Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington is 259,482 – at 3.6% of the total population of Washington.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Washington with the largest African American population in 2020:

  1. SeaTac (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Tukwila (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. DuPont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Federal Way (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lakewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Fife (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tacoma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Renton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Burien (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Washington? Seatac took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington or the most diverse places in Washington.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Washington For 2020

Seatac, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,925
% African American: 23.84%
# Of African American Residents: 6,895
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.27%
More on Seatac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

SeaTac or Seatac is a city in southern King County, Washington, United States, and an outlying suburb of Seattle, Washington. The name SeaTac is a combination of the first syllables of Seattle and Tacoma.

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,198
% African American: 16.67%
# Of African American Residents: 3,367
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.75%
More on Tukwila: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tukwila is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States. The northern edge of Tukwila borders the city of Seattle. The population was 19,107 at the 2010 census. The population was 20,018 at the 2015 Estimate from Office of Financial Management. The City of Tukwila is a community of communities: residents of many diverse origins make Tukwila their home, a large commercial center draws workers and consumers to the city daily, and industry thrives with the confluence of rivers, freeways, railroads, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Dupont, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,379
% African American: 13.81%
# Of African American Residents: 1,295
Percent Change Since 2010: 247.18%
More on Dupont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

DuPont is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 8,199 at the 2010 census.

Federal Way, WA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 96,110
% African American: 13.06%
# Of African American Residents: 12,552
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.58%
More on Federal Way: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Federal Way is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is a coastal city inside the Seattle metropolitan area. Its southwestern boundary is NE Tacoma Puget Sound, to the south is the cities of Milton, then Fife, then Tacoma. It is bordered by Des Moines and Kent on the northeast, Auburn as well as the town of Lakeland North and Lakeland South in unincorporated King County on the east, Milton on the south, and Tacoma as well as Fife Heights and Dash Point in unincorporated Pierce County on the southwest. The population was 95,171 at the 2015 United States Census. Federal Way is currently the 9th largest city in Washington State and the 5th largest in King County, according to the Census Bureau’s 2015 population estimate.

Kent, WA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 128,057
% African American: 12.38%
# Of African American Residents: 15,858
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.35%
More on Kent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County, after Seattle. Kent’s population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 126,952 as of July 1, 2015, owing primarily to annexation.

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,606
% African American: 11.65%
# Of African American Residents: 6,942
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.18%
More on Lakewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 58,163 at the 2010 census.

Fife, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,968
% African American: 10.34%
# Of African American Residents: 1,031
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.45%
More on Fife: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fife is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States and a suburb of Tacoma. The population was 9,173 at the 2010 census. The population was 9,970 at 2015 Estimate from Office of Financial Management.

Tacoma, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 210,103
% African American: 9.71%
# Of African American Residents: 20,411
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.32%
More on Tacoma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington’s Puget Sound, 32 miles southwest of Seattle, 31 miles northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 101,054
% African American: 9.69%
# Of African American Residents: 9,789
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.76%
More on Renton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Cedar River. While long an important salmon fishing area for Native Americans, Renton was first settled by people of European descent in the 1860s, and its early economy was based on coal mining, clay production, and timber export. Today, Renton is best known as the final assembly point for the Boeing 737 family of commercial airplanes, but it is also home to a growing number of well known manufacturing, technology, and healthcare organizations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, IKEA, Providence Health & Services, and Wizards of the Coast. As of 2016, the population in Renton is 101,300, up from 90,927 at the 2010 census. Renton currently is the 8th largest city in Washington State, and is the 4th largest in King County. The National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton. It is the second-largest facility in the NFL at 200,000 square feet.

Burien, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 51,326
% African American: 7.7%
# Of African American Residents: 3,951
Percent Change Since 2010: 132.41%
More on Burien: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burien is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States, located south of Seattle on Puget Sound. As of the 2010 Census, Burien’s population was 33,313, which is a 49.7% increase since incorporation. An annexation in 2010 increased the city’s population to about 50,000.

