The 10 Nebraska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022

We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 89,744 - at 4.7% of the total population of Nebraska.

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 Nebraska? Which cities and towns in Nebraska have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Nebraska with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Lexington
  2. Omaha
  3. South Sioux City
  4. Schuyler
  5. Bellevue
  6. Ralston
  7. Alliance
  8. Chadron
  9. Lincoln
  10. Grand Island

What's the blackest city in Nebraska? Lexington took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska or the most diverse places in Nebraska.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Nebraska For 2022

1. Lexington

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Population: 10,069
% African American: 13.51%
# Of African American Residents: 1,360
Percent Change Since 2010: 119.71%
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Lexington, NE

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2. Omaha

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Population: 479,529
% African American: 11.92%
# Of African American Residents: 57,181
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.16%
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Omaha, NE

3. South Sioux City

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Population: 12,867
% African American: 8.59%
# Of African American Residents: 1,105
Percent Change Since 2010: 160.0%
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South Sioux City, NE

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4. Schuyler

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Population: 6,269
% African American: 6.13%
# Of African American Residents: 384
Percent Change Since 2010: 212.2%
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Schuyler, NE

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5. Bellevue

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Population: 63,970
% African American: 5.52%
# Of African American Residents: 3,531
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.32%
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Bellevue, NE

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6. Ralston

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Population: 7,305
% African American: 5.2%
# Of African American Residents: 380
Percent Change Since 2010: 219.33%
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Ralston, NE

7. Alliance

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Population: 8,139
% African American: 4.91%
# Of African American Residents: 400
Percent Change Since 2010: 1328.57%
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Alliance, NE

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8. Chadron

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Population: 5,482
% African American: 4.23%
# Of African American Residents: 232
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.84%
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Chadron, NE

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9. Lincoln

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Population: 286,388
% African American: 4.14%
# Of African American Residents: 11,853
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.94%
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Lincoln, NE

10. Grand Island

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Population: 51,250
% African American: 3.17%
# Of African American Residents: 1,627
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.32%
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Grand Island, NE

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 13.5% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Lexington took the distinction of being the most Black, while Holdrege was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Nebraska according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Nebraska:

  1. Holdrege
  2. Plattsmouth
  3. McCook

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Nebraska

Rank City % African American Population
1 Lexington 13.51% 10,069
2 Omaha 11.92% 479,529
3 South Sioux City 8.59% 12,867
4 Schuyler 6.13% 6,269
5 Bellevue 5.52% 63,970
6 Ralston 5.2% 7,305
7 Alliance 4.91% 8,139
8 Chadron 4.23% 5,482
9 Lincoln 4.14% 286,388
10 Grand Island 3.17% 51,250
11 Papillion 2.99% 24,310
12 La Vista 2.51% 17,081
13 Wayne 1.91% 5,603
14 North Platte 1.74% 23,734
15 Crete 1.71% 7,013
16 Norfolk 1.57% 24,410
17 Nebraska City 1.24% 7,270
18 Fremont 1.08% 26,362
19 Kearney 0.98% 33,783
20 Sidney 0.93% 6,451
21 Beatrice 0.89% 12,282
22 Scottsbluff 0.87% 14,660
23 York 0.87% 7,810
24 Seward 0.79% 7,210
25 Blair 0.68% 7,830
26 Gering 0.61% 8,179
27 Hastings 0.56% 24,878
28 Columbus 0.54% 23,291
29 Mccook 0.49% 7,555
30 Plattsmouth 0.23% 6,453
31 Holdrege 0.0% 5,406

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

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