These Are The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina is 2,104,597 – at 21.2% 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 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 2018:

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

Williamston took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in North Carolina for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 66.3% 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. Williamston took the distinction of being the most Black, while Carolina Beach was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Williamston

Williamston, North Carolina

Population: 5,534
% African American: 66.32%
# Of African American Residents: 3,670
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.87%

2. Kinston

Kinston, North Carolina

Population: 21,393
% African American: 64.82%
# Of African American Residents: 13,867
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.63%

3. Wadesboro

Wadesboro, North Carolina

Population: 5,577
% African American: 62.83%
# Of African American Residents: 3,504
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.04%

4. Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Population: 56,175
% African American: 62.53%
# Of African American Residents: 35,125
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.76%

5. Henderson

Henderson, North Carolina

Population: 15,258
% African American: 62.48%
# Of African American Residents: 9,533
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.25%

6. Oxford

Oxford, North Carolina

Population: 8,707
% African American: 52.74%
# Of African American Residents: 4,592
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.26%

7. Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Population: 18,025
% African American: 51.9%
# Of African American Residents: 9,355
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.95%

8. Goldsboro

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Population: 35,924
% African American: 50.56%
# Of African American Residents: 18,162
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.19%

9. Roxboro

Roxboro, North Carolina

Population: 8,329
% African American: 48.95%
# Of African American Residents: 4,077
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.91%

10. Laurinburg

Laurinburg, North Carolina

Population: 15,601
% African American: 48.24%
# Of African American Residents: 7,526
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.28%

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

For more North Carolina reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In North Carolina

City Rank Population % African American
Williamston 1 5,534 66.32%
Kinston 2 21,393 64.82%
Wadesboro 3 5,577 62.83%
Rocky Mount 4 56,175 62.53%
Henderson 5 15,258 62.48%
Oxford 6 8,707 52.74%
Elizabeth City 7 18,025 51.9%
Goldsboro 8 35,924 50.56%
Roxboro 9 8,329 48.95%
Laurinburg 10 15,601 48.24%
Wilson 11 49,558 48.03%
Tarboro 12 11,206 47.75%
Clinton 13 8,799 44.78%
Nashville 14 5,521 43.96%
Washington 15 9,862 43.58%
Greensboro 16 282,177 41.14%
Whiteville 17 5,535 40.78%
Fayetteville 18 203,670 40.75%
Selma 19 6,325 40.6%
Dunn 20 9,762 40.43%
Shelby 21 20,259 39.71%
Durham 22 251,761 39.49%
Reidsville 23 14,107 39.29%
Hamlet 24 6,500 38.35%
Greenville 25 89,745 38.23%
Salisbury 26 33,674 37.84%
Lumberton 27 21,646 37.42%
Statesville 28 25,731 35.33%
Roanoke Rapids 29 15,454 35.2%
Charlotte 30 808,834 34.68%
Knightdale 31 13,787 34.47%
Winston-Salem 32 238,474 34.36%
Winterville 33 9,484 34.29%
Rockingham 34 9,289 34.19%
Spring Lake 35 13,258 33.29%
High Point 36 108,982 32.5%
Garner 37 27,625 32.38%
New Bern 38 30,075 31.38%
Forest City 39 7,356 30.04%
Butner 40 7,692 29.58%
Burlington 41 52,570 29.36%
Lexington 42 19,089 29.14%
Raleigh 43 441,326 28.4%
Hope Mills 44 16,189 27.86%
Gastonia 45 73,877 27.1%
Smithfield 46 11,746 26.91%
Hillsborough 47 6,428 26.48%
Sanford 48 29,048 25.75%
Monroe 49 34,212 25.29%
Siler City 50 8,269 24.83%
Mebane 51 13,592 24.12%
Clayton 52 18,553 23.77%
Eden 53 15,434 23.11%
Pineville 54 8,244 23.02%
Kannapolis 55 45,685 22.44%
Wendell 56 6,298 22.09%
Graham 57 14,506 20.8%
Thomasville 58 27,178 19.72%
Albemarle 59 15,968 19.53%
Kings Mountain 60 11,053 19.02%
Concord 61 85,753 18.8%
Aberdeen 62 7,107 18.76%
Havelock 63 20,630 18.72%
Southern Pines 64 13,258 18.66%
Jacksonville 65 68,404 18.42%
Wilmington 66 113,724 18.04%
Harrisburg 67 14,500 15.96%
Fuquay-Varina 68 22,722 15.9%
Lincolnton 69 10,593 14.78%
Mount Holly 70 14,058 14.29%
Wake Forest 71 36,472 14.26%
Kernersville 72 23,736 13.62%
Newton 73 12,999 13.21%
Holly Springs 74 30,126 12.38%
Hickory 75 40,274 12.19%
Bessemer City 76 5,462 12.18%
Asheville 77 87,531 12.16%
Morrisville 78 22,600 11.85%
Asheboro 79 25,978 11.81%
Lenoir 80 17,956 11.74%
Gibsonville 81 6,759 11.69%
Mint Hill 82 25,024 11.56%
Conover 83 8,263 11.48%
Hendersonville 84 13,548 11.43%
Huntersville 85 51,701 10.84%
Matthews 86 30,054 10.64%
Indian Trail 87 36,357 10.5%
Morehead City 88 9,273 10.0%
Mooresville 89 35,387 9.8%
Chapel Hill 90 59,005 9.72%
Morganton 91 16,717 9.42%
Mount Airy 92 10,364 9.27%
Belmont 93 10,494 9.14%
Cherryville 94 5,901 8.69%
Elon 95 9,781 8.67%
Marion 96 7,873 8.32%
Apex 97 43,893 8.18%
Cary 98 155,822 8.17%
Carrboro 99 20,867 7.96%
Waxhaw 100 12,398 7.94%

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