The 10 Nevada Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Nevada 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 Nevada 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 nevada is 259,802 - at 8.7% 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 2021:

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

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 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 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 2021

1. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 241,369
% African American: 20.38%
# Of African American Residents: 49,180
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.21%
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2. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

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6
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Population: 634,773
% African American: 11.64%
# Of African American Residents: 73,918
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.24%
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3. Henderson

Henderson, NV

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8.5
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Population: 300,116
% African American: 5.7%
# Of African American Residents: 17,105
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.51%
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4. Fallon

Fallon, NV

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6
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Population: 8,430
% African American: 3.65%
# Of African American Residents: 308
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.19%
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5. Reno

Reno, NV

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7
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Population: 246,500
% African American: 2.6%
# Of African American Residents: 6,421
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.84%
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Sparks

Sparks, NV

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8
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Population: 100,589
% African American: 2.03%
# Of African American Residents: 2,041
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.33%
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Carson City

Carson City, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 54,773
% African American: 1.96%
# Of African American Residents: 1,074
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.97%
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8. Fernley

Fernley, NV

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5
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Population: 20,068
% African American: 1.6%
# Of African American Residents: 322
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.09%
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9. Boulder City

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 15,840
% African American: 1.19%
# Of African American Residents: 189
Percent Change Since 2010: 162.5%
More on Boulder City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Mesquite

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 18,446
% African American: 1.06%
# Of African American Residents: 196
Percent Change Since 2010: 366.67%
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In nevada 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 nevada.

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 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 20.4% to 0.7%.

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 Elko 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.

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. Elko
  2. Winnemucca
  3. Mesquite

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Nevada

Rank City % African American Population
1 North Las Vegas 20.38% 241,369
2 Las Vegas 11.64% 634,773
3 Henderson 5.7% 300,116
4 Fallon 3.65% 8,430
5 Reno 2.6% 246,500
6 Sparks 2.03% 100,589
7 Carson City 1.96% 54,773
8 Fernley 1.6% 20,068
9 Boulder City 1.19% 15,840
10 Mesquite 1.06% 18,446
11 Winnemucca 0.84% 7,762
12 Elko 0.71% 20,304

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