The 10 Oregon Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 75,418 - 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 2022:

  1. Fairview
  2. Portland
  3. Gresham
  4. Monmouth
  5. Umatilla
  6. Troutdale
  7. Hillsboro
  8. Sweet Home
  9. Pendleton
  10. Stayton

What's the blackest city in Oregon? Fairview took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Oregon for 2022. 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 2022

1. Fairview

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,382
% African American: 9.58%
# Of African American Residents: 899
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.24%
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Fairview, OR

2. Portland

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 650,380
% African American: 5.71%
# Of African American Residents: 37,107
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.36%
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Portland, OR

3. Gresham

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 110,456
% African American: 3.52%
# Of African American Residents: 3,893
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.38%
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Gresham, OR

4. Monmouth

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,411
% African American: 3.33%
# Of African American Residents: 347
Percent Change Since 2010: 468.85%
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Monmouth, OR

5. Umatilla

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,215
% African American: 3.13%
# Of African American Residents: 226
Percent Change Since 2010: 179.01%
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Umatilla, OR

6. Troutdale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,433
% African American: 2.66%
# Of African American Residents: 437
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.11%
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Troutdale, OR

7. Hillsboro

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 108,026
% African American: 2.53%
# Of African American Residents: 2,738
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.14%
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Hillsboro, OR

Source: Public domain

8. Sweet Home

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,763
% African American: 2.43%
# Of African American Residents: 237
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Sweet Home, OR

9. Pendleton

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,685
% African American: 2.41%
# Of African American Residents: 402
Percent Change Since 2010: 125.84%
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Pendleton, OR

Source: Public domain

10. Stayton

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,199
% African American: 2.31%
# Of African American Residents: 189
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Stayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Stayton, OR

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Oregon With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 9.6% 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. 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.

Summary: 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. Sheridan
  3. Talent

For more Oregon reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Oregon

Rank City % African American Population
1 Fairview 9.58% 9,382
2 Portland 5.71% 650,380
3 Gresham 3.52% 110,456
4 Monmouth 3.33% 10,411
5 Umatilla 3.13% 7,215
6 Troutdale 2.66% 16,433
7 Hillsboro 2.53% 108,026
8 Sweet Home 2.43% 9,763
9 Pendleton 2.41% 16,685
10 Stayton 2.31% 8,199
11 Beaverton 2.19% 98,567
12 Seaside 2.08% 6,811
13 Wilsonville 1.99% 24,413
14 Eagle Point 1.88% 9,316
15 Tualatin 1.75% 27,601
16 West Linn 1.63% 26,764
17 Baker City 1.4% 9,786
18 Cornelius 1.37% 12,767
19 Roseburg 1.35% 23,237
20 Eugene 1.33% 170,457
21 Cottage Grove 1.25% 10,302
22 Corvallis 1.25% 58,612
23 Hood River 1.21% 7,745
24 Gladstone 1.16% 12,316
25 Salem 1.07% 171,806
26 Klamath Falls 1.03% 21,509
27 Ashland 1.02% 21,138
28 Mcminnville 1.02% 34,466
29 Madras 1.01% 6,934
30 Florence 0.98% 9,037
31 Medford 0.97% 82,098
32 Tigard 0.97% 54,149
33 Lake Oswego 0.9% 39,476
34 Central Point 0.88% 18,648
35 Happy Valley 0.88% 22,049
36 Milwaukie 0.83% 21,086
37 Forest Grove 0.81% 24,847
38 Newport 0.73% 10,767
39 Sutherlin 0.72% 8,060
40 Coos Bay 0.7% 16,326
41 Oregon City 0.69% 37,057
42 Springfield 0.67% 62,729
43 La Grande 0.67% 13,380
44 Grants Pass 0.66% 37,938
45 Bend 0.61% 97,032
46 Woodburn 0.59% 26,008
47 Ontario 0.58% 11,031
48 Newberg 0.54% 23,676
49 North Bend 0.47% 9,708
50 Redmond 0.46% 31,359
51 St. Helens 0.45% 13,779
52 Sandy 0.44% 11,319
53 Albany 0.41% 54,442
54 Astoria 0.4% 9,929
55 Independence 0.35% 10,178
56 Canby 0.35% 17,860
57 Hermiston 0.34% 17,512
58 Brookings 0.32% 6,475
59 Molalla 0.28% 9,224
60 Lebanon 0.28% 17,144
61 Silverton 0.28% 10,426
62 Keizer 0.27% 39,408
63 Prineville 0.26% 10,429
64 Lincoln City 0.26% 9,007
65 Winston 0.24% 5,444
66 Junction City 0.21% 6,140
67 The Dalles 0.19% 15,518
68 Dallas 0.13% 16,612
69 Scappoose 0.08% 7,436
70 Sherwood 0.07% 19,745
71 Talent 0.02% 6,553
72 Sheridan 0.0% 6,122
73 Milton-Freewater 0.0% 7,044

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Oregon with the largest African American population.

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