These Are The 10 Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 1,353,424 – 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 2019:

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

Yeadon took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Pennsylvania for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 186 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.2% 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 Bangor 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.

Yeadon, PA

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Population: 11,523
% African American: 89.16%
# Of African American Residents: 10,274
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.72%
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: 10,710
% African American: 81.92%
# Of African American Residents: 8,774
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.78%
More on Darby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chester, PA

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Population: 34,102
% African American: 68.67%
# Of African American Residents: 23,418
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.83%
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.

Sharon Hill, PA

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Population: 5,711
% African American: 68.66%
# Of African American Residents: 3,921
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.06%
More on Sharon Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wilkinsburg, PA

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Population: 15,748
% African American: 59.84%
# Of African American Residents: 9,423
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.5%
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.

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Population: 5,544
% African American: 57.68%
# Of African American Residents: 3,198
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.92%
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.

Harrisburg, PA

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Population: 49,278
% African American: 48.31%
# Of African American Residents: 23,806
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.24%
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.

Lansdowne, PA

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Population: 10,641
% African American: 47.37%
# Of African American Residents: 5,041
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.86%
More on Lansdowne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collingdale, PA

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Population: 8,800
% African American: 45.48%
# Of African American Residents: 4,002
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.05%
More on Collingdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coatesville, PA

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Population: 13,169
% African American: 45.34%
# Of African American Residents: 5,971
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.76%
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.

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. Bangor
  2. Fox Chapel
  3. Nazareth

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City % African American Population
1 Yeadon 89.16% 11,523
2 Darby 81.92% 10,710
3 Chester 68.67% 34,102
4 Sharon Hill 68.66% 5,711
5 Wilkinsburg 59.84% 15,748
6 Duquesne 57.68% 5,544
7 Harrisburg 48.31% 49,278
8 Lansdowne 47.37% 10,641
9 Collingdale 45.48% 8,800
10 Coatesville 45.34% 13,169
11 Philadelphia 41.34% 1,569,657
12 Clairton 41.11% 6,692
13 Steelton 38.37% 5,953
14 Norri 37.61% 34,556
15 Aliquippa 36.39% 9,173
16 Folcroft 35.26% 6,620
17 Swissvale 33.84% 8,881
18 Mckeesport 33.12% 19,488
19 Mckees Rocks 29.02% 6,037
20 York 23.76% 44,058
21 Pittsburgh 23.29% 305,012
22 Turtle Creek 22.15% 5,281
23 Pott 20.33% 22,715
24 Ambridge 18.58% 6,853
25 Beaver Falls 17.6% 8,641
26 Clifton Heights 17.0% 6,688
27 Uniontown 15.87% 9,975
28 Ambler 15.85% 6,525
29 Erie 15.47% 98,970
30 Coraopolis 14.39% 5,607
31 Lancaster 14.27% 59,556
32 Williamsport 13.85% 28,938
33 East Stroudsburg 13.81% 10,149
34 Morrisville 13.58% 8,630
35 Johnstown 13.34% 19,967
36 New Brighton 13.28% 5,889
37 Easton 13.13% 27,045
38 Sharon 13.05% 13,505
39 Washington 12.98% 13,624
40 Monessen 12.72% 7,474
41 Stroudsburg 12.42% 5,491
42 Wilkes-Barre 12.11% 40,887
43 Carnegie 11.43% 7,935
44 Downin 11.17% 7,961
45 West Mifflin 11.02% 20,075
46 Bristol 10.94% 9,645
47 New Castle 10.73% 22,434
48 Collegeville 10.59% 5,221
49 Allentown 10.38% 120,128
50 Chambersburg 10.25% 20,640
51 New Kensington 10.04% 12,679
52 Glenolden 10.03% 7,167
53 Forest Hills 9.97% 6,439
54 Bellevue 9.76% 8,269
55 West Chester 9.67% 19,698
56 Columbia 9.56% 10,430
57 Munhall 9.07% 11,296
58 Reading 9.05% 88,275
59 Wilson 8.55% 7,817
60 Media 8.16% 5,346
61 Carlisle 7.86% 19,113
62 Lansdale 7.83% 16,506
63 Phoenixville 7.64% 16,743
64 Canonsburg 7.57% 8,913
65 Baldwin 7.05% 19,743
66 Jeannette 6.84% 9,341
67 Prospect Park 6.7% 6,492
68 Vandergrift 6.51% 5,037
69 New Holland 6.28% 5,445
70 Swarthmore 6.15% 6,243
71 Middl 6.11% 9,098
72 Kingston 6.06% 12,959
73 Greensburg 5.92% 14,476
74 Bethlehem 5.9% 75,240
75 Crafton 5.81% 5,887
76 Indiana 5.81% 13,690
77 Scranton 5.7% 76,624
78 Meadville 5.58% 13,105
79 Gettysburg 5.48% 7,627
80 Catasauqua 5.18% 6,541
81 Waynesboro 4.78% 10,793
82 California 4.76% 6,513
83 Millersville 4.66% 8,366
84 Bloomsburg 4.63% 14,500
85 Hermitage 4.55% 15,901
86 Brookhaven 4.29% 8,051
87 Edinboro 4.11% 6,206
88 Kennett Square 4.02% 6,138
89 State College 3.61% 42,224
90 Elizabet 3.61% 11,579
91 Moosic 3.56% 5,728
92 White Oak 3.54% 7,774
93 Butler 3.43% 13,292
94 South Williamsport 3.29% 6,252
95 Shippensburg 3.29% 5,558
96 Quake 3.22% 8,889
97 Corry 3.18% 6,451
98 Plymouth 3.16% 5,863
99 Lebanon 3.14% 25,703
100 Brentwood 3.13% 9,528

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