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


We used science and data to determine which cities in New York 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 York 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 york is 2,790,504 - at 14.3% of the total population of new york.

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 york? Which cities and towns in new york have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in new york with the largest African American population in 2021:

  1. Mount Vernon
  2. Hempstead
  3. Rochester
  4. Buffalo
  5. Poughkeepsie
  6. Spring Valley
  7. Syracuse
  8. Freeport
  9. Nyack
  10. Monticello

What's the blackest city in New York? Mount Vernon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in new york 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 york 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 york or the most diverse places in new york.

The 10 Blackest Cities In New York For 2021

1. Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 67,896
% African American: 62.66%
# Of African American Residents: 42,542
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.3%
More on Mount Vernon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Hempstead

Hempstead, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 55,300
% African American: 43.55%
# Of African American Residents: 24,081
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.39%
More on Hempstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Rochester

Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 206,848
% African American: 37.62%
# Of African American Residents: 77,806
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.62%
More on Rochester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 256,480
% African American: 35.52%
# Of African American Residents: 91,105
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.2%
More on Buffalo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 30,381
% African American: 35.43%
# Of African American Residents: 10,765
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.24%
More on Poughkeepsie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 32,295
% African American: 32.51%
# Of African American Residents: 10,499
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.36%
More on Spring Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Syracuse

Syracuse, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 142,874
% African American: 28.48%
# Of African American Residents: 40,687
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.17%
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Freeport

Freeport, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,078
% African American: 27.65%
# Of African American Residents: 11,912
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.53%
More on Freeport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Nyack

Nyack, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,173
% African American: 27.0%
# Of African American Residents: 1,937
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.94%
More on Nyack: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Monticello

Monticello, NY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,433
% African American: 26.92%
# Of African American Residents: 1,732
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.8%
More on Monticello: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In new york 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 york.

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 163 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 62.7% 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. Mount Vernon took the distinction of being the most Black, while Kiryas Joel was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in new york 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 York

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across New York 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 York:

  1. Kiryas Joel
  2. Fairport
  3. New Square

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New York

Rank City % African American Population
1 Mount Vernon 62.66% 67,896
2 Hempstead 43.55% 55,300
3 Rochester 37.62% 206,848
4 Buffalo 35.52% 256,480
5 Poughkeepsie 35.43% 30,381
6 Spring Valley 32.51% 32,295
7 Syracuse 28.48% 142,874
8 Freeport 27.65% 43,078
9 Nyack 27.0% 7,173
10 Monticello 26.92% 6,433
11 Albany 26.92% 97,478
12 Valley Stream 25.76% 37,577
13 Newburgh 23.19% 28,255
14 Peekskill 22.22% 24,075
15 Hudson 22.21% 6,235
16 Niagara Falls 21.93% 48,252
17 New York 21.83% 8,419,316
18 Westbury 21.31% 15,342
19 Middletown 19.1% 27,963
20 Schenectady 18.99% 65,334
21 New Rochelle 18.71% 79,067
22 New Hempstead 17.38% 5,385
23 Yonkers 16.14% 199,968
24 Troy 16.09% 49,458
25 Chestnut Ridge 15.39% 8,057
26 Kingston 14.56% 23,070
27 Walden 14.56% 6,724
28 Utica 14.44% 60,320
29 Elmira 14.27% 27,402
30 Amityville 14.11% 9,443
31 Beacon 13.17% 13,634
32 Ossining 12.76% 25,086
33 West Haverstraw 12.42% 10,250
34 Albion 11.72% 5,479
35 White Plains 11.11% 58,137
36 Binghamton 11.02% 45,140
37 Pelham 10.72% 6,941
38 Lackawanna 10.6% 17,831
39 Watervliet 9.54% 10,050
40 Endicott 9.28% 12,771
41 Auburn 9.01% 26,601
42 Washingtonville 8.58% 5,746
43 Geneva 8.2% 12,787
44 Haverstraw 8.15% 12,065
45 Glen Cove 7.95% 27,232
46 Lockport 7.93% 20,490
47 Dobbs Ferry 7.92% 11,070
48 Watertown 7.85% 25,622
49 Johnson City 7.81% 14,448
50 Monroe 7.63% 8,586
51 Ogdensburg 7.28% 10,635
52 Woodbury 7.25% 10,810
53 Long Beach 7.17% 33,507
54 Tuckahoe 7.05% 6,584
55 Pelham Manor 6.72% 5,569
56 Suffern 6.22% 10,943
57 Rome 6.18% 32,253
58 Newark 6.15% 8,914
59 Hilton 6.12% 5,832
60 Cohoes 6.05% 16,684
61 Canton 6.01% 6,505
62 Wappingers Falls 5.98% 5,648
63 Rockville Centre 5.95% 24,492
64 Kenmore 5.86% 15,132
65 Bath 5.83% 5,543
66 Potsdam 5.81% 9,154
67 Port Jervis 5.63% 8,595
68 Malverne 5.34% 8,517
69 Rensselaer 5.31% 9,259
70 Ithaca 5.26% 30,569
71 Solvay 5.12% 6,323
72 Webster 5.08% 5,606
73 Tarr 5.07% 11,436
74 Brockport 4.99% 8,292
75 Saranac Lake 4.93% 5,700
76 Mamaroneck 4.77% 19,217
77 Batavia 4.73% 14,578
78 East Rochester 4.66% 6,563
79 Harrison 4.59% 28,135
80 Johnstown 4.57% 8,277
81 East Rockaway 4.46% 9,816
82 Pleasantville 4.29% 7,221
83 Dunkirk 4.28% 11,865
84 Croton-On-Hudson 4.18% 8,155
85 Amsterdam 4.16% 17,836
86 New Paltz 4.15% 7,165
87 Jamestown 4.11% 29,504
88 Depew 3.93% 15,102
89 Fredonia 3.91% 10,464
90 Colonie 3.89% 7,737
91 Mount Kisco 3.83% 10,866
92 Farmingdale 3.8% 8,902
93 Oneonta 3.79% 13,893
94 Plattsburgh 3.77% 19,465
95 Patchogue 3.74% 12,384
96 Cortland 3.68% 18,739
97 Lindenhurst 3.67% 26,979
98 Olean 3.48% 13,670
99 North Syracuse 3.41% 6,767
100 Great Neck Plaza 3.25% 6,957

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