Utah Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Utah have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Utah 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 Utah is 33,713 – 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.

We agree.

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 2020:

  1. South Salt Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Midvale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Syracuse (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bluffdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sunset (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Riverdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. West Valley City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Salt Lake City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Clearfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Clinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2020. 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 2020

South Salt Lake, UT

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5
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Population: 24,860
% African American: 9.92%
# Of African American Residents: 2,466
Percent Change Since 2010: 412.68%
More on South Salt Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,617 at the 2010 census.

Midvale, UT

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Population: 32,893
% African American: 3.34%
# Of African American Residents: 1,100
Percent Change Since 2010: 243.75%
More on Midvale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Midvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.

Syracuse, UT

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7
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Population: 28,342
% African American: 3.09%
# Of African American Residents: 876
Percent Change Since 2010: 303.69%
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Syracuse is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States, between the Great Salt Lake and Interstate 15, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 24,331 at the 2010 census, an increase of 158.9% since the 2000 census. The city has seen rapid growth and development since the 1990s.

Syracuse was incorporated on September 3, 1935. The city was named by early settlers for Syracuse, New York, which was famed for its salt production in the 19th century.

Bluffdale, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,114
% African American: 2.85%
# Of African American Residents: 345
Percent Change Since 2010: 2056.25%
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Bluffdale is a city in Salt Lake County in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,598.

Sunset, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 5,229
% African American: 2.56%
# Of African American Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: 44.09%
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Riverdale, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 8,727
% African American: 2.48%
# Of African American Residents: 216
Percent Change Since 2010: 340.82%
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Riverdale is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 7,656 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

West Valley City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 135,985
% African American: 2.25%
# Of African American Residents: 3,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 134.35%
More on West Valley City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Valley City is a city in Salt Lake County and a suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 129,480 at the 2010 census, making it the second-largest city in Utah. The city incorporated in 1980 from a large, quickly growing unincorporated area, which was variously known as Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. It is home to the Maverik Center and USANA Amphitheatre.

Salt Lake City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 195,701
% African American: 2.15%
# Of African American Residents: 4,211
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.35%
More on Salt Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo Combined Statistical Area. This region is a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along an approximately 120-mile segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912 as of 2014. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin.

Clearfield, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 31,016
% African American: 2.13%
# Of African American Residents: 661
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.96%
More on Clearfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clearfield is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. The population was 30,112 at the 2010 census. The city grew drastically during the 1940s, with the formation of Hill Air Force Base, and in the 1950s with the nationwide increase in suburb and “bedroom” community populations and has been steadily growing since then.

Clinton, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,618
% African American: 2.1%
# Of African American Residents: 455
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.17%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clinton is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 20,426 at the 2010 census, up from 12,585 at the 2000 census. Clinton grew rapidly during the 1990s and continues to see rapid growth, with an estimated population of 21,104 in 2014.

How We Determined The Cities In Utah With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 9.9% 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 Enoch 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.

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. Enoch
  2. Heber
  3. Smithfield

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Utah

Rank City % African American Population
1 South Salt Lake 9.92% 24,860
2 Midvale 3.34% 32,893
3 Syracuse 3.09% 28,342
4 Bluffdale 2.85% 12,114
5 Sunset 2.56% 5,229
6 Riverdale 2.48% 8,727
7 West Valley City 2.25% 135,985
8 Salt Lake City 2.15% 195,701
9 Clearfield 2.13% 31,016
10 Clinton 2.1% 21,618
11 Tremonton 2.07% 8,434
12 Holladay 2.03% 30,746
13 Park City 1.75% 8,296
14 Layton 1.73% 75,106
15 Taylorsville 1.67% 60,294
16 West Jordan 1.6% 113,089
17 West Bountiful 1.58% 5,578
18 Murray 1.56% 49,118
19 Ogden 1.55% 86,126
20 Woods Cross 1.43% 11,287
21 Herriman 1.41% 35,640
22 Richfield 1.33% 7,678
23 Logan 1.3% 50,478
24 South Ogden 1.19% 17,010
25 Hurricane 1.13% 16,403
26 South Jordan 1.07% 68,491
27 Highland 1.03% 18,362
28 Roy 1.02% 38,238
29 Orem 0.97% 95,428
30 Saratoga Springs 0.88% 27,347
31 Hooper 0.85% 8,458
32 Provo 0.73% 116,146
33 Roosevelt 0.73% 6,955
34 North Ogden 0.73% 18,943
35 Draper 0.73% 47,402
36 St. George 0.73% 82,194
37 Hyrum 0.64% 8,065
38 Price 0.64% 8,281
39 Cedar City 0.64% 31,009
40 Tooele 0.62% 33,805
41 Washington 0.61% 25,395
42 Farmington 0.58% 23,208
43 Vernal 0.57% 10,653
44 Ephraim 0.49% 6,987
45 Eagle Mountain 0.48% 29,919
46 Sandy 0.48% 95,420
47 Cottonwood Heights 0.45% 34,170
48 Ivins 0.45% 8,211
49 North Salt Lake 0.44% 20,020
50 Washington Terrace 0.43% 9,138
51 Bountiful 0.4% 43,792
52 Mapleton 0.4% 9,509
53 Pleasant Grove 0.4% 38,066
54 South Weber 0.39% 7,159
55 American Fork 0.39% 29,384
56 Riverton 0.37% 42,680
57 Springville 0.35% 32,603
58 Kaysville 0.33% 30,961
59 Brigham City 0.31% 18,924
60 Spanish Fork 0.29% 38,673
61 Santaquin 0.29% 11,154
62 Farr West 0.28% 6,836
63 Grantsville 0.26% 10,566
64 North Logan 0.25% 10,457
65 Salem 0.23% 7,808
66 Alpine 0.18% 10,430
67 West Point 0.17% 10,434
68 Centerville 0.17% 17,221
69 Nephi 0.14% 5,761
70 Lindon 0.1% 10,826
71 Lehi 0.1% 61,508
72 Cedar Hills 0.09% 10,252
73 Payson 0.06% 19,699
74 Plain City 0.0% 6,560
75 Santa Clara 0.0% 7,118
76 Pleasant View 0.0% 9,806
77 Harrisville 0.0% 6,356
78 Providence 0.0% 7,300
79 West Haven 0.0% 12,916
80 Smithfield 0.0% 11,102
81 Heber 0.0% 15,056
82 Enoch 0.0% 6,534

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