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 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.

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.

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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.

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1. Yeadon

Yeadon, Pennsylvania

Population: 11,506
% African American: 89.39%
# Of African American Residents: 10,285
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.62%

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%

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%

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%

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%

6. Duquesne

Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia User |

Population: 5,534
% African American: 57.55%
# Of African American Residents: 3,185
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.46%

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%

8. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Population: 49,160
% African American: 48.6%
# Of African American Residents: 23,891
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.92%

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%

10. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Population: 1,559,938
% African American: 41.55%
# Of African American Residents: 648,187
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.17%

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

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

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