These Are The 10 New Hampshire Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire is 15,565 – at 1.2% of the total population of New Hampshire.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New Hampshire with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Berlin (Photos)
  2. Manchester (Photos)
  3. Somersworth (Photos)
  4. Portsmouth (Photos)
  5. Nashua (Photos)
  6. Concord (Photos)
  7. Dover (Photos)
  8. Keene (Photos)
  9. Lebanon (Photos)
  10. Laconia (Photos)

Berlin took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire or the most diverse places in New Hampshire.

How We Determined The Cities In New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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 8,000 people. That left us with 13 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 5.3% 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. Berlin took the distinction of being the most Black, while Claremont was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Hampshire 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. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,154
% African American: 5.27%
# Of African American Residents: 535
Percent Change Since 2010: 1345.95%
More on Berlin: Data | Jobs

Berlin is a city along the Androscoggin River in Cos County in northern New Hampshire, United States. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. It includes the village of Cascade. Located on the edge of the White Mountains, the city’s boundaries extend into the White Mountain National Forest. Berlin is home to the Berlin and Cos County Historical Society’s Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center, Service Credit Union Heritage Park, the Berlin Fish Hatchery, and the White Mountains Community College, member of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

2. Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: Public domain

Population: 110,231
% African American: 4.42%
# Of African American Residents: 4,871
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.81%
More on Manchester: Data | Jobs

Manchester is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565, and its estimated 2016 population was 110,506. It is one of two seats of Hillsborough County, the state of New Hampshire’s most populous county. Manchester is located near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis, along the banks of the Merrimack River-which divides the city into eastern and western sections. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett. Blodget’s vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world’s first industrialized city.

3. Somersworth

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,756
% African American: 3.12%
# Of African American Residents: 367
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.21%
More on Somersworth: Data | Jobs

Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities.

4. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,458
% African American: 2.59%
# Of African American Residents: 555
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.28%
More on Portsmouth: Data | Jobs

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.

5. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Population: 87,279
% African American: 2.42%
# Of African American Residents: 2,116
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.95%
More on Nashua: Data | Jobs

Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

6. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Population: 42,634
% African American: 2.34%
# Of African American Residents: 997
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.25%
More on Concord: Data | Jobs

Concord is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.

7. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Population: 30,750
% African American: 1.23%
# Of African American Residents: 378
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.56%
More on Dover: Data | Jobs

Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,153 in 2016. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

8. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Population: 23,537
% African American: 1.05%
# Of African American Residents: 247
Percent Change Since 2010: 268.66%
More on Keene: Data | Jobs

Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

9. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Population: 13,528
% African American: 0.65%
# Of African American Residents: 88
Percent Change Since 2010: -72.33%
More on Lebanon: Data | Jobs

Lebanon locally is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

10. Laconia

Laconia, New Hampshire

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,171
% African American: 0.59%
# Of African American Residents: 96
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.84%
More on Laconia: Data | Jobs

Laconia is a city in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 15,951 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 16,470 as of 2016. It is the county seat of Belknap County. Laconia, situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Each June for nine days beginning on the Saturday of the weekend before Father’s Day and ending on Father’s Day, the city hosts Laconia Motorcycle Week, also more simply known as ‘bike week’, one of the country’s largest rallies, and each winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The city is also the site of the state’s annual Pumpkin Festival since 2015, having organized it after its former home of Keene rejected it due to riots in their neighborhoods in 2014. The city also includes one of the colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across New Hampshire

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in New Hampshire:

  1. Claremont
  2. Franklin
  3. Rochester

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Hampshire

Rank City Population % African American
1 Berlin 10,154 5.27%
2 Manchester 110,231 4.42%
3 Somersworth 11,756 3.12%
4 Portsmouth 21,458 2.59%
5 Nashua 87,279 2.42%
6 Concord 42,634 2.34%
7 Dover 30,750 1.23%
8 Keene 23,537 1.05%
9 Lebanon 13,528 0.65%
10 Laconia 16,171 0.59%
11 Rochester 30,052 0.57%
12 Franklin 8,440 0.36%
13 Claremont 13,022 0.19%

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