How We Determined The Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 23.8% 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. Seatac took the distinction of being the most Black, while Woodland was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Washington 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 Washington

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

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

  1. Woodland
  2. Liberty Lake
  3. Quincy

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Washington

Rank City % African American Population
1 Seatac 23.84% 28,925
2 Tukwila 16.67% 20,198
3 Dupont 13.81% 9,379
4 Federal Way 13.06% 96,110
5 Kent 12.38% 128,057
6 Lakewood 11.65% 59,606
7 Fife 10.34% 9,968
8 Tacoma 9.71% 210,103
9 Renton 9.69% 101,054
10 Burien 7.7% 51,326
11 Lynnwood 7.3% 37,671
12 Oak Harbor 7.16% 22,820
13 Des Moines 6.88% 31,518
14 Seattle 6.85% 708,823
15 University Place 6.66% 32,907
16 Mountlake Terrace 6.64% 21,106
17 Fircrest 6.12% 6,711
18 Shoreline 5.79% 56,020
19 Bremerton 5.68% 40,220
20 Steilacoom 5.61% 6,270
21 Lacey 5.42% 47,852
22 Airway Heights 5.15% 8,285
23 Auburn 4.92% 79,110
24 Covington 4.61% 20,447
25 Everett 4.41% 108,941
26 Port Orchard 3.89% 13,788
27 Pacific 3.83% 7,177
28 Cheney 3.77% 11,962
29 Monroe 3.28% 18,503
30 Pullman 3.05% 33,050
31 Olympia 2.78% 50,836
32 Newcastle 2.74% 11,559
33 Bellevue 2.71% 142,242
34 Chehalis 2.65% 7,404
35 Orting 2.5% 7,732
36 Issaquah 2.42% 36,938
37 Milton 2.37% 7,543
38 Bothell 2.23% 44,994
39 Puyallup 2.2% 40,305
40 Walla Walla 2.17% 32,731
41 Richland 2.14% 55,043
42 Spokane 2.08% 214,804
43 Mill Creek 2.03% 20,164
44 Vancouver 2.02% 178,413
45 Mukilteo 1.97% 21,264
46 Port Angeles 1.97% 19,615
47 Kennewick 1.92% 80,204
48 Redmond 1.77% 63,197
49 Tumwater 1.74% 22,500
50 Pasco 1.72% 71,858
51 Brier 1.72% 6,819
52 Lake Stevens 1.61% 31,778
53 Ellensburg 1.53% 19,799
54 Kelso 1.52% 11,983
55 Bellingham 1.52% 87,071
56 Washougal 1.5% 15,484
57 Sedro-Woolley 1.49% 11,579
58 Sumner 1.39% 9,898
59 Lake Forest Park 1.37% 13,378
60 Arlington 1.35% 19,154
61 Moses Lake 1.35% 22,663
62 Kenmore 1.33% 22,546
63 Burlington 1.33% 8,743
64 Yelm 1.31% 8,772
65 North Bend 1.26% 6,830
66 Edmonds 1.21% 41,770
67 Spokane Valley 1.2% 96,070
68 West Richland 1.17% 14,187
69 Mercer Island 1.17% 25,492
70 Bonney Lake 1.14% 20,313
71 Sequim 1.13% 7,100
72 Duvall 1.13% 7,811
73 Bainbridge Island 1.12% 24,060
74 Port Townsend 1.11% 9,428
75 Kirkland 1.11% 88,079
76 Sammamish 1.09% 64,049
77 Mount Vernon 1.07% 34,504
78 Yakima 1.07% 93,416
79 Marysville 1.05% 67,567
80 Longview 1.0% 37,092
81 Poulsbo 0.99% 10,301
82 Maple Valley 0.96% 25,953
83 College Place 0.78% 9,136
84 Wenatchee 0.67% 34,094
85 Gig Harbor 0.66% 9,382
86 Snoqualmie 0.65% 13,317
87 Woodinville 0.62% 12,026
88 Prosser 0.61% 6,076
89 Lynden 0.58% 13,862
90 Shelton 0.55% 9,996
91 Normandy Park 0.51% 6,678
92 Hoquiam 0.51% 8,454
93 Camas 0.49% 22,615
94 Anacortes 0.48% 16,725
95 Selah 0.48% 7,766
96 Snohomish 0.45% 9,875
97 Toppenish 0.37% 8,906
98 East Wenatchee 0.37% 13,817
99 Aberdeen 0.35% 16,359
100 Grandview 0.34% 11,124

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One thought on “Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  1. I think you missed the city of Silverdale.
    Population of 19,204 in 2010 census
    % African American = 3.24% in 2010 census

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