The 10 Nevada Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2023

We used science and data to determine which cities in Nevada have 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 Nevada is 273,070 - at 8.9% of the total population of Nevada.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Nevada with the largest African American population in 2023:

  1. North Las Vegas
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Henderson
  4. Fallon
  5. Reno
  6. Fernley
  7. Carson City
  8. Sparks
  9. Elko
  10. Boulder City

What's the blackest city in Nevada? North Las Vegas took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Nevada for 2023. 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 Nevada 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 Nevada or the most diverse places in Nevada.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Nevada For 2023

1. North Las Vegas

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Population: 259,638
% African American: 21.28%
# Of African American Residents: 55,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.26%
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North Las Vegas, NV

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2. Las Vegas

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Population: 634,786
% African American: 11.06%
# Of African American Residents: 70,186
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.17%
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Las Vegas, NV

3. Henderson

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Population: 311,250
% African American: 5.83%
# Of African American Residents: 18,152
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.05%
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Henderson, NV

4. Fallon

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Population: 9,068
% African American: 4.22%
# Of African American Residents: 383
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.44%
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Fallon, NV

5. Reno

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Population: 259,913
% African American: 3.18%
# Of African American Residents: 8,266
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.07%
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Reno, NV

6. Fernley

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Population: 22,343
% African American: 2.08%
# Of African American Residents: 465
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.09%
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Fernley, NV

7. Carson City

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Population: 57,957
% African American: 1.94%
# Of African American Residents: 1,125
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.8%
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Carson City, NV

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8. Sparks

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Population: 106,900
% African American: 1.49%
# Of African American Residents: 1,591
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.44%
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Sparks, NV

9. Elko

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Population: 20,391
% African American: 1.22%
# Of African American Residents: 248
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.44%
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Elko, NV

10. Boulder City

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Population: 14,868
% African American: 1.07%
# Of African American Residents: 159
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.83%
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Boulder City, NV

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Nevada With The Largest Black Population For 2023

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 Nevada.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2017-2021 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 8,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 21.3% to 1.0%.

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

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

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

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

  1. Winnemucca
  2. Mesquite
  3. Boulder City

For more Nevada reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Nevada

Rank City % African American Population
1 North Las Vegas 21.28% 259,638
2 Las Vegas 11.06% 634,786
3 Henderson 5.83% 311,250
4 Fallon 4.22% 9,068
5 Reno 3.18% 259,913
6 Fernley 2.08% 22,343
7 Carson City 1.94% 57,957
8 Sparks 1.49% 106,900
9 Elko 1.22% 20,391
10 Boulder City 1.07% 14,868
11 Mesquite 1.01% 20,019
12 Winnemucca 0.96% 8,325

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Nevada with the largest African American population.
About Chris Kolmar

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