North Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in North Carolina 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 north carolina is 2,146,254 – 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 2020:

  1. Wadesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Kinston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Rocky Mount (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Williamston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Goldsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Laurinburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tarboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Elizabeth City (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 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 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 2020

Wadesboro, NC

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Population: 5,351
% African American: 67.78%
# Of African American Residents: 3,627
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.25%
More on Wadesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wadesboro is a town in Anson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,813 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Anson County.

Kinston, NC

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Population: 20,659
% African American: 66.08%
# Of African American Residents: 13,651
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.1%
More on Kinston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kinston is a city in Lenoir County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 21,677 at the 2010 Census. It has been the county seat of Lenoir County since its formation in 1791. Kinston is located in the coastal plains region of Eastern North Carolina.

Rocky Mount, NC

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Population: 54,982
% African American: 63.96%
# Of African American Residents: 35,168
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.89%
More on Rocky Mount: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rocky Mount is a city in Edgecombe and Nash counties in the Atlantic coastal plain region of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Although it was not formally incorporated until February 28, 1907, the North Carolina community that became the city of Rocky Mount dates from the beginning of the 19th century. The first post office in the area opened in 1816. The city’s population was 57,685 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 56,325 in 2014. Rocky Mount has received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League two times, in 1969 and 1999.

Henderson, NC

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5
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Population: 14,986
% African American: 63.78%
# Of African American Residents: 9,558
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.53%
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Henderson, a city with a population of 15,368 at the 2010 census, is the county seat of Vance County, North Carolina, United States.

Oxford, NC

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Population: 8,648
% African American: 59.52%
# Of African American Residents: 5,147
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.56%
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Oxford is a town in Granville County, North Carolina, United States, with a population of 8,461 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Granville County.

Williamston, NC

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Population: 5,375
% African American: 54.34%
# Of African American Residents: 2,921
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.37%
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Goldsboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 34,972
% African American: 52.27%
# Of African American Residents: 18,279
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.6%
More on Goldsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goldsboro is a city in Wayne County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 36,437 at the 2010 Census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The nearby town of Waynesboro was founded in 1787 and Goldsboro was incorporated in 1847. It is the county seat of Wayne County. The city is situated in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain and is bordered on the south by the Neuse River and the west by the Little River, about 43 miles southwest of Greenville and 55 miles southeast of Raleigh, the state capital and 87 miles northwest of Wilmington in Southeastern North Carolina. Goldsboro is best known as home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Laurinburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 15,253
% African American: 48.93%
# Of African American Residents: 7,463
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.43%
More on Laurinburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurinburg is a city in and the county seat of Scotland County, North Carolina, United States. Located in southern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, Laurinburg is southwest of Fayetteville and is home to St. Andrews University. The Laurinburg Institute, a historically African-American school, is also located in Laurinburg. The population at the 2010 Census was 15,962 people.

Tarboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 11,045
% African American: 48.82%
# Of African American Residents: 5,392
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.6%
More on Tarboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tarboro is a town located in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 11,415. It is the county seat of Edgecombe County. Tarboro is located near the western edge of North Carolina’s coastal plain. It has many historical churches, some dating from the early 19th century.

Elizabeth City, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 17,604
% African American: 48.78%
# Of African American Residents: 8,587
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.35%
More on Elizabeth City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elizabeth City is a city in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2014 census, it had a population of 18,047. Elizabeth City is the county seat and largest city of Pasquotank County. It is the cultural, economic and educational hub of the sixteen-county Historic Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina.

