The 10 Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,352,329 - 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 2022:

  1. Yeadon
  2. Darby
  3. Sharon Hill
  4. Chester
  5. Collingdale
  6. Wilkinsburg
  7. Duquesne
  8. Lansdowne
  9. Harrisburg
  10. Folcroft

What's the blackest city in Pennsylvania? Yeadon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Pennsylvania 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2022

1. Yeadon

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Population: 11,495
% African American: 87.32%
# Of African American Residents: 10,038
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.01%
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Yeadon, PA

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2. Darby

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Population: 10,711
% African American: 83.86%
# Of African American Residents: 8,982
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.33%
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Darby, PA

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3. Sharon Hill

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Population: 5,680
% African American: 72.22%
# Of African American Residents: 4,102
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.16%
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Sharon Hill, PA

4. Chester

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Population: 33,855
% African American: 69.85%
# Of African American Residents: 23,647
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.0%
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Chester, PA

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5. Collingdale

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Population: 8,776
% African American: 56.52%
# Of African American Residents: 4,960
Percent Change Since 2010: 79.78%
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Collingdale, PA

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6. Wilkinsburg

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Population: 15,367
% African American: 51.38%
# Of African American Residents: 7,895
Percent Change Since 2010: -25.02%
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Wilkinsburg, PA

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7. Duquesne

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Population: 5,534
% African American: 50.74%
# Of African American Residents: 2,808
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.85%
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Duquesne, PA

8. Lansdowne

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Population: 10,637
% African American: 46.49%
# Of African American Residents: 4,945
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.56%
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Lansdowne, PA

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9. Harrisburg

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Population: 49,247
% African American: 45.88%
# Of African American Residents: 22,593
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.87%
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Harrisburg, PA

10. Folcroft

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Population: 6,629
% African American: 42.34%
# Of African American Residents: 2,807
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.92%
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Folcroft, PA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 184 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 87.3% 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 Tyrone was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

Summary: 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. Tyrone
  2. Swoyersville
  3. Nazareth

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Pennsylvania

Rank City % African American Population
1 Yeadon 87.32% 11,495
2 Darby 83.86% 10,711
3 Sharon Hill 72.22% 5,680
4 Chester 69.85% 33,855
5 Collingdale 56.52% 8,776
6 Wilkinsburg 51.38% 15,367
7 Duquesne 50.74% 5,534
8 Lansdowne 46.49% 10,637
9 Harrisburg 45.88% 49,247
10 Folcroft 42.34% 6,629
11 Clairton 41.97% 6,574
12 Philadelphia 40.1% 1,581,531
13 Coatesville 38.13% 13,096
14 Steelton 37.99% 5,964
15 Mckeesport 37.55% 19,128
16 Norri 36.25% 34,392
17 Aliquippa 33.07% 8,918
18 Mckees Rocks 31.19% 5,892
19 Clifton Heights 31.13% 6,700
20 Swissvale 30.17% 8,724
21 Turtle Creek 26.39% 5,161
22 York 24.16% 44,019
23 Pittsburgh 22.75% 301,286
24 Beaver Falls 21.27% 8,393
25 Pott 20.97% 22,633
26 Coraopolis 20.48% 5,448
27 Uniontown 19.6% 9,740
28 East Stroudsburg 19.02% 10,232
29 Monessen 15.8% 7,287
30 Easton 15.3% 27,274
31 Ambler 15.29% 6,494
32 Ambridge 15.2% 6,660
33 Erie 14.99% 96,616
34 Johnstown 14.46% 19,381
35 Sharon 13.77% 13,101
36 Forest Hills 13.71% 6,333
37 Stroudsburg 13.49% 5,514
38 Williamsport 13.37% 28,437
39 Munhall 13.24% 11,049
40 Washington 12.83% 13,404
41 Lancaster 12.76% 59,321
42 Morrisville 12.31% 8,540
43 Jeannette 12.16% 9,146
44 Bellevue 12.04% 8,088
45 West Chester 11.97% 20,033
46 New Brighton 11.95% 5,731
47 Downin 11.52% 8,012
48 Wilkes-Barre 11.35% 40,805
49 Carnegie 11.21% 7,839
50 Glenolden 10.83% 7,094
51 Chambersburg 10.82% 21,017
52 New Castle 10.79% 21,805
53 California 9.82% 6,306
54 Allentown 9.68% 121,156
55 Reading 9.19% 88,333
56 Middl 8.88% 9,410
57 Columbia 8.83% 10,369
58 Collegeville 8.8% 5,105
59 Brookhaven 8.61% 8,045
60 New Kensington 8.59% 12,378
61 West Mifflin 8.23% 19,742
62 Bethlehem 8.15% 75,571
63 Carlisle 8.11% 19,188
64 Wilson 7.06% 7,809
65 Brentwood 6.96% 9,319
66 Swarthmore 6.91% 6,339
67 Kennett Square 6.39% 6,182
68 Phoenixville 6.38% 16,961
69 Lansdale 6.35% 16,846
70 Baldwin 6.32% 19,667
71 Prospect Park 6.24% 6,495
72 Canonsburg 6.23% 8,815
73 Bristol 6.0% 9,577
74 Media 5.67% 5,658
75 Plymouth 5.57% 5,780
76 Indiana 5.39% 13,162
77 Crafton 5.39% 5,810
78 Scranton 5.39% 76,997
79 Clarion 5.35% 5,650
80 Meadville 5.06% 12,684
81 Franklin 4.89% 6,092
82 Hermitage 4.86% 15,603
83 Pittston 4.81% 7,729
84 Franklin Park 4.77% 14,701
85 Millersville 4.77% 8,309
86 Bloomsburg 4.75% 13,916
87 Waynesboro 4.72% 10,898
88 Hatboro 4.42% 7,458
89 Nanticoke 4.36% 10,296
90 Mount Joy 4.12% 8,204
91 Perkasie 4.09% 8,646
92 Shippensburg 4.07% 5,621
93 Moosic 4.03% 5,777
94 Kingston 4.0% 12,859
95 Corry 3.99% 6,285
96 Monaca 3.95% 5,466
97 Pleasant Hills 3.9% 8,072
98 Selinsgrove 3.87% 5,923
99 Castle Shannon 3.62% 8,249
100 Greensburg 3.48% 14,239

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

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