Ohio Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Ohio 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 Ohio 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 ohio is 1,418,048 – at 12.2% of the total population of ohio.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in ohio with the largest African American population in 2020:

  1. Warrensville Heights (Homes For Sale)
  2. East Cleveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bedford Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Maple Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Trotwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Euclid (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Forest Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bedford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. North College Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cleveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Ohio? Warrensville Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in ohio 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 ohio 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 ohio or the most diverse places in ohio.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Ohio For 2020

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Population: 13,258
% African American: 90.96%
# Of African American Residents: 12,059
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.28%
More on Warrensville Heights: Real Estate | Data

East Cleveland, OH

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Population: 17,321
% African American: 90.62%
# Of African American Residents: 15,696
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.12%
More on East Cleveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Cleveland is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and is the first suburb of Cleveland. The population was 17,843 at the 2010 census. East Cleveland is bounded by the city of Cleveland to its north, west, and a small section of its southwestern edge, and by Cleveland Heights to the east and the majority of its southern limits.

Bedford Heights, OH

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7
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Population: 10,633
% African American: 76.83%
# Of African American Residents: 8,169
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.98%
More on Bedford Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bedford Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,751 at the 2010 census.

Maple Heights, OH

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5
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Population: 22,539
% African American: 72.68%
# Of African American Residents: 16,382
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.37%
More on Maple Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maple Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, outside Cleveland. The population was 23,138 at the 2010 census.

Trotwood, OH

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Population: 24,361
% African American: 67.7%
# Of African American Residents: 16,492
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.72%
More on Trotwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trotwood is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States. The population was 24,431 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is served by the Trotwood-Madison City School District.

Euclid, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 47,456
% African American: 59.75%
# Of African American Residents: 28,353
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.67%
More on Euclid: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Euclid is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is an inner ring suburb of Cleveland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 48,920. In 2009, Euclid celebrated its bicentennial.

Forest Park, OH

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7
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Population: 18,703
% African American: 59.54%
# Of African American Residents: 11,135
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.69%
More on Forest Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Forest Park is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 18,720 at the 2010 census.

Bedford, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 12,705
% African American: 54.58%
# Of African American Residents: 6,934
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.1%
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bedford is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,074 at the 2010 census. It is an eastern suburb of Cleveland.

North College Hill, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 9,307
% African American: 53.52%
# Of African American Residents: 4,981
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.05%
More on North College Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North College Hill is a city in Hamilton County in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio approximately ten miles north of downtown Cincinnati. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,397. The city takes its name from its proximity to the Cincinnati neighborhood of College Hill which borders it to the south.

Cleveland, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 387,398
% African American: 48.99%
# Of African American Residents: 189,775
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.71%
More on Cleveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the state’s second most-populous county. Located along Lake Erie, the city proper has a population of 388,072, making Cleveland the 51st largest city in the United States, and the second-largest city in Ohio after Columbus. Greater Cleveland ranked as the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 2,055,612 people in 2016. The city anchors the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 3,515,646 in 2010 and ranks 15th in the United States.

How We Determined The Cities In ohio 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 ohio.

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 246 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.0% 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. Warrensville Heights took the distinction of being the most Black, while Oakwood was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in ohio 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 Ohio

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Ohio:

  1. Oakwood
  2. St. Marys
  3. Northwood

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Ohio

Rank City % African American Population
1 Warrensville Heights 90.96% 13,258
2 East Cleveland 90.62% 17,321
3 Bedford Heights 76.83% 10,633
4 Maple Heights 72.68% 22,539
5 Trotwood 67.7% 24,361
6 Euclid 59.75% 47,456
7 Forest Park 59.54% 18,703
8 Bedford 54.58% 12,705
9 North College Hill 53.52% 9,307
10 Cleveland 48.99% 387,398
11 Richmond Heights 48.71% 10,449
12 Garfield Heights 47.11% 28,001
13 South Euclid 42.92% 21,688
14 Cleveland Heights 42.51% 44,865
15 Cincinnati 42.42% 300,357
16 Youngstown 40.66% 64,734
17 Dayton 38.61% 140,782
18 Mount Healthy 38.35% 6,076
19 Whitehall 36.2% 18,874
20 Shaker Heights 35.1% 27,620
21 Springdale 34.89% 11,228
22 Akron 29.92% 198,314
23 Columbus 28.1% 867,628
24 Grafton 27.95% 6,094
25 Toledo 26.63% 278,193
26 Warren 26.56% 39,668
27 Reynoldsburg 25.52% 37,644
28 Lima 25.32% 37,335
29 Canton 24.29% 71,313
30 Sandusky 22.78% 25,012
31 Campbell 22.01% 7,964
32 University Heights 21.73% 13,138
33 Clayton 19.69% 13,172
34 Mansfield 18.89% 46,638
35 Pickerington 18.67% 20,148
36 Willoughby Hills 17.8% 9,526
37 Springfield 16.41% 59,305
38 Steubenville 14.91% 18,095
39 Elyria 14.84% 53,910
40 Fairfield 14.43% 42,636
41 Lorain 14.31% 63,773
42 Wyoming 14.11% 8,535
43 Huber Heights 13.99% 39,219
44 Xenia 13.65% 26,364
45 Oberlin 13.5% 8,299
46 Twinsburg 13.33% 18,915
47 Painesville 12.76% 19,828
48 Englewood 12.48% 13,485
49 Lyndhurst 12.37% 13,630
50 Mayfield Heights 12.04% 18,766
51 Beachwood 11.98% 11,704
52 West Carrollton 11.9% 12,954
53 Middletown 11.77% 48,449
54 Cheviot 11.48% 8,318
55 Gahanna 11.38% 35,061
56 Solon 11.1% 23,038
57 Brooklyn 10.53% 10,862
58 Pataskala 10.42% 15,465
59 Norwood 10.28% 19,796
60 Riverside 10.2% 25,087
61 Moraine 9.87% 6,445
62 Reading 9.82% 10,286
63 Marion 9.42% 36,268
64 Hamilton 9.21% 62,259
65 Kent 9.09% 29,824
66 Martins Ferry 8.83% 6,703
67 Streetsboro 8.67% 16,395
68 Macedonia 8.64% 11,808
69 Ashtabula 8.5% 18,243
70 Fairborn 8.43% 33,433
71 Sharonville 8.43% 13,942
72 Conneaut 8.06% 12,659
73 Alliance 7.96% 21,927
74 Blue Ash 7.83% 12,150
75 Fairlawn 7.76% 7,522
76 Barberton 7.68% 26,189
77 Fremont 7.43% 16,171
78 Centerville 7.41% 23,821
79 Chillicothe 7.26% 21,717
80 Massillon 7.22% 32,366
81 St. Clairsville 7.1% 5,071
82 Westerville 7.06% 39,242
83 Avon 6.76% 22,786
84 Zanesville 6.76% 25,376
85 Parma Heights 6.76% 20,162
86 Berea 6.66% 18,859
87 Bowling Green 6.46% 31,541
88 Willoughby 6.21% 22,770
89 Eastlake 6.21% 18,229
90 Wilmington 6.1% 12,403
91 Bexley 6.08% 13,764
92 Lakewood 5.86% 50,553
93 Sidney 5.82% 20,639
94 Niles 5.58% 18,606
95 Deer Park 5.43% 5,688
96 Fostoria 5.39% 13,249
97 Portsmouth 5.33% 20,366
98 East Liverpool 5.28% 10,762
99 Tallmadge 5.23% 17,581
100 Athens 5.11% 24,771

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