The 10 Texas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Texas with the largest African American population.

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 3,328,707 - at 11.8% 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 2021:

  1. Prairie View
  2. Lancaster
  3. DeSoto
  4. Jasper
  5. Cedar Hill
  6. Marlin
  7. Beaumont
  8. Glenn Heights
  9. Forest Hill
  10. Crockett

What's the blackest city in Texas? Prairie View took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in texas for 2021. 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 2021

1. Prairie View

Prairie View, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,678
% African American: 90.51%
# Of African American Residents: 6,044
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.62%
More on Prairie View: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Lancaster

Lancaster, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,214
% African American: 70.01%
# Of African American Residents: 27,455
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.3%
More on Lancaster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Desoto

Desoto, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 53,090
% African American: 66.71%
# Of African American Residents: 35,418
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.98%
More on Desoto: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Jasper

Jasper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,583
% African American: 54.24%
# Of African American Residents: 4,113
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.0%
More on Jasper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 48,560
% African American: 52.82%
# Of African American Residents: 25,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.26%
More on Cedar Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Marlin

Marlin, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,607
% African American: 47.07%
# Of African American Residents: 2,639
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.07%
More on Marlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Beaumont

Beaumont, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 118,151
% African American: 46.53%
# Of African American Residents: 54,981
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.97%
More on Beaumont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Glenn Heights

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,802
% African American: 45.4%
# Of African American Residents: 5,812
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.91%
More on Glenn Heights: Real Estate | Data

9. Forest Hill

Forest Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,994
% African American: 44.58%
# Of African American Residents: 5,793
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.23%
More on Forest Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Crockett

Crockett, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,447
% African American: 44.21%
# Of African American Residents: 2,850
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.06%
More on Crockett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In texas With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 90.5% 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 Palmview 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. Palmview
  2. Roma
  3. Progreso

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Texas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Prairie View 90.51% 6,678
2 Lancaster 70.01% 39,214
3 Desoto 66.71% 53,090
4 Jasper 54.24% 7,583
5 Cedar Hill 52.82% 48,560
6 Marlin 47.07% 5,607
7 Beaumont 46.53% 118,151
8 Glenn Heights 45.4% 12,802
9 Forest Hill 44.58% 12,994
10 Crockett 44.21% 6,447
11 Hempstead 42.45% 7,691
12 Missouri City 41.61% 74,557
13 Port Arthur 38.1% 55,109
14 Texarkana 37.67% 36,688
15 Marshall 36.94% 23,080
16 Center 36.91% 5,250
17 Humble 35.41% 15,864
18 Killeen 34.88% 145,686
19 Duncanville 34.1% 39,415
20 Atlanta 32.78% 5,495
21 Red Oak 32.29% 12,724
22 Orange 32.1% 18,762
23 Rusk 31.39% 5,559
24 La Marque 30.15% 16,627
25 Stafford 29.53% 17,206
26 Texas City 28.24% 48,569
27 Wharton 28.15% 8,711
28 Palestine 27.66% 17,989
29 Huntsville 27.56% 41,592
30 Elgin 27.13% 10,064
31 Silsbee 26.94% 6,634
32 Mexia 26.58% 7,356
33 Wake Village 26.24% 5,392
34 Nacogdoches 26.08% 33,200
35 Mesquite 25.65% 143,456
36 Carthage 25.14% 6,535
37 Everman 24.73% 6,255
38 Hitchcock 24.24% 7,800
39 Dallas 23.95% 1,330,612
40 Tyler 23.85% 104,789
41 Lufkin 23.45% 35,465
42 Henderson 23.43% 13,237
43 Commerce 23.35% 9,293
44 Balch Springs 22.68% 25,190
45 Terrell 22.59% 17,869
46 Lacy-Lakeview 22.51% 6,633
47 Converse 22.48% 26,930
48 Arlington 22.28% 395,477
49 Navasota 22.26% 7,565
50 Grand Prairie 22.24% 192,565
51 Houston 22.09% 2,310,432
52 Brenham 22.08% 17,123
53 Longview 22.05% 81,653
54 Cameron 21.44% 5,489
55 Paris 20.78% 24,807
56 Waco 20.78% 135,858
57 Harker Heights 20.0% 30,861
58 Crowley 19.99% 15,439
59 Webster 18.98% 11,222
60 Jacksonville 18.57% 14,790
61 Fort Worth 18.52% 874,401
62 Mansfield 18.47% 69,557
63 Gladewater 17.89% 5,991
64 Pearland 17.69% 122,078
65 Corsicana 17.41% 23,746
66 Little Elm 17.4% 45,967
67 Livingston 17.32% 5,115
68 Baytown 17.25% 76,635
69 Cuero 17.22% 8,297
70 Bellmead 16.72% 10,556
71 Athens 16.71% 12,664
72 Rowlett 16.64% 63,793
73 Hillsboro 16.63% 8,342
74 Seagoville 16.54% 16,514
75 Richmond 16.53% 12,646
76 Galveston 16.5% 50,241
77 Cleveland 16.46% 8,061
78 Bryan 16.43% 84,096
79 Murphy 15.73% 20,612
80 Cibolo 15.58% 28,920
81 Ennis 15.11% 19,559
82 Greenville 15.01% 27,442
83 Temple 14.83% 74,762
84 Garland 14.77% 238,418
85 Pflugerville 14.74% 61,737
86 Hutto 14.57% 25,320
87 Copperas Cove 14.55% 32,715
88 Forney 14.3% 21,459
89 Live Oak 14.29% 15,855
90 Rosenberg 14.26% 37,059
91 Bay City 14.15% 17,694
92 Edna 14.03% 5,767
93 Addison 14.01% 15,302
94 Mount Pleasant 13.97% 15,973
95 Irving 13.8% 239,783
96 Anna 13.74% 13,052
97 Freeport 13.56% 12,147
98 Lewisville 13.16% 106,386
99 Sulphur Springs 12.99% 16,014
100 Kirby 12.88% 8,664

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