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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Texas 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 Texas is 3,134,962 – at 11.6% of the total population of Texas.

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

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

  1. Prairie View (Photos)
  2. Desoto (Photos)
  3. Lancaster (Photos)
  4. Cedar Hill (Photos)
  5. Jasper (Photos)
  6. Hempstead
  7. Beaumont (Photos)
  8. Glenn Heights
  9. Forest Hill (Photos)
  10. Crockett (Photos)

Prairie View took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Texas for 2018.

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

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

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How We Determined The Cities In Texas 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 Texas.

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 329 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 78.0% 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. Prairie View took the distinction of being the most Black, while Mercedes was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Texas 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. Prairie View

Prairie View, Texas

Population: 6,209
% African American: 77.97%
# Of African American Residents: 4,841
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.22%

2. Desoto

Desoto, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 51,854
% African American: 68.55%
# Of African American Residents: 35,546
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.41%

3. Lancaster

Lancaster, Texas

Population: 38,426
% African American: 68.05%
# Of African American Residents: 26,148
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.62%

4. Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill, Texas

Population: 47,457
% African American: 53.55%
# Of African American Residents: 25,415
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.17%

5. Jasper

Jasper, Texas

Population: 7,663
% African American: 53.35%
# Of African American Residents: 4,088
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.19%

6. Hempstead

Hempstead, Texas

Population: 6,727
% African American: 49.03%
# Of African American Residents: 3,298
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.01%

7. Beaumont

Beaumont, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 117,729
% African American: 48.0%
# Of African American Residents: 56,512
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.78%

8. Glenn Heights


Population: 11,958
% African American: 46.54%
# Of African American Residents: 5,565
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.42%

9. Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Texas

Population: 12,774
% African American: 46.25%
# Of African American Residents: 5,908
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.37%

10. Crockett

Crockett, Texas

Population: 6,561
% African American: 44.86%
# Of African American Residents: 2,943
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.42%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Texas

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

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

  1. Mercedes
  2. Roma
  3. San Juan

For more Texas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Texas

City Rank Population % African American
Prairie View 1 6,209 77.97%
Desoto 2 51,854 68.55%
Lancaster 3 38,426 68.05%
Cedar Hill 4 47,457 53.55%
Jasper 5 7,663 53.35%
Hempstead 6 6,727 49.03%
Beaumont 7 117,729 48.0%
Glenn Heights 8 11,958 46.54%
Forest Hill 9 12,774 46.25%
Crockett 10 6,561 44.86%
Missouri City 11 71,732 41.62%
Marlin 12 5,705 41.35%
Marshall 13 23,651 38.07%
Port Arthur 14 54,913 37.99%
Texarkana 15 37,389 35.79%
Center 16 5,421 34.2%
Duncanville 17 39,599 33.82%
La Marque 18 15,567 33.49%
Killeen 19 138,745 32.85%
Mexia 20 7,462 32.78%
Humble 21 15,569 31.74%
Orange 22 19,128 30.83%
Stafford 23 18,026 30.53%
Silsbee 24 6,702 30.36%
Atlanta 25 5,615 29.53%
Livingston 26 5,161 28.72%
Nacogdoches 27 33,789 28.6%
Hitchcock 28 7,464 27.87%
Rusk 29 5,580 27.13%
Huntsville 30 40,432 27.12%
Wharton 31 8,773 26.42%
Texas City 32 46,811 26.35%
Lufkin 33 36,112 26.28%
Wake Village 34 5,481 26.11%
Gladewater 35 6,407 24.99%
Lacy-Lakeview 36 6,581 24.69%
Tyler 37 101,946 24.32%
Dallas 38 1,278,433 24.26%
Mesquite 39 143,771 24.24%
Commerce 40 8,732 23.8%
Red Oak 41 11,663 23.74%
Palestine 42 18,456 23.71%
Cleveland 43 7,879 23.45%
Terrell 44 16,626 23.23%
Carthage 45 6,828 23.15%
Balch Springs 46 25,043 22.76%
Henderson 47 13,587 22.59%
Houston 48 2,240,582 22.36%
Longview 49 82,184 21.89%
Grand Prairie 50 185,631 21.56%
Everman 51 6,312 21.26%
Jacksonville 52 14,803 21.23%
Elgin 53 8,756 21.15%
Brenham 54 16,535 21.02%
Converse 55 21,169 20.87%
Navasota 56 7,352 20.82%
Waco 57 130,659 20.69%
Paris 58 24,936 20.65%
Arlington 59 383,899 20.39%
Dayton 60 7,494 19.86%
Corsicana 61 23,923 19.76%
Cuero 62 8,429 19.55%
Galveston 63 49,443 18.9%
Fort Worth 64 815,930 18.83%
Hillsboro 65 8,358 18.39%
Pearland 66 106,238 18.06%
Temple 67 71,138 17.27%
Bryan 68 80,552 16.55%
Cameron 69 5,457 16.47%
Webster 70 11,041 16.28%
Bellmead 71 10,159 16.12%
Pflugerville 72 55,712 16.06%
Athens 73 12,796 15.95%
Slaton 74 6,068 15.74%
Mansfield 75 63,141 15.68%
Harker Heights 76 28,716 15.47%
Mount Pleasant 77 16,115 14.91%
Little Elm 78 35,553 14.91%
Baytown 79 75,310 14.82%
Edna 80 5,731 14.66%
Rowlett 81 59,203 14.5%
Clute 82 11,370 14.46%
Greenville 83 26,303 14.41%
Bay City 84 17,558 14.35%
Rosenberg 85 34,908 13.92%
Copperas Cove 86 33,052 13.88%
Waxahachie 87 32,536 13.68%
Wylie 88 45,655 13.58%
Garland 89 234,810 13.54%
Gatesville 90 12,538 13.49%
Richmond 91 11,939 13.48%
Seagoville 92 15,701 13.46%
Bonham 93 10,040 13.0%
Ennis 94 18,890 12.84%
Sulphur Springs 95 15,896 12.83%
Hutto 96 21,241 12.73%
Irving 97 232,013 12.72%
Kilgore 98 14,658 12.71%
Bastrop 99 7,909 12.38%
Sachse 100 23,329 12.32%

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  1. Someone REALLY needs to change the title of this page to largest *percentage* of black residents, because with nearly half a million black residents, Houston has *by far* the largest black population.

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