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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 1,432,646 - 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.
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 2023:
What's the blackest city in Ohio? Warrensville Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Ohio for 2023. 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 2023
1. Warrensville Heights
% African American: 92.81%
# Of African American Residents: 12,709
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.23%
More on Warrensville Heights: Real Estate | Data
2. East Cleveland
% African American: 88.65%
# Of African American Residents: 12,599
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.46%
More on East Cleveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos
3. Bedford Heights
% African American: 77.36%
# Of African American Residents: 8,465
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.57%
More on Bedford Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos
4. Maple Heights
% African American: 72.17%
# Of African American Residents: 16,967
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.2%
More on Maple Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 64.53%
# Of African American Residents: 14,943
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.86%
More on Trotwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 63.72%
# Of African American Residents: 31,466
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.15%
More on Euclid: Real Estate | Data | Photos
7. North College Hill
% African American: 60.74%
# Of African American Residents: 5,834
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.41%
More on North College Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos
8. Richmond Heights
% African American: 57.38%
# Of African American Residents: 6,167
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.6%
More on Richmond Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos
9. Garfield Heights
% African American: 55.95%
# Of African American Residents: 16,553
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.99%
More on Garfield Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos
10. Forest Park
% African American: 54.9%
# Of African American Residents: 10,947
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.22%
More on Forest Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Ohio With The Largest Black Population For 2023
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 2017-2021 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*
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 92.8% 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. 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.
Summary: 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:
For more Ohio reading, check out:
African American Population By City In Ohio
|Rank||City||% African American|
|7||North College Hill||60.74%|