Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is 1,360,576 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Pennsylvania? Yeadon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Pennsylvania 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 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 2020

Yeadon, PA

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Population: 11,487
% African American: 88.95%
# Of African American Residents: 10,218
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.27%
More on Yeadon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Darby, PA

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Population: 10,699
% African American: 81.47%
# Of African American Residents: 8,717
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.08%
More on Darby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sharon Hill, PA

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Population: 5,691
% African American: 70.34%
# Of African American Residents: 4,003
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.83%
More on Sharon Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chester, PA

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Population: 33,977
% African American: 68.34%
# Of African American Residents: 23,221
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.55%
More on Chester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wilkinsburg, PA

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5
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Population: 15,637
% African American: 57.93%
# Of African American Residents: 9,059
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.96%
More on Wilkinsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Duquesne, PA

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Population: 5,544
% African American: 55.83%
# Of African American Residents: 3,095
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.29%
More on Duquesne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lansdowne, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 10,628
% African American: 48.8%
# Of African American Residents: 5,186
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.33%
More on Lansdowne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harrisburg, PA

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3
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Population: 49,230
% African American: 47.33%
# Of African American Residents: 23,300
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.17%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Collingdale, PA

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Population: 8,790
% African American: 46.19%
# Of African American Residents: 4,060
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.15%
More on Collingdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coatesville, PA

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4
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Population: 13,147
% African American: 44.73%
# Of African American Residents: 5,880
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.14%
More on Coatesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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 185 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.0% 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 Nazareth 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.

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. Nazareth
  2. Palmerton
  3. Blakely

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City % African American Population
1 Yeadon 88.95% 11,487
2 Darby 81.47% 10,699
3 Sharon Hill 70.34% 5,691
4 Chester 68.34% 33,977
5 Wilkinsburg 57.93% 15,637
6 Duquesne 55.83% 5,544
7 Lansdowne 48.8% 10,628
8 Harrisburg 47.33% 49,230
9 Collingdale 46.19% 8,790
10 Coatesville 44.73% 13,147
11 Philadelphia 41.02% 1,575,522
12 Steelton 37.86% 5,954
13 Swissvale 35.92% 8,808
14 Norri 35.64% 34,490
15 Clairton 35.47% 6,640
16 Aliquippa 35.34% 9,066
17 Folcroft 35.17% 6,630
18 Mckees Rocks 33.66% 5,966
19 Mckeesport 32.92% 19,365
20 Turtle Creek 24.39% 5,244
21 York 23.14% 44,044
22 Pittsburgh 22.94% 303,587
23 Clifton Heights 22.11% 6,680
24 Pott 20.72% 22,694
25 Uniontown 18.28% 9,908
26 Coraopolis 18.02% 5,587
27 Beaver Falls 17.99% 8,547
28 Ambridge 16.19% 6,787
29 East Stroudsburg 16.19% 10,279
30 Erie 15.9% 98,156
31 Lancaster 14.44% 59,503
32 Sharon 14.31% 13,378
33 Washington 14.07% 13,590
34 Johnstown 13.91% 19,812
35 Downin 13.67% 7,929
36 Ambler 13.38% 6,488
37 Easton 13.32% 27,100
38 Stroudsburg 13.29% 5,501
39 Williamsport 12.92% 28,757
40 New Brighton 11.88% 5,827
41 Chambersburg 11.72% 20,734
42 Wilkes-Barre 11.59% 40,847
43 Munhall 11.56% 11,229
44 Forest Hills 11.51% 6,401
45 Monessen 11.21% 7,397
46 Bristol 11.2% 9,614
47 New Castle 11.17% 22,188
48 Carnegie 11.07% 7,905
49 Columbia 10.95% 10,389
50 Collegeville 10.7% 5,170
51 West Mifflin 10.61% 19,946
52 Glenolden 10.59% 7,147
53 West Chester 10.24% 19,888
54 Allentown 10.09% 120,410
55 Jeannette 9.64% 9,280
56 New Kensington 9.21% 12,568
57 Canonsburg 9.19% 8,864
58 Middl 9.11% 9,176
59 Reading 8.96% 88,211
60 Morrisville 8.66% 8,588
61 Bellevue 8.43% 8,196
62 Wilson 8.25% 7,795
63 Media 8.15% 5,423
64 Prospect Park 7.95% 6,475
65 Crafton 7.36% 5,839
66 Phoenixville 7.34% 16,815
67 Baldwin 7.25% 19,651
68 Bethlehem 6.45% 75,296
69 Carlisle 6.41% 19,116
70 Swarthmore 6.41% 6,304
71 Greensburg 6.26% 14,377
72 Lansdale 6.12% 16,579
73 Indiana 5.97% 13,512
74 Gettysburg 5.92% 7,646
75 Shippensburg 5.91% 5,479
76 Meadville 5.45% 12,949
77 Scranton 5.39% 76,869
78 Kennett Square 5.34% 6,159
79 Millersville 5.26% 8,344
80 Brookhaven 5.21% 8,043
81 Hermitage 5.15% 15,812
82 Plymouth 4.84% 5,832
83 Bloomsburg 4.83% 14,275
84 California 4.61% 6,441
85 Hatboro 4.59% 7,428
86 Waynesboro 4.38% 10,842
87 Catasauqua 4.37% 6,550
88 State College 4.21% 42,256
89 Kingston 4.13% 12,935
90 Edinboro 3.99% 5,964
91 Elizabet 3.87% 11,492
92 Corry 3.8% 6,396
93 South Williamsport 3.79% 6,193
94 Hazleton 3.73% 24,812
95 Lebanon 3.58% 25,739
96 White Oak 3.56% 7,621
97 Moosic 3.55% 5,744
98 Altoona 3.46% 44,372
99 Connellsville 3.46% 7,427
100 Brentwood 3.46% 9,453

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