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 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
  6. Kenosha (Photos)
  7. Beloit (Photos)
  8. Waupun (Photos)
  9. Fitchburg
  10. Sun Prairie (Photos)

Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Wisconsin for 2018.

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.

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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.

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1. Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Population: 598,672
% African American: 38.8%
# Of African American Residents: 232,304
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.09%

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%

3. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Population: 77,931
% African American: 21.76%
# Of African American Residents: 16,954
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.22%

4. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Population: 6,961
% African American: 13.32%
# Of African American Residents: 927
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.3%

5. Glendale

Glendale, Wisconsin

Population: 12,880
% African American: 12.89%
# Of African American Residents: 1,660
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.48%

6. Kenosha

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Population: 99,865
% African American: 10.56%
# Of African American Residents: 10,546
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.31%

7. Beloit

Beloit, Wisconsin

Population: 36,812
% African American: 10.4%
# Of African American Residents: 3,828
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.26%

8. Waupun

Waupun, Wisconsin

Population: 11,337
% African American: 7.48%
# Of African American Residents: 848
Percent Change Since 2010: -32.54%

9. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Population: 27,254
% African American: 7.4%
# Of African American Residents: 2,016
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.78%

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%

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

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

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