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 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 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 (Photos)
  10. Mesquite (Photos)

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

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.

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%
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North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

2. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Population: 613,295
% African American: 11.38%
# Of African American Residents: 69,765
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.48%
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Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

3. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Population: 277,872
% African American: 5.36%
# Of African American Residents: 14,899
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.52%
More on Henderson: Data | Jobs

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

4. Fallon

Fallon, Nevada

Population: 8,410
% African American: 4.95%
# Of African American Residents: 416
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.74%
More on Fallon: Data | Jobs

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley.

Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The “Heart O’ Gold” cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

5. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Population: 94,718
% African American: 2.72%
# Of African American Residents: 2,580
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.99%
More on Sparks: Data | Jobs

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

6. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Population: 237,121
% African American: 2.31%
# Of African American Residents: 5,477
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.13%
More on Reno: Data | Jobs

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

7. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Population: 20,078
% African American: 2.1%
# Of African American Residents: 422
Percent Change Since 2010: 183.22%
More on Elko: Data | Jobs

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

8. Fernley

Fernley, Nevada

Population: 19,228
% African American: 1.29%
# Of African American Residents: 248
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.82%
More on Fernley: Data | Jobs

Coordinates: 393555N 1191254W 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place. The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

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%
More on Carson City: Data | Jobs

Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.

10. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Population: 16,953
% African American: 0.65%
# Of African American Residents: 111
Percent Change Since 2010: 164.29%
More on Mesquite: Data | Jobs

Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.

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

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

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