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 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 2018:

  1. East Orange (Photos)
  2. Roselle (Photos)
  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. 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 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.

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%
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2. Roselle

Roselle, New Jersey

Population: 21,507
% African American: 53.01%
# Of African American Residents: 11,400
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.22%
More on Roselle: Data | Jobs

3. Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Population: 280,139
% African American: 48.39%
# Of African American Residents: 135,566
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.2%
More on Newark: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Trenton: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Asbury Park: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Camden: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
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8. Plainfield

Plainfield, New Jersey

Population: 50,578
% African American: 40.44%
# Of African American Residents: 20,456
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.78%
More on Plainfield: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Atlantic City: Data | Jobs

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.

10. Lindenwold

Lindenwold, New Jersey

Population: 17,482
% African American: 32.14%
# Of African American Residents: 5,618
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.25%
More on Lindenwold: Data | Jobs

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. North Caldwell
  3. Carlstadt

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Jersey

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

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