These Are The 10 New Jersey Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Jersey have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in New Jersey with 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 Jersey is 1,133,918 – at 12.7% of the total population of New Jersey.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New Jersey with the largest African American population in 2019:

  1. East Orange (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Roselle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Trenton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Asbury Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Camden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Plainfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pleasantville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Atlantic City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lindenwold (Photos | Homes For Sale)

East Orange took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in New Jersey for 2019. 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 Jersey 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 Jersey or the most diverse places in New Jersey.

How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 Jersey.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 5,000 people. That left us with 186 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 85.6% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. East Orange took the distinction of being the most Black, while North Haledon was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Jersey 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.

East Orange, NJ

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Population: 65,151
% African American: 85.65%
# Of African American Residents: 55,800
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.97%
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Roselle, NJ

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Population: 21,746
% African American: 49.51%
# Of African American Residents: 10,767
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.62%
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Trenton, NJ

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Population: 84,867
% African American: 48.56%
# Of African American Residents: 41,209
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.39%
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Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. It was briefly the capital of the United States. The city’s metropolitan area is grouped with the New York metropolitan area by the United States Census Bureau, but directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Philadelphia Designated Market Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, Trenton had a population of 84,913, making it the state’s 10th-largest municipality. The Census Bureau estimated that the city’s population was 84,034 in 2014.

Newark, NJ

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Population: 282,803
% African American: 48.33%
# Of African American Residents: 136,669
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.4%
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation’s major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 277,140 in 2010, making it the nation’s 67th-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000. For 2015, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 281,944, an increase of 1.7% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 70th largest in the nation. Newark is the second largest city in the New York metropolitan area, located approximately 8 miles west of lower Manhattan.

Asbury Park, NJ

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Population: 15,830
% African American: 42.37%
# Of African American Residents: 6,707
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.03%
More on Asbury Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 16,116, reflecting a decline of 814 from the 16,930 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 131 from the 16,799 counted in the 1990 Census.

Camden, NJ

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Population: 75,550
% African American: 41.01%
# Of African American Residents: 30,980
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.68%
More on Camden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Camden is a city in Camden County, New Jersey. Camden is located directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 77,344. Camden is the 12th most populous municipality in New Jersey. The city was incorporated on February 13, 1828. Camden has been the county seat of Camden County since the county was formed on March 13, 1844. The city derives its name from Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden. Camden is made up of over twenty different neighborhoods.

Plainfield, NJ

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Population: 51,097
% African American: 39.2%
# Of African American Residents: 20,029
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.5%
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Plainfield is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States, known by its nickname as “The Queen City”. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population increased to 49,808, its highest ever recorded population in any decennial census, with the population having increased by 1,979 from the 47,829 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,262 from the 46,567 counted in the 1990 Census.

Pleasantville, NJ

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Population: 20,568
% African American: 36.08%
# Of African American Residents: 7,420
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.1%
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Atlantic City, NJ

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Population: 39,075
% African American: 34.14%
# Of African American Residents: 13,340
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.66%
More on Atlantic City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558. The city was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. It borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, West Atlantic City, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Lindenwold, NJ

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Population: 17,481
% African American: 32.02%
# Of African American Residents: 5,598
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.11%
More on Lindenwold: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lindenwold is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 17,613, reflecting an increase of 199 from the 17,414 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 1,320 from the 18,734 counted in the 1990 Census.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across New Jersey

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across New Jersey 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 Jersey:

