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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma is 276,559 – at 7.1% of the total population of Oklahoma.

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 Oklahoma? Which cities and towns in Oklahoma have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Oklahoma with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Hugo (Photos)
  2. Del City (Photos)
  3. Idabel (Photos)
  4. Midwest City
  5. Lawton (Photos)
  6. Guthrie (Photos)
  7. Okmulgee (Photos)
  8. Muskogee (Photos)
  9. Tulsa (Photos)
  10. Oklahoma City (Photos)

Hugo took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma or the most diverse places in Oklahoma.

How We Determined The Cities In Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

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 73 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 23.6% 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. Hugo took the distinction of being the most Black, while Grove was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Oklahoma 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. Hugo

Hugo, Oklahoma

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,257
% African American: 23.57%
# Of African American Residents: 1,239
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.6%
More on Hugo: Data | Jobs

Hugo is a city and county seat of Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States. It is located in southeastern Oklahoma about 9 miles north of the Texas state line. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,310.

2. Del City

Del City, Oklahoma

Population: 21,962
% African American: 21.22%
# Of African American Residents: 4,660
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.13%
More on Del City: Data | Jobs

Del City is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population was 21,332 at the 2010 census.

3. Idabel

Idabel, Oklahoma

Population: 7,007
% African American: 20.92%
# Of African American Residents: 1,466
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.23%
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Idabel is a city in and county seat of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 7,010 at the 2010 census. It is located in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, a tourist area known as Kiamichi Country.

4. Midwest City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 56,930
% African American: 20.9%
# Of African American Residents: 11,897
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.88%
More on Midwest City: Data | Jobs

Midwest City is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,371, making it the eighth largest city in the state.

5. Lawton

Lawton, Oklahoma

Population: 96,728
% African American: 19.88%
# Of African American Residents: 19,233
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.27%
More on Lawton: Data | Jobs

The city of Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County, in the State of Oklahoma. Located in southwestern Oklahoma, about 87mi southwest of Oklahoma City, it is the principal city of the Lawton, Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, Lawton’s population was 96,867, making it the fifth-largest city in the state.

6. Guthrie

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,063
% African American: 18.28%
# Of African American Residents: 2,022
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.87%
More on Guthrie: Data | Jobs

Guthrie is a city and county seat in Logan County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex. The population was 10,191 at the 2010 census, a 2.7 percent increase from the 9,925 at the 2000 census.

7. Okmulgee

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Population: 12,284
% African American: 17.41%
# Of African American Residents: 2,139
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.76%
More on Okmulgee: Data | Jobs

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means “boiling waters” in English. Other translations put it as “babbling brook” or ‘Effluvium’. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

8. Muskogee

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Source: Public domain

Population: 38,605
% African American: 15.86%
# Of African American Residents: 6,122
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.08%
More on Muskogee: Data | Jobs

Muskogee is a city in and the county seat of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. Home to Bacone College, it lies approximately 48 miles southeast of Tulsa. The population of the city was 39,223 as of the 2010 census, a 2.4 percent increase from 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in Oklahoma.

9. Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Population: 399,906
% African American: 14.77%
# Of African American Residents: 59,077
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.91%
More on Tulsa: Data | Jobs

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 47th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2015, the population was 403,505, an increase of 11,599 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 981,005 residents in the MSA and 1,151,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

10. Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Population: 620,015
% African American: 14.17%
# Of African American Residents: 87,831
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.5%
More on Oklahoma City: Data | Jobs

Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 631,346 as of July 2015. As of 2015, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,358,452, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,459,758 residents, making it Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan area.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Oklahoma

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Oklahoma according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Oklahoma:

  1. Grove
  2. Tuttle
  3. Mustang

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oklahoma

Rank City Population % African American
1 Hugo 5,257 23.57%
2 Del City 21,962 21.22%
3 Idabel 7,007 20.92%
4 Midwest City 56,930 20.9%
5 Lawton 96,728 19.88%
6 Guthrie 11,063 18.28%
7 Okmulgee 12,284 17.41%
8 Muskogee 38,605 15.86%
9 Tulsa 399,906 14.77%
10 Oklahoma City 620,015 14.17%
11 The Village 9,310 12.86%
12 Holdenville 5,756 12.49%
13 Ardmore 25,027 10.24%
14 Warr Acres 10,374 9.6%
15 Altus 19,422 9.43%
16 Bethany 19,582 9.3%
17 Wagoner 8,647 7.03%
18 Mcalester 18,255 6.89%
19 El Reno 18,170 6.53%
20 Pauls Valley 6,096 6.33%
21 Chickasha 16,342 5.79%
22 Edmond 88,342 5.6%
23 Seminole 7,470 5.44%
24 Vinita 5,599 5.16%
25 Anadarko 6,768 5.1%
26 Stillwater 48,104 4.85%
27 Weatherford 11,856 4.26%
28 Norman 118,974 4.17%
29 Broken Arrow 104,869 3.9%
30 Coweta 9,572 3.89%
31 Clinton 9,436 3.87%
32 Shawnee 31,091 3.82%
33 Piedmont 6,779 3.73%
34 Tecumseh 6,614 3.7%
35 Ada 17,240 3.69%
36 Moore 59,501 3.53%
37 Enid 50,891 3.43%
38 Choctaw 11,989 3.36%
39 Ponca City 24,753 3.22%
40 Duncan 23,240 3.17%
41 Bartlesville 36,499 3.13%
42 Purcell 6,349 3.1%
43 Collinsville 6,293 3.1%
44 Jenks 19,852 2.99%
45 Guymon 11,934 2.96%
46 Owasso 33,598 2.95%
47 Cushing 7,865 2.9%
48 Sapulpa 20,546 2.87%
49 Skiatook 7,958 2.54%
50 Poteau 8,687 2.29%
51 Durant 17,042 2.22%
52 Tahlequah 16,478 2.15%
53 Catoosa 7,487 2.11%
54 Claremore 18,999 2.07%
55 Sand Springs 19,509 1.78%
56 Elk City 12,426 1.76%
57 Bixby 23,956 1.7%
58 Glenpool 12,351 1.7%
59 Perry 5,056 1.62%
60 Yukon 25,293 1.52%
61 Miami 13,631 1.46%
62 Harrah 5,714 1.09%
63 Newcastle 9,030 0.86%
64 Blanchard 8,267 0.73%
65 Pryor Creek 9,484 0.66%
66 Sallisaw 8,650 0.66%
67 Henryetta 5,799 0.57%
68 Noble 6,664 0.48%
69 Woodward 12,693 0.38%
70 Blackwell 6,880 0.25%
71 Mustang 19,637 0.22%
72 Tuttle 6,576 0.08%
73 Grove 6,724 0.0%

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