These Are The 10 Utah Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Utah 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 Utah is 30,243 – at 1.0% of the total population of Utah.

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 impacted Utah? Which cities and towns in Utah have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Utah with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. South Salt Lake (Photos)
  2. Midvale (Photos)
  3. Clearfield (Photos)
  4. Sunset (Photos)
  5. Salt Lake City (Photos)
  6. Herriman
  7. West Valley City (Photos)
  8. Taylorsville
  9. Riverdale
  10. Syracuse

South Salt Lake took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Utah for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Utah 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 Utah or the most diverse places in Utah.

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How We Determined The Cities In Utah 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 Utah.

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 82 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 5.1% 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. South Salt Lake took the distinction of being the most Black, while Plain City was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Utah 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.

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1. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Population: 24,575
% African American: 5.11%
# Of African American Residents: 1,256
Percent Change Since 2010: 161.12%

2. Midvale

Midvale, Utah

Population: 31,659
% African American: 2.85%
# Of African American Residents: 903
Percent Change Since 2010: 182.19%

3. Clearfield

Clearfield, Utah

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,483
% African American: 2.85%
# Of African American Residents: 868
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.48%

4. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Population: 5,176
% African American: 2.8%
# Of African American Residents: 145
Percent Change Since 2010: 55.91%

5. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

Population: 191,446
% African American: 2.36%
# Of African American Residents: 4,519
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.75%

6. Herriman

Herriman, Utah

Population: 29,176
% African American: 2.18%
# Of African American Residents: 637
Percent Change Since 2010: 3085.0%

7. West Valley City

West Valley City, Utah

Population: 134,609
% African American: 2.13%
# Of African American Residents: 2,862
Percent Change Since 2010: 118.97%

8. Taylorsville

Taylorsville, Utah

Population: 60,448
% African American: 2.12%
# Of African American Residents: 1,283
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.94%

9. Riverdale

Riverdale, Utah

Population: 8,636
% African American: 1.7%
# Of African American Residents: 147
Percent Change Since 2010: 200.0%

10. Syracuse

Syracuse, Utah

Population: 26,668
% African American: 1.7%
# Of African American Residents: 453
Percent Change Since 2010: 108.76%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Utah

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Utah according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Utah:

  1. Plain City
  2. Providence
  3. Heber

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Utah

City Rank Population % African American
South Salt Lake 1 24,575 5.11%
Midvale 2 31,659 2.85%
Clearfield 3 30,483 2.85%
Sunset 4 5,176 2.8%
Salt Lake City 5 191,446 2.36%
Herriman 6 29,176 2.18%
West Valley City 7 134,609 2.13%
Taylorsville 8 60,448 2.12%
Riverdale 9 8,636 1.7%
Syracuse 10 26,668 1.7%
Farmington 11 21,983 1.7%
Ogden 12 84,900 1.64%
Layton 13 72,413 1.58%
Price 14 8,437 1.54%
Murray 15 48,834 1.33%
West Jordan 16 110,928 1.24%
Hyrum 17 7,866 1.23%
Holladay 18 30,793 1.17%
Saratoga Springs 19 24,088 1.1%
Park City 20 8,064 1.09%
Logan 21 49,539 1.05%
Orem 22 93,220 1.05%
South Ogden 23 16,893 1.04%
Clinton 24 21,210 1.0%
Centerville 25 16,727 0.99%
Farr West 26 6,406 0.92%
Hooper 27 8,062 0.86%
St. George 28 78,573 0.85%
Tooele 29 32,783 0.85%
South Jordan 30 62,751 0.84%
Roy 31 37,853 0.81%
Cottonwood Heights 32 34,274 0.79%
Highland 33 17,544 0.76%
South Weber 34 6,762 0.75%
American Fork 35 28,127 0.71%
Mapleton 36 9,014 0.7%
Woods Cross 37 10,930 0.66%
Brigham City 38 18,586 0.66%
Eagle Mountain 39 26,219 0.64%
Richfield 40 7,566 0.62%
North Ogden 41 18,289 0.62%
Sandy 42 93,141 0.61%
Ephraim 43 6,751 0.61%
Cedar Hills 44 10,248 0.59%
Draper 45 46,399 0.54%
Bluffdale 46 9,809 0.54%
Ivins 47 7,646 0.52%
Salem 48 7,247 0.51%
Santaquin 49 10,372 0.47%
Pleasant Grove 50 36,678 0.45%
Kaysville 51 29,799 0.41%
Bountiful 52 43,428 0.4%
West Haven 53 11,639 0.4%
Cedar City 54 29,786 0.37%
Provo 55 115,718 0.36%
Washington 56 23,141 0.34%
Spanish Fork 57 37,565 0.33%
Roosevelt 58 6,714 0.31%
Washington Terrace 59 9,150 0.31%
North Salt Lake 60 18,753 0.29%
Riverton 61 41,521 0.28%
North Logan 62 9,820 0.26%
Nephi 63 5,507 0.25%
Springville 64 31,796 0.24%
Grantsville 65 9,862 0.18%
West Point 66 10,112 0.18%
Alpine 67 10,129 0.17%
West Bountiful 68 5,436 0.15%
Hurricane 69 15,106 0.13%
Payson 70 19,480 0.12%
Lehi 71 56,314 0.1%
Vernal 72 10,588 0.08%
Enoch 73 6,199 0.0%
Lindon 74 10,686 0.0%
Smithfield 75 10,629 0.0%
Harrisville 76 6,071 0.0%
Tremonton 77 8,097 0.0%
Santa Clara 78 6,704 0.0%
Pleasant View 79 8,940 0.0%
Heber 80 13,655 0.0%
Providence 81 7,122 0.0%
Plain City 82 6,183 0.0%

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