Tennessee Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee is 1,107,218 – 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 2020:

  1. Memphis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brownsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bolivar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ripley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Humboldt (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Chattanooga (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Nashville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Fayetteville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

Memphis, TN

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Population: 653,248
% African American: 63.96%
# Of African American Residents: 417,843
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.29%
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Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.

Brownsville, TN

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Population: 9,715
% African American: 63.36%
# Of African American Residents: 6,155
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.04%
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Brownsville is a city in Haywood County, Tennessee. It is the county seat of Haywood County, which is in the broad delta floodplain near the Mississippi River. Its population as of the 2010 census is 10,292.

Bolivar, TN

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Population: 5,002
% African American: 59.56%
# Of African American Residents: 2,979
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.58%
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Bolivar is a city in Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,417. It is the county seat of Hardeman County. The town was named for South American revolutionary leader Simn Bolvar.

Ripley, TN

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Population: 8,023
% African American: 50.8%
# Of African American Residents: 4,076
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.56%
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Humboldt, TN

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Population: 8,226
% African American: 45.2%
# Of African American Residents: 3,718
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.95%
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Humboldt is a city in Gibson and Madison counties, Tennessee. The population was 8,452 at the 2010 census, a decline of 1,015 from 2000. It is the principal city of and is included in the Humboldt, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Jackson, Tennessee-Humboldt, Tennessee Combined Statistical Area. It is Gibson County’s largest city and Madison County’s second largest city after Jackson.

Jackson, TN

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Population: 66,878
% African American: 44.79%
# Of African American Residents: 29,956
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.53%
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Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Located 70 miles east of Memphis, it is a regional center of trade for West Tennessee. Its total population was 65,211 at the 2010 census and 67,265 in the 2012 Census estimate.

Covington, TN

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Population: 8,855
% African American: 42.08%
# Of African American Residents: 3,726
Percent Change Since 2010: -27.93%
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Covington is a city in central Tipton County, Tennessee, United States. Covington is the largest city and county seat of Tipton County. The city is located in West Tennessee, 12mi east of the Mississippi River. The city’s population was 9,038 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census. Located 42mi northeast of Memphis, Covington is part of the Memphis, Tennessee Metropolitan Area.

Chattanooga, TN

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Population: 177,365
% African American: 32.35%
# Of African American Residents: 57,374
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.32%
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Chattanooga is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with a population of 176,588 in 2015. The fourth-largest Tennessee city, it is the seat of Hamilton County. Located in southeastern Tennessee in East Tennessee, on the Tennessee River, served by multiple railroads and Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a transit hub. Chattanooga lies 120 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, 135 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, 120 miles northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and 148 miles northeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

Nashville, TN

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Population: 660,062
% African American: 27.66%
# Of African American Residents: 182,577
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.2%
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Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, private prison, banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities.

Fayetteville, TN

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Population: 6,987
% African American: 25.73%
# Of African American Residents: 1,798
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.39%
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Fayetteville is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,994 at the 2000 census, and 6,827 at the 2010 census. A census estimate from 2012 showed 7,072.

How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 64.0% 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. Memphis took the distinction of being the most Black, while Church Hill 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. Church Hill
  2. La Follette
  3. White House

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % African American Population
1 Memphis 63.96% 653,248
2 Brownsville 63.36% 9,715
3 Bolivar 59.56% 5,002
4 Ripley 50.8% 8,023
5 Humboldt 45.2% 8,226
6 Jackson 44.79% 66,878
7 Covington 42.08% 8,855
8 Chattanooga 32.35% 177,365
9 Nashville 27.66% 660,062
10 Fayetteville 25.73% 6,987
11 Millington 25.15% 10,720
12 Dyersburg 23.49% 16,559
13 Clarksville 23.06% 150,602
14 Pulaski 22.75% 7,652
15 Milan 22.71% 7,703
16 La Vergne 22.44% 35,237
17 Union City 21.37% 10,478
18 Springfield 21.28% 16,787
19 Goodlettsville 20.86% 16,900
20 Bartlett 20.79% 58,828
21 Henderson 20.46% 6,247
22 Paris 20.2% 10,042
23 Columbia 19.57% 37,455
24 Munford 19.27% 5,998
25 Murfreesboro 18.65% 130,968
26 Martin 18.54% 10,721
27 Knoxville 17.39% 185,429
28 Lewisburg 17.08% 11,638
29 Arlington 16.23% 11,689
30 Lexington 14.53% 7,735
31 Smyrna 13.77% 48,361
32 East Ridge 13.74% 21,134
33 Shelbyville 13.46% 21,319
34 Gallatin 13.33% 36,139
35 Mckenzie 12.6% 5,363
36 Collierville 12.36% 49,610
37 Alcoa 12.27% 9,633
38 Lebanon 12.15% 31,592
39 Lakeland 11.7% 12,628
40 Atoka 10.25% 9,139
41 Savannah 10.05% 6,964
42 Athens 9.58% 13,752
43 Oakland 9.56% 7,707
44 Hartsville/trousdale County 9.52% 9,573
45 Winchester 9.13% 8,578
46 Mount Juliet 8.32% 32,882
47 Cleveland 8.17% 43,924
48 Hendersonville 8.09% 56,421
49 Collegedale 7.9% 11,256
50 Dickson 7.62% 15,294
51 Nolensville 6.78% 7,656
52 Johnson City 6.66% 66,037
53 Oak Ridge 6.54% 29,030
54 Sweetwater 6.52% 5,870
55 Morristown 6.45% 29,547
56 Franklin 6.2% 75,366
57 Harriman 5.85% 6,136
58 Dayton 5.82% 7,340
59 Millersville 5.77% 6,570
60 Red Bank 5.68% 11,748
61 Jefferson City 5.23% 8,235
62 Kingston 5.07% 5,821
63 Elizabethton 4.85% 13,555
64 Lawrenceburg 4.73% 10,684
65 Greenbrier 4.45% 6,770
66 Spring Hill 4.3% 37,830
67 Cookeville 4.18% 32,894
68 Newport 3.98% 6,757
69 Tullahoma 3.93% 19,669
70 Manchester 3.86% 10,561
71 Kingsport 3.53% 53,115
72 Brentwood 3.48% 41,987
73 Fairview 3.43% 8,599
74 Bristol 3.28% 26,766
75 Greeneville 3.2% 14,896
76 Loudon 2.97% 5,687
77 Clinton 2.79% 9,908
78 Maryville 2.35% 28,520
79 Portland 2.32% 12,539
80 Crossville 2.24% 11,368
81 Germantown 2.23% 39,164
82 Mcminnville 1.72% 13,650
83 Mount Carmel 1.63% 5,327
84 Rockwood 1.61% 5,419
85 Soddy-Daisy 0.88% 13,460
86 Lenoir City 0.71% 9,122
87 Erwin 0.66% 5,891
88 Pigeon Forge 0.58% 6,197
89 Sevierville 0.58% 16,439
90 Farragut 0.45% 22,260
91 Signal Mountain 0.42% 8,523
92 White House 0.4% 11,513
93 La Follette 0.3% 6,911
94 Church Hill 0.0% 6,681

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2 thoughts on “Tennessee Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  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?

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