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


We used science and data to determine which cities in New York 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 York is 2,737,471 - at 14.0% 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 2022:

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

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 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 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 2022

1. Mount Vernon

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Population: 67,623
% African American: 59.39%
# Of African American Residents: 40,164
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.36%
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Mount Vernon, NY

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2. Hempstead

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Population: 55,153
% African American: 45.53%
# Of African American Residents: 25,111
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.47%
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Hempstead, NY

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3. Rochester

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Population: 206,357
% African American: 37.09%
# Of African American Residents: 76,543
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.14%
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Rochester, NY

4. Spring Valley

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Population: 32,295
% African American: 35.6%
# Of African American Residents: 11,496
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.62%
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Spring Valley, NY

5. Buffalo

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 255,805
% African American: 34.19%
# Of African American Residents: 87,447
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.85%
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Buffalo, NY

6. Poughkeepsie

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Population: 30,341
% African American: 32.76%
# Of African American Residents: 9,939
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.28%
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Poughkeepsie, NY

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7. Syracuse

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 142,553
% African American: 27.87%
# Of African American Residents: 39,725
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.2%
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Syracuse, NY

8. Albany

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 96,860
% African American: 27.22%
# Of African American Residents: 26,368
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.24%
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Albany, NY

9. Freeport

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 42,993
% African American: 27.19%
# Of African American Residents: 11,691
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.28%
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Freeport, NY

10. Valley Stream

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 37,489
% African American: 26.91%
# Of African American Residents: 10,089
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.32%
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Valley Stream, NY

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In New York 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 York.

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 164 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 59.4% 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. Mount Vernon took the distinction of being the most Black, while Lawrence 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.

Summary: 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. Lawrence
  2. New Hyde Park
  3. Kiryas Joel

For more New York reading, check out:

African American Population By City In New York

Rank City % African American Population
1 Mount Vernon 59.39% 67,623
2 Hempstead 45.53% 55,153
3 Rochester 37.09% 206,357
4 Spring Valley 35.6% 32,295
5 Buffalo 34.19% 255,805
6 Poughkeepsie 32.76% 30,341
7 Syracuse 27.87% 142,553
8 Albany 27.22% 96,860
9 Freeport 27.19% 42,993
10 Valley Stream 26.91% 37,489
11 Monticello 22.35% 6,429
12 Peekskill 22.18% 24,111
13 New York 21.42% 8,379,552
14 Walden 20.54% 6,683
15 Newburgh 20.54% 28,146
16 Westbury 20.12% 15,339
17 Niagara Falls 19.78% 47,978
18 Hudson 19.33% 6,103
19 New Rochelle 19.09% 79,367
20 Schenectady 19.03% 65,336
21 Middletown 18.53% 28,018
22 New Hempstead 18.01% 5,426
23 Nyack 17.24% 7,130
24 Kingston 16.97% 22,954
25 Yonkers 16.02% 200,183
26 Troy 15.86% 49,253
27 Amityville 15.41% 9,440
28 Utica 14.56% 59,984
29 Washingtonville 13.61% 5,754
30 West Haverstraw 13.03% 10,220
31 Beacon 12.96% 13,723
32 Lackawanna 12.9% 17,751
33 Ossining 12.41% 24,966
34 Elmira 11.86% 27,236
35 White Plains 11.61% 58,171
36 Binghamton 11.55% 44,819
37 Lockport 10.83% 20,420
38 Suffern 10.63% 10,945
39 Chestnut Ridge 10.6% 8,041
40 Monroe 9.74% 8,567
41 Pelham 9.67% 6,957
42 East Rockaway 9.29% 9,810
43 Endicott 8.92% 12,684
44 Watervliet 8.83% 9,976
45 Wappingers Falls 8.18% 5,639
46 Auburn 8.08% 26,383
47 Ogdensburg 8.05% 10,559
48 Woodbury 8.02% 10,700
49 Albion 7.76% 5,615
50 Canton 7.34% 6,486
51 Bath 7.34% 5,493
52 Dunkirk 7.25% 11,812
53 Watertown 6.99% 25,224
54 Pelham Manor 6.76% 5,535
55 Solvay 6.52% 6,299
56 Cohoes 6.44% 16,708
57 Geneva 6.34% 12,720
58 Malverne 6.29% 8,516
59 Potsdam 6.09% 9,003
60 Rockville Centre 6.04% 24,552
61 Rome 5.9% 32,217
62 Johnson City 5.77% 14,329
63 Batavia 5.76% 14,490
64 Kenmore 5.71% 15,081
65 Hilton 5.66% 5,811
66 Long Beach 5.49% 33,475
67 Glen Cove 5.45% 27,172
68 Pleasantville 5.39% 7,256
69 East Rochester 5.38% 6,530
70 Amsterdam 5.35% 17,823
71 Haverstraw 5.27% 12,076
72 Brockport 5.27% 8,142
73 Port Chester 5.01% 29,210
74 Ithaca 4.93% 30,715
75 Scotia 4.69% 7,648
76 Rensselaer 4.62% 9,223
77 Dobbs Ferry 4.62% 10,959
78 Fredonia 4.59% 10,311
79 Webster 4.57% 5,666
80 Port Jervis 4.57% 8,541
81 Newark 4.49% 8,868
82 Harrison 4.3% 28,363
83 Tarr 4.3% 11,394
84 Oneonta 4.11% 13,855
85 Sleepy Hollow 4.05% 10,089
86 Saratoga Springs 4.05% 28,056
87 New Paltz 3.95% 7,169
88 Depew 3.94% 15,069
89 Saranac Lake 3.88% 5,548
90 Lindenhurst 3.67% 26,885
91 Tuckahoe 3.65% 6,548
92 Lynbrook 3.58% 19,445
93 Airmont 3.56% 8,771
94 Cortland 3.49% 18,633
95 Croton-On-Hudson 3.46% 8,121
96 Mamaroneck 3.38% 19,247
97 Mount Kisco 3.26% 10,949
98 Farmingdale 3.21% 8,869
99 Williamsville 3.2% 5,194
100 Jamestown 3.16% 29,290

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

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