The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 north carolina is 2,165,301 - at 21.1% of the total population of north carolina.

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 north carolina? Which cities and towns in north carolina have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

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

  1. Wadesboro
  2. Henderson
  3. Kinston
  4. Rocky Mount
  5. Oxford
  6. Williamston
  7. Tarboro
  8. Goldsboro
  9. Elizabeth City
  10. Laurinburg

What's the blackest city in North Carolina? Wadesboro took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in north carolina 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 north carolina 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 north carolina or the most diverse places in north carolina.

The 10 Blackest Cities In North Carolina For 2021

1. Wadesboro

Wadesboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,305
% African American: 72.05%
# Of African American Residents: 3,822
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.94%
More on Wadesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Henderson

Henderson, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,948
% African American: 66.66%
# Of African American Residents: 9,965
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.98%
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Kinston

Kinston, NC

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 20,398
% African American: 65.86%
# Of African American Residents: 13,434
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.57%
More on Kinston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 54,548
% African American: 63.5%
# Of African American Residents: 34,637
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.33%
More on Rocky Mount: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Oxford

Oxford, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,721
% African American: 62.23%
# Of African American Residents: 5,427
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.52%
More on Oxford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Williamston

Williamston, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,312
% African American: 56.33%
# Of African American Residents: 2,992
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.17%
More on Williamston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Tarboro

Tarboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,915
% African American: 54.74%
# Of African American Residents: 5,975
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.24%
More on Tarboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Goldsboro

Goldsboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 34,647
% African American: 52.26%
# Of African American Residents: 18,107
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.46%
More on Goldsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 17,629
% African American: 50.12%
# Of African American Residents: 8,835
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.96%
More on Elizabeth City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Laurinburg

Laurinburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,119
% African American: 48.92%
# Of African American Residents: 7,396
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.52%
More on Laurinburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In north carolina 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 north carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 72.0% 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. Wadesboro took the distinction of being the most Black, while Oak Island was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in north carolina 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 North Carolina

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across North Carolina according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in North Carolina:

  1. Oak Island
  2. Carolina Beach
  3. Kill Devil Hills

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % African American Population
1 Wadesboro 72.05% 5,305
2 Henderson 66.66% 14,948
3 Kinston 65.86% 20,398
4 Rocky Mount 63.5% 54,548
5 Oxford 62.23% 8,721
6 Williamston 56.33% 5,312
7 Tarboro 54.74% 10,915
8 Goldsboro 52.26% 34,647
9 Elizabeth City 50.12% 17,629
10 Laurinburg 48.92% 15,119
11 Wilson 48.2% 49,272
12 Nashville 47.12% 5,516
13 Hamlet 46.0% 6,331
14 Selma 44.86% 6,746
15 Roxboro 44.48% 8,298
16 Knightdale 43.97% 16,001
17 Fayetteville 41.01% 210,432
18 Greensboro 41.01% 291,303
19 Dunn 40.83% 9,664
20 Whiteville 40.7% 5,386
21 Washington 40.47% 9,590
22 Clinton 39.49% 8,504
23 Greenville 38.76% 91,921
24 Durham 38.02% 269,702
25 Reidsville 37.84% 13,915
26 Shelby 37.32% 20,007
27 Rockingham 37.09% 8,865
28 Winterville 36.92% 9,645
29 Roanoke Rapids 35.49% 14,741
30 Statesville 35.43% 26,685
31 Lumberton 35.35% 20,928
32 High Point 35.29% 111,714
33 Salisbury 35.03% 33,727
34 Spring Lake 35.03% 12,119
35 Charlotte 34.62% 857,425
36 Winston-Salem 34.25% 244,115
37 Hope Mills 31.61% 15,769
38 Pineville 31.48% 8,749
39 Butner 30.93% 7,727
40 Lexington 30.29% 18,861
41 New Bern 30.22% 29,895
42 Gastonia 28.35% 75,887
43 Raleigh 28.23% 464,485
44 Gibsonville 28.2% 7,127
45 Wendell 27.93% 7,308
46 Burlington 27.65% 53,063
47 Forest City 27.6% 7,155
48 Garner 27.52% 29,462
49 Sanford 27.4% 29,456
50 Graham 27.39% 14,925
51 Monroe 25.22% 35,105
52 Smithfield 24.94% 12,400
53 Clayton 24.58% 21,681
54 Mebane 24.49% 14,952
55 Eden 24.41% 15,055
56 Albemarle 23.97% 15,980
57 Kings Mountain 22.52% 11,028
58 Kannapolis 21.55% 48,630
59 Southern Pines 20.89% 14,022
60 Havelock 20.77% 20,086
61 Hillsborough 20.66% 7,115
62 Concord 20.54% 91,980
63 Siler City 20.09% 8,078
64 Harrisburg 18.67% 15,806
65 Wilmington 17.99% 120,194
66 Newton 17.88% 13,059
67 Aberdeen 17.62% 7,595
68 Thomasville 17.59% 26,784
69 Mint Hill 17.58% 26,697
70 Jacksonville 15.72% 73,025
71 Mount Holly 15.66% 15,610
72 Fuquay-Varina 15.06% 27,426
73 Wake Forest 14.68% 42,111
74 Bessemer City 14.31% 5,471
75 Kernersville 13.7% 24,576
76 Belmont 13.64% 12,054
77 Hickory 12.43% 40,634
78 Huntersville 12.36% 55,980
79 Lenoir 12.36% 17,879
80 Morrisville 11.91% 26,280
81 Oak Ridge 11.85% 6,901
82 Marion 11.74% 7,834
83 Lincolnton 11.72% 10,832
84 Holly Springs 11.66% 34,874
85 Asheville 11.23% 91,560
86 Asheboro 10.93% 25,852
87 Carrboro 10.82% 21,230
88 Brevard 10.75% 7,824
89 Chapel Hill 10.66% 60,998
90 Mooresville 10.05% 37,835
91 Waxhaw 9.83% 15,237
92 Morehead City 9.78% 9,413
93 Matthews 9.7% 32,044
94 Stallings 9.44% 15,554
95 Indian Trail 8.85% 38,822
96 Leland 8.84% 20,294
97 Cornelius 8.51% 29,256
98 Cary 8.38% 166,268
99 Mount Airy 8.37% 10,193
100 Morganton 8.11% 16,481

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