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 broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Texas with the largest African American population in 2018:
- Prairie View (Photos)
- Desoto (Photos)
- Lancaster (Photos)
- Cedar Hill (Photos)
- Jasper (Photos)
- Hempstead (Photos)
- Beaumont (Photos)
- Glenn Heights
- Forest Hill (Photos)
- 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.
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*
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
DeSoto is a city in Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 49,047.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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 is a suburb of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,355 at the 2010 census.
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:
- San Juan
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