New Jersey Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 1,129,257 – 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 2020:

  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. Pleasantville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Plainfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Camden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lindenwold (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Atlantic City (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2020. 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 2020

East Orange, NJ

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Population: 64,400
% African American: 83.63%
# Of African American Residents: 53,860
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.42%
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Roselle, NJ

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Population: 21,582
% African American: 51.88%
# Of African American Residents: 11,197
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.35%
More on Roselle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trenton, NJ

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Population: 83,734
% African American: 48.42%
# Of African American Residents: 40,541
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.99%
More on Trenton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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: 280,463
% African American: 48.09%
# Of African American Residents: 134,863
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.7%
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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: 15,674
% African American: 41.62%
# Of African American Residents: 6,524
Percent Change Since 2010: -25.13%
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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.

Pleasantville, NJ

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Population: 20,374
% African American: 40.7%
# Of African American Residents: 8,292
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.01%
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Plainfield, NJ

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Population: 50,508
% African American: 40.09%
# Of African American Residents: 20,247
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.62%
More on Plainfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Camden, NJ

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Population: 74,608
% African American: 39.86%
# Of African American Residents: 29,736
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.19%
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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.

Lindenwold, NJ

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Population: 17,354
% African American: 35.39%
# Of African American Residents: 6,141
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.58%
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.

Atlantic City, NJ

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Population: 38,372
% African American: 33.81%
# Of African American Residents: 12,973
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.06%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In new jersey With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 83.6% 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 Caldwell 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. North Caldwell
  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 83.63% 64,400
2 Roselle 51.88% 21,582
3 Trenton 48.42% 83,734
4 Newark 48.09% 280,463
5 Asbury Park 41.62% 15,674
6 Pleasantville 40.7% 20,374
7 Plainfield 40.09% 50,508
8 Camden 39.86% 74,608
9 Lindenwold 35.39% 17,354
10 Atlantic City 33.81% 38,372
11 Burlington 32.87% 9,814
12 Bridgeton 30.49% 24,841
13 Linden 30.42% 42,033
14 Woodbury 28.3% 9,929
15 Englewood 28.14% 28,332
16 Rahway 27.4% 29,370
17 Somerdale 25.34% 5,407
18 Paterson 24.95% 145,800
19 Prospect Park 23.2% 5,861
20 Pine Hill 22.91% 10,443
21 Hackensack 22.59% 44,381
22 Jersey City 21.89% 261,746
23 Paulsboro 21.46% 5,937
24 North Plainfield 20.68% 21,640
25 Glassboro 17.74% 19,580
26 Millville 17.48% 27,950
27 Palmyra 17.15% 7,223
28 Elizabeth 16.73% 128,153
29 Carteret 15.05% 23,682
30 Clayton 14.8% 8,545
31 Somers Point 13.97% 10,460
32 New Brunswick 13.67% 56,084
33 Long Branch 12.93% 30,611
34 Haledon 12.51% 8,338
35 South Plainfield 11.78% 23,906
36 Dunellen 11.53% 7,284
37 Vineland 11.52% 60,357
38 Sayreville 11.22% 44,285
39 Phillipsburg 11.1% 14,415
40 Collingswood 10.52% 13,912
41 Freehold 10.49% 11,855
42 Bogota 10.28% 8,362
43 Eato 10.22% 12,237
44 Bayonne 9.89% 65,300
45 Stratford 9.79% 6,967
46 Hight 9.7% 5,413
47 Highland Park 9.55% 13,992
48 Somerville 9.44% 12,121
49 Absecon 8.83% 8,289
50 South River 8.69% 16,091
51 Tinton Falls 8.53% 17,731
52 Morristown 8.4% 18,769
53 Keansburg 8.15% 9,788
54 Wildwood 8.14% 5,073
55 Dover 8.1% 18,091
56 Runnemede 7.9% 8,328
57 Roselle Park 7.4% 13,568
58 Red Bank 7.35% 12,120
59 Middlesex 6.87% 13,659
60 Elmwood Park 6.72% 20,112
61 Union Beach 6.61% 5,549
62 Matawan 6.5% 8,826
63 Washington 6.41% 6,478
64 Perth Amboy 6.37% 51,832
65 Bergenfield 6.36% 27,372
66 Keyport 6.35% 7,070
67 Passaic 6.23% 70,131
68 Clifton 5.93% 85,169
69 Glen Ridge 5.65% 7,573
70 Woodland Park 5.47% 12,489
71 Jamesburg 5.46% 5,947
72 East Rutherford 5.4% 9,466
73 Hasbrouck Heights 5.17% 12,091
74 South Amboy 5.1% 8,694
75 Lodi 5.09% 24,498
76 Newton 5.02% 7,895
77 Boonton 4.91% 8,302
78 Bound Brook 4.74% 10,328
79 Metuchen 4.64% 13,858
80 Ventnor City 4.36% 10,232
81 Gloucester City 4.3% 11,246
82 Florham Park 4.29% 11,672
83 West Long Branch 4.27% 7,917
84 Ridgefield Park 4.18% 12,934
85 Edgewater 4.07% 12,184
86 Berlin 4.05% 7,547
87 Audubon 3.91% 8,660
88 Summit 3.84% 21,921
89 Kearny 3.8% 41,567
90 Upper Saddle River 3.76% 8,242
91 Maywood 3.75% 9,654
92 Rockaway 3.69% 6,404
93 Manville 3.65% 10,283
94 Wallington 3.58% 11,580
95 Fanwood 3.53% 7,602
96 Totowa 3.5% 10,828
97 Garfield 3.44% 31,578
98 Secaucus 3.38% 19,390
99 Hawthorne 3.37% 18,802
100 Madison 3.29% 16,042

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