These Are The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 246,909 – at 3.5% 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 2019:

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

Seatac took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Washington for 2019. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Washington With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 23.3% 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.

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.

Seatac, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,597
% African American: 23.31%
# Of African American Residents: 6,666
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.72%
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: 20,025
% African American: 17.1%
# Of African American Residents: 3,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.83%
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: 9,303
% African American: 12.45%
# Of African American Residents: 1,158
Percent Change Since 2010: 210.46%
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.

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,102
% African American: 11.19%
# Of African American Residents: 6,613
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.62%
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.

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 126,561
% African American: 10.91%
# Of African American Residents: 13,813
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.38%
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.

Federal Way, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 94,905
% African American: 10.38%
# Of African American Residents: 9,850
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.72%
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.

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 99,692
% African American: 9.88%
# Of African American Residents: 9,851
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.46%
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.

Tacoma, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 207,280
% African American: 9.69%
# Of African American Residents: 20,082
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.81%
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.

Fife, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,805
% African American: 8.94%
# Of African American Residents: 877
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.79%
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.

University Place, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,528
% African American: 7.94%
# Of African American Residents: 2,582
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.13%
More on University Place: Real Estate | Data | Photos

University Place is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Its population was 31,144 at the 2010 census.

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. Normandy Park

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Washington

Rank City % African American Population
1 Seatac 23.31% 28,597
2 Tukwila 17.1% 20,025
3 Dupont 12.45% 9,303
4 Lakewood 11.19% 59,102
5 Kent 10.91% 126,561
6 Federal Way 10.38% 94,905
7 Renton 9.88% 99,692
8 Tacoma 9.69% 207,280
9 Fife 8.94% 9,805
10 University Place 7.94% 32,528
11 Lynnwood 7.1% 37,242
12 Fircrest 6.98% 6,666
13 Seattle 6.97% 688,245
14 Burien 6.89% 50,729
15 Des Moines 6.66% 31,080
16 Oak Harbor 6.6% 22,527
17 Mountlake Terrace 6.28% 20,922
18 Shoreline 6.13% 55,431
19 Airway Heights 5.81% 8,017
20 Bremerton 5.67% 39,584
21 Steilacoom 5.47% 6,199
22 Covington 5.24% 19,918
23 Lacey 4.8% 46,655
24 Cheney 4.69% 11,735
25 Auburn 4.57% 77,440
26 Pacific 4.01% 7,113
27 Port Orchard 3.71% 13,476
28 Everett 3.64% 107,560
29 Chehalis 3.57% 7,337
30 Monroe 3.52% 18,149
31 Milton 3.14% 7,481
32 Puyallup 3.0% 39,637
33 Issaquah 3.0% 35,629
34 Duvall 2.89% 7,683
35 Newcastle 2.86% 11,346
36 Tumwater 2.78% 22,005
37 Bellevue 2.68% 139,014
38 Pullman 2.65% 32,382
39 Olympia 2.55% 49,928
40 Orting 2.47% 7,460
41 Yelm 2.41% 8,425
42 Vancouver 2.36% 171,393
43 Enumclaw 2.34% 11,670
44 Spokane 2.22% 212,982
45 Port Angeles 2.21% 19,419
46 Bothell 2.08% 44,082
47 Kennewick 2.03% 78,858
48 Walla Walla 2.03% 32,585
49 Ellensburg 1.98% 19,307
50 Pasco 1.82% 70,607
51 Mercer Island 1.8% 24,768
52 Sedro-Woolley 1.8% 11,360
53 Sumner 1.74% 9,789
54 Sequim 1.7% 6,819
55 Mill Creek 1.66% 19,706
56 Kelso 1.65% 11,864
57 Redmond 1.63% 60,712
58 Richland 1.61% 53,991
59 Kenmore 1.59% 22,154
60 Maple Valley 1.55% 25,375
61 Moses Lake 1.52% 22,038
62 Bellingham 1.48% 85,388
63 Mukilteo 1.48% 21,101
64 Arlington 1.47% 18,884
65 Lake Forest Park 1.42% 13,247
66 Camas 1.29% 22,086
67 Mount Vernon 1.27% 33,787
68 Lake Stevens 1.26% 31,022
69 North Bend 1.2% 6,645
70 Washougal 1.17% 15,241
71 Kirkland 1.14% 86,772
72 Selah 1.14% 7,652
73 Burlington 1.11% 8,590
74 Brier 1.09% 6,697
75 Edmonds 1.07% 41,309
76 Bonney Lake 1.06% 19,560
77 Poulsbo 1.03% 10,005
78 Woodinville 1.03% 11,675
79 West Richland 0.99% 13,797
80 Marysville 0.97% 66,178
81 Bainbridge Island 0.96% 23,689
82 Yakima 0.94% 93,182
83 Gig Harbor 0.94% 8,651
84 Sammamish 0.92% 62,877
85 Spokane Valley 0.92% 94,424
86 College Place 0.79% 9,041
87 Longview 0.76% 36,740
88 Ferndale 0.74% 13,171
89 Port Townsend 0.64% 9,315
90 Wenatchee 0.63% 33,544
91 Toppenish 0.61% 8,923
92 Snohomish 0.58% 9,713
93 Prosser 0.55% 5,967
94 Anacortes 0.47% 16,425
95 Shelton 0.4% 9,882
96 Battle Ground 0.38% 19,439
97 Snoqualmie 0.35% 12,944
98 Lynden 0.33% 13,452
99 Stanwood 0.32% 6,825
100 Aberdeen 0.29% 16,281

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019

  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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