The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 2,182,623 - at 21.0% 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 2022:

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

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 2022. 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 2022

1. Wadesboro

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Population: 5,273
% African American: 74.93%
# Of African American Residents: 3,951
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.35%
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Wadesboro, NC

2. Kinston

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Population: 20,173
% African American: 67.5%
# Of African American Residents: 13,617
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.33%
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Kinston, NC

3. Rocky Mount

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Population: 54,330
% African American: 63.06%
# Of African American Residents: 34,261
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.23%
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Rocky Mount, NC

4. Henderson

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Population: 15,127
% African American: 62.41%
# Of African American Residents: 9,441
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.25%
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Henderson, NC

5. Oxford

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Population: 8,812
% African American: 56.71%
# Of African American Residents: 4,997
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.36%
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Oxford, NC

6. Nashville

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Population: 5,521
% African American: 56.44%
# Of African American Residents: 3,116
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.98%
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Nashville, NC

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7. Whiteville

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Population: 5,348
% African American: 52.02%
# Of African American Residents: 2,782
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.6%
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Whiteville, NC

8. Goldsboro

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Population: 34,610
% African American: 51.99%
# Of African American Residents: 17,995
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.02%
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Goldsboro, NC

9. Laurinburg

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Population: 15,118
% African American: 51.46%
# Of African American Residents: 7,780
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.74%
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Laurinburg, NC

10. Elizabeth City

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Population: 17,725
% African American: 50.89%
# Of African American Residents: 9,020
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.18%
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Elizabeth City, NC

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 74.9% 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. Wadesboro took the distinction of being the most Black, while Carolina Beach 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.

Summary: 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. Sawmills

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

African American Population By City In North Carolina

Rank City % African American Population
1 Wadesboro 74.93% 5,273
2 Kinston 67.5% 20,173
3 Rocky Mount 63.06% 54,330
4 Henderson 62.41% 15,127
5 Oxford 56.71% 8,812
6 Nashville 56.44% 5,521
7 Whiteville 52.02% 5,348
8 Goldsboro 51.99% 34,610
9 Laurinburg 51.46% 15,118
10 Elizabeth City 50.89% 17,725
11 Tarboro 50.06% 10,806
12 Selma 49.34% 6,950
13 Knightdale 48.83% 16,798
14 Wilson 48.26% 49,310
15 Williamston 46.7% 5,251
16 Hamlet 45.1% 6,366
17 Greensboro 41.92% 294,395
18 Fayetteville 41.64% 211,201
19 Roxboro 41.21% 8,323
20 Clinton 39.0% 8,480
21 Greenville 38.93% 92,826
22 Dunn 38.7% 9,738
23 Reidsville 38.02% 13,928
24 Lumberton 37.21% 20,704
25 Washington 37.17% 9,555
26 Durham 37.05% 276,341
27 Butner 36.71% 7,779
28 Roanoke Rapids 36.38% 14,562
29 Shelby 35.19% 20,046
30 Salisbury 35.06% 33,961
31 Charlotte 34.87% 873,570
32 Statesville 34.8% 27,114
33 High Point 34.57% 112,434
34 Rockingham 34.5% 8,771
35 Spring Lake 33.69% 12,093
36 Hope Mills 33.38% 15,972
37 Winston-Salem 33.34% 245,787
38 Winterville 32.88% 10,062
39 New Bern 31.06% 29,985
40 Lexington 29.99% 18,970
41 Gastonia 29.01% 76,635
42 Smithfield 28.49% 12,697
43 Gibsonville 28.42% 7,232
44 Raleigh 28.07% 469,698
45 Eden 28.07% 14,986
46 Forest City 27.83% 7,150
47 Burlington 27.38% 54,534
48 Garner 27.0% 30,345
49 Sanford 26.76% 29,758
50 Mebane 26.09% 15,564
51 Graham 23.86% 15,168
52 Wendell 23.67% 7,962
53 Pineville 23.57% 8,923
54 Kings Mountain 23.26% 10,885
55 Albemarle 23.23% 16,073
56 Clayton 22.65% 23,179
57 Monroe 22.53% 35,339
58 Kannapolis 21.16% 49,788
59 Concord 21.12% 94,147
60 Siler City 19.94% 8,159
61 Havelock 19.73% 19,927
62 Fuquay-Varina 19.14% 29,110
63 Wake Forest 18.2% 44,068
64 Mount Holly 17.49% 15,947
65 Harrisburg 17.46% 16,073
66 Jacksonville 17.44% 74,313
67 Wilmington 17.4% 122,162
68 Lincolnton 16.08% 11,099
69 Mint Hill 16.03% 27,258
70 Thomasville 15.94% 26,834
71 Carrboro 15.94% 21,254
72 Kernersville 14.6% 24,876
73 Hillsborough 14.49% 7,162
74 Aberdeen 13.89% 7,862
75 Lewisville 13.83% 14,030
76 Southern Pines 13.37% 14,347
77 Lenoir 12.51% 17,909
78 Huntersville 12.47% 57,288
79 Morrisville 12.36% 27,582
80 Asheboro 12.35% 25,877
81 Hickory 11.94% 41,067
82 Matthews 11.83% 32,682
83 Brevard 11.72% 7,841
84 Bessemer City 11.71% 5,536
85 Marion 11.24% 7,853
86 Stallings 11.21% 15,781
87 Newton 11.19% 13,106
88 Asheville 11.11% 92,328
89 Belmont 11.02% 12,292
90 Morganton 10.93% 16,517
91 Holly Springs 10.08% 36,595
92 Chapel Hill 10.08% 61,912
93 Mooresville 10.01% 38,498
94 Waxhaw 9.37% 16,165
95 Morehead City 9.28% 9,495
96 Oak Ridge 9.06% 6,979
97 Indian Trail 8.83% 39,644
98 Mount Airy 8.61% 10,213
99 Davidson 8.01% 12,920
100 Hendersonville 7.63% 14,020

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in North Carolina with the largest African American population.

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