These Are The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 2,104,597 – 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 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 2019:

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

Kinston took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in North Carolina for 2019. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 64.7% to 0.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Kinston 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.

Kinston, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,004
% African American: 64.72%
# Of African American Residents: 13,594
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.49%
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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

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 55,373
% African American: 62.92%
# Of African American Residents: 34,843
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.94%
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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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,009
% African American: 62.79%
# Of African American Residents: 9,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.06%
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.

Wadesboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,414
% African American: 60.55%
# Of African American Residents: 3,278
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.3%
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.

Williamston, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,398
% African American: 57.32%
# Of African American Residents: 3,094
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.0%
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Oxford, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,614
% African American: 57.0%
# Of African American Residents: 4,910
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.51%
More on Oxford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Elizabeth City, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 17,732
% African American: 51.86%
# Of African American Residents: 9,196
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.48%
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.

Goldsboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,432
% African American: 49.81%
# Of African American Residents: 17,648
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.76%
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.

Roxboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,273
% African American: 48.65%
# Of African American Residents: 4,025
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.49%
More on Roxboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roxboro is a city in and the county seat of Person County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,362 at the 2010 census. The city is 30 miles north of Durham and is a part of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 504,357 as of the 2010 Census. The Durham-Chapel Hill MSA is a part of the larger Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 1,749,525 as of the 2010 Census.

Tarboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,038
% African American: 48.31%
# Of African American Residents: 5,332
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.41%
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.

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. Kill Devil Hills
  3. Oak Island

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % African American Population
1 Kinston 64.72% 21,004
2 Rocky Mount 62.92% 55,373
3 Henderson 62.79% 15,009
4 Wadesboro 60.55% 5,414
5 Williamston 57.32% 5,398
6 Oxford 57.0% 8,614
7 Elizabeth City 51.86% 17,732
8 Goldsboro 49.81% 35,432
9 Roxboro 48.65% 8,273
10 Tarboro 48.31% 11,038
11 Wilson 48.19% 49,237
12 Laurinburg 46.7% 15,320
13 Selma 44.72% 6,375
14 Whiteville 44.05% 5,487
15 Nashville 43.21% 5,473
16 Washington 41.74% 9,721
17 Greensboro 41.42% 284,816
18 Clinton 40.8% 8,630
19 Dunn 40.8% 9,657
20 Fayetteville 40.28% 210,324
21 Shelby 39.94% 20,058
22 Durham 39.1% 257,232
23 Salisbury 38.49% 33,561
24 Hamlet 38.29% 6,401
25 Roanoke Rapids 37.75% 15,107
26 Greenville 37.71% 90,347
27 Reidsville 37.59% 13,933
28 Lumberton 37.42% 21,366
29 Statesville 35.9% 25,872
30 Knightdale 35.6% 14,363
31 Spring Lake 35.46% 12,746
32 Charlotte 34.54% 826,060
33 Winston-Salem 34.33% 240,193
34 High Point 33.67% 109,849
35 Winterville 33.28% 9,488
36 Rockingham 32.7% 9,094
37 Garner 31.54% 28,048
38 New Bern 31.26% 29,664
39 Butner 31.21% 7,709
40 Pineville 30.51% 8,418
41 Hope Mills 30.04% 16,106
42 Lexington 29.67% 18,916
43 Burlington 29.25% 52,813
44 Raleigh 28.27% 449,477
45 Smithfield 28.26% 11,824
46 Forest City 27.35% 7,250
47 Clayton 27.18% 19,306
48 Gastonia 27.13% 74,381
49 Sanford 26.16% 29,051
50 Siler City 24.99% 8,116
51 Monroe 24.47% 34,368
52 Albemarle 23.5% 15,874
53 Eden 23.33% 15,235
54 Mebane 23.03% 14,426
55 Kings Mountain 22.92% 10,929
56 Graham 21.69% 14,540
57 Kannapolis 21.57% 46,498
58 Hillsborough 20.7% 7,033
59 Aberdeen 20.29% 7,265
60 Concord 19.87% 87,607
61 Wendell 19.38% 6,516
62 Havelock 19.3% 20,404
63 Harrisburg 18.26% 14,856
64 Wilmington 17.92% 115,261
65 Thomasville 17.73% 26,901
66 Jacksonville 17.33% 73,661
67 Southern Pines 17.23% 13,426
68 Lincolnton 16.0% 10,574
69 Mount Holly 15.63% 14,948
70 Gibsonville 15.6% 6,845
71 Fuquay-Varina 15.39% 24,373
72 Wake Forest 14.38% 38,473
73 Mint Hill 13.96% 25,600
74 Bessemer City 13.34% 5,411
75 Newton 13.11% 12,991
76 Kernersville 12.58% 23,988
77 Belmont 12.57% 11,373
78 Hickory 12.51% 40,157
79 Morrisville 12.07% 23,873
80 Asheville 11.9% 89,318
81 Holly Springs 11.82% 31,827
82 Carrboro 11.69% 21,099
83 Huntersville 11.44% 53,302
84 Asheboro 11.03% 25,863
85 Morehead City 10.57% 9,200
86 Waxhaw 10.39% 13,343
87 Indian Trail 10.32% 37,191
88 Mooresville 10.31% 36,577
89 Lenoir 10.16% 17,890
90 Brevard 10.1% 7,759
91 Hendersonville 9.87% 13,620
92 Elon 9.62% 9,939
93 Chapel Hill 9.61% 59,234
94 Matthews 9.57% 30,760
95 Oak Ridge 9.33% 6,728
96 Cherryville 8.73% 5,854
97 Conover 8.61% 8,288
98 Cornelius 8.41% 28,052
99 Apex 8.4% 45,899
100 Marion 8.37% 7,752

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