These Are The 10 New Jersey Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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 1,133,918 – 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 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 2018:

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

East Orange took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in New Jersey for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey 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 Jersey.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 187 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 86.9% 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.

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1. East Orange

East Orange, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 64,621
% African American: 86.86%
# Of African American Residents: 56,127
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.39%

2. Roselle

Roselle, New Jersey

Population: 21,507
% African American: 53.01%
# Of African American Residents: 11,400
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.22%

3. Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 280,139
% African American: 48.39%
# Of African American Residents: 135,566
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.2%

4. Trenton

Trenton, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 84,559
% African American: 48.25%
# Of African American Residents: 40,802
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.36%

5. Asbury Park

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Population: 15,850
% African American: 42.79%
# Of African American Residents: 6,782
Percent Change Since 2010: -22.17%

6. Camden

Camden, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 76,005
% African American: 42.37%
# Of African American Residents: 32,203
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.23%

7. Pleasantville

Pleasantville, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,532
% African American: 41.34%
# Of African American Residents: 8,488
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.74%

8. Plainfield

Plainfield, New Jersey

Population: 50,578
% African American: 40.44%
# Of African American Residents: 20,456
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.78%

9. Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 39,306
% African American: 35.46%
# Of African American Residents: 13,937
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.75%

10. Lindenwold

Lindenwold, New Jersey

Population: 17,482
% African American: 32.14%
# Of African American Residents: 5,618
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.25%

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. North Caldwell
  3. Carlstadt

For more New Jersey reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Jersey

City Rank Population % African American
East Orange 1 64,621 86.86%
Roselle 2 21,507 53.01%
Newark 3 280,139 48.39%
Trenton 4 84,559 48.25%
Asbury Park 5 15,850 42.79%
Camden 6 76,005 42.37%
Pleasantville 7 20,532 41.34%
Plainfield 8 50,578 40.44%
Atlantic City 9 39,306 35.46%
Lindenwold 10 17,482 32.14%
Paulsboro 11 6,009 31.42%
Bridgeton 12 25,209 30.27%
Englewood 13 28,184 29.06%
Linden 14 41,595 28.24%
Rahway 15 28,884 28.11%
Burlington 16 9,850 27.91%
Pine Hill 17 10,472 26.8%
Paterson 18 146,894 26.22%
Woodbury 19 10,024 25.19%
Somerdale 20 5,362 23.89%
Jersey City 21 261,666 22.64%
Hackensack 22 44,271 22.44%
Prospect Park 23 5,919 22.01%
North Plainfield 24 22,106 19.62%
Elizabeth 25 128,042 17.52%
Millville 26 28,399 16.98%
Glassboro 27 19,195 16.54%
Palmyra 28 7,299 16.0%
Carteret 29 23,966 14.12%
Clayton 30 8,386 14.08%
Dunellen 31 7,355 13.92%
Somers Point 32 10,686 13.85%
Freehold 33 11,944 12.91%
Vineland 34 60,876 12.17%
New Brunswick 35 56,427 12.01%
Sayreville 36 44,260 11.73%
Long Branch 37 30,705 11.54%
Phillipsburg 38 14,570 11.0%
Red Bank 39 12,218 10.45%
Morri 40 18,677 10.43%
South Plainfield 41 23,963 10.4%
Somerville 42 12,207 10.37%
Eato 43 12,233 10.2%
Middlesex 44 13,811 9.36%
Bayonne 45 65,772 9.25%
Keyport 46 7,136 8.87%
Wildwood 47 5,192 8.53%
Runnemede 48 8,394 8.45%
Collingswood 49 13,925 8.42%
Passaic 50 70,536 8.33%
Tinton Falls 51 17,910 7.72%
South River 52 16,305 7.41%
Fanwood 53 7,530 7.28%
Bogota 54 8,348 7.27%
Roselle Park 55 13,560 7.26%
Stratford 56 7,021 7.12%
Absecon 57 8,438 7.11%
Lodi 58 24,654 6.95%
Newton 59 7,982 6.8%
Matawan 60 8,894 6.58%
Union Beach 61 5,770 6.5%
Highland Park 62 14,245 6.43%
Jamesburg 63 6,001 6.42%
Bergenfield 64 27,513 6.41%
Westwood 65 11,170 6.37%
Florham Park 66 11,787 5.92%
Perth Amboy 67 52,265 5.83%
Washington 68 6,489 5.75%
Haledon 69 8,399 5.64%
Clifton 70 85,578 5.54%
Elmwood Park 71 20,135 5.48%
Keansburg 72 9,904 5.45%
Kenilworth 73 8,129 5.18%
Dover 74 18,317 5.05%
Metuchen 75 13,791 4.89%
Glen Ridge 76 7,615 4.58%
Bound Brook 77 10,512 4.58%
Hight 78 5,532 4.45%
Berlin 79 7,620 4.42%
Rockaway 80 6,472 4.3%
New Milford 81 16,682 4.03%
Edgewater 82 11,998 4.0%
Garfield 83 31,456 3.94%
Caldwell 84 7,967 3.88%
Woodland Park 85 12,358 3.82%
Ridgefield Park 86 12,976 3.81%
Totowa 87 10,900 3.8%
Summit 88 21,895 3.74%
Audubon 89 8,748 3.62%
Madison 90 16,090 3.62%
Guttenberg 91 11,628 3.59%
Hackett 92 9,585 3.56%
Boonton 93 8,405 3.56%
Kearny 94 42,029 3.36%
Old Tappan 95 5,942 3.33%
Upper Saddle River 96 8,301 3.28%
Ventnor City 97 10,505 3.27%
South Amboy 98 8,762 3.26%
Wanaque 99 11,636 3.2%
East Rutherford 100 9,236 3.18%

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