These Are The 10 Washington Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Washington 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 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 2018:

  1. Seatac (Photos)
  2. Tukwila (Photos)
  3. Lakewood (Photos)
  4. Federal Way (Photos)
  5. Kent (Photos)
  6. Dupont (Photos)
  7. Renton (Photos)
  8. Tacoma (Photos)
  9. Fife (Photos)
  10. Lynnwood (Photos)

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

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 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 21.6% 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 Prosser 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.

1. Seatac

Seatac, Washington

Population: 28,298
% African American: 21.58%
# Of African American Residents: 6,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.13%
More on SeaTac: Data | Jobs

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.

2. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Population: 19,878
% African American: 18.48%
# Of African American Residents: 3,674
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.94%
More on Tukwila: Data | Jobs

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.

3. Lakewood

Lakewood, Washington

Population: 59,489
% African American: 10.97%
# Of African American Residents: 6,523
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.84%
More on Lakewood: Data | Jobs

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

4. Federal Way

Federal Way, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 93,986
% African American: 10.76%
# Of African American Residents: 10,110
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.17%
More on Federal Way: Data | Jobs

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.

5. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 125,492
% African American: 10.46%
# Of African American Residents: 13,130
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.05%
More on Kent: Data | Jobs

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.

6. Dupont

Dupont, Washington

Population: 9,224
% African American: 10.4%
# Of African American Residents: 959
Percent Change Since 2010: 157.1%
More on DuPont: Data | Jobs

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

7. Renton

Renton, Washington

Population: 98,499
% African American: 10.04%
# Of African American Residents: 9,887
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.87%
More on Renton: Data | Jobs

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.

8. Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington

Population: 205,602
% African American: 9.99%
# Of African American Residents: 20,530
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.78%
More on Tacoma: Data | Jobs

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.

9. Fife

Fife, Washington

Population: 9,645
% African American: 8.97%
# Of African American Residents: 865
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.14%
More on Fife: Data | Jobs

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.

10. Lynnwood

Lynnwood, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,861
% African American: 7.68%
# Of African American Residents: 2,830
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.66%
More on Lynnwood: Data | Jobs

Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The city is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and is located 16 miles north of Seattle and 13 miles south of Everett, near the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. It is the fourth-largest city in Snohomish County, with a population of 36,485 in the 2010 U.S. 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. Prosser
  2. Quincy
  3. Liberty Lake

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Washington

Rank City Population % African American
1 Seatac 28,298 21.58%
2 Tukwila 19,878 18.48%
3 Lakewood 59,489 10.97%
4 Federal Way 93,986 10.76%
5 Kent 125,492 10.46%
6 Dupont 9,224 10.4%
7 Renton 98,499 10.04%
8 Tacoma 205,602 9.99%
9 Fife 9,645 8.97%
10 Lynnwood 36,861 7.68%
11 University Place 32,342 7.26%
12 Seattle 668,849 6.96%
13 Des Moines 30,904 6.9%
14 Airway Heights 6,523 6.65%
15 Oak Harbor 22,544 6.59%
16 Covington 19,172 6.49%
17 Burien 50,187 6.22%
18 Shoreline 55,021 5.43%
19 Bremerton 39,388 5.41%
20 Lacey 45,644 5.33%
21 Steilacoom 6,175 5.31%
22 Fircrest 6,660 4.98%
23 Mountlake Terrace 20,747 4.95%
24 Auburn 75,607 4.73%
25 Cheney 11,479 3.89%
26 Everett 106,580 3.73%
27 Pacific 7,042 3.69%
28 Tumwater 21,684 3.54%
29 Monroe 17,906 3.51%
30 Chehalis 7,340 3.31%
31 Port Orchard 13,265 3.29%
32 Duvall 7,534 2.93%
33 Newcastle 11,189 2.85%
34 Puyallup 39,274 2.84%
35 Milton 7,239 2.69%
36 Issaquah 34,728 2.57%
37 Pullman 32,176 2.56%
38 Vancouver 169,982 2.51%
39 Bellevue 136,718 2.51%
40 Yelm 8,066 2.41%
41 Maple Valley 25,093 2.38%
42 Enumclaw 11,543 2.31%
43 Spokane 212,078 2.26%
44 Walla Walla 31,952 2.25%
45 Ellensburg 18,957 2.24%
46 Port Angeles 19,420 2.22%
47 Orting 7,254 2.16%
48 Bothell 43,153 2.08%
49 Sedro-Woolley 11,225 2.04%
50 Pasco 68,567 2.01%
51 Kennewick 77,975 1.99%
52 Mill Creek 19,372 1.86%
53 Olympia 49,608 1.85%
54 Mercer Island 24,467 1.82%
55 Port Townsend 9,286 1.79%
56 Lake Forest Park 13,156 1.7%
57 Selah 7,599 1.66%
58 Redmond 59,268 1.63%
59 Kelso 11,871 1.57%
60 Moses Lake 21,846 1.43%
61 Brier 6,530 1.42%
62 Bellingham 84,462 1.41%
63 Richland 53,227 1.41%
64 Kenmore 21,830 1.36%
65 Ferndale 12,666 1.29%
66 Mount Vernon 33,388 1.25%
67 North Bend 6,475 1.24%
68 Kirkland 85,812 1.18%
69 Mukilteo 20,994 1.18%
70 Bonney Lake 19,022 1.13%
71 Edmonds 41,020 1.12%
72 Sequim 6,736 1.11%
73 Washougal 14,987 1.05%
74 Gig Harbor 8,307 1.05%
75 Yakima 93,338 1.03%
76 Woodinville 11,549 1.02%
77 Arlington 18,749 1.01%
78 Poulsbo 9,806 1.01%
79 Sammamish 62,136 0.99%
80 Bainbridge Island 23,576 0.98%
81 Camas 21,393 0.92%
82 Spokane Valley 93,322 0.87%
83 Union Gap 6,125 0.85%
84 Sumner 9,691 0.84%
85 Burlington 8,572 0.8%
86 College Place 8,996 0.78%
87 Marysville 64,955 0.78%
88 Toppenish 8,977 0.72%
89 Hoquiam 8,434 0.65%
90 Snohomish 9,551 0.64%
91 Wenatchee 33,257 0.63%
92 Lake Stevens 30,352 0.61%
93 Battle Ground 18,987 0.6%
94 West Richland 13,407 0.55%
95 Aberdeen 16,335 0.54%
96 Centralia 16,729 0.48%
97 Shelton 9,832 0.44%
98 Longview 36,720 0.44%
99 Lynden 13,204 0.43%
100 Anacortes 16,229 0.42%

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