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 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.

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.

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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.

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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%

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%

3. Idabel

Idabel, Oklahoma

Population: 7,007
% African American: 20.92%
# Of African American Residents: 1,466
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.23%

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%

5. Lawton

Lawton, Oklahoma

Population: 96,728
% African American: 19.88%
# Of African American Residents: 19,233
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.27%

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%

7. Okmulgee

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Population: 12,284
% African American: 17.41%
# Of African American Residents: 2,139
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.76%

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%

9. Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Population: 399,906
% African American: 14.77%
# Of African American Residents: 59,077
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.91%

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%

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

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

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