Oklahoma Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 282,622 – at 7.2% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Oklahoma? Del City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in oklahoma for 2020. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Oklahoma For 2020

Del City, OK

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Population: 21,874
% African American: 24.31%
# Of African American Residents: 5,317
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.23%
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.

Hugo, OK

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Population: 5,184
% African American: 22.13%
# Of African American Residents: 1,147
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.13%
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.

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Population: 57,292
% African American: 20.55%
# Of African American Residents: 11,771
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.7%
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.

Idabel, OK

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Population: 6,925
% African American: 20.52%
# Of African American Residents: 1,421
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.98%
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.

Lawton, OK

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Population: 94,697
% African American: 19.16%
# Of African American Residents: 18,143
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.81%
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.

Okmulgee, OK

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Population: 12,024
% African American: 18.75%
# Of African American Residents: 2,255
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.7%
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.

Muskogee, OK

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Population: 37,900
% African American: 15.65%
# Of African American Residents: 5,933
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.07%
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.

Guthrie, OK

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Population: 11,165
% African American: 15.54%
# Of African American Residents: 1,735
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.57%
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.

Tulsa, OK

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Population: 402,223
% African American: 15.04%
# Of African American Residents: 60,509
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.49%
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

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Population: 637,284
% African American: 14.41%
# Of African American Residents: 91,853
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.51%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In oklahoma With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 71 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 24.3% 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. Del City took the distinction of being the most Black, while Tuttle was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Tuttle
  2. Grove
  3. Blackwell

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oklahoma

Rank City % African American Population
1 Del City 24.31% 21,874
2 Hugo 22.13% 5,184
3 Midwest City 20.55% 57,292
4 Idabel 20.52% 6,925
5 Lawton 19.16% 94,697
6 Okmulgee 18.75% 12,024
7 Muskogee 15.65% 37,900
8 Guthrie 15.54% 11,165
9 Tulsa 15.04% 402,223
10 Oklahoma City 14.41% 637,284
11 Holdenville 12.67% 5,611
12 Warr Acres 11.05% 10,360
13 Ardmore 10.09% 24,892
14 Altus 8.46% 19,034
15 Wagoner 8.09% 8,808
16 Bethany 8.02% 19,472
17 The Village 7.91% 9,385
18 Chickasha 6.36% 16,297
19 El Reno 5.8% 18,714
20 Anadarko 5.43% 6,664
21 Edmond 5.2% 91,053
22 Guymon 5.03% 11,679
23 Mcalester 5.0% 18,095
24 Seminole 4.97% 7,328
25 Pauls Valley 4.92% 6,143
26 Cushing 4.85% 7,788
27 Enid 4.74% 50,612
28 Norman 4.67% 121,090
29 Moore 4.6% 60,807
30 Shawnee 4.56% 31,141
31 Stillwater 4.43% 49,527
32 Clinton 4.28% 9,297
33 Weatherford 4.09% 11,973
34 Vinita 4.05% 5,478
35 Broken Arrow 3.98% 107,500
36 Coweta 3.76% 9,637
37 Ponca City 3.68% 24,424
38 Ada 3.54% 17,276
39 Choctaw 3.47% 12,367
40 Bartlesville 3.36% 36,448
41 Tecumseh 3.11% 6,625
42 Sapulpa 3.11% 20,659
43 Owasso 3.07% 35,646
44 Duncan 3.04% 22,823
45 Jenks 2.55% 21,793
46 Durant 2.53% 17,517
47 Bixby 2.46% 25,818
48 Tahlequah 2.19% 16,592
49 Catoosa 2.08% 7,640
50 Piedmont 2.05% 7,424
51 Poteau 2.01% 8,793
52 Claremore 1.99% 18,780
53 Miami 1.76% 13,335
54 Sand Springs 1.73% 19,864
55 Blanchard 1.61% 8,573
56 Purcell 1.52% 6,380
57 Glenpool 1.52% 13,313
58 Elk City 1.47% 12,046
59 Collinsville 1.46% 6,720
60 Mustang 1.41% 20,735
61 Henryetta 1.25% 5,671
62 Newcastle 1.23% 9,657
63 Yukon 1.18% 26,317
64 Woodward 0.96% 12,601
65 Pryor Creek 0.73% 9,402
66 Harrah 0.46% 6,083
67 Sallisaw 0.41% 8,547
68 Noble 0.37% 6,718
69 Blackwell 0.37% 6,786
70 Grove 0.1% 6,862
71 Tuttle 0.0% 6,982

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