These Are The 10 Texas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 3,134,962 – 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 2019:

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

Prairie View took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Texas for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 78.7% 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 Bowie 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.

Prairie View, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 6,286
% African American: 78.65%
# Of African American Residents: 4,944
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.39%
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Desoto, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 52,596
% African American: 68.37%
# Of African American Residents: 35,961
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.79%
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.

Lancaster, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 38,871
% African American: 67.89%
# Of African American Residents: 26,389
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.67%
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.

Hempstead, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,012
% African American: 54.72%
# Of African American Residents: 3,837
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.63%
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.

Cedar Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,149
% African American: 54.2%
# Of African American Residents: 26,098
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.39%
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: 7,596
% African American: 53.96%
# Of African American Residents: 4,099
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.55%
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: 118,424
% African American: 47.85%
# Of African American Residents: 56,660
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.05%
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.

Forest Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 12,831
% African American: 45.05%
# Of African American Residents: 5,780
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.44%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,257
% African American: 44.87%
# Of African American Residents: 5,500
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.56%
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: 6,516
% African American: 44.23%
# Of African American Residents: 2,882
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.15%
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.

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. Bowie
  2. Carrizo Springs
  3. Port Isabel

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Texas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Prairie View 78.65% 6,286
2 Desoto 68.37% 52,596
3 Lancaster 67.89% 38,871
4 Hempstead 54.72% 7,012
5 Cedar Hill 54.2% 48,149
6 Jasper 53.96% 7,596
7 Beaumont 47.85% 118,424
8 Forest Hill 45.05% 12,831
9 Glenn Heights 44.87% 12,257
10 Crockett 44.23% 6,516
11 Missouri City 41.66% 72,688
12 Marlin 40.83% 5,692
13 Port Arthur 38.86% 55,177
14 Marshall 36.53% 23,449
15 Center 35.56% 5,388
16 Texarkana 35.55% 37,222
17 Duncanville 35.37% 39,636
18 Killeen 33.83% 140,513
19 Mexia 33.7% 7,425
20 La Marque 33.51% 15,912
21 Humble 32.68% 15,736
22 Silsbee 32.03% 6,650
23 Stafford 31.58% 18,092
24 Orange 29.65% 18,950
25 Atlanta 29.36% 5,527
26 Rusk 28.0% 5,543
27 Wharton 27.49% 8,723
28 Nacogdoches 27.21% 33,589
29 Huntsville 26.66% 40,727
30 Red Oak 25.97% 11,993
31 Wake Village 25.92% 5,448
32 Lufkin 25.82% 35,888
33 Texas City 25.57% 47,262
34 Palestine 25.46% 18,318
35 Hitchcock 25.06% 7,633
36 Mesquite 24.71% 144,118
37 Gladewater 24.71% 6,381
38 Tyler 24.63% 102,561
39 Everman 24.6% 6,321
40 Dallas 23.98% 1,300,122
41 Carthage 23.93% 6,702
42 Livingston 23.83% 5,074
43 Commerce 23.56% 8,847
44 Lacy-Lakeview 23.25% 6,589
45 Henderson 23.15% 13,428
46 Longview 22.62% 82,219
47 Grand Prairie 22.49% 188,664
48 Elgin 22.44% 9,024
49 Houston 22.38% 2,267,336
50 Terrell 22.36% 16,997
51 Navasota 22.0% 7,369
52 Cleveland 21.66% 7,904
53 Balch Springs 21.62% 25,236
54 Arlington 21.39% 388,225
55 Jacksonville 21.01% 14,791
56 Paris 21.0% 24,801
57 Waco 20.91% 131,996
58 Brenham 20.42% 16,616
59 Galveston 20.04% 49,706
60 Converse 19.33% 21,919
61 Corsicana 19.1% 23,695
62 Fort Worth 18.4% 835,129
63 Cameron 17.86% 5,427
64 Pearland 17.55% 113,693
65 Cuero 17.05% 8,375
66 Hillsboro 16.9% 8,325
67 Temple 16.79% 71,795
68 Edna 16.58% 5,741
69 Mansfield 16.48% 65,033
70 Harker Heights 16.42% 29,548
71 Dayton 16.32% 7,615
72 Rowlett 16.04% 60,357
73 Pflugerville 15.84% 58,013
74 Athens 15.8% 12,653
75 Little Elm 15.59% 39,471
76 Webster 15.51% 11,128
77 Baytown 15.51% 76,205
78 Copperas Cove 15.34% 32,844
79 Bay City 15.28% 17,487
80 Bryan 15.08% 81,743
81 Rosenberg 14.67% 35,867
82 Crowley 14.64% 14,866
83 Mount Pleasant 14.2% 16,069
84 Greenville 14.09% 26,403
85 Bellmead 13.95% 10,315
86 Hutto 13.68% 22,644
87 Princeton 13.65% 8,947
88 Garland 13.44% 235,965
89 Willis 13.3% 6,333
90 Kirby 13.15% 8,542
91 Dickinson 13.14% 19,874
92 Irving 13.02% 235,648
93 Ennis 12.83% 18,864
94 Wylie 12.79% 47,855
95 Waxahachie 12.6% 33,240
96 Gatesville 12.58% 12,426
97 Liberty 12.57% 8,988
98 Lewisville 12.41% 103,638
99 Sachse 12.4% 24,303
100 Live Oak 12.38% 15,335

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Texas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019

  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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