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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oregon 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 Oregon is 70,359 – at 1.8% of the total population of Oregon.

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

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

  1. Sheridan (Photos)
  2. Portland (Photos)
  3. Gresham (Photos)
  4. Fairview (Photos)
  5. Troutdale (Photos)
  6. Beaverton (Photos)
  7. Umatilla (Photos)
  8. Monmouth (Photos)
  9. Tigard (Photos)
  10. Ashland (Photos)

Sheridan took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Oregon for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Oregon 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 Oregon or the most diverse places in Oregon.

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How We Determined The Cities In Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 74 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 5.7% 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. Sheridan took the distinction of being the most Black, while Winston was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Oregon 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. Sheridan

Sheridan, Oregon

Population: 6,054
% African American: 5.67%
# Of African American Residents: 343
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.51%

2. Portland

Portland, Oregon

Population: 620,589
% African American: 5.56%
# Of African American Residents: 34,494
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.06%

3. Gresham

Gresham, Oregon

Population: 110,042
% African American: 4.92%
# Of African American Residents: 5,417
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.46%

4. Fairview

Fairview, Oregon

Population: 9,215
% African American: 4.6%
# Of African American Residents: 424
Percent Change Since 2010: -38.1%

5. Troutdale

Troutdale, Oregon

Population: 16,535
% African American: 3.1%
# Of African American Residents: 513
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.74%

6. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Population: 94,865
% African American: 1.94%
# Of African American Residents: 1,838
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.86%

7. Umatilla

Umatilla, Oregon

Population: 6,986
% African American: 1.89%
# Of African American Residents: 132
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.96%

8. Monmouth

Monmouth, Oregon

Population: 9,919
% African American: 1.89%
# Of African American Residents: 187
Percent Change Since 2010: 206.56%

9. Tigard

Tigard, Oregon

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,787
% African American: 1.88%
# Of African American Residents: 954
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.2%

10. Ashland

Ashland, Oregon

Population: 21,002
% African American: 1.74%
# Of African American Residents: 366
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.62%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Oregon

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

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

  1. Winston
  2. Milton-Freewater
  3. Eagle Point

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oregon

City Rank Population % African American
Sheridan 1 6,054 5.67%
Portland 2 620,589 5.56%
Gresham 3 110,042 4.92%
Fairview 4 9,215 4.6%
Troutdale 5 16,535 3.1%
Beaverton 6 94,865 1.94%
Umatilla 7 6,986 1.89%
Monmouth 8 9,919 1.89%
Tigard 9 50,787 1.88%
Ashland 10 21,002 1.74%
Eugene 11 161,649 1.66%
Milwaukie 12 20,643 1.61%
Hillsboro 13 100,462 1.5%
Stayton 14 7,875 1.47%
Pendleton 15 16,861 1.47%
Tualatin 16 27,024 1.32%
Klamath Falls 17 21,322 1.29%
Salem 18 161,975 1.28%
Madras 19 6,504 1.2%
Coos Bay 20 16,129 1.2%
Newport 21 10,139 1.16%
West Linn 22 26,242 1.14%
Corvallis 23 55,766 1.1%
Brookings 24 6,390 1.08%
La Grande 25 13,079 1.06%
Redmond 26 27,998 0.97%
Albany 27 51,919 0.94%
Wilsonville 28 21,814 0.93%
Gladstone 29 11,850 0.92%
Mcminnville 30 33,724 0.91%
Keizer 31 37,497 0.9%
Sutherlin 32 7,883 0.86%
Oregon City 33 35,057 0.86%
Damascus 34 10,842 0.84%
Happy Valley 35 17,474 0.81%
Roseburg 36 22,201 0.74%
Medford 37 78,856 0.69%
Seaside 38 6,514 0.69%
Grants Pass 39 36,776 0.62%
The Dalles 40 15,276 0.6%
Springfield 41 60,611 0.56%
Forest Grove 42 23,214 0.5%
North Bend 43 9,635 0.48%
Bend 44 84,416 0.44%
Astoria 45 9,595 0.43%
Prineville 46 9,419 0.41%
Lake Oswego 47 38,065 0.41%
Sandy 48 10,369 0.41%
Baker City 49 9,757 0.4%
Sweet Home 50 9,171 0.39%
Ontario 51 11,045 0.38%
Hermiston 52 17,150 0.38%
St. Helens 53 13,169 0.36%
Cornelius 54 12,241 0.26%
Lebanon 55 16,162 0.26%
Lincoln City 56 8,452 0.25%
Florence 57 8,597 0.23%
Hood River 58 7,476 0.2%
Newberg 59 22,749 0.2%
Independence 60 8,982 0.19%
Central Point 61 17,793 0.19%
Woodburn 62 24,765 0.17%
Scappoose 63 6,901 0.16%
Dallas 64 15,175 0.16%
Junction City 65 5,735 0.12%
Sherwood 66 18,965 0.08%
Talent 67 6,323 0.08%
Canby 68 17,218 0.08%
Molalla 69 8,867 0.03%
Cottage Grove 70 9,889 0.02%
Silverton 71 9,585 0.0%
Eagle Point 72 8,790 0.0%
Milton-Freewater 73 7,059 0.0%
Winston 74 5,364 0.0%

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