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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 34,982 - at 1.1% 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.
But how has the increase in the black population 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 2022:
What's the blackest city in Utah? South Salt Lake took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Utah for 2022. 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 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.
The 10 Blackest Cities In Utah For 2022
1. South Salt Lake
% African American: 6.95%
# Of African American Residents: 1,747
Percent Change Since 2010: 263.2%
More on South Salt Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 3.44%
# Of African American Residents: 1,158
Percent Change Since 2010: 261.88%
More on Midvale: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 2.82%
# Of African American Residents: 857
Percent Change Since 2010: 294.93%
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data | Photos
4. West Valley City
% African American: 2.68%
# Of African American Residents: 3,630
Percent Change Since 2010: 177.74%
More on West Valley City: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 2.23%
# Of African American Residents: 706
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.65%
More on Clearfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 2.18%
# Of African American Residents: 1,060
Percent Change Since 2010: 141.46%
More on Draper: Real Estate | Data | Photos
7. Salt Lake City
% African American: 2.15%
# Of African American Residents: 4,312
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.51%
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% African American: 1.88%
# Of African American Residents: 279
Percent Change Since 2010: 1643.75%
More on Bluffdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos
9. South Ogden
% African American: 1.88%
# Of African American Residents: 321
Percent Change Since 2010: 296.3%
More on South Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% African American: 1.76%
# Of African American Residents: 334
Percent Change Since 2010: 377.14%
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Utah With The Largest Black Population For 2022
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 2016-2020 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 82 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 7.0% 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. South Salt Lake took the distinction of being the most Black, while Smithfield was the least African American city. You can download the data here.
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.
Summary: 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:
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African American Population By City In Utah
|Rank||City||% African American|
|1||South Salt Lake||6.95%|
|4||West Valley City||2.68%|
|7||Salt Lake City||2.15%|
|71||North Salt Lake||0.13%|