The 10 Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Pennsylvania with the largest African American population.

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 1,363,043 - at 10.7% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Pennsylvania? Yeadon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in pennsylvania for 2021. 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 2021

1. Yeadon

Yeadon, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 11,485
% African American: 88.05%
# Of African American Residents: 10,112
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.29%
More on Yeadon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Darby

Darby, PA

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Population: 10,695
% African American: 81.22%
# Of African American Residents: 8,687
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.71%
More on Darby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill, PA

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7
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Population: 5,684
% African American: 71.15%
# Of African American Residents: 4,044
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.21%
More on Sharon Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Chester

Chester, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 33,982
% African American: 67.58%
# Of African American Residents: 22,965
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.48%
More on Chester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Duquesne

Duquesne, PA

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 5,543
% African American: 56.67%
# Of African American Residents: 3,141
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.91%
More on Duquesne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Wilkinsburg

Wilkinsburg, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 15,485
% African American: 55.3%
# Of African American Residents: 8,563
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.67%
More on Wilkinsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Collingdale

Collingdale, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 8,791
% African American: 52.5%
# Of African American Residents: 4,615
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.27%
More on Collingdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Lansdowne

Lansdowne, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 10,638
% African American: 50.55%
# Of African American Residents: 5,378
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.94%
More on Lansdowne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 49,209
% African American: 46.68%
# Of African American Residents: 22,973
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.42%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Coatesville

Coatesville, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,136
% African American: 41.3%
# Of African American Residents: 5,425
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.91%
More on Coatesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In pennsylvania With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 88.0% 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 Fox Chapel 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. Fox Chapel
  2. Nazareth
  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 88.05% 11,485
2 Darby 81.22% 10,695
3 Sharon Hill 71.15% 5,684
4 Chester 67.58% 33,982
5 Duquesne 56.67% 5,543
6 Wilkinsburg 55.3% 15,485
7 Collingdale 52.5% 8,791
8 Lansdowne 50.55% 10,638
9 Harrisburg 46.68% 49,209
10 Coatesville 41.3% 13,136
11 Philadelphia 40.83% 1,579,075
12 Clairton 37.3% 6,619
13 Norri 36.33% 34,443
14 Steelton 36.12% 5,953
15 Mckeesport 34.89% 19,225
16 Folcroft 34.83% 6,627
17 Aliquippa 34.02% 9,004
18 Swissvale 32.34% 8,760
19 Mckees Rocks 32.34% 5,919
20 York 23.71% 44,022
21 Clifton Heights 23.25% 6,696
22 Pott 22.91% 22,670
23 Pittsburgh 22.77% 302,205
24 Uniontown 19.06% 9,837
25 Coraopolis 18.53% 5,488
26 Beaver Falls 17.49% 8,464
27 Ambridge 16.68% 6,707
28 East Stroudsburg 16.05% 10,333
29 Turtle Creek 15.99% 5,197
30 Erie 15.53% 97,263
31 Sharon 14.95% 13,227
32 Williamsport 14.2% 28,562
33 Johnstown 14.13% 19,569
34 Munhall 14.03% 11,121
35 Morrisville 13.65% 8,573
36 Easton 13.2% 27,122
37 Lancaster 13.04% 59,433
38 Stroudsburg 12.97% 5,499
39 Downin 12.6% 7,926
40 Washington 12.55% 13,532
41 Wilkes-Barre 12.09% 40,867
42 New Brighton 11.94% 5,780
43 Forest Hills 11.93% 6,377
44 Jeannette 11.55% 9,216
45 Monessen 11.45% 7,344
46 Ambler 11.43% 6,489
47 Bellevue 11.24% 8,146
48 Columbia 10.89% 10,382
49 Chambersburg 10.81% 20,832
50 New Castle 10.66% 21,991
51 Carnegie 10.29% 7,883
52 Allentown 10.15% 120,915
53 Bristol 10.04% 9,605
54 New Kensington 9.87% 12,468
55 Middl 9.37% 9,315
56 Canonsburg 8.96% 8,844
57 Collegeville 8.89% 5,152
58 Glenolden 8.88% 7,161
59 Reading 8.82% 88,232
60 Baldwin 8.12% 19,752
61 Phoenixville 8.0% 16,895
62 West Chester 7.7% 20,034
63 West Mifflin 7.34% 19,834
64 Bethlehem 7.27% 75,461
65 Carlisle 7.27% 19,153
66 Wilson 6.69% 7,797
67 Hatboro 6.59% 7,449
68 Crafton 6.41% 5,838
69 Indiana 6.3% 13,346
70 Brookhaven 6.18% 8,038
71 California 6.07% 6,347
72 Prospect Park 6.02% 6,483
73 Waynesboro 5.84% 10,860
74 Media 5.69% 5,487
75 Clarion 5.61% 5,580
76 Scranton 5.28% 77,054
77 Meadville 5.25% 12,864
78 Lansdale 5.21% 16,675
79 Bloomsburg 5.15% 14,085
80 Kennett Square 5.09% 6,190
81 Gettysburg 5.02% 7,689
82 Quake 4.88% 8,827
83 Hermitage 4.82% 15,693
84 Pittston 4.69% 7,765
85 Millersville 4.67% 8,322
86 Corry 4.58% 6,332
87 Swarthmore 4.54% 6,318
88 Greensburg 4.44% 14,290
89 Bellefonte 4.43% 6,282
90 Edinboro 4.42% 5,794
91 Lebanon 4.35% 25,793
92 Lock Haven 4.33% 9,247
93 Plymouth 4.31% 5,820
94 Pottsville 4.27% 13,648
95 Elizabet 4.11% 11,469
96 Lehighton 4.05% 5,304
97 Moosic 4.01% 5,767
98 Shippensburg 3.97% 5,663
99 Selinsgrove 3.91% 5,927
100 Catasauqua 3.9% 6,568

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