Texas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas is 3,269,253 – at 11.7% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Texas? Prairie View took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Texas 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Texas For 2020

Prairie View, TX

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/10

Population: 6,337
% African American: 90.42%
# Of African American Residents: 5,730
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.99%
More on Prairie View: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lancaster, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 39,162
% African American: 67.75%
# Of African American Residents: 26,533
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.3%
More on Lancaster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Desoto, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 53,030
% African American: 67.38%
# Of African American Residents: 35,731
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.02%
More on Desoto: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Cedar Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,704
% African American: 53.6%
# Of African American Residents: 26,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.43%
More on Cedar Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Jasper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,586
% African American: 52.47%
# Of African American Residents: 3,980
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.73%
More on Jasper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Beaumont, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 118,632
% African American: 47.98%
# Of African American Residents: 56,918
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.53%
More on Beaumont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Hempstead, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,397
% African American: 44.67%
# Of African American Residents: 3,304
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.23%
More on Hempstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 12,581
% African American: 44.66%
# Of African American Residents: 5,619
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.47%
More on Glenn Heights: Real Estate | Data

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.

Crockett, TX

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,534
% African American: 44.41%
# Of African American Residents: 2,902
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.58%
More on Crockett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Forest Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,913
% African American: 43.41%
# Of African American Residents: 5,606
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.26%
More on Forest Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

How We Determined The Cities In Texas 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 Texas.

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 328 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 90.4% 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 Los Fresnos was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Los Fresnos
  2. Iowa Park
  3. Alton

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Texas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Prairie View 90.42% 6,337
2 Lancaster 67.75% 39,162
3 Desoto 67.38% 53,030
4 Cedar Hill 53.6% 48,704
5 Jasper 52.47% 7,586
6 Beaumont 47.98% 118,632
7 Hempstead 44.67% 7,397
8 Glenn Heights 44.66% 12,581
9 Crockett 44.41% 6,534
10 Forest Hill 43.41% 12,913
11 Marlin 43.13% 5,653
12 Missouri City 41.27% 73,573
13 Humble 39.28% 15,861
14 Port Arthur 38.06% 55,249
15 Marshall 37.72% 23,315
16 Atlanta 36.83% 5,523
17 Texarkana 35.83% 37,277
18 Killeen 34.54% 143,070
19 Duncanville 34.36% 39,630
20 Center 33.18% 5,319
21 La Marque 32.06% 16,225
22 Orange 31.52% 18,901
23 Stafford 31.09% 18,110
24 Silsbee 30.35% 6,640
25 Wharton 28.79% 8,718
26 Red Oak 27.87% 12,366
27 Rusk 27.63% 5,563
28 Texas City 27.59% 47,902
29 Nacogdoches 27.1% 33,610
30 Carthage 27.04% 6,646
31 Huntsville 26.65% 41,079
32 Mexia 26.35% 7,396
33 Mesquite 25.61% 144,250
34 Palestine 25.48% 18,237
35 Lufkin 25.0% 35,874
36 Everman 24.42% 6,252
37 Tyler 24.26% 103,721
38 Dallas 23.93% 1,318,806
39 Wake Village 23.88% 5,435
40 Hitchcock 23.73% 7,730
41 Terrell 23.69% 17,378
42 Commerce 23.02% 9,000
43 Longview 22.75% 82,256
44 Grand Prairie 22.73% 191,104
45 Balch Springs 22.7% 25,312
46 Henderson 22.61% 13,355
47 Elgin 22.38% 9,616
48 Converse 22.23% 26,246
49 Houston 22.06% 2,295,982
50 Arlington 21.96% 392,462
51 Lacy-Lakeview 21.62% 6,629
52 Waco 21.17% 133,964
53 Navasota 20.76% 7,432
54 Brenham 20.18% 16,778
55 Paris 19.93% 24,842
56 Jacksonville 19.7% 14,821
57 Corsicana 19.29% 23,736
58 Cuero 18.83% 8,349
59 Livingston 18.83% 5,046
60 Cameron 18.79% 5,455
61 Harker Heights 18.7% 30,251
62 Baytown 18.62% 76,581
63 Fort Worth 18.6% 855,786
64 Gladewater 18.26% 6,085
65 Cleveland 18.2% 7,998
66 Hillsboro 18.06% 8,333
67 Galveston 17.69% 50,039
68 Pearland 17.65% 117,867
69 Webster 17.64% 11,165
70 Mansfield 17.59% 67,492
71 Little Elm 17.01% 42,889
72 Athens 16.98% 12,677
73 Seagoville 16.6% 16,357
74 Rowlett 16.03% 62,127
75 Crowley 16.01% 15,189
76 Bryan 15.77% 83,199
77 Temple 15.49% 73,143
78 Ennis 14.92% 19,196
79 Greenville 14.79% 26,900
80 Richmond 14.71% 12,084
81 Copperas Cove 14.66% 32,731
82 Mount Pleasant 14.5% 16,100
83 Jersey Village 14.4% 7,945
84 Bellmead 14.32% 10,431
85 Edna 14.23% 5,784
86 Forney 14.0% 19,366
87 Rosenberg 13.84% 36,509
88 Garland 13.82% 237,982
89 Bay City 13.8% 17,681
90 Pflugerville 13.77% 59,757
91 Kirby 13.57% 8,625
92 Hutto 13.54% 23,980
93 Cibolo 13.51% 27,963
94 Kilgore 13.38% 14,867
95 Murphy 13.32% 20,528
96 Dayton 13.26% 7,881
97 Freeport 12.97% 12,098
98 Irving 12.75% 238,637
99 Addison 12.63% 15,626
100 Sachse 12.46% 25,133

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One thought on “Texas Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  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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