The 10 Oregon Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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

RoadSnacks is reader-supported. When you click through real estate links on our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Oregon with the largest African American population.

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 75,232 - 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 in the black population 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 2021:

  1. Fairview
  2. Portland
  3. Sheridan
  4. Gresham
  5. Umatilla
  6. Monmouth
  7. Troutdale
  8. Beaverton
  9. Hillsboro
  10. Tualatin

What's the blackest city in Oregon? Fairview took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in oregon for 2021. 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Oregon For 2021

1. Fairview

Fairview, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,363
% African American: 5.71%
# Of African American Residents: 535
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.9%
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Portland

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 645,291
% African American: 5.63%
# Of African American Residents: 36,356
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.23%
More on Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Sheridan

Sheridan, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,122
% African American: 5.23%
# Of African American Residents: 320
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.49%
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Gresham

Gresham, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 110,494
% African American: 4.63%
# Of African American Residents: 5,121
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.93%
More on Gresham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Umatilla

Umatilla, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,162
% African American: 3.64%
# Of African American Residents: 261
Percent Change Since 2010: 222.22%
More on Umatilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Monmouth

Monmouth, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,282
% African American: 3.24%
# Of African American Residents: 333
Percent Change Since 2010: 445.9%
More on Monmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Troutdale

Troutdale, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,466
% African American: 2.76%
# Of African American Residents: 455
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.52%
More on Troutdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Beaverton

Beaverton, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 97,861
% African American: 2.3%
# Of African American Residents: 2,247
Percent Change Since 2010: 94.21%
More on Beaverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 106,543
% African American: 2.15%
# Of African American Residents: 2,294
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.31%
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Tualatin

Tualatin, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 27,527
% African American: 2.06%
# Of African American Residents: 568
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.92%
More on Tualatin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In oregon With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 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. Fairview took the distinction of being the most Black, while Milton-Freewater was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Milton-Freewater
  2. Independence
  3. Florence

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oregon

Rank City % African American Population
1 Fairview 5.71% 9,363
2 Portland 5.63% 645,291
3 Sheridan 5.23% 6,122
4 Gresham 4.63% 110,494
5 Umatilla 3.64% 7,162
6 Monmouth 3.24% 10,282
7 Troutdale 2.76% 16,466
8 Beaverton 2.3% 97,861
9 Hillsboro 2.15% 106,543
10 Tualatin 2.06% 27,527
11 Pendleton 1.98% 16,733
12 Stayton 1.85% 8,130
13 Seaside 1.84% 6,737
14 Wilsonville 1.77% 24,073
15 West Linn 1.65% 26,656
16 Klamath Falls 1.59% 21,335
17 Sweet Home 1.49% 9,619
18 Eugene 1.44% 168,302
19 Newport 1.43% 10,559
20 Ashland 1.41% 21,056
21 Hood River 1.37% 7,715
22 Eagle Point 1.3% 9,154
23 Corvallis 1.26% 58,028
24 Cottage Grove 1.25% 10,182
25 Salem 1.21% 169,259
26 Baker City 1.21% 9,752
27 Redmond 1.2% 30,167
28 Mcminnville 1.18% 34,010
29 Brookings 1.12% 6,431
30 Gladstone 1.07% 12,170
31 Madras 1.05% 6,777
32 Tigard 1.01% 53,312
33 La Grande 1.01% 13,310
34 Lake Oswego 1.0% 39,127
35 Oregon City 0.98% 36,492
36 Springfield 0.91% 62,077
37 Medford 0.85% 81,145
38 Cornelius 0.78% 12,638
39 Happy Valley 0.78% 20,971
40 Coos Bay 0.74% 16,229
41 Roseburg 0.73% 23,083
42 Grants Pass 0.71% 37,545
43 Milwaukie 0.7% 21,009
44 Canby 0.65% 17,695
45 Woodburn 0.64% 25,738
46 Sandy 0.58% 11,070
47 Bend 0.54% 93,917
48 Albany 0.53% 53,521
49 St. Helens 0.49% 13,559
50 Silverton 0.48% 10,242
51 Forest Grove 0.47% 24,457
52 Lincoln City 0.45% 8,826
53 North Bend 0.39% 9,652
54 The Dalles 0.39% 15,448
55 Sutherlin 0.39% 8,033
56 Sherwood 0.38% 19,625
57 Newberg 0.38% 23,396
58 Hermiston 0.36% 17,423
59 Astoria 0.36% 9,836
60 Molalla 0.35% 9,155
61 Keizer 0.29% 38,980
62 Dallas 0.22% 16,168
63 Winston 0.22% 5,416
64 Ontario 0.22% 10,966
65 Scappoose 0.19% 7,270
66 Lebanon 0.15% 16,870
67 Prineville 0.13% 10,035
68 Junction City 0.1% 6,053
69 Central Point 0.1% 18,376
70 Talent 0.02% 6,503
71 Florence 0.01% 8,921
72 Independence 0.0% 9,842
73 Milton-Freewater 0.0% 7,037

How Is The Area In ?

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.