How We Determined The Cities In north carolina 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 north carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 67.8% 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 67.78% 5,351
2 Kinston 66.08% 20,659
3 Rocky Mount 63.96% 54,982
4 Henderson 63.78% 14,986
5 Oxford 59.52% 8,648
6 Williamston 54.34% 5,375
7 Goldsboro 52.27% 34,972
8 Laurinburg 48.93% 15,253
9 Tarboro 48.82% 11,045
10 Elizabeth City 48.78% 17,604
11 Selma 48.14% 6,577
12 Wilson 47.42% 49,230
13 Roxboro 46.87% 8,283
14 Whiteville 46.55% 5,450
15 Hamlet 43.15% 6,362
16 Dunn 42.49% 9,635
17 Greensboro 41.34% 288,719
18 Fayetteville 41.23% 209,867
19 Knightdale 40.49% 15,198
20 Washington 40.37% 9,649
21 Clinton 39.5% 8,557
22 Nashville 38.86% 5,523
23 Durham 38.74% 264,310
24 Greenville 37.8% 91,207
25 Salisbury 37.47% 33,652
26 Shelby 37.0% 20,053
27 Winterville 36.51% 9,546
28 Roanoke Rapids 36.21% 14,937
29 Reidsville 36.03% 13,909
30 Statesville 35.25% 26,263
31 Lumberton 35.2% 21,198
32 Pineville 34.59% 8,574
33 Charlotte 34.51% 841,611
34 Winston-Salem 34.25% 242,125
35 High Point 33.97% 111,035
36 Spring Lake 33.92% 12,284
37 Rockingham 32.45% 8,994
38 New Bern 32.16% 29,958
39 Lexington 30.04% 18,897
40 Hope Mills 29.86% 15,762
41 Butner 29.08% 7,699
42 Raleigh 28.23% 457,159
43 Gastonia 27.85% 75,138
44 Burlington 27.61% 52,524
45 Garner 27.27% 28,731
46 Sanford 26.88% 29,274
47 Gibsonville 26.77% 7,024
48 Smithfield 26.01% 12,117
49 Clayton 25.61% 20,324
50 Albemarle 24.74% 15,889
51 Mebane 24.53% 15,198
52 Graham 24.23% 14,670
53 Forest City 23.68% 7,167
54 Monroe 23.56% 34,679
55 Eden 23.41% 15,121
56 Hillsborough 23.04% 7,083
57 Wendell 22.96% 6,828
58 Kannapolis 22.07% 47,553
59 Siler City 21.4% 8,106
60 Kings Mountain 20.77% 10,955
61 Concord 20.32% 89,729
62 Aberdeen 19.68% 7,419
63 Harrisburg 19.27% 15,269
64 Thomasville 18.72% 26,839
65 Wilmington 18.14% 118,094
66 Havelock 18.13% 20,330
67 Jacksonville 17.02% 73,226
68 Southern Pines 17.0% 13,694
69 Mount Holly 16.43% 15,305
70 Mint Hill 15.57% 26,168
71 Bessemer City 15.43% 5,438
72 Newton 15.36% 13,005
73 Wake Forest 14.52% 40,159
74 Fuquay-Varina 14.02% 25,932
75 Lincolnton 13.98% 10,678
76 Kernersville 13.21% 24,088
77 Belmont 12.7% 11,768
78 Holly Springs 12.59% 33,341
79 Lenoir 12.02% 17,899
80 Morrisville 11.91% 25,007
81 Brevard 11.82% 7,785
82 Asheville 11.69% 90,531
83 Huntersville 11.62% 54,572
84 Hickory 11.38% 40,402
85 Asheboro 11.37% 25,859
86 Morehead City 11.36% 9,304
87 Oak Ridge 11.3% 6,829
88 Mooresville 11.15% 37,165
89 Carrboro 10.42% 21,216
90 Waxhaw 9.91% 14,383
91 Mount Airy 9.83% 10,227
92 Chapel Hill 9.74% 59,561
93 Stallings 9.56% 15,240
94 Indian Trail 9.48% 37,983
95 Matthews 9.36% 31,400
96 Marion 8.94% 7,839
97 Morganton 8.37% 16,466
98 Cary 8.07% 163,266
99 Conover 8.02% 8,300
100 Cornelius 7.75% 28,649

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