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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nevada 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 Nevada is 233,440 – at 8.2% 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 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 2018:

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

North Las Vegas took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Nevada for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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 7,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 19.5% 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. North Las Vegas took the distinction of being the most Black, while Winnemucca was the least African American city.

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.

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1. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Public domain

Population: 230,436
% African American: 19.53%
# Of African American Residents: 45,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.84%

2. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 613,295
% African American: 11.38%
# Of African American Residents: 69,765
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.48%

3. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Population: 277,872
% African American: 5.36%
# Of African American Residents: 14,899
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.52%

4. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Population: 8,410
% African American: 4.95%
# Of African American Residents: 416
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.74%

5. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Population: 94,718
% African American: 2.72%
# Of African American Residents: 2,580
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.99%

6. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Population: 237,121
% African American: 2.31%
# Of African American Residents: 5,477
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.13%

7. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Population: 20,078
% African American: 2.1%
# Of African American Residents: 422
Percent Change Since 2010: 183.22%

8. Fernley

Fernley, Nevada

Population: 19,228
% African American: 1.29%
# Of African American Residents: 248
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.82%

9. Carson City

Carson City, Nevada

Source: Public domain

Population: 54,412
% African American: 0.94%
# Of African American Residents: 509
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.77%

10. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Population: 16,953
% African American: 0.65%
# Of African American Residents: 111
Percent Change Since 2010: 164.29%

There You Have It – 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. Boulder City
  3. Mesquite

For more Nevada reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Nevada

City Rank Population % African American
North Las Vegas 1 230,436 19.53%
Las Vegas 2 613,295 11.38%
Henderson 3 277,872 5.36%
Fallon 4 8,410 4.95%
Sparks 5 94,718 2.72%
Reno 6 237,121 2.31%
Elko 7 20,078 2.1%
Fernley 8 19,228 1.29%
Carson City 9 54,412 0.94%
Mesquite 10 16,953 0.65%
Boulder City 11 15,373 0.33%
Winnemucca 12 7,881 0.2%

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