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 Virginia is 1,568,053 – at 18.9% of the total population of Virginia.
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 impacted Virginia? Which cities and towns in Virginia have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Virginia with the largest African American population in 2018:
- Petersburg (Photos)
- Emporia (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
- Portsmouth (Photos)
- Hampton (Photos)
- Danville (Photos)
- Richmond (Photos)
- South Boston (Photos)
- Martinsville (Photos)
- Suffolk (Photos)
Petersburg took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Virginia for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Virginia ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Virginia 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 Virginia.
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*
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 60 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 76.5% to 0.1%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Petersburg took the distinction of being the most Black, while Richlands was the least African American city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Virginia 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.
Population: 31,997% African American: 76.55%
# Of African American Residents: 24,493
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.19%
Population: 5,565% African American: 63.95%
# Of African American Residents: 3,559
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.25%
Population: 8,413% African American: 58.6%
# Of African American Residents: 4,930
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.13%
Population: 96,071% African American: 52.22%
# Of African American Residents: 50,170
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.09%
Population: 136,789% African American: 49.27%
# Of African American Residents: 67,398
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.21%
Population: 42,360% African American: 48.83%
# Of African American Residents: 20,683
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.66%
Population: 216,773% African American: 48.36%
# Of African American Residents: 104,831
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.09%
8. South Boston
Population: 8,000% African American: 46.99%
# Of African American Residents: 3,759
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.01%
Population: 13,551% African American: 46.45%
# Of African American Residents: 6,295
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.53%
Population: 87,061% African American: 41.37%
# Of African American Residents: 36,016
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.23%
There You Have It – Black Populations Across Virginia
If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Virginia according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Virginia:
- Buena Vista
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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Virginia
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