  1. North Haledon
  2. Roseland
  3. Carlstadt

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Jersey

Rank City % African American Population
1 East Orange 85.65% 65,151
2 Roselle 49.51% 21,746
3 Trenton 48.56% 84,867
4 Newark 48.33% 282,803
5 Asbury Park 42.37% 15,830
6 Camden 41.01% 75,550
7 Plainfield 39.2% 51,097
8 Pleasantville 36.08% 20,568
9 Atlantic City 34.14% 39,075
10 Lindenwold 32.02% 17,481
11 Burlington 30.58% 9,835
12 Bridgeton 29.55% 24,948
13 Englewood 29.25% 28,509
14 Linden 28.85% 42,230
15 Rahway 27.44% 29,443
16 Woodbury 25.84% 9,980
17 Paterson 25.73% 147,890
18 Pine Hill 24.13% 10,517
19 Hackensack 22.74% 44,673
20 Somerdale 22.48% 5,417
21 Paulsboro 22.21% 5,970
22 Jersey City 22.1% 265,932
23 Prospect Park 21.44% 5,955
24 North Plainfield 19.86% 22,092
25 Glassboro 18.34% 19,387
26 Millville 17.57% 28,235
27 Palmyra 17.23% 7,296
28 Elizabeth 16.89% 129,363
29 Clayton 16.09% 8,475
30 Carteret 13.45% 24,040
31 Somers Point 13.44% 10,644
32 New Brunswick 12.79% 56,792
33 Long Branch 12.65% 30,751
34 Vineland 11.99% 60,824
35 Sayreville 11.93% 44,744
36 Freehold 11.79% 11,938
37 South Plainfield 10.83% 24,154
38 Phillipsburg 10.82% 14,540
39 Red Bank 10.44% 12,220
40 Eato 10.22% 12,258
41 Dunellen 10.05% 7,392
42 Bogota 9.72% 8,437
43 Bayonne 9.7% 66,719
44 Collingswood 9.64% 13,969
45 Highland Park 9.47% 14,250
46 Somerville 9.32% 12,234
47 Middlesex 9.28% 13,875
48 Roselle Park 9.1% 13,709
49 Tinton Falls 8.7% 17,902
50 Morristown 8.67% 18,833
51 Absecon 8.57% 8,370
52 Union Beach 8.13% 5,634
53 Haledon 8.05% 8,440
54 Stratford 7.92% 7,019
55 Runnemede 7.77% 8,391
56 Wildwood 7.44% 5,136
57 Keansburg 7.24% 9,868
58 Matawan 7.18% 8,898
59 Bergenfield 7.16% 27,694
60 Keyport 6.95% 7,138
61 Passaic 6.9% 71,057
62 Westwood 6.78% 11,246
63 Fanwood 6.52% 7,648
64 Perth Amboy 6.4% 52,563
65 Elmwood Park 6.29% 20,293
66 Hight 6.28% 5,527
67 Clifton 6.11% 86,207
68 Newton 6.05% 7,937
69 South River 5.98% 16,345
70 Washington 5.88% 6,517
71 Dover 5.87% 18,307
72 Mil 5.26% 7,069
73 Lodi 5.21% 24,805
74 Woodland Park 5.08% 12,542
75 Metuchen 4.71% 13,940
76 Manville 4.61% 10,436
77 Edgewater 4.49% 12,165
78 Glen Ridge 4.33% 7,668
79 Maywood 4.22% 9,789
80 Berlin 4.15% 7,612
81 South Amboy 4.11% 8,811
82 Rockaway 4.09% 6,473
83 Bound Brook 4.03% 10,510
84 Florham Park 4.02% 11,792
85 Audubon 3.87% 8,736
86 Kearny 3.74% 42,487
87 Upper Saddle River 3.71% 8,339
88 Garfield 3.62% 31,808
89 Ridgefield Park 3.57% 13,070
90 Ventnor City 3.52% 10,429
91 Gloucester City 3.5% 11,333
92 Summit 3.48% 22,155
93 Totowa 3.48% 10,829
94 East Rutherford 3.43% 9,433
95 Jamesburg 3.31% 6,038
96 Wanaque 3.31% 11,782
97 Wallington 3.26% 11,701
98 New Milford 3.24% 16,760
99 Westfield 3.23% 30,591
100 West Long Branch 3.21% 7,944

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