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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oregon 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 Oregon 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 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 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 2019:

  1. Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Gresham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Fairview (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Monmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Troutdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Umatilla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Beaverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Milwaukie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Klamath Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

How We Determined The Cities In Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 74 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 5.8% 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. Sheridan took the distinction of being the most Black, while Milton-Freewater 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.

Sheridan, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,049
% African American: 5.84%
# Of African American Residents: 353
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.43%
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sheridan is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Platted in the 1860s when it received a post office, the city was incorporated in 1880. A major fire burned much of the city in 1913, and a flood covered much of the city in 1964. The population of the city as of the 2010 Census was 6,127, an increase from 3,570 at the 2000 census. However, the 2000 Census count failed to include those incarcerated at the federal prison in the city, while the newer count did include those inmates.

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 630,331
% African American: 5.57%
# Of African American Residents: 35,091
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.36%
More on Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The city covers 145 square miles and had an estimated population of 639,863 in 2016, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 2,424,955 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area, making it the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area ranks 18th with a population of 3,160,488. Roughly 60% of Oregon’s population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

Gresham, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 110,336
% African American: 5.26%
# Of African American Residents: 5,799
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.76%
More on Gresham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gresham is a city located in Multnomah County, Oregon, in the United States, immediately east of Portland. Though it began as a settlement in the mid-1800s, it was not officially incorporated as a city until 1905; it was named after Walter Quinton Gresham, the American Civil War general and United States Postmaster General.

Fairview, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,261
% African American: 4.44%
# Of African American Residents: 411
Percent Change Since 2010: -40.0%
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.

Monmouth, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,983
% African American: 3.92%
# Of African American Residents: 391
Percent Change Since 2010: 540.98%
More on Monmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Monmouth ( is a city in Polk County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was named for Monmouth, Illinois, the origin of its earliest settlers. The population has reached 9,534 as of the 2010 census and it is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Troutdale, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,557
% African American: 2.82%
# Of African American Residents: 467
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.46%
More on Troutdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, U.S.A., north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,962. The city serves as the western gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.

Umatilla, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,069
% African American: 2.56%
# Of African American Residents: 181
Percent Change Since 2010: 123.46%
More on Umatilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Umatilla is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. It is named for the Umatilla River, which enters the Columbia River on the side of the city. The river is named after the Umatilla Tribe. The city is on the south side of the Columbia River along U.S. Route 730 and I-82.

Beaverton, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 95,710
% African American: 1.98%
# Of African American Residents: 1,893
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.61%
More on Beaverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beaverton is a city in Washington County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city center is 7 miles west of downtown Portland in the Tualatin River Valley. As of the 2010 census, the population is 89,803. This makes it the second-largest city in the county and Oregon’s sixth-largest city. Fire protection and EMS services are provided through Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

Milwaukie, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,627
% African American: 1.88%
# Of African American Residents: 387
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.24%
More on Milwaukie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milwaukie is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A very small portion of the city extends into Multnomah County. The population was 20,291 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1847 on the banks of the Willamette River, the city, known as the Dogwood City of the West, was incorporated in 1903 and is noted as the birthplace of the Bing cherry. The city is now a suburb of Portland and also adjoins the unincorporated areas of Clackamas and Oak Grove.

Klamath Falls, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 21,113
% African American: 1.87%
# Of African American Residents: 394
Percent Change Since 2010: 688.0%
More on Klamath Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Klamath Falls is a city in and the county seat of Klamath County, Oregon, United States. The city was originally called Linkville when George Nurse founded the town in 1867. It was named after the Link River, on whose falls the city was sited. The name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1893. The population was 20,840 at the 2010 census. The city is on the southeastern shore of the Upper Klamath Lake and about 25 miles north of the California-Oregon border.

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. Winston
  3. Woodburn

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oregon

Rank City % African American Population
1 Sheridan 5.84% 6,049
2 Portland 5.57% 630,331
3 Gresham 5.26% 110,336
4 Fairview 4.44% 9,261
5 Monmouth 3.92% 9,983
6 Troutdale 2.82% 16,557
7 Umatilla 2.56% 7,069
8 Beaverton 1.98% 95,710
9 Milwaukie 1.88% 20,627
10 Klamath Falls 1.87% 21,113
11 Tigard 1.83% 51,355
12 West Linn 1.79% 26,307
13 Pendleton 1.78% 16,709
14 Eugene 1.72% 163,135
15 Stayton 1.67% 7,927
16 Hillsboro 1.65% 102,396
17 Ashland 1.55% 20,733
18 Salem 1.35% 163,654
19 Tualatin 1.34% 27,135
20 La Grande 1.27% 12,999
21 Newport 1.24% 10,274
22 Seaside 1.22% 6,542
23 Mcminnville 1.21% 33,211
24 Oregon City 1.16% 35,483
25 Corvallis 1.12% 56,224
26 Coos Bay 1.11% 16,070
27 Gladstone 1.06% 11,936
28 Wilsonville 1.05% 22,789
29 Baker City 1.01% 9,741
30 Madras 0.96% 6,552
31 Brookings 0.88% 6,366
32 Roseburg 0.87% 22,013
33 Redmond 0.82% 28,492
34 Happy Valley 0.73% 18,477
35 Sutherlin 0.71% 7,887
36 Albany 0.7% 52,007
37 Astoria 0.66% 9,632
38 Medford 0.66% 79,246
39 Bend 0.63% 87,167
40 Sandy 0.62% 10,581
41 Damascus 0.62% 10,909
42 Lake Oswego 0.61% 38,212
43 Grants Pass 0.61% 36,687
44 The Dalles 0.53% 15,224
45 Springfield 0.52% 60,823
46 Lincoln City 0.52% 8,541
47 Forest Grove 0.5% 23,554
48 Ontario 0.44% 10,972
49 Cornelius 0.38% 12,423
50 Prineville 0.37% 9,515
51 Florence 0.31% 8,678
52 Keizer 0.31% 37,910
53 Sweet Home 0.3% 9,289
54 Eagle Point 0.29% 8,858
55 St. Helens 0.29% 13,254
56 Lebanon 0.28% 16,336
57 Independence 0.27% 9,246
58 Hermiston 0.23% 17,241
59 North Bend 0.23% 9,566
60 Newberg 0.2% 22,898
61 Hood River 0.19% 7,526
62 Junction City 0.1% 5,819
63 Scappoose 0.1% 6,975
64 Dallas 0.1% 15,413
65 Canby 0.08% 17,337
66 Cottage Grove 0.08% 9,930
67 Sherwood 0.07% 19,107
68 Central Point 0.07% 17,760
69 Molalla 0.04% 8,987
70 Silverton 0.04% 9,757
71 Talent 0.03% 6,349
72 Woodburn 0.03% 25,067
73 Winston 0.0% 5,365
74 Milton-Freewater 0.0% 7,051

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