The 10 Ohio Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,422,412 - 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Ohio? Warrensville Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Ohio for 2022. 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 2022

1. Warrensville Heights

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 13,178
% African American: 91.41%
# Of African American Residents: 12,046
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.38%
More on Warrensville Heights: Real Estate | Data

2. East Cleveland

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Population: 17,047
% African American: 89.31%
# Of African American Residents: 15,224
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.76%
More on East Cleveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Cleveland, OH

Source: Public domain

3. Bedford Heights

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Population: 10,530
% African American: 77.0%
# Of African American Residents: 8,108
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.71%
More on Bedford Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bedford Heights, OH

4. Maple Heights

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Population: 22,178
% African American: 69.55%
# Of African American Residents: 15,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.09%
More on Maple Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maple Heights, OH

Source: Public domain

5. Trotwood

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 24,410
% African American: 64.66%
# Of African American Residents: 15,784
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.9%
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Trotwood, OH

Source: Public domain

6. Euclid

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Population: 46,861
% African American: 61.99%
# Of African American Residents: 29,050
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.46%
More on Euclid: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Euclid, OH

7. North College Hill

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Population: 9,310
% African American: 59.87%
# Of African American Residents: 5,574
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.51%
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North College Hill, OH

Source: Public domain

8. Forest Park

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 18,632
% African American: 56.96%
# Of African American Residents: 10,613
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.93%
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Forest Park, OH

9. Richmond Heights

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 10,376
% African American: 55.98%
# Of African American Residents: 5,808
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.7%
More on Richmond Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Richmond Heights, OH

10. Bedford

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 12,555
% African American: 52.9%
# Of African American Residents: 6,642
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.7%
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bedford, OH

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Ohio With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 91.4% 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 Columbiana 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:

  1. Columbiana
  2. Independence
  3. Oakwood

For more Ohio reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Ohio

Rank City % African American Population
1 Warrensville Heights 91.41% 13,178
2 East Cleveland 89.31% 17,047
3 Bedford Heights 77.0% 10,530
4 Maple Heights 69.55% 22,178
5 Trotwood 64.66% 24,410
6 Euclid 61.99% 46,861
7 North College Hill 59.87% 9,310
8 Forest Park 56.96% 18,632
9 Richmond Heights 55.98% 10,376
10 Bedford 52.9% 12,555
11 Garfield Heights 52.76% 27,673
12 Cleveland 47.03% 383,331
13 South Euclid 46.86% 21,449
14 Mount Healthy 41.45% 6,845
15 Cincinnati 41.06% 302,687
16 Youngstown 39.83% 64,152
17 Cleveland Heights 39.41% 44,176
18 Dayton 38.6% 140,444
19 Springdale 38.51% 11,201
20 Whitehall 37.55% 18,944
21 Shaker Heights 36.21% 27,148
22 Akron 29.71% 197,375
23 Columbus 28.87% 889,079
24 Reynoldsburg 28.28% 38,016
25 Toledo 26.94% 275,116
26 Grafton 26.91% 6,017
27 Warren 26.78% 38,986
28 Lima 25.16% 36,908
29 Canton 24.34% 70,863
30 University Heights 23.07% 12,908
31 Clayton 22.75% 13,201
32 Sandusky 22.37% 24,651
33 Campbell 21.13% 7,847
34 Mansfield 20.85% 46,450
35 Willoughby Hills 20.75% 9,545
36 Pickerington 18.33% 21,257
37 Springfield 17.83% 58,957
38 Wyoming 15.95% 8,540
39 Steubenville 15.33% 17,882
40 Englewood 15.01% 13,474
41 Huber Heights 14.95% 40,465
42 Lorain 14.9% 63,832
43 Fairfield 14.85% 42,623
44 Mayfield Heights 14.55% 18,586
45 Elyria 14.53% 53,844
46 Twinsburg 14.28% 18,754
47 Cheviot 13.55% 8,241
48 Painesville 13.23% 19,817
49 Lyndhurst 12.88% 13,431
50 Gahanna 12.38% 35,442
51 Moraine 11.8% 6,494
52 Parma Heights 11.38% 19,916
53 Middletown 11.19% 48,765
54 Xenia 10.86% 26,751
55 Beachwood 10.8% 11,627
56 Solon 10.71% 22,858
57 West Carrollton 10.69% 12,901
58 Oberlin 10.68% 8,252
59 Brooklyn 10.37% 10,788
60 Norwood 10.22% 19,843
61 Sharonville 9.89% 14,659
62 Macedonia 9.71% 11,942
63 Blue Ash 9.42% 12,417
64 Kent 9.06% 29,698
65 Hamilton 8.66% 62,162
66 Pataskala 8.58% 15,751
67 Riverside 8.53% 25,127
68 Fairlawn 8.49% 7,536
69 Marion 8.47% 36,011
70 Fairborn 8.33% 33,456
71 Barberton 8.11% 26,030
72 Alliance 8.06% 21,671
73 Bexley 8.02% 13,805
74 Ravenna 7.97% 11,436
75 Massillon 7.93% 32,484
76 Berea 7.81% 18,713
77 Conneaut 7.54% 12,524
78 Ashtabula 7.5% 18,067
79 Zanesville 7.31% 25,246
80 Chillicothe 7.1% 21,668
81 Fremont 6.89% 16,005
82 Reading 6.65% 10,287
83 Streetsboro 6.36% 16,444
84 Portsmouth 6.27% 20,094
85 Lakewood 6.26% 50,002
86 Westerville 6.19% 40,443
87 Willoughby 6.13% 22,904
88 Bowling Green 6.1% 31,638
89 Centerville 6.0% 23,766
90 Pepper Pike 5.84% 6,319
91 Eastlake 5.82% 18,072
92 Athens 5.58% 24,978
93 Martins Ferry 5.57% 6,589
94 Cambridge 5.52% 10,398
95 Wickliffe 5.34% 12,720
96 Oxford 5.3% 23,192
97 Wilmington 5.29% 12,444
98 Niles 5.23% 18,429
99 Sidney 5.1% 20,698
100 Urbana 5.01% 11,428

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Ohio with the largest African American population.

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