The 10 Ohio Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Ohio with the largest African American population.

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 1,425,887 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Ohio? Warrensville Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in ohio for 2021. 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 2021

1. Warrensville Heights

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Population: 13,203
% African American: 91.64%
# Of African American Residents: 12,099
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.97%
More on Warrensville Heights: Real Estate | Data

2. East Cleveland

East Cleveland, OH

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Population: 17,200
% African American: 90.13%
# Of African American Residents: 15,502
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.2%
More on East Cleveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Bedford Heights

Bedford Heights, OH

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Population: 10,565
% African American: 77.69%
# Of African American Residents: 8,208
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.51%
More on Bedford Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Maple Heights

Maple Heights, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 22,383
% African American: 73.89%
# Of African American Residents: 16,538
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.39%
More on Maple Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Trotwood

Trotwood, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 24,375
% African American: 67.46%
# Of African American Residents: 16,443
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.01%
More on Trotwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Euclid

Euclid, OH

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Population: 47,159
% African American: 61.63%
# Of African American Residents: 29,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.51%
More on Euclid: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Forest Park

Forest Park, OH

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Population: 18,657
% African American: 55.85%
# Of African American Residents: 10,420
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.49%
More on Forest Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. North College Hill

North College Hill, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 9,335
% African American: 55.3%
# Of African American Residents: 5,162
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.16%
More on North College Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Bedford

Bedford, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 12,631
% African American: 55.06%
# Of African American Residents: 6,954
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.47%
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 10,406
% African American: 52.27%
# Of African American Residents: 5,439
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.59%
More on Richmond Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In ohio With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 244 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.6% 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 Louisville 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. Louisville
  2. Oakwood
  3. St. Marys

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Ohio

Rank City % African American Population
1 Warrensville Heights 91.64% 13,203
2 East Cleveland 90.13% 17,200
3 Bedford Heights 77.69% 10,565
4 Maple Heights 73.89% 22,383
5 Trotwood 67.46% 24,375
6 Euclid 61.63% 47,159
7 Forest Park 55.85% 18,657
8 North College Hill 55.3% 9,335
9 Bedford 55.06% 12,631
10 Richmond Heights 52.27% 10,406
11 Cleveland 48.18% 385,282
12 Garfield Heights 47.56% 27,814
13 South Euclid 44.88% 21,572
14 Cincinnati 41.96% 301,394
15 Mount Healthy 41.57% 6,767
16 Cleveland Heights 40.71% 44,571
17 Youngstown 40.7% 64,783
18 Whitehall 39.21% 18,915
19 Dayton 37.57% 140,569
20 Springdale 37.01% 11,217
21 Shaker Heights 34.97% 27,387
22 Akron 30.12% 198,051
23 Columbus 28.63% 878,553
24 Grafton 27.72% 5,996
25 Toledo 27.04% 276,614
26 Warren 26.29% 39,307
27 Lima 25.37% 37,117
28 Reynoldsburg 25.17% 38,129
29 Canton 24.64% 71,243
30 University Heights 23.39% 13,025
31 Sandusky 22.7% 24,829
32 Mansfield 21.31% 46,576
33 Willoughby Hills 20.78% 9,527
34 Clayton 20.78% 13,205
35 Campbell 20.61% 7,889
36 Pickerington 17.94% 20,631
37 Springfield 17.03% 59,132
38 Huber Heights 16.12% 40,006
39 Wyoming 15.92% 8,548
40 Fairfield 15.58% 42,634
41 Englewood 15.43% 13,463
42 Lorain 15.26% 63,801
43 Elyria 15.16% 53,821
44 Painesville 14.98% 19,845
45 Steubenville 14.74% 17,988
46 Twinsburg 14.02% 18,707
47 Mayfield Heights 13.47% 18,669
48 Lyndhurst 13.29% 13,533
49 Oberlin 13.21% 8,296
50 Brooklyn 13.2% 10,773
51 Solon 12.49% 22,947
52 West Carrollton 12.35% 12,913
53 Beachwood 11.88% 11,663
54 Gahanna 11.76% 35,268
55 Norwood 11.73% 19,883
56 Xenia 11.57% 26,534
57 Cheviot 11.27% 8,254
58 Middletown 11.14% 48,621
59 Pataskala 10.79% 15,585
60 Moraine 10.76% 6,486
61 Riverside 10.06% 25,093
62 Sharonville 9.74% 14,133
63 Macedonia 9.67% 11,873
64 Hamilton 9.33% 62,182
65 Blue Ash 9.13% 12,252
66 Marion 9.03% 36,188
67 Martins Ferry 9.03% 6,646
68 Alliance 8.96% 21,842
69 Fairlawn 8.92% 7,514
70 Fairborn 8.68% 33,462
71 Reading 8.44% 10,353
72 Kent 8.16% 29,811
73 Streetsboro 8.05% 16,406
74 Barberton 7.99% 26,098
75 Fremont 7.85% 16,073
76 Conneaut 7.82% 12,613
77 Massillon 7.76% 32,415
78 Ashtabula 7.4% 18,171
79 Zanesville 7.33% 25,200
80 Westerville 7.2% 39,877
81 Ravenna 6.84% 11,485
82 Bexley 6.84% 13,786
83 Eastlake 6.74% 18,156
84 Parma Heights 6.61% 20,045
85 Berea 6.31% 18,788
86 Chillicothe 6.26% 21,719
87 Bowling Green 6.24% 31,526
88 Centerville 6.03% 23,796
89 Portsmouth 5.93% 20,311
90 Niles 5.9% 18,468
91 Wilmington 5.78% 12,392
92 Lakewood 5.48% 50,259
93 Athens 5.46% 24,984
94 Deer Park 5.41% 5,599
95 Wickliffe 5.41% 12,743
96 Sidney 5.4% 20,590
97 Delaware 5.17% 40,568
98 Girard 5.17% 9,368
99 Tallmadge 5.0% 17,589
100 Hilliard 4.8% 36,411

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