The 10 Tennessee Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 1,118,600 - at 16.5% 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Tennessee? Brownsville took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Tennessee for 2022. 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 2022

1. Brownsville

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Population: 9,497
% African American: 67.56%
# Of African American Residents: 6,416
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.27%
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Brownsville, TN

2. Bolivar

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Population: 5,005
% African American: 64.36%
# Of African American Residents: 3,221
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.39%
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Bolivar, TN

3. Memphis

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Population: 650,910
% African American: 64.16%
# Of African American Residents: 417,629
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.23%
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Memphis, TN

4. Ripley

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Population: 7,852
% African American: 54.01%
# Of African American Residents: 4,241
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.77%
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Ripley, TN

5. Covington

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Population: 8,863
% African American: 48.82%
# Of African American Residents: 4,327
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.31%
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Covington, TN

6. Jackson

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Population: 67,036
% African American: 45.27%
# Of African American Residents: 30,349
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.87%
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Jackson, TN

7. Humboldt

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Population: 8,145
% African American: 41.28%
# Of African American Residents: 3,362
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.47%
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Humboldt, TN

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8. Chattanooga

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Population: 181,370
% African American: 30.48%
# Of African American Residents: 55,278
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.38%
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Chattanooga, TN

9. Millington

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Population: 10,650
% African American: 29.06%
# Of African American Residents: 3,095
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.04%
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Millington, TN

10. Nashville

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Population: 667,070
% African American: 27.16%
# Of African American Residents: 181,187
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.37%
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Nashville, TN

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Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 93 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 67.6% 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 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.

Summary: 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. Pigeon Forge
  3. Erwin

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Tennessee

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brownsville 67.56% 9,497
2 Bolivar 64.36% 5,005
3 Memphis 64.16% 650,910
4 Ripley 54.01% 7,852
5 Covington 48.82% 8,863
6 Jackson 45.27% 67,036
7 Humboldt 41.28% 8,145
8 Chattanooga 30.48% 181,370
9 Millington 29.06% 10,650
10 Nashville 27.16% 667,070
11 Union City 26.18% 10,426
12 La Vergne 24.88% 35,556
13 Fayetteville 24.07% 7,046
14 Paris 23.29% 10,021
15 Clarksville 22.25% 156,092
16 Dyersburg 22.01% 16,371
17 Springfield 21.51% 17,147
18 Goodlettsville 21.5% 16,829
19 Pulaski 21.13% 7,614
20 Milan 20.52% 7,642
21 Bartlett 20.34% 59,252
22 Henderson 18.87% 6,323
23 Murfreesboro 18.76% 141,704
24 Arlington 18.22% 11,715
25 Martin 17.95% 10,585
26 Mckenzie 17.71% 5,517
27 Knoxville 16.87% 187,487
28 Columbia 16.64% 39,515
29 Lexington 16.47% 7,838
30 Smyrna 15.34% 50,820
31 Oakland 14.65% 8,135
32 Gallatin 13.9% 40,262
33 Alcoa 13.62% 9,809
34 Millersville 13.54% 6,403
35 Shelbyville 13.22% 21,841
36 East Ridge 13.0% 21,187
37 Collegedale 12.11% 11,402
38 Lebanon 12.01% 34,759
39 Munford 11.86% 6,090
40 Collierville 11.63% 50,596
41 Lewisburg 11.15% 12,150
42 Atoka 10.86% 9,407
43 Hartsville/trousdale County 10.35% 10,910
44 Winchester 9.85% 8,818
45 Athens 9.37% 13,931
46 Lakeland 8.99% 12,644
47 Savannah 8.6% 6,934
48 Dickson 8.55% 15,500
49 Hendersonville 7.98% 57,888
50 Oak Ridge 7.74% 29,124
51 Cleveland 7.19% 45,115
52 Mount Juliet 6.99% 35,834
53 Morristown 6.94% 29,887
54 Sweetwater 6.87% 5,894
55 Johnson City 6.77% 66,934
56 Spring Hill 6.66% 41,797
57 Tullahoma 6.47% 19,982
58 Franklin 5.62% 80,675
59 Manchester 5.56% 10,896
60 Red Bank 5.5% 11,785
61 Kingston 5.16% 5,946
62 Lawrenceburg 5.14% 10,925
63 Elizabethton 5.08% 13,568
64 Jefferson City 4.73% 8,220
65 Dayton 4.62% 7,357
66 Greeneville 4.53% 14,938
67 Harriman 4.26% 6,144
68 Cookeville 4.17% 33,922
69 Fairview 4.16% 8,989
70 Mcminnville 3.63% 13,707
71 Kingsport 3.62% 53,699
72 Greenbrier 3.47% 6,859
73 Nolensville 3.45% 9,221
74 Clinton 3.23% 10,006
75 Maryville 2.84% 29,325
76 White House 2.77% 12,258
77 Brentwood 2.65% 42,700
78 Bristol 2.51% 26,973
79 Crossville 2.33% 11,704
80 Germantown 2.3% 39,196
81 Portland 2.26% 12,928
82 Rockwood 1.52% 5,446
83 Newport 1.41% 6,865
84 Lenoir City 1.22% 9,191
85 Mount Carmel 1.15% 5,297
86 Farragut 0.71% 23,110
87 Sevierville 0.69% 17,185
88 Soddy-Daisy 0.66% 13,510
89 La Follette 0.37% 6,762
90 Signal Mountain 0.33% 8,574
91 Erwin 0.3% 5,910
92 Pigeon Forge 0.13% 6,247
93 Church Hill 0.0% 6,664

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Tennessee with the largest African American population.

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