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


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in New Jersey 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 jersey is 1,125,541 - 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 2021:

  1. East Orange
  2. Newark
  3. Roselle
  4. Trenton
  5. Asbury Park
  6. Camden
  7. Plainfield
  8. Pleasantville
  9. Lindenwold
  10. Atlantic City

What's the blackest city in New Jersey? East Orange took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in new jersey 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In New Jersey For 2021

1. East Orange

East Orange, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 64,374
% African American: 82.7%
# Of African American Residents: 53,239
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.52%
More on East Orange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Newark

Newark, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 281,054
% African American: 48.25%
# Of African American Residents: 135,610
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.17%
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Roselle

Roselle, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,637
% African American: 48.06%
# Of African American Residents: 10,398
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.02%
More on Roselle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Trenton

Trenton, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 83,412
% African American: 47.35%
# Of African American Residents: 39,497
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.49%
More on Trenton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Asbury Park

Asbury Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,597
% African American: 41.5%
# Of African American Residents: 6,473
Percent Change Since 2010: -25.72%
More on Asbury Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Camden

Camden, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 74,002
% African American: 39.07%
# Of African American Residents: 28,913
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.51%
More on Camden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Plainfield

Plainfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 50,362
% African American: 38.95%
# Of African American Residents: 19,616
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.16%
More on Plainfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Pleasantville

Pleasantville, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,301
% African American: 37.83%
# Of African American Residents: 7,680
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.09%
More on Pleasantville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Lindenwold

Lindenwold, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,320
% African American: 34.47%
# Of African American Residents: 5,971
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.55%
More on Lindenwold: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 37,999
% African American: 33.68%
# Of African American Residents: 12,798
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.21%
More on Atlantic City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In new jersey 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 jersey.

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 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 82.7% 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 Little Silver was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Little Silver
  2. Roseland
  3. Manasquan

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 82.7% 64,374
2 Newark 48.25% 281,054
3 Roselle 48.06% 21,637
4 Trenton 47.35% 83,412
5 Asbury Park 41.5% 15,597
6 Camden 39.07% 74,002
7 Plainfield 38.95% 50,362
8 Pleasantville 37.83% 20,301
9 Lindenwold 34.47% 17,320
10 Atlantic City 33.68% 37,999
11 Bridgeton 32.32% 24,540
12 Linden 29.49% 42,222
13 Pine Hill 28.87% 10,442
14 Burlington 27.47% 9,815
15 Paulsboro 27.46% 5,904
16 Rahway 26.51% 29,543
17 Englewood 25.41% 28,353
18 Paterson 24.82% 145,710
19 Somerdale 24.76% 5,448
20 Woodbury 24.72% 9,861
21 Prospect Park 22.57% 5,865
22 Hackensack 22.51% 44,339
23 Jersey City 21.08% 261,940
24 Palmyra 18.76% 7,189
25 Elizabeth 17.55% 128,333
26 North Plainfield 17.35% 21,501
27 Glassboro 17.05% 19,826
28 Clayton 15.64% 8,626
29 New Brunswick 15.31% 55,960
30 Millville 15.21% 27,721
31 Long Branch 13.34% 30,516
32 Dunellen 12.19% 7,252
33 Hight 12.15% 5,375
34 Carteret 12.01% 23,589
35 Keansburg 11.92% 9,735
36 Vineland 11.89% 60,034
37 South Plainfield 11.71% 23,956
38 Somers Point 11.38% 10,321
39 Highland Park 11.32% 13,883
40 Sayreville 11.16% 44,292
41 Haledon 11.09% 8,325
42 Bogota 10.74% 8,360
43 Stratford 10.69% 6,971
44 Collingswood 10.47% 13,912
45 Somerville 10.43% 12,085
46 Absecon 10.13% 8,362
47 Phillipsburg 10.05% 14,344
48 Bayonne 9.35% 65,091
49 Runnemede 9.27% 8,327
50 Matawan 9.13% 8,747
51 Eato 9.06% 12,214
52 Washington 9.01% 6,490
53 Red Bank 8.87% 12,072
54 Freehold 8.76% 11,797
55 Manville 8.75% 10,230
56 Morristown 8.51% 18,909
57 Dover 8.27% 17,977
58 Tinton Falls 8.26% 17,632
59 Bergenfield 8.22% 27,373
60 Roselle Park 7.68% 13,581
61 Keyport 7.32% 7,034
62 Wildwood 6.94% 5,042
63 Middlesex 6.9% 13,662
64 Woodland Park 6.89% 12,547
65 Passaic 6.41% 70,019
66 Perth Amboy 6.4% 51,678
67 Union Beach 6.31% 5,390
68 Elmwood Park 6.2% 20,059
69 Lodi 6.2% 24,430
70 South River 6.15% 16,001
71 South Amboy 6.14% 8,772
72 Audubon 5.93% 8,661
73 Metuchen 5.87% 14,048
74 Hawthorne 5.85% 18,784
75 East Rutherford 5.84% 9,584
76 Summit 5.48% 21,913
77 Hasbrouck Heights 5.25% 12,082
78 Ventnor City 5.01% 10,095
79 Clifton 4.91% 85,204
80 Boonton 4.8% 8,398
81 Bound Brook 4.73% 10,288
82 Newton 4.7% 7,910
83 Totowa 4.68% 10,828
84 Edgewater 4.52% 12,403
85 Upper Saddle River 4.29% 8,227
86 West Long Branch 4.27% 7,908
87 Kearny 4.27% 41,412
88 Gloucester City 4.15% 11,248
89 Maywood 4.06% 9,661
90 Florham Park 3.98% 11,623
91 Wallington 3.93% 11,540
92 Secaucus 3.91% 20,125
93 Glen Ridge 3.77% 7,584
94 Fanwood 3.75% 7,660
95 Garfield 3.7% 31,645
96 Spotswood 3.66% 8,269
97 New Milford 3.66% 16,545
98 Caldwell 3.59% 7,969
99 Berlin 3.58% 7,539
100 Belmar 3.56% 5,624

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