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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin is 355,387 – at 6.2% of the total population of Wisconsin.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Wisconsin with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Milwaukee (Photos)
  2. Brown Deer (Photos)
  3. Racine (Photos)
  4. Sturtevant (Photos)
  5. Glendale (Photos)
  6. Kenosha (Photos)
  7. Beloit (Photos)
  8. Waupun (Photos)
  9. Fitchburg (Photos)
  10. Sun Prairie (Photos)

Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin or the most diverse places in Wisconsin.

How We Determined The Cities In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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 137 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 38.8% 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. Milwaukee took the distinction of being the most Black, while Elm Grove was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Wisconsin 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. Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Population: 598,672
% African American: 38.8%
# Of African American Residents: 232,304
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.09%
More on Milwaukee: Data | Jobs

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States. The county seat of Milwaukee County, it is on Lake Michigan’s western shore. Ranked by estimated 2014 population, Milwaukee was the 31st largest city in the United States. The city’s estimated population in 2015 was 600,155. Milwaukee is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is also part of the larger Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha combined statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,026,243 in the 2010 census.

2. Brown Deer

Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Population: 12,075
% African American: 30.25%
# Of African American Residents: 3,653
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.8%
More on Brown Deer: Data | Jobs

Brown Deer is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. As a suburb of Milwaukee, it is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was 11,999 at the 2010 census.

3. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Population: 77,931
% African American: 21.76%
# Of African American Residents: 16,954
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.22%
More on Racine: Data | Jobs

Racine is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is located 22 miles south of Milwaukee. As of the 2013 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,199, making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625 makes it one of the most affordable cities in Wisconsin to buy a home. In January 2017, it was rated “the most affordable place to live in the world” by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey. Also in 2017, Racine was ranked the fourth worst city in America for black residents.

4. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Population: 6,961
% African American: 13.32%
# Of African American Residents: 927
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.3%
More on Sturtevant: Data | Jobs

Sturtevant is a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,970 at the 2010 census.

5. Glendale

Glendale, Wisconsin

Population: 12,880
% African American: 12.89%
# Of African American Residents: 1,660
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.48%
More on Glendale: Data | Jobs

Glendale is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 12,872 at the 2010 census.

6. Kenosha

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 99,865
% African American: 10.56%
# Of African American Residents: 10,546
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.31%
More on Kenosha: Data | Jobs

Kenosha is a city in and the county seat of Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. Kenosha is on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. With an estimated population of 99,889 as of July 1, 2013, it is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin and the fourth-largest city on Lake Michigan. The city is part of the United States Census Bureau’s Chicago Combined Statistical Area.

7. Beloit

Beloit, Wisconsin

Population: 36,812
% African American: 10.4%
# Of African American Residents: 3,828
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.26%
More on Beloit: Data | Jobs

Beloit is a city in Rock County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 36,966.

8. Waupun

Waupun, Wisconsin

Population: 11,337
% African American: 7.48%
# Of African American Residents: 848
Percent Change Since 2010: -32.54%
More on Waupun: Data | Jobs

Waupun is a city in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 11,340 at the 2010 census. Of this, 7,864 were in Dodge County, and 3,476 were in Fond du Lac County. In Fond du Lac County, the Town of Waupun abuts the city of Waupun.

9. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,254
% African American: 7.4%
# Of African American Residents: 2,016
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.78%
More on Fitchburg: Data | Jobs

Fitchburg is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 25,260 at the 2010 census. Fitchburg is a suburb of Madison and is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fitchburg consists of a mix of suburban neighborhoods closer the border with the city of Madison, commercial and industrial properties, and more rural properties in the southern portion of the city. Despite its status as an incorporated city, some rural parts of Fitchburg still lack certain municipal services such as sewer, water, and natural gas.

10. Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Population: 31,721
% African American: 6.87%
# Of African American Residents: 2,180
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.91%
More on Sun Prairie: Data | Jobs

Sun Prairie is a city in Dane County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. A suburb of Madison, it is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s population was 29,441 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the second most populous city in Dane County after Madison.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Wisconsin

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Wisconsin:

  1. Elm Grove
  2. Jackson
  3. Lake Geneva

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City Population % African American
1 Milwaukee 598,672 38.8%
2 Brown Deer 12,075 30.25%
3 Racine 77,931 21.76%
4 Sturtevant 6,961 13.32%
5 Glendale 12,880 12.89%
6 Kenosha 99,865 10.56%
7 Beloit 36,812 10.4%
8 Waupun 11,337 7.48%
9 Fitchburg 27,254 7.4%
10 Sun Prairie 31,721 6.87%
11 Madison 246,034 6.85%
12 Mount Pleasant 26,237 6.85%
13 Middleton 18,707 5.62%
14 Portage 10,255 5.53%
15 Franklin 36,155 5.27%
16 Oregon 9,912 4.86%
17 Wauwatosa 47,388 4.71%
18 Allouez 13,933 4.44%
19 Prairie Du Chien 5,771 4.3%
20 West Allis 60,543 4.0%
21 Waukesha 72,016 3.9%
22 Stoughton 13,041 3.88%
23 Whitewater 14,840 3.87%
24 Verona 12,113 3.78%
25 Fox Point 6,695 3.78%
26 Oshkosh 66,713 3.5%
27 Green Bay 104,951 3.46%
28 Pleasant Prairie 20,395 3.43%
29 Whitefish Bay 14,088 3.16%
30 Caledonia 24,767 3.07%
31 Greenfield 37,070 3.02%
32 Shorewood 13,300 2.9%
33 South Milwaukee 21,197 2.75%
34 St. Francis 9,516 2.44%
35 Sheboygan 48,813 2.43%
36 Platteville 12,020 2.38%
37 Mequon 23,663 2.35%
38 Cudahy 18,321 2.3%
39 Oak Creek 35,218 2.3%
40 Appleton 73,446 2.23%
41 Sussex 10,716 2.19%
42 Germa 19,927 2.19%
43 Sparta 9,659 2.07%
44 Pewaukee 13,979 2.06%
45 Menasha 17,930 2.05%
46 Hudson 13,367 2.01%
47 Ashwaubenon 17,157 1.95%
48 Rhinelander 7,552 1.95%
49 La Crosse 52,140 1.9%
50 Monona 7,919 1.89%
51 Kimberly 6,679 1.83%
52 Fond Du Lac 43,018 1.82%
53 Antigo 7,930 1.82%
54 Tomah 9,380 1.71%
55 Superior 26,676 1.63%
56 Mcfarland 8,168 1.62%
57 Chippewa Falls 13,939 1.61%
58 Menomonee Falls 36,118 1.56%
59 Onalaska 18,396 1.53%
60 Jefferson 7,976 1.5%
61 Wausau 39,138 1.5%
62 Lake Mills 5,796 1.48%
63 Stevens Point 26,714 1.43%
64 Janesville 63,880 1.41%
65 Two Rivers 11,409 1.38%
66 Cedarburg 11,516 1.38%
67 Baraboo 12,097 1.36%
68 Elkhorn 9,931 1.36%
69 Lake Hallie 6,603 1.32%
70 Ripon 7,712 1.28%
71 Howard 18,950 1.25%
72 Marinette 10,836 1.2%
73 Sturgeon Bay 9,007 1.2%
74 Burlington 10,571 1.19%
75 Richfield 11,483 1.18%
76 Neenah 25,849 1.16%
77 West Bend 31,661 1.15%
78 Milton 5,574 1.13%
79 Brookfield 37,991 1.11%
80 Menomonie 16,295 1.1%
81 Wisconsin Rapids 17,987 1.08%
82 Mount Horeb 7,389 1.07%
83 New Richmond 8,687 1.06%
84 Pewaukee 8,225 1.0%
85 Eau Claire 67,654 0.98%
86 Plymouth 8,454 0.93%
87 Fort Atkinson 12,470 0.93%
88 Richland Center 5,076 0.91%
89 Greendale 14,303 0.87%
90 De Pere 24,544 0.81%
91 Oconomowoc 16,289 0.8%
92 Hartford 14,350 0.79%
93 Merrill 9,354 0.76%
94 Shawano 9,130 0.72%
95 Port Washington 11,531 0.7%
96 Grafton 11,563 0.7%
97 Ashland 8,083 0.68%
98 Marshfield 18,410 0.68%
99 River Falls 15,152 0.66%
100 Waterford 5,344 0.64%

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