianola

Indianola, Mississippi

Population: 10,047
% African American: 83.65%
# Of African American Residents: 8,404
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.91%
More on Indianola: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Jackson: Data | Jobs

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.

4. Clarksdale

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Population: 16,994
% African American: 80.84%
# Of African American Residents: 13,738
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.14%
More on Clarksdale: Data | Jobs

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

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%
More on Holly Springs: Data | Jobs

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

6. Greenville

Greenville, Mississippi

Population: 32,612
% African American: 79.54%
# Of African American Residents: 25,941
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.09%
More on Greenville: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Moss Point: Data | Jobs

8. Greenwood

Greenwood, Mississippi

Population: 14,780
% African American: 71.53%
# Of African American Residents: 10,572
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.05%
More on Greenwood: Data | Jobs

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.

9. Mccomb

Mccomb, Mississippi

Population: 12,732
% African American: 71.18%
# Of African American Residents: 9,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.44%
More on McComb: Data | Jobs

10. Canton

Canton, Mississippi

Population: 13,504
% African American: 70.33%
# Of African American Residents: 9,498
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.62%
More on Canton: Data | Jobs

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

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

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