The 10 Nebraska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Nebraska have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Nebraska with the largest African American population.

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 89,872 - 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 2021:

  1. Lexington
  2. Omaha
  3. South Sioux City
  4. Chadron
  5. Bellevue
  6. Ralston
  7. Schuyler
  8. Lincoln
  9. Papillion
  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 2021. 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 2021

1. Lexington

Lexington, NE

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Population: 10,097
% African American: 13.21%
# Of African American Residents: 1,334
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.51%
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2. Omaha

Omaha, NE

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Population: 475,862
% African American: 12.17%
# Of African American Residents: 57,893
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.5%
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3. South Sioux City

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 12,896
% African American: 7.63%
# Of African American Residents: 984
Percent Change Since 2010: 131.53%
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4. Chadron

Chadron, NE

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Population: 5,591
% African American: 6.17%
# Of African American Residents: 345
Percent Change Since 2010: 118.35%
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5. Bellevue

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 53,324
% African American: 5.95%
# Of African American Residents: 3,174
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.2%
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6. Ralston

Ralston, NE

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Population: 7,321
% African American: 5.61%
# Of African American Residents: 411
Percent Change Since 2010: 245.38%
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7. Schuyler

Schuyler, NE

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Population: 6,284
% African American: 5.28%
# Of African American Residents: 332
Percent Change Since 2010: 169.92%
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8. Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 283,839
% African American: 4.16%
# Of African American Residents: 11,820
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.58%
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9. Papillion

Papillion, NE

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Population: 20,423
% African American: 3.29%
# Of African American Residents: 672
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.09%
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10. Grand Island

Grand Island, NE

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Population: 51,147
% African American: 2.93%
# Of African American Residents: 1,498
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.42%
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How We Determined The Cities In nebraska With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 13.2% to 0.2%.

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.

There You Have It - 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:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Nebraska

Rank City % African American Population
1 Lexington 13.21% 10,097
2 Omaha 12.17% 475,862
3 South Sioux City 7.63% 12,896
4 Chadron 6.17% 5,591
5 Bellevue 5.95% 53,324
6 Ralston 5.61% 7,321
7 Schuyler 5.28% 6,284
8 Lincoln 4.16% 283,839
9 Papillion 3.29% 20,423
10 Grand Island 2.93% 51,147
11 Crete 2.8% 7,043
12 Wayne 2.36% 5,557
13 Alliance 1.81% 8,235
14 North Platte 1.71% 23,892
15 Norfolk 1.64% 24,424
16 La Vista 1.25% 17,078
17 York 1.21% 7,841
18 Sidney 1.17% 6,572
19 Kearney 1.14% 33,464
20 Blair 1.04% 7,781
21 Scottsbluff 1.0% 14,737
22 Beatrice 0.94% 12,300
23 Fremont 0.91% 26,437
24 Nebraska City 0.82% 7,273
25 Gering 0.81% 8,254
26 Hastings 0.73% 24,906
27 Seward 0.68% 7,176
28 Columbus 0.52% 23,195
29 Mccook 0.46% 7,587
30 Plattsmouth 0.43% 6,448
31 Holdrege 0.16% 5,455

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