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 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 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. 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.

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.

1. Warrensville Heights


Population: 13,293
% African American: 91.86%
# Of African American Residents: 12,211
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.1%
More on Warrensville Heights: Data | Jobs

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%
More on East Cleveland: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Bedford Heights: Data | Jobs

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

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%
More on Maple Heights: Data | Jobs

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

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%
More on Trotwood: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on Forest Park: Data | Jobs

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

7. Euclid

Euclid, Ohio

Population: 47,863
% African American: 59.02%
# Of African American Residents: 28,247
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.24%
More on Euclid: Data | Jobs

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.

8. Bedford

Bedford, Ohio

Population: 12,782
% African American: 54.65%
# Of African American Residents: 6,986
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.06%
More on Bedford: Data | Jobs

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.

9. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 389,165
% African American: 50.09%
# Of African American Residents: 194,950
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.3%
More on Cleveland: Data | Jobs

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.

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%
More on North College Hill: Data | Jobs

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.

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

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

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