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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is 1,353,424 – at 10.6% of the total population of Pennsylvania.

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

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

  1. Yeadon (Photos)
  2. Darby (Photos)
  3. Sharon Hill (Photos)
  4. Chester (Photos)
  5. Wilkinsburg (Photos)
  6. Duquesne (Photos)
  7. Lansdowne (Photos)
  8. Harrisburg (Photos)
  9. Coatesville (Photos)
  10. Philadelphia (Photos)

Yeadon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Pennsylvania for 2018. 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania or the most diverse places in Pennsylvania.

How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 189 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.4% 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. Yeadon took the distinction of being the most Black, while Fox Chapel was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Pennsylvania 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.

1. Yeadon

Yeadon, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,506
% African American: 89.39%
# Of African American Residents: 10,285
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.62%
More on Yeadon: Data | Jobs

Yeadon is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It borders the city of Philadelphia. The population was 11,443 at the 2010 census.

2. Darby

Darby, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,677
% African American: 80.4%
# Of African American Residents: 8,584
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.44%
More on Darby: Data | Jobs

3. Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,691
% African American: 71.08%
# Of African American Residents: 4,045
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.24%
More on Sharon Hill: Data | Jobs

4. Chester

Chester, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 34,056
% African American: 69.37%
# Of African American Residents: 23,624
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.08%
More on Chester: Data | Jobs

Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 33,972 at the 2010 census. Incorporated in 1682, Chester sits on the western bank of the Delaware River between the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

5. Wilkinsburg

Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,797
% African American: 61.35%
# Of African American Residents: 9,691
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.96%
More on Wilkinsburg: Data | Jobs

Wilkinsburg is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States adjacent to the city of Pittsburgh. The population was 15,930 at the 2010 census, having lost more than 13,000 in the 70 years since 1940, when 29,853 people were enumerated. The borough was named for John Wilkins, Jr., a United States Army officer who served as Quartermaster General of the United States Army from 1796 to 1802.

6. Duquesne


Population: 5,534
% African American: 57.55%
# Of African American Residents: 3,185
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.46%
More on Duquesne: Data | Jobs

Duquesne is a city along the Monongahela River in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 5,565 at the 2010 census.

7. Lansdowne

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,621
% African American: 53.53%
# Of African American Residents: 5,685
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.3%
More on Lansdowne: Data | Jobs

8. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Population: 49,160
% African American: 48.6%
# Of African American Residents: 23,891
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.92%
More on Harrisburg: Data | Jobs

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. With a population of 48,904, it is the ninth-largest city in the Commonwealth. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 107 miles west of Philadelphia.

9. Coatesville

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,132
% African American: 46.25%
# Of African American Residents: 6,073
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.56%
More on Coatesville: Data | Jobs

Coatesville is a city in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,100 at the 2010 census. Coatesville is approximately 39 miles west of Philadelphia. It developed along Lancaster Turnpike, beginning in the late 18th century. It spans Rt. 30, the “Main Line” highway that runs west of Philadelphia.

10. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Population: 1,559,938
% African American: 41.55%
# Of African American Residents: 648,187
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.17%
More on Philadelphia: Data | Jobs

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The region’s population of 7.2million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Pennsylvania

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

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

  1. Fox Chapel
  2. Palmerton
  3. Blakely

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population % African American
1 Yeadon 11,506 89.39%
2 Darby 10,677 80.4%
3 Sharon Hill 5,691 71.08%
4 Chester 34,056 69.37%
5 Wilkinsburg 15,797 61.35%
6 Duquesne 5,534 57.55%
7 Lansdowne 10,621 53.53%
8 Harrisburg 49,160 48.6%
9 Coatesville 13,132 46.25%
10 Philadelphia 1,559,938 41.55%
11 Collingdale 8,777 40.55%
12 Clairton 6,719 39.63%
13 Aliquippa 9,258 37.44%
14 Steelton 5,938 35.37%
15 Norri 34,460 34.36%
16 Mckeesport 19,529 33.25%
17 Swissvale 8,893 32.37%
18 Folcroft 6,616 31.98%
19 Mckees Rocks 6,046 26.86%
20 Arnold 5,019 25.6%
21 York 43,848 24.12%
22 Pittsburgh 305,305 24.03%
23 Clifton Heights 6,670 20.21%
24 Turtle Creek 5,292 19.86%
25 Ambridge 6,891 19.17%
26 Pott 22,619 18.08%
27 Ambler 6,507 16.86%
28 Coraopolis 5,617 15.68%
29 Beaver Falls 8,735 15.49%
30 Sharon 13,659 15.43%
31 Erie 100,157 15.4%
32 Morrisville 8,611 15.26%
33 Lancaster 59,341 14.16%
34 Uniontown 10,094 14.13%
35 New Brighton 5,911 13.99%
36 Williamsport 29,180 13.63%
37 Monessen 7,530 13.19%
38 Johnstown 20,169 13.18%
39 East Stroudsburg 10,023 13.07%
40 Easton 27,014 13.05%
41 Washington 13,693 12.9%
42 Carnegie 7,944 12.73%
43 Wilkes-Barre 40,964 12.6%
44 Downin 7,940 12.39%
45 New Castle 22,500 11.85%
46 Stroudsburg 5,486 11.85%
47 Media 5,345 11.41%
48 New Kensington 12,793 10.97%
49 Bristol 9,593 10.97%
50 Munhall 11,305 10.93%
51 Allentown 119,624 10.73%
52 Bellevue 8,285 10.3%
53 Forest Hills 6,475 10.27%
54 Collegeville 5,279 9.98%
55 West Mifflin 20,153 9.87%
56 West Chester 19,434 9.85%
57 Chambersburg 20,576 9.01%
58 Reading 87,899 8.99%
59 Lansdale 16,454 8.56%
60 Wilson 7,819 8.49%
61 Crafton 5,899 8.09%
62 Glenolden 7,167 7.98%
63 Columbia 10,382 7.87%
64 Canonsburg 8,933 7.86%
65 Carlisle 19,014 7.37%
66 Middl 9,002 7.34%
67 Phoenixville 16,638 6.95%
68 Baldwin 19,794 6.68%
69 Prospect Park 6,467 6.39%
70 Vandergrift 5,063 6.34%
71 Greensburg 14,572 6.16%
72 New Holland 5,418 6.02%
73 Jeannette 9,395 5.94%
74 Gettysburg 7,643 5.9%
75 Scranton 76,380 5.86%
76 Indiana 14,002 5.84%
77 Bethlehem 75,110 5.73%
78 Millersville 8,370 5.63%
79 Swarthmore 6,218 5.61%
80 Catasauqua 6,509 5.44%
81 California 6,564 5.24%
82 Kingston 12,996 5.18%
83 Meadville 13,134 5.15%
84 Mount Joy 7,978 5.01%
85 Bloomsburg 14,619 4.93%
86 Edinboro 6,393 4.9%
87 Hermitage 16,077 4.51%
88 Kennett Square 6,139 4.25%
89 Lock Haven 9,725 4.22%
90 Brookhaven 8,056 4.15%
91 Waynesboro 10,764 4.08%
92 White Oak 7,803 3.97%
93 Quake 8,869 3.91%
94 State College 42,074 3.91%
95 Butler 13,399 3.61%
96 Lewisburg 5,757 3.47%
97 Milton 6,968 3.42%
98 Pottsville 13,955 3.4%
99 Connellsville 7,516 3.34%
100 Hatboro 7,412 3.26%

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