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


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 2,829,883 – at 14.4% 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 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 2018:

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

Mount Vernon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in New York for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In New York 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 York.

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 164 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 63.0% 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 Cedarhurst was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, New York

Population: 68,217
% African American: 62.97%
# Of African American Residents: 42,958
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.34%

2. Hempstead

Hempstead, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 55,454
% African American: 46.61%
# Of African American Residents: 25,849
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.67%

3. Rochester

Rochester, New York

Population: 210,291
% African American: 38.63%
# Of African American Residents: 81,232
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.51%

4. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Population: 32,415
% African American: 37.8%
# Of African American Residents: 12,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.46%

5. Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Population: 258,989
% African American: 36.54%
# Of African American Residents: 94,644
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.68%

6. Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,511
% African American: 36.5%
# Of African American Residents: 11,138
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.06%

7. Freeport

Freeport, New York

Population: 43,217
% African American: 30.18%
# Of African American Residents: 13,044
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.45%

8. Monticello

Monticello, New York

Population: 6,577
% African American: 28.78%
# Of African American Residents: 1,893
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.72%

9. Albany

Albany, New York

Population: 98,425
% African American: 28.17%
# Of African American Residents: 27,724
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.42%

10. Syracuse

Syracuse, New York

Population: 144,350
% African American: 27.92%
# Of African American Residents: 40,304
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.78%

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. Cedarhurst
  2. Kiryas Joel
  3. Fairport

For more New York reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New York

City Rank Population % African American
Mount Vernon 1 68,217 62.97%
Hempstead 2 55,454 46.61%
Rochester 3 210,291 38.63%
Spring Valley 4 32,415 37.8%
Buffalo 5 258,989 36.54%
Poughkeepsie 6 30,511 36.5%
Freeport 7 43,217 30.18%
Monticello 8 6,577 28.78%
Albany 9 98,425 28.17%
Syracuse 10 144,350 27.92%
Newburgh 11 28,406 25.42%
New York 12 8,461,961 22.21%
Westbury 13 15,319 22.21%
Niagara Falls 14 49,180 22.2%
Hudson 15 6,549 20.75%
Middletown 16 27,601 20.6%
Chestnut Ridge 17 8,096 20.0%
Valley Stream 18 37,626 19.91%
Peekskill 19 23,977 19.76%
Schenectady 20 65,554 19.09%
Nyack 21 6,788 18.61%
New Rochelle 22 79,299 17.86%
Beacon 23 14,289 17.63%
Yonkers 24 199,725 15.72%
Kingston 25 23,506 15.2%
Ossining 26 25,299 14.98%
Troy 27 49,881 14.75%
Elmira 28 28,583 14.42%
Utica 29 61,337 14.3%
Port Jervis 30 8,650 13.76%
West Haverstraw 31 10,334 13.48%
Haverstraw 32 12,120 12.59%
Pelham 33 6,996 12.08%
New Hempstead 34 5,311 12.05%
White Plains 35 57,925 11.85%
Albion 36 5,802 11.62%
Binghamton 37 46,277 10.72%
Geneva 38 13,136 9.82%
Auburn 39 27,101 9.28%
Newark 40 9,068 8.9%
Washingtonville 41 5,813 8.88%
Lackawanna 42 17,992 8.83%
Watervliet 43 10,207 8.61%
Tuckahoe 44 6,596 8.41%
East Rochester 45 6,679 8.29%
Endicott 46 13,073 8.12%
Johnson City 47 14,835 7.58%
Mamaroneck 48 19,263 7.24%
Glen Cove 49 27,246 7.13%
Walden 50 6,769 7.08%
Croton-On-Hudson 51 8,209 6.82%
Amityville 52 9,484 6.54%
Lockport 53 20,722 6.46%
Ogdensburg 54 10,937 6.42%
Wappingers Falls 55 5,429 6.41%
Ithaca 56 30,625 6.4%
Medina 57 5,885 6.34%
Rensselaer 58 9,435 6.27%
Batavia 59 15,012 6.12%
Long Beach 60 33,670 6.06%
Potsdam 61 9,682 5.96%
Watertown 62 26,997 5.89%
Rockville Centre 63 24,262 5.48%
Rome 64 32,673 5.45%
Port Chester 65 29,417 5.44%
Kenmore 66 15,303 5.23%
Tarr 67 11,460 5.2%
Sleepy Hollow 68 10,117 5.01%
Dunkirk 69 12,186 5.0%
Dobbs Ferry 70 11,058 4.91%
Malverne 71 8,556 4.9%
Patchogue 72 12,293 4.86%
Olean 73 13,991 4.83%
Canton 74 6,624 4.79%
Pleasantville 75 7,134 4.4%
Suffern 76 10,936 4.39%
Plattsburgh 77 19,820 4.31%
Jamestown 78 30,345 4.2%
Cohoes 79 16,411 4.2%
Hastings-On-Hudson 80 7,959 4.18%
New Paltz 81 7,034 4.14%
Woodbury 82 11,015 4.07%
Harrison 83 28,082 3.93%
Williamsville 84 5,269 3.83%
Brockport 85 8,444 3.72%
Johnstown 86 8,431 3.71%
Oneonta 87 13,863 3.67%
Monroe 88 8,547 3.37%
North Syracuse 89 6,679 3.37%
Mount Kisco 90 11,062 3.23%
Lynbrook 91 19,584 2.98%
Fredonia 92 10,801 2.93%
Colonie 93 7,888 2.9%
Salamanca 94 5,638 2.89%
Geneseo 95 8,124 2.87%
Saranac Lake 96 5,569 2.86%
Bath 97 5,674 2.71%
Briarcliff Manor 98 7,732 2.66%
Cortland 99 19,018 2.61%
Webster 100 5,532 2.55%

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