The 10 Tennessee Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 tennessee is 1,114,068 - at 16.6% 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 in the black population 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Tennessee? Brownsville took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in tennessee 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Tennessee For 2021

1. Brownsville

Brownsville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 9,647
% African American: 64.91%
# Of African American Residents: 6,262
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.5%
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2. Memphis

Memphis, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 651,932
% African American: 63.83%
# Of African American Residents: 416,108
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.86%
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3. Bolivar

Bolivar, TN

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4
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Population: 5,031
% African American: 60.64%
# Of African American Residents: 3,051
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.44%
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4. Ripley

Ripley, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 7,947
% African American: 51.73%
# Of African American Residents: 4,111
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.75%
More on Ripley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Covington

Covington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,857
% African American: 48.4%
# Of African American Residents: 4,287
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.08%
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Humboldt

Humboldt, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,169
% African American: 45.45%
# Of African American Residents: 3,713
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.07%
More on Humboldt: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Jackson

Jackson, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,870
% African American: 44.5%
# Of African American Residents: 29,757
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.84%
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8. Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 179,690
% African American: 31.06%
# Of African American Residents: 55,808
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.45%
More on Chattanooga: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Nashville

Nashville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 663,750
% African American: 27.41%
# Of African American Residents: 181,924
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.81%
More on Nashville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,034
% African American: 26.46%
# Of African American Residents: 1,861
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.12%
More on Fayetteville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In tennessee 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 tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 64.9% 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. Brownsville took the distinction of being the most Black, while Pigeon Forge was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Pigeon Forge
  2. Church Hill
  3. Signal Mountain

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brownsville 64.91% 9,647
2 Memphis 63.83% 651,932
3 Bolivar 60.64% 5,031
4 Ripley 51.73% 7,947
5 Covington 48.4% 8,857
6 Humboldt 45.45% 8,169
7 Jackson 44.5% 66,870
8 Chattanooga 31.06% 179,690
9 Nashville 27.41% 663,750
10 Fayetteville 26.46% 7,034
11 Clarksville 23.32% 152,934
12 Union City 22.74% 10,424
13 La Vergne 22.54% 35,411
14 Dyersburg 22.48% 16,476
15 Millington 22.45% 10,645
16 Pulaski 21.54% 7,643
17 Bartlett 21.27% 59,102
18 Goodlettsville 21.06% 16,870
19 Springfield 20.96% 17,092
20 Paris 19.74% 10,043
21 Henderson 19.72% 6,289
22 Martin 18.88% 10,635
23 Murfreesboro 18.77% 136,366
24 Columbia 18.41% 38,380
25 Milan 18.35% 7,672
26 Munford 17.0% 6,034
27 Lewisburg 17.0% 11,910
28 Knoxville 16.87% 186,173
29 Lexington 16.78% 7,848
30 Arlington 16.31% 11,697
31 Shelbyville 15.11% 21,591
32 East Ridge 14.84% 21,168
33 Gallatin 14.02% 38,156
34 Smyrna 14.01% 49,552
35 Collierville 13.7% 50,086
36 Lebanon 13.54% 33,159
37 Mckenzie 12.74% 5,328
38 Alcoa 11.01% 9,561
39 Collegedale 10.96% 11,275
40 Lakeland 10.52% 12,606
41 Hartsville/trousdale County 10.18% 10,231
42 Atoka 9.94% 9,241
43 Athens 9.28% 13,851
44 Winchester 9.19% 8,706
45 Hendersonville 8.15% 57,083
46 Oakland 8.12% 7,893
47 Millersville 8.08% 6,350
48 Mount Juliet 7.73% 34,377
49 Dickson 7.5% 15,447
50 Cleveland 7.45% 44,595
51 Savannah 7.41% 6,947
52 Nolensville 7.4% 8,390
53 Tullahoma 7.12% 19,852
54 Morristown 7.05% 29,782
55 Sweetwater 6.79% 5,873
56 Johnson City 6.73% 66,515
57 Oak Ridge 6.69% 29,037
58 Franklin 6.64% 77,939
59 Red Bank 5.99% 11,745
60 Dayton 5.62% 7,344
61 Kingston 5.35% 5,927
62 Elizabethton 5.21% 13,577
63 Greenbrier 5.15% 6,818
64 Harriman 4.67% 6,126
65 Spring Hill 4.45% 39,711
66 Manchester 4.31% 10,721
67 Lawrenceburg 4.22% 10,877
68 Greeneville 4.14% 14,942
69 Fairview 4.13% 8,762
70 Jefferson City 3.9% 8,237
71 Clinton 3.81% 9,964
72 Cookeville 3.62% 33,454
73 Kingsport 3.52% 53,376
74 Bristol 2.83% 26,852
75 Mcminnville 2.39% 13,695
76 Rockwood 2.32% 5,423
77 Portland 2.18% 12,729
78 Maryville 2.09% 28,974
79 Germantown 2.01% 39,193
80 Brentwood 1.82% 42,407
81 Crossville 1.79% 11,545
82 White House 1.71% 11,843
83 Newport 1.61% 6,848
84 Loudon 1.51% 5,747
85 Soddy-Daisy 0.94% 13,398
86 Mount Carmel 0.91% 5,293
87 Lenoir City 0.87% 9,162
88 Erwin 0.73% 5,921
89 Farragut 0.47% 22,631
90 Sevierville 0.42% 16,743
91 La Follette 0.38% 6,857
92 Signal Mountain 0.27% 8,539
93 Church Hill 0.0% 6,667
94 Pigeon Forge 0.0% 6,229

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3 thoughts on “The 10 Tennessee Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  1. Which Tennesse cities have issues of racism? Amongst, neighbours, people and in schools. I am from South Africa, born and raised, and I am black. I love everything I read up about the southern way of life. I have watched a lot of movies about the southern way of life, and I am even considering applying to a university in Tennesse. I would like to know if there are any racial issues for black people in Tennesse, or will there be peace amongst all races?

    1. Hi Mr. Khumalo,

      Tennessee has become much more diversified throughout the years. The chances of you finding yourself in the face a racial bigotry is very small, but possible. Tennessee is full of God loving wonderful people. As long as you arrive hear with a good attitude, open heart and a good smile you will be successful in all that you do.

      Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

      Email: [email protected]

      ~ God bless

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