These Are The 10 Oklahoma Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oklahoma have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Oklahoma with 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 2019:

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

Hugo took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Oklahoma for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 22.8% 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. 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.

Hugo, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,215
% African American: 22.84%
# Of African American Residents: 1,191
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.66%
More on Hugo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Idabel, OK

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Population: 6,954
% African American: 20.66%
# Of African American Residents: 1,437
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.0%
More on Idabel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Source: Public Domain
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7
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Population: 57,167
% African American: 20.17%
# Of African American Residents: 11,531
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.47%
More on Midwest City: Real Estate | Data

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.

Lawton, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 95,168
% African American: 19.69%
# Of African American Residents: 18,738
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.78%
More on Lawton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Del City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,888
% African American: 19.57%
# Of African American Residents: 4,283
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.54%
More on Del City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Okmulgee, OK

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Population: 12,123
% African American: 19.04%
# Of African American Residents: 2,308
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.61%
More on Okmulgee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Guthrie, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 10,984
% African American: 17.86%
# Of African American Residents: 1,962
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.44%
More on Guthrie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Muskogee, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 38,139
% African American: 15.01%
# Of African American Residents: 5,723
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.57%
More on Muskogee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Tulsa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 401,352
% African American: 14.93%
# Of African American Residents: 59,926
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.51%
More on Tulsa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Oklahoma City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 629,191
% African American: 14.31%
# Of African American Residents: 90,054
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.27%
More on Oklahoma City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Blackwell

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oklahoma

Rank City % African American Population
1 Hugo 22.84% 5,215
2 Idabel 20.66% 6,954
3 Midwest City 20.17% 57,167
4 Lawton 19.69% 95,168
5 Del City 19.57% 21,888
6 Okmulgee 19.04% 12,123
7 Guthrie 17.86% 10,984
8 Muskogee 15.01% 38,139
9 Tulsa 14.93% 401,352
10 Oklahoma City 14.31% 629,191
11 Holdenville 12.4% 5,653
12 The Village 11.8% 9,329
13 Ardmore 10.17% 24,927
14 Warr Acres 9.8% 10,385
15 Bethany 9.36% 19,508
16 Altus 8.9% 19,181
17 Wagoner 8.1% 8,688
18 Chickasha 6.11% 16,256
19 Mcalester 5.98% 18,198
20 El Reno 5.97% 18,378
21 Edmond 5.92% 89,769
22 Pauls Valley 5.33% 6,116
23 Anadarko 5.22% 6,710
24 Seminole 4.89% 7,384
25 Stillwater 4.72% 48,685
26 Vinita 4.54% 5,512
27 Norman 4.36% 119,820
28 Clinton 4.32% 9,344
29 Shawnee 4.16% 30,974
30 Cushing 4.02% 7,793
31 Broken Arrow 3.95% 106,264
32 Ada 3.92% 17,262
33 Guymon 3.91% 11,859
34 Tecumseh 3.9% 6,571
35 Piedmont 3.84% 7,079
36 Weatherford 3.84% 11,894
37 Moore 3.78% 59,992
38 Enid 3.51% 50,809
39 Coweta 3.41% 9,549
40 Ponca City 3.4% 24,579
41 Choctaw 3.34% 12,228
42 Bartlesville 3.25% 36,398
43 Duncan 3.23% 22,998
44 Sapulpa 3.12% 20,477
45 Owasso 2.97% 34,634
46 Jenks 2.75% 20,836
47 Glenpool 2.49% 12,929
48 Skiatook 2.4% 8,026
49 Purcell 2.39% 6,352
50 Catoosa 2.34% 7,524
51 Bixby 2.31% 24,939
52 Tahlequah 2.26% 16,481
53 Collinsville 2.13% 6,536
54 Claremore 2.07% 18,777
55 Durant 2.02% 17,198
56 Miami 1.91% 13,428
57 Poteau 1.75% 8,729
58 Sand Springs 1.65% 19,727
59 Blanchard 1.59% 8,403
60 Yukon 1.52% 25,729
61 Perry 1.48% 5,006
62 Harrah 1.4% 5,934
63 Elk City 1.31% 12,236
64 Mustang 1.01% 20,125
65 Newcastle 0.99% 9,327
66 Pryor Creek 0.72% 9,387
67 Sallisaw 0.57% 8,574
68 Henryetta 0.51% 5,726
69 Noble 0.48% 6,668
70 Woodward 0.41% 12,687
71 Blackwell 0.25% 6,845
72 Tuttle 0.15% 6,773
73 Grove 0.0% 6,791

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