The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Washington with the largest African American population.

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 270,704 - at 3.7% 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 2021:

  1. SeaTac
  2. Tukwila
  3. Federal Way
  4. Lakewood
  5. Kent
  6. Tacoma
  7. Fife
  8. DuPont
  9. Renton
  10. Burien

What's the blackest city in Washington? SeaTac took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in washington for 2021. 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 2021

1. Seatac

Seatac, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,019
% African American: 24.72%
# Of African American Residents: 7,173
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.02%
More on Seatac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Tukwila

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,196
% African American: 16.98%
# Of African American Residents: 3,429
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.01%
More on Tukwila: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Federal Way

Federal Way, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 96,526
% African American: 13.95%
# Of African American Residents: 13,469
Percent Change Since 2010: 78.75%
More on Federal Way: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Lakewood

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,111
% African American: 12.15%
# Of African American Residents: 7,305
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.27%
More on Lakewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Kent

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 131,118
% African American: 11.98%
# Of African American Residents: 15,705
Percent Change Since 2010: 68.71%
More on Kent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 212,869
% African American: 10.18%
# Of African American Residents: 21,668
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.61%
More on Tacoma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Fife

Fife, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,096
% African American: 9.61%
# Of African American Residents: 970
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.62%
More on Fife: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Dupont

Dupont, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,435
% African American: 9.33%
# Of African American Residents: 880
Percent Change Since 2010: 135.92%
More on Dupont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Renton

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 101,484
% African American: 9.08%
# Of African American Residents: 9,216
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.28%
More on Renton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Burien

Burien, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 51,477
% African American: 7.96%
# Of African American Residents: 4,097
Percent Change Since 2010: 141.0%
More on Burien: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In washington With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 24.7% 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 Quincy 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. Quincy
  2. Union Gap
  3. Clarkston

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Washington

Rank City % African American Population
1 Seatac 24.72% 29,019
2 Tukwila 16.98% 20,196
3 Federal Way 13.95% 96,526
4 Lakewood 12.15% 60,111
5 Kent 11.98% 131,118
6 Tacoma 10.18% 212,869
7 Fife 9.61% 10,096
8 Dupont 9.33% 9,435
9 Renton 9.08% 101,484
10 Burien 7.96% 51,477
11 Lynnwood 7.78% 38,143
12 Des Moines 7.41% 31,734
13 Mountlake Terrace 7.36% 21,210
14 University Place 7.28% 33,326
15 Oak Harbor 7.25% 23,089
16 Seattle 7.17% 724,305
17 Bremerton 6.21% 40,631
18 Shoreline 6.0% 56,267
19 Auburn 5.86% 80,134
20 Lacey 5.7% 49,248
21 Steilacoom 5.46% 6,303
22 Fircrest 5.34% 6,795
23 Cheney 4.94% 12,165
24 Everett 4.71% 109,766
25 Covington 4.48% 20,825
26 Pacific 4.28% 7,215
27 Monroe 4.22% 18,865
28 Airway Heights 4.16% 8,560
29 Port Orchard 3.51% 14,062
30 Mill Creek 3.39% 20,553
31 Newcastle 3.13% 11,750
32 Pullman 3.03% 33,598
33 Olympia 2.59% 51,534
34 Puyallup 2.51% 40,991
35 Bellevue 2.46% 144,403
36 Spokane 2.25% 217,353
37 Tumwater 2.19% 22,974
38 Vancouver 2.1% 180,556
39 Lake Stevens 2.05% 32,487
40 Milton 2.05% 7,715
41 Walla Walla 1.95% 32,793
42 Issaquah 1.93% 37,965
43 Richland 1.91% 56,399
44 Bothell 1.84% 45,749
45 Kennewick 1.84% 81,479
46 Washougal 1.84% 15,769
47 Mukilteo 1.71% 21,336
48 Sequim 1.68% 7,248
49 Pasco 1.67% 72,899
50 Chehalis 1.67% 7,497
51 Redmond 1.65% 65,558
52 Bellingham 1.56% 88,764
53 Orting 1.52% 8,012
54 Brier 1.51% 6,843
55 Edmonds 1.5% 42,040
56 Burlington 1.48% 8,881
57 Ellensburg 1.45% 20,167
58 Yakima 1.45% 93,413
59 Arlington 1.45% 19,483
60 College Place 1.44% 9,182
61 Moses Lake 1.43% 23,056
62 Sumner 1.34% 10,053
63 Bonney Lake 1.31% 20,707
64 Kirkland 1.31% 89,438
65 Poulsbo 1.29% 10,602
66 Sammamish 1.26% 64,674
67 Port Angeles 1.26% 19,832
68 Marysville 1.23% 68,633
69 Kenmore 1.22% 22,724
70 Longview 1.22% 37,520
71 Woodland 1.2% 6,071
72 Kelso 1.2% 12,123
73 Lake Forest Park 1.18% 13,430
74 North Bend 1.17% 6,983
75 Mercer Island 1.15% 25,675
76 Woodinville 1.14% 12,383
77 Sedro-Woolley 1.13% 11,739
78 West Richland 1.13% 14,495
79 Spokane Valley 1.13% 97,562
80 Wenatchee 1.06% 34,188
81 Duvall 1.03% 7,901
82 Mount Vernon 1.02% 35,026
83 Selah 0.92% 7,856
84 Lynden 0.9% 14,281
85 Maple Valley 0.89% 26,352
86 Gig Harbor 0.7% 9,854
87 Shelton 0.69% 10,167
88 Hoquiam 0.66% 8,495
89 Aberdeen 0.66% 16,456
90 Camas 0.65% 23,200
91 Snoqualmie 0.63% 13,480
92 Prosser 0.63% 6,202
93 Port Townsend 0.6% 9,551
94 Normandy Park 0.57% 6,670
95 Bainbridge Island 0.56% 24,486
96 Ephrata 0.5% 8,072
97 Anacortes 0.49% 16,977
98 Centralia 0.49% 17,216
99 Yelm 0.47% 8,985
100 Snohomish 0.44% 9,976

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One thought on “The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

  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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