West Virginia Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in West Virginia have the largest African American population.

Join RoadSnacks
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in West Virginia with the largest African American population.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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 65,597 – at 3.6% 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 2020:

  1. Bluefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Beckley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Martinsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Keyser (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Dunbar (Homes For Sale)
  7. Charles Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Huntington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fairmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Oak Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2020. 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 2020

Bluefield, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,022
% African American: 25.75%
# Of African American Residents: 2,581
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.04%
More on Bluefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 10,447 at the 2010 census. It is the core city of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,342.

Beckley, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 16,697
% African American: 21.78%
# Of African American Residents: 3,636
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.86%
More on Beckley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beckley is a city in and the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was founded on April 4, 1838. Beckley was named in honor of John James Beckley, who was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress. It was founded by his son Alfred Beckley. The current mayor is Rob Rappold

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 48,734
% African American: 15.32%
# Of African American Residents: 7,464
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.1%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

Martinsburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,497
% African American: 14.29%
# Of African American Residents: 2,501
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.32%
More on Martinsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Martinsburg is a city in and the county seat of Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the tip of the state’s Eastern Panhandle region. Its population was 17,687 in the 2016 census estimate, making it the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle and the ninth-largest municipality in the state. Martinsburg is part of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Keyser, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,119
% African American: 13.5%
# Of African American Residents: 691
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.44%
More on Keyser: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Keyser is a city in and the county seat of Mineral County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,439 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,462
% African American: 11.81%
# Of African American Residents: 881
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.71%
More on Dunbar: Real Estate | Data

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,885
% African American: 8.95%
# Of African American Residents: 527
Percent Change Since 2010: -40.32%
More on Charles Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. The population was 5,259 at the 2010 United States Census.

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 47,420
% African American: 8.71%
# Of African American Residents: 4,129
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.41%
More on Huntington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.

Fairmont, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 18,507
% African American: 7.96%
# Of African American Residents: 1,474
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.66%
More on Fairmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 18,704 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.

Oak Hill, WV

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 8,458
% African American: 7.82%
# Of African American Residents: 661
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.35%
More on Oak Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Hill is a city in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States and is the primary city within the Oak Hill, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area. The micropolitan area is also included in the Beckley-Oak Hill, WV Combined Statistical Area. The population was 7,730 at the 2010 census. Country singer Hank Williams was discovered to be dead while the car in which he was a passenger was stopped in Oak Hill, and Oak Hill is generally accepted to be his place of death.

How We Determined The Cities In west virginia With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 27 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 25.8% 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 New Martinsville 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.

There You Have It – 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. New Martinsville
  2. Vienna
  3. Moundsville

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In West Virginia

Rank City % African American Population
1 Bluefield 25.75% 10,022
2 Beckley 21.78% 16,697
3 Charleston 15.32% 48,734
4 Martinsburg 14.29% 17,497
5 Keyser 13.5% 5,119
6 Dunbar 11.81% 7,462
7 Charles Town 8.95% 5,885
8 Huntington 8.71% 47,420
9 Fairmont 7.96% 18,507
10 Oak Hill 7.82% 8,458
11 Nitro 7.34% 6,201
12 South Charleston 7.17% 12,686
13 Buckhannon 6.23% 5,566
14 Princeton 6.15% 5,907
15 Wheeling 6.02% 27,190
16 Morgantown 4.54% 30,539
17 Elkins 3.18% 7,115
18 Weirton 3.01% 18,894
19 Clarksburg 3.0% 15,830
20 Parkersburg 2.66% 30,328
21 Bridgeport 1.85% 8,466
22 St. Albans 1.8% 10,442
23 Grafton 0.88% 5,091
24 Hurricane 0.83% 6,477
25 Moundsville 0.62% 8,651
26 Vienna 0.42% 10,446
27 New Martinsville 0.0% 5,190

How Is The Area In ?

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

One thought on “West Virginia Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *