The 10 New Hampshire Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 new hampshire is 18,335 - at 1.4% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in New Hampshire? Berlin took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in new hampshire 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In New Hampshire For 2021

1. Berlin

Berlin, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,221
% African American: 6.16%
# Of African American Residents: 630
Percent Change Since 2010: 1602.7%
More on Berlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Manchester

Manchester, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 112,109
% African American: 5.13%
# Of African American Residents: 5,747
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.82%
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Concord

Concord, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,244
% African American: 3.37%
# Of African American Residents: 1,456
Percent Change Since 2010: 82.91%
More on Concord: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Somersworth

Somersworth, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,925
% African American: 3.24%
# Of African American Residents: 386
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.32%
More on Somersworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Nashua

Nashua, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 88,815
% African American: 2.87%
# Of African American Residents: 2,552
Percent Change Since 2010: 44.67%
More on Nashua: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,775
% African American: 2.11%
# Of African American Residents: 460
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.98%
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Lebanon

Lebanon, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,623
% African American: 2.03%
# Of African American Residents: 276
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.21%
More on Lebanon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Claremont

Claremont, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,977
% African American: 1.56%
# Of African American Residents: 202
Percent Change Since 2010: 155.7%
More on Claremont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Laconia

Laconia, NH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,476
% African American: 1.34%
# Of African American Residents: 221
Percent Change Since 2010: 256.45%
More on Laconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Keene

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,953
% African American: 1.23%
# Of African American Residents: 282
Percent Change Since 2010: 320.9%
More on Keene: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In new hampshire 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 new hampshire.

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 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 6.2% to 0.1%.

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 Franklin was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Franklin
  2. Rochester
  3. Dover

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Hampshire

Rank City % African American Population
1 Berlin 6.16% 10,221
2 Manchester 5.13% 112,109
3 Concord 3.37% 43,244
4 Somersworth 3.24% 11,925
5 Nashua 2.87% 88,815
6 Portsmouth 2.11% 21,775
7 Lebanon 2.03% 13,623
8 Claremont 1.56% 12,977
9 Laconia 1.34% 16,476
10 Keene 1.23% 22,953
11 Dover 1.13% 31,577
12 Rochester 0.68% 30,955
13 Franklin 0.14% 8,623

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2 thoughts on “The 10 New Hampshire Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  1. The first sentence turned me off. Is the “black community” in America (and I say America because the next sentence begins to break down stats of blacks in the US) growing faster than say the mid 1400s? Or how about the 1500s? 1600s? 1700s? No? You sound so ignorant in that first sentence its not even funny, it’s sad.

  2. I have enjoyed following “roadsnacks.” The information is usually pivotal for those in search of great information. However, there is a responsibility in supplying correct information to the general public. The problem with your Berlin, NH statistics is that the new prison there reflects the growth in blacks living in Berlin. U.S. prisons do not count where individual prisoners are from but, rather, where they are incarcerated. Anyone relying on this information is receiving flawed statistics. As a result, any black family that is considering relocating to New Hampshire and is looking for other blacks in Berlin, will find them behind bars and not living in a thriving residential community.

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