The 10 West Virginia Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in West Virginia 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 West Virginia is 63,133 - at 3.5% of the total population of West Virginia.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in West Virginia with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Bluefield
  2. Beckley
  3. Charleston
  4. Dunbar
  5. Martinsburg
  6. Charles Town
  7. Huntington
  8. South Charleston
  9. Buckhannon
  10. Fairmont

What's the blackest city in West Virginia? Bluefield took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in West Virginia for 2022. 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia or the most diverse places in West Virginia.

The 10 Blackest Cities In West Virginia For 2022

1. Bluefield

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Population: 9,776
% African American: 22.87%
# Of African American Residents: 2,236
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.13%
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Bluefield, WV

2. Beckley

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Population: 16,240
% African American: 16.3%
# Of African American Residents: 2,647
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.56%
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Beckley, WV

3. Charleston

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Population: 47,273
% African American: 14.24%
# Of African American Residents: 6,730
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.83%
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Charleston, WV

4. Dunbar

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Population: 7,166
% African American: 14.07%
# Of African American Residents: 1,008
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.13%
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Dunbar, WV

5. Martinsburg

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Population: 17,517
% African American: 14.0%
# Of African American Residents: 2,452
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.78%
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Martinsburg, WV

6. Charles Town

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Population: 5,985
% African American: 11.35%
# Of African American Residents: 679
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.1%
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Charles Town, WV

7. Huntington

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Population: 46,139
% African American: 8.07%
# Of African American Residents: 3,724
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.64%
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Huntington, WV

8. South Charleston

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Population: 12,461
% African American: 7.53%
# Of African American Residents: 938
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.44%
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South Charleston, WV

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9. Buckhannon

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 5,473
% African American: 7.42%
# Of African American Residents: 406
Percent Change Since 2010: 294.17%
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Buckhannon, WV

10. Fairmont

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 18,443
% African American: 7.01%
# Of African American Residents: 1,293
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.83%
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Fairmont, WV

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 West Virginia.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 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 26 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 22.9% 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. Bluefield took the distinction of being the most Black, while Hurricane was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in West Virginia 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.

Summary: Black Populations Across West Virginia

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in West Virginia:

  1. Hurricane
  2. New Martinsville
  3. Grafton

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

African American Population By City In West Virginia

Rank City % African American Population
1 Bluefield 22.87% 9,776
2 Beckley 16.3% 16,240
3 Charleston 14.24% 47,273
4 Dunbar 14.07% 7,166
5 Martinsburg 14.0% 17,517
6 Charles Town 11.35% 5,985
7 Huntington 8.07% 46,139
8 South Charleston 7.53% 12,461
9 Buckhannon 7.42% 5,473
10 Fairmont 7.01% 18,443
11 Princeton 6.93% 5,740
12 Oak Hill 6.73% 8,249
13 Wheeling 5.31% 27,046
14 St. Albans 4.19% 10,078
15 Morgantown 3.83% 30,953
16 Elkins 3.38% 7,017
17 Clarksburg 3.32% 15,743
18 Parkersburg 3.16% 29,732
19 Weirton 3.0% 18,458
20 Nitro 2.32% 6,498
21 Vienna 0.34% 10,261
22 Moundsville 0.24% 8,356
23 Bridgeport 0.23% 8,675
24 Grafton 0.1% 5,035
25 New Martinsville 0.0% 5,123
26 Hurricane 0.0% 6,225

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in West Virginia with the largest African American population.

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