The 10 West Virginia Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in West Virginia with the largest African American population.

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 65,848 - 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 2021:

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

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 2021. 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 2021

1. Bluefield

Bluefield, WV

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Population: 9,889
% African American: 25.95%
# Of African American Residents: 2,566
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.42%
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2. Beckley

Beckley, WV

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Population: 16,452
% African American: 21.33%
# Of African American Residents: 3,509
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.29%
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3. Charleston

Charleston, WV

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Population: 48,006
% African American: 15.62%
# Of African American Residents: 7,498
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.76%
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4. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, WV

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Population: 17,475
% African American: 13.88%
# Of African American Residents: 2,426
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.44%
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5. Dunbar

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Population: 7,333
% African American: 13.32%
# Of African American Residents: 977
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.39%
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6. Keyser

Keyser, WV

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Population: 5,050
% African American: 12.0%
# Of African American Residents: 606
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.28%
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7. Charles Town

Charles Town, WV

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Population: 5,943
% African American: 10.47%
# Of African American Residents: 622
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.56%
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8. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, WV

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Population: 8,336
% African American: 8.76%
# Of African American Residents: 730
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.37%
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9. South Charleston

South Charleston, WV

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Population: 12,475
% African American: 8.43%
# Of African American Residents: 1,052
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.05%
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10. Huntington

Huntington, WV

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Population: 46,667
% African American: 8.29%
# Of African American Residents: 3,871
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.99%
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How We Determined The Cities In west virginia With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 25.9% 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 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. Moundsville
  3. Vienna

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 25.95% 9,889
2 Beckley 21.33% 16,452
3 Charleston 15.62% 48,006
4 Martinsburg 13.88% 17,475
5 Dunbar 13.32% 7,333
6 Keyser 12.0% 5,050
7 Charles Town 10.47% 5,943
8 Oak Hill 8.76% 8,336
9 South Charleston 8.43% 12,475
10 Huntington 8.29% 46,667
11 Buckhannon 7.73% 5,486
12 Fairmont 6.91% 18,458
13 Nitro 6.52% 5,997
14 Princeton 6.21% 5,831
15 Wheeling 5.74% 27,062
16 Morgantown 4.11% 30,712
17 Elkins 3.28% 7,072
18 Parkersburg 3.15% 30,021
19 Clarksburg 2.98% 15,553
20 St. Albans 2.72% 10,270
21 Weirton 2.65% 18,670
22 Hurricane 1.19% 6,482
23 Bridgeport 0.89% 8,556
24 Grafton 0.77% 5,061
25 Vienna 0.34% 10,348
26 Moundsville 0.19% 8,486
27 New Martinsville 0.0% 5,162

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