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 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 2018:

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

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

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.

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%
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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.

2. Midvale

Midvale, Utah

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

3. Clearfield

Clearfield, Utah

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

4. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Population: 5,176
% African American: 2.8%
# Of African American Residents: 145
Percent Change Since 2010: 55.91%
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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%
More on Salt Lake City: Data | Jobs

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.

6. Herriman

Herriman, Utah

Population: 29,176
% African American: 2.18%
# Of African American Residents: 637
Percent Change Since 2010: 3085.0%
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Herriman is a city in southwestern Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The population was 21,785 as of the 2010 census. Although Herriman was a town in 2000, it has since been classified as a fourth-class city by state law. The city has experienced rapid growth since incorporation in 1999, as its population was just 1,523 at the 2000 census. It grew from being the 111th-largest incorporated place in Utah in 2000 to the 32nd-largest in 2010.

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%
More on West Valley City: Data | Jobs

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.

8. Taylorsville

Taylorsville, Utah

Population: 60,448
% African American: 2.12%
# Of African American Residents: 1,283
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.94%
More on Taylorsville: Data | Jobs

Taylorsville 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 58,657 at the 2010 census. Taylorsville was incorporated from the Taylorsville-Bennion CDP and portions of the Kearns CDP on April 24, 1996. The city is located adjacent to interstate 215 and Bangerter Highway. It is centrally located in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley.

9. Riverdale

Riverdale, Utah

Population: 8,636
% African American: 1.7%
# Of African American Residents: 147
Percent Change Since 2010: 200.0%
More on Riverdale: Data | Jobs

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.

10. Syracuse

Syracuse, Utah

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

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

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Utah

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

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