These Are The 10 Ohio Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Ohio 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 Ohio is 1,402,423 – at 12.1% 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 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 2018:

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

Warrensville Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Ohio for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Ohio 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 Ohio.

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 246 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.9% 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 Northwood was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Warrensville Heights


Population: 13,293
% African American: 91.86%
# Of African American Residents: 12,211
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.1%

2. East Cleveland

East Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 17,413
% African American: 90.0%
# Of African American Residents: 15,672
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.25%

3. Bedford Heights

Bedford Heights, Ohio

Population: 10,640
% African American: 72.07%
# Of African American Residents: 7,668
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.99%

4. Maple Heights

Maple Heights, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 22,685
% African American: 71.57%
# Of African American Residents: 16,235
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.4%

5. Trotwood

Trotwood, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 24,372
% African American: 69.49%
# Of African American Residents: 16,935
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.11%

6. Forest Park

Forest Park, Ohio

Population: 18,679
% African American: 59.96%
# Of African American Residents: 11,199
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.17%

7. Euclid

Euclid, Ohio

Population: 47,863
% African American: 59.02%
# Of African American Residents: 28,247
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.24%

8. Bedford

Bedford, Ohio

Population: 12,782
% African American: 54.65%
# Of African American Residents: 6,986
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.06%

9. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 389,165
% African American: 50.09%
# Of African American Residents: 194,950
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.3%

10. North College Hill

North College Hill, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,351
% African American: 46.2%
# Of African American Residents: 4,320
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.95%

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. Northwood
  2. New Carlisle
  3. Canfield

For more Ohio reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Ohio

City Rank Population % African American
Warrensville Heights 1 13,293 91.86%
East Cleveland 2 17,413 90.0%
Bedford Heights 3 10,640 72.07%
Maple Heights 4 22,685 71.57%
Trotwood 5 24,372 69.49%
Forest Park 6 18,679 59.96%
Euclid 7 47,863 59.02%
Bedford 8 12,782 54.65%
Cleveland 9 389,165 50.09%
North College Hill 10 9,351 46.2%
Richmond Heights 11 10,476 45.57%
Garfield Heights 12 28,207 44.78%
Cincinnati 13 298,011 42.82%
Cleveland Heights 14 45,160 42.55%
Youngstown 15 65,161 42.22%
South Euclid 16 21,865 40.93%
Mount Healthy 17 6,054 39.71%
Dayton 18 141,143 39.42%
Shaker Heights 19 27,773 34.09%
Springdale 20 11,205 33.24%
Whitehall 21 18,596 31.69%
Akron 22 198,508 30.24%
Grafton 23 6,075 29.78%
Warren 24 40,433 28.46%
Columbus 25 837,038 27.59%
Toledo 26 280,854 26.8%
Reynoldsburg 27 36,995 26.73%
Lima 28 37,836 25.85%
Canton 29 72,163 24.03%
Sandusky 30 25,338 20.8%
Clayton 31 13,172 20.61%
University Heights 32 13,273 20.52%
Campbell 33 8,040 19.98%
Pickerington 34 19,379 18.4%
Mansfield 35 46,902 17.65%
Springfield 36 59,761 17.29%
Oberlin 37 8,353 15.31%
Wyoming 38 8,484 14.8%
Willoughby Hills 39 9,497 14.73%
Elyria 40 53,928 14.63%
Xenia 41 26,105 14.45%
Mayfield Heights 42 18,878 13.87%
Steubenville 43 18,305 13.85%
Huber Heights 44 38,795 13.75%
Twinsburg 45 18,851 13.73%
Lorain 46 63,714 13.71%
Cheviot 47 8,318 13.61%
Gahanna 48 34,373 12.82%
Moraine 49 6,343 12.8%
Fairfield 50 42,640 12.8%
Sharonville 51 13,782 12.68%
Painesville 52 19,735 12.43%
West Carrollton 53 13,012 12.35%
Englewood 54 13,512 11.68%
Middletown 55 48,527 11.47%
Solon 56 23,085 11.29%
Beachwood 57 11,786 10.23%
Hamilton 58 62,259 10.08%
Lyndhurst 59 13,736 10.0%
Kent 60 29,761 9.87%
Alliance 61 22,121 9.81%
Marion 62 36,568 9.46%
Macedonia 63 11,595 9.21%
Reading 64 10,342 9.17%
Norwood 65 19,462 9.05%
Fairlawn 66 7,477 8.92%
Fremont 67 16,388 8.79%
Avon 68 22,289 8.66%
Conneaut 69 12,782 8.45%
Zanesville 70 25,467 7.99%
Fairborn 71 33,487 7.88%
Riverside 72 25,036 7.78%
Ashtabula 73 18,540 7.7%
Wilmington 74 12,441 7.45%
Westerville 75 38,089 7.34%
Parma Heights 76 20,311 7.32%
Pataskala 77 15,225 7.25%
Streetsboro 78 16,224 7.21%
Massillon 79 32,268 7.11%
Brooklyn 80 10,936 7.02%
Barberton 81 26,266 6.97%
Blue Ash 82 12,154 6.91%
Lakewood 83 50,866 6.81%
Sidney 84 20,761 6.67%
Martins Ferry 85 6,813 6.65%
Deer Park 86 5,707 6.54%
St. Clairsville 87 5,117 6.27%
Berea 88 18,949 6.27%
Vandalia 89 15,127 6.21%
Ironton 90 11,049 6.16%
Centerville 91 23,899 5.98%
Bowling Green 92 31,641 5.83%
Bexley 93 13,534 5.81%
Wickliffe 94 12,718 5.58%
Pepper Pike 95 6,150 5.56%
Granville 96 5,725 5.5%
Portsmouth 97 20,393 5.41%
East Liverpool 98 10,919 5.41%
Fostoria 99 13,397 5.31%
Lebanon 100 20,536 5.17%

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