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 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
  7. Renton (Photos)
  8. Tacoma (Photos)
  9. Fife
  10. Lynnwood (Photos)

Seatac took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Washington for 2018.

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.

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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.

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1. Seatac

Seatac, Washington

Population: 28,298
% African American: 21.58%
# Of African American Residents: 6,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.13%

2. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Population: 19,878
% African American: 18.48%
# Of African American Residents: 3,674
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.94%

3. Lakewood

Lakewood, Washington

Population: 59,489
% African American: 10.97%
# Of African American Residents: 6,523
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.84%

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%

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%

6. Dupont

Dupont, Washington

Population: 9,224
% African American: 10.4%
# Of African American Residents: 959
Percent Change Since 2010: 157.1%

7. Renton

Renton, Washington

Population: 98,499
% African American: 10.04%
# Of African American Residents: 9,887
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.87%

8. Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington

Population: 205,602
% African American: 9.99%
# Of African American Residents: 20,530
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.78%

9. Fife

Fife, Washington

Population: 9,645
% African American: 8.97%
# Of African American Residents: 865
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.14%

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%

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

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

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