The 10 New Jersey Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Jersey 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 Jersey is 1,121,134 - at 12.6% 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 2022:

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

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 2022. 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 2022

1. East Orange

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 64,650
% African American: 82.37%
# Of African American Residents: 53,249
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.5%
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East Orange, NJ

Source: Public domain

2. Newark

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 281,917
% African American: 47.71%
# Of African American Residents: 134,502
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.96%
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Newark, NJ

3. Trenton

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 83,387
% African American: 46.73%
# Of African American Residents: 38,968
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.75%
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Trenton, NJ

Source: Public domain

4. Roselle

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,699
% African American: 45.84%
# Of African American Residents: 9,947
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.19%
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Roselle, NJ

5. Asbury Park

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,536
% African American: 40.24%
# Of African American Residents: 6,251
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.26%
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Asbury Park, NJ

6. Camden

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 73,742
% African American: 39.52%
# Of African American Residents: 29,146
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.85%
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Camden, NJ

7. Paulsboro

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,881
% African American: 38.73%
# Of African American Residents: 2,278
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.81%
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Paulsboro, NJ

8. Pleasantville

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,226
% African American: 38.24%
# Of African American Residents: 7,734
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.47%
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Pleasantville, NJ

Source: Public domain

9. Plainfield

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 50,252
% African American: 36.41%
# Of African American Residents: 18,297
Percent Change Since 2010: -26.46%
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Plainfield, NJ

10. Lindenwold

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,288
% African American: 35.03%
# Of African American Residents: 6,056
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.07%
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Lindenwold, NJ

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 185 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 82.4% 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 Union Beach 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.

Summary: 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. Union Beach
  2. Little Silver
  3. Roseland

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

African American Population By City In New Jersey

Rank City % African American Population
1 East Orange 82.37% 64,650
2 Newark 47.71% 281,917
3 Trenton 46.73% 83,387
4 Roselle 45.84% 21,699
5 Asbury Park 40.24% 15,536
6 Camden 39.52% 73,742
7 Paulsboro 38.73% 5,881
8 Pleasantville 38.24% 20,226
9 Plainfield 36.41% 50,252
10 Lindenwold 35.03% 17,288
11 Bridgeton 34.13% 24,264
12 Atlantic City 31.28% 37,793
13 Burlington 30.6% 9,845
14 Linden 28.69% 42,332
15 Pine Hill 28.65% 10,418
16 Rahway 28.57% 29,691
17 Somerdale 27.32% 5,479
18 Paterson 24.52% 145,484
19 Englewood 24.14% 28,390
20 Prospect Park 23.15% 5,853
21 Woodbury 22.55% 9,839
22 Hackensack 22.31% 44,266
23 Clayton 21.93% 8,688
24 Palmyra 21.46% 7,162
25 Jersey City 21.36% 262,652
26 North Plainfield 21.2% 21,445
27 Elizabeth 18.23% 128,484
28 Glassboro 18.14% 20,069
29 New Brunswick 14.44% 55,992
30 Millville 14.06% 27,485
31 South Plainfield 13.99% 23,961
32 Matawan 13.65% 8,696
33 Somers Point 13.46% 10,250
34 Somerville 12.12% 12,139
35 Vineland 11.84% 59,405
36 Collingswood 11.76% 13,882
37 Long Branch 11.65% 30,424
38 Freehold 11.45% 11,755
39 Sayreville 11.43% 44,243
40 Absecon 11.42% 8,471
41 Phillipsburg 11.29% 14,303
42 Dunellen 10.58% 7,215
43 Haledon 10.48% 8,298
44 Bogota 10.07% 8,375
45 Carteret 9.91% 23,501
46 Stratford 9.64% 6,968
47 Dover 9.35% 17,866
48 Red Bank 9.1% 12,039
49 Manville 9.02% 10,193
50 Berlin 8.63% 7,543
51 Bayonne 8.38% 65,112
52 Lodi 8.32% 24,389
53 Highland Park 8.24% 13,803
54 Roselle Park 8.04% 13,574
55 Tinton Falls 7.94% 17,584
56 Bergenfield 7.77% 27,375
57 Elmwood Park 7.71% 20,019
58 Morristown 7.65% 19,065
59 Eato 7.55% 12,195
60 Woodland Park 7.51% 12,608
61 Closter 6.83% 8,551
62 Passaic 6.78% 69,789
63 Newton 6.75% 7,935
64 South River 6.41% 15,874
65 Middlesex 6.36% 13,606
66 Hawthorne 6.32% 18,762
67 West Long Branch 6.24% 7,911
68 Hasbrouck Heights 6.22% 12,026
69 South Amboy 6.04% 8,868
70 Hight 6.04% 5,334
71 Runnemede 5.93% 8,307
72 Summit 5.85% 21,913
73 Perth Amboy 5.84% 51,589
74 Keansburg 5.57% 9,697
75 Totowa 5.48% 10,810
76 Fanwood 5.33% 7,686
77 Boonton 5.31% 8,510
78 Florham Park 5.31% 11,719
79 Audubon 5.29% 8,656
80 Metuchen 5.25% 14,289
81 Keyport 5.0% 7,005
82 Secaucus 4.89% 20,667
83 Edgewater 4.61% 12,890
84 Garfield 4.52% 31,722
85 Gloucester City 4.51% 11,229
86 Ventnor City 4.5% 9,995
87 Clifton 4.34% 85,201
88 Caldwell 4.29% 7,970
89 Kearny 4.25% 41,190
90 Bound Brook 4.2% 10,254
91 Pitman 4.09% 8,785
92 Bloomingdale 4.08% 8,080
93 Paramus 3.97% 26,403
94 Hammonton 3.59% 14,046
95 North Haledon 3.57% 8,425
96 Wood-Ridge 3.45% 9,016
97 Bellmawr 3.34% 11,375
98 Belmar 3.31% 5,613
99 Cliffside Park 3.31% 25,410
100 Ridgefield Park 3.22% 12,928

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in New Jersey with the largest African American population.

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