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 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
  4. Portsmouth (Photos)
  5. Nashua (Photos)
  6. Concord (Photos)
  7. Dover
  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.

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.

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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.

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1. Berlin

Berlin, New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,154
% African American: 5.27%
# Of African American Residents: 535
Percent Change Since 2010: 1345.95%

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%

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%

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%

5. Nashua

Nashua, New Hampshire

Population: 87,279
% African American: 2.42%
# Of African American Residents: 2,116
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.95%

6. Concord

Concord, New Hampshire

Population: 42,634
% African American: 2.34%
# Of African American Residents: 997
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.25%

7. Dover

Dover, New Hampshire

Population: 30,750
% African American: 1.23%
# Of African American Residents: 378
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.56%

8. Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Population: 23,537
% African American: 1.05%
# Of African American Residents: 247
Percent Change Since 2010: 268.66%

9. Lebanon

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Population: 13,528
% African American: 0.65%
# Of African American Residents: 88
Percent Change Since 2010: -72.33%

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%

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

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

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