These Are The 10 Tennessee Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee is 1,092,491 – at 16.7% of the total population of Tennessee.

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 Tennessee? Which cities and towns in Tennessee have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Tennessee with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Brownsville (Photos)
  2. Memphis (Photos)
  3. Bolivar (Photos)
  4. Ripley (Photos)
  5. Covington (Photos)
  6. Jackson (Photos)
  7. Humboldt (Photos)
  8. Chattanooga (Photos)
  9. Nashville
  10. Millington (Photos)

Brownsville took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Tennessee for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Tennessee 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 Tennessee or the most diverse places in Tennessee.

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How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 64.4% to 0.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Brownsville took the distinction of being the most Black, while La Follette was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Tennessee 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. Brownsville

Brownsville, Tennessee

Population: 9,938
% African American: 64.4%
# Of African American Residents: 6,400
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.5%

2. Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Population: 655,857
% African American: 63.4%
# Of African American Residents: 415,835
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.79%

3. Bolivar

Bolivar, Tennessee

Population: 5,154
% African American: 59.08%
# Of African American Residents: 3,045
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.62%

4. Ripley

Ripley, Tennessee

Population: 8,249
% African American: 54.18%
# Of African American Residents: 4,469
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.45%

5. Covington

Covington, Tennessee

Population: 9,016
% African American: 49.43%
# Of African American Residents: 4,457
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.79%

6. Jackson

Jackson, Tennessee

Population: 67,162
% African American: 44.88%
# Of African American Residents: 30,145
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.17%

7. Humboldt

Humboldt, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,254
% African American: 43.48%
# Of African American Residents: 3,589
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.04%

8. Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Population: 175,462
% African American: 33.45%
# Of African American Residents: 58,696
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.65%

9. Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 643,771
% African American: 27.9%
# Of African American Residents: 179,631
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.44%

10. Millington

Millington, Tennessee

Population: 11,069
% African American: 25.99%
# Of African American Residents: 2,877
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.08%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Tennessee

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Tennessee according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Tennessee:

  1. La Follette
  2. Pigeon Forge
  3. Signal Mountain

For more Tennessee reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Tennessee

City Rank Population % African American
Brownsville 1 9,938 64.4%
Memphis 2 655,857 63.4%
Bolivar 3 5,154 59.08%
Ripley 4 8,249 54.18%
Covington 5 9,016 49.43%
Jackson 6 67,162 44.88%
Humboldt 7 8,254 43.48%
Chattanooga 8 175,462 33.45%
Nashville 9 643,771 27.9%
Millington 10 11,069 25.99%
Dyersburg 11 16,867 24.74%
Pulaski 12 7,728 24.72%
Goodlettsville 13 16,848 24.42%
Clarksville 14 146,281 22.12%
La Vergne 15 34,451 21.84%
Union City 16 10,621 21.14%
Springfield 17 16,650 20.98%
Bartlett 18 58,318 20.24%
Paris 19 10,168 19.71%
Martin 20 10,989 19.39%
Milan 21 7,803 19.3%
Columbia 22 36,130 18.18%
Fayetteville 23 7,033 18.11%
Knoxville 24 183,927 17.72%
Henderson 25 6,491 17.7%
Lewisburg 26 11,376 17.03%
Murfreesboro 27 122,007 16.82%
Arlington 28 11,599 14.92%
Alcoa 29 9,058 14.87%
Gallatin 30 33,426 14.43%
Lexington 31 7,796 13.87%
Shelbyville 32 20,916 13.68%
Smyrna 33 45,369 13.06%
Collierville 34 48,005 12.86%
Mckenzie 35 5,650 12.27%
Hartsville/Trousdale County 36 7,970 11.76%
Lebanon 37 29,439 11.59%
East Ridge 38 21,311 11.54%
Oakland 39 7,270 11.31%
Savannah 40 7,043 9.98%
Munford 41 6,025 9.46%
Lakeland 42 12,541 9.02%
Collegedale 43 10,438 8.8%
Cleveland 44 43,276 8.7%
Nolensville 45 6,724 8.46%
Mount Juliet 46 29,853 7.86%
Athens 47 13,651 7.71%
Atoka 48 8,917 7.58%
Oak Ridge 49 29,285 7.55%
Hendersonville 50 55,073 7.41%
Jefferson City 51 8,324 7.4%
Dickson 52 15,098 6.89%
Harriman 53 6,223 6.86%
Johnson City 54 65,415 6.84%
Winchester 55 8,504 6.79%
Dayton 56 7,308 6.58%
Millersville 57 6,602 6.53%
Morristown 58 29,395 6.42%
Greenbrier 59 6,684 6.18%
Franklin 60 70,625 5.96%
Red Bank 61 11,794 5.94%
Lawrenceburg 62 10,573 5.86%
Greeneville 63 15,035 5.32%
Sweetwater 64 5,877 5.29%
Spring Hill 65 34,364 5.09%
Cookeville 66 32,256 4.5%
Rockwood 67 5,443 4.26%
Germantown 68 39,213 4.09%
Loudon 69 5,701 4.05%
Elizabethton 70 14,012 3.8%
Bristol 71 26,734 3.66%
Kingston 72 5,841 3.56%
Clinton 73 9,993 3.48%
Tullahoma 74 19,185 3.41%
Manchester 75 10,387 3.26%
Newport 76 6,856 3.17%
Kingsport 77 52,871 3.05%
Brentwood 78 40,873 2.94%
Maryville 79 28,151 2.73%
Crossville 80 11,308 1.7%
Portland 81 12,125 1.69%
Lenoir City 82 8,965 1.62%
Farragut 83 21,690 1.61%
Mount Carmel 84 5,425 1.49%
Mcminnville 85 13,664 1.45%
Fairview 86 8,271 1.27%
Sevierville 87 16,213 0.91%
Erwin 88 5,998 0.83%
White House 89 10,944 0.76%
Soddy-Daisy 90 13,162 0.54%
Church Hill 91 6,723 0.54%
Signal Mountain 92 8,500 0.46%
Pigeon Forge 93 6,092 0.31%
La Follette 94 7,131 0.25%

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