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 in the black population 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 (Photos)
  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. 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 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.

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.

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%
More on Prairie View: Data | Jobs

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%
More on DeSoto: Data | Jobs

DeSoto is a city in Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 49,047.

3. Lancaster

Lancaster, Texas

Population: 38,426
% African American: 68.05%
# Of African American Residents: 26,148
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.62%
More on Lancaster: Data | Jobs

Lancaster is a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States. The population was 36,361 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1852 as a frontier post, Lancaster is one of Dallas County’s earliest settlements. Today, it is a suburban community located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, approximately 15 miles south of Downtown Dallas.

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%
More on Cedar Hill: Data | Jobs

Cedar Hill is a city in Dallas and Ellis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located approximately 16 miles southwest of downtown Dallas and is situated along the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park. The population was 45,028 at the 2010 census.

5. Jasper

Jasper, Texas

Population: 7,663
% African American: 53.35%
# Of African American Residents: 4,088
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.19%
More on Jasper: Data | Jobs

Jasper is a city and the county seat of Jasper County, Texas, in the United States. The population was 8,247 at the 2000 census and 7,590 at the 2010 census. Jasper is situated in the Deep East Texas subregion, about 130 miles northeast of Houston. Jasper holds an annual Butterfly Festival the first Saturday in October to celebrate the migration of the monarch butterflies.

6. Hempstead

Hempstead, Texas

Population: 6,727
% African American: 49.03%
# Of African American Residents: 3,298
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.01%
More on Hempstead: Data | Jobs

Hempstead is a city in Waller County, Texas, United States, part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. It serves as the county seat of Waller County.

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%
More on Beaumont: Data | Jobs

Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located in Southeast Texas on the Neches River about 90mi east of Houston, Beaumont city had a population of 118,296 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the twenty-fourth-most populous city in the state of Texas.

8. Glenn Heights


Population: 11,958
% African American: 46.54%
# Of African American Residents: 5,565
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.42%
More on Glenn Heights: Data | Jobs

Glenn Heights is a city in Dallas and Ellis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 11,278 at the 2010 census.

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%
More on Forest Hill: Data | Jobs

Forest Hill is a suburb of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,355 at the 2010 census.

10. Crockett

Crockett, Texas

Population: 6,561
% African American: 44.86%
# Of African American Residents: 2,943
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.42%
More on Crockett: Data | Jobs

Crockett is a city in Houston County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,950. It is the fifth oldest city and the county seat of Houston County, the oldest county in Texas.

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

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

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Texas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018

  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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