Oregon Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 74,356 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Oregon? Portland took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in oregon 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 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 2020

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 639,387
% African American: 5.61%
# Of African American Residents: 35,895
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.92%
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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.

Sheridan, OR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,106
% African American: 5.06%
# Of African American Residents: 309
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.18%
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.

Gresham, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 110,770
% African American: 4.95%
# Of African American Residents: 5,478
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.43%
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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.

Monmouth, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,131
% African American: 4.91%
# Of African American Residents: 497
Percent Change Since 2010: 714.75%
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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.

Fairview, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,303
% African American: 4.31%
# Of African American Residents: 401
Percent Change Since 2010: -41.46%
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Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.

Umatilla, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,114
% African American: 3.04%
# Of African American Residents: 216
Percent Change Since 2010: 166.67%
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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.

Pendleton, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,713
% African American: 2.11%
# Of African American Residents: 353
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.31%
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Pendleton is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. Developed along the Umatilla River, Pendleton was named in 1868 by the county commissioners for George H. Pendleton, Democratic candidate for vice-president in the 1864 presidential campaign. The population was 16,612 at the 2010 census, which includes approximately 1,600 inmates incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. The city is the county seat of Umatilla County.

Beaverton, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 97,012
% African American: 2.02%
# Of African American Residents: 1,956
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.06%
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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.

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 104,730
% African American: 2.0%
# Of African American Residents: 2,093
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.35%
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsboro is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. Lying in the Tualatin Valley on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area, the city hosts many high-technology companies, such as Intel, that comprise what has become known as the Silicon Forest. At the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 91,611.

Klamath Falls, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 21,138
% African American: 1.99%
# Of African American Residents: 420
Percent Change Since 2010: 740.0%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In oregon 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 oregon.

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 73 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 5.6% 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. Portland took the distinction of being the most Black, while Winston 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. Winston
  2. Milton-Freewater
  3. Talent

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Oregon

Rank City % African American Population
1 Portland 5.61% 639,387
2 Sheridan 5.06% 6,106
3 Gresham 4.95% 110,770
4 Monmouth 4.91% 10,131
5 Fairview 4.31% 9,303
6 Umatilla 3.04% 7,114
7 Pendleton 2.11% 16,713
8 Beaverton 2.02% 97,012
9 Hillsboro 2.0% 104,730
10 Klamath Falls 1.99% 21,138
11 Troutdale 1.82% 16,559
12 West Linn 1.73% 26,511
13 Stayton 1.68% 8,025
14 Newport 1.59% 10,381
15 Eugene 1.47% 165,997
16 Ashland 1.42% 20,912
17 Madras 1.41% 6,674
18 Tualatin 1.38% 27,338
19 Milwaukie 1.37% 20,955
20 Cottage Grove 1.34% 10,083
21 Salem 1.34% 166,756
22 Mcminnville 1.32% 33,662
23 Happy Valley 1.29% 19,471
24 Wilsonville 1.28% 23,418
25 Hood River 1.25% 7,688
26 Tigard 1.21% 52,368
27 Baker City 1.2% 9,738
28 Brookings 1.15% 6,413
29 Corvallis 1.14% 57,213
30 Oregon City 1.1% 36,040
31 Sutherlin 1.1% 7,941
32 Cornelius 1.08% 12,575
33 Coos Bay 1.03% 16,176
34 Gladstone 0.99% 12,045
35 La Grande 0.98% 13,103
36 Redmond 0.97% 29,234
37 Seaside 0.89% 6,643
38 North Bend 0.85% 9,615
39 Roseburg 0.82% 22,988
40 Medford 0.77% 80,051
41 Springfield 0.76% 61,525
42 Lake Oswego 0.68% 38,705
43 Grants Pass 0.67% 37,201
44 Albany 0.67% 52,736
45 Sandy 0.62% 10,834
46 Astoria 0.62% 9,747
47 Bend 0.61% 90,500
48 Ontario 0.43% 10,997
49 The Dalles 0.42% 15,320
50 Forest Grove 0.41% 23,923
51 Hermiston 0.4% 17,346
52 Woodburn 0.36% 25,417
53 St. Helens 0.31% 13,446
54 Prineville 0.3% 9,748
55 Keizer 0.27% 38,479
56 Dallas 0.27% 15,805
57 Eagle Point 0.26% 9,015
58 Sweet Home 0.24% 9,435
59 Lincoln City 0.22% 8,684
60 Molalla 0.21% 9,082
61 Independence 0.2% 9,556
62 Newberg 0.2% 23,167
63 Lebanon 0.16% 16,599
64 Canby 0.13% 17,527
65 Central Point 0.1% 18,130
66 Junction City 0.1% 5,946
67 Scappoose 0.1% 7,125
68 Florence 0.08% 8,815
69 Sherwood 0.07% 19,337
70 Silverton 0.06% 10,028
71 Talent 0.03% 6,424
72 Milton-Freewater 0.0% 7,035
73 Winston 0.0% 5,406

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