Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Wisconsin with 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 361,909 – at 6.3% 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 2020:

  1. Milwaukee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brown Deer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Racine (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sturtevant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Beloit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kenosha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sun Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Wisconsin? Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Wisconsin 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Wisconsin For 2020

Milwaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 596,886
% African American: 38.41%
# Of African American Residents: 229,239
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.24%
More on Milwaukee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Brown Deer, WI

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8.5
/10

Population: 12,039
% African American: 31.08%
# Of African American Residents: 3,742
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.5%
More on Brown Deer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Racine, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 77,576
% African American: 22.21%
# Of African American Residents: 17,227
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.37%
More on Racine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Glendale, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,015
% African American: 15.47%
# Of African American Residents: 2,014
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.46%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Sturtevant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,611
% African American: 12.93%
# Of African American Residents: 855
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.11%
More on Sturtevant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Beloit, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,813
% African American: 12.7%
# Of African American Residents: 4,674
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.41%
More on Beloit: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Kenosha, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 99,810
% African American: 10.8%
# Of African American Residents: 10,780
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.83%
More on Kenosha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fitchburg, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 28,722
% African American: 9.07%
# Of African American Residents: 2,606
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.45%
More on Fitchburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sun Prairie, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 32,757
% African American: 8.81%
# Of African American Residents: 2,887
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.41%
More on Sun Prairie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mount Pleasant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 26,738
% African American: 6.75%
# Of African American Residents: 1,806
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.49%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant is a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 26,197.

How We Determined The Cities In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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 136 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 38.4% 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 Reedsburg was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Reedsburg
  2. Sheboygan Falls
  3. Lake Geneva

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City % African American Population
1 Milwaukee 38.41% 596,886
2 Brown Deer 31.08% 12,039
3 Racine 22.21% 77,576
4 Glendale 15.47% 13,015
5 Sturtevant 12.93% 6,611
6 Beloit 12.7% 36,813
7 Kenosha 10.8% 99,810
8 Fitchburg 9.07% 28,722
9 Sun Prairie 8.81% 32,757
10 Mount Pleasant 6.75% 26,738
11 Madison 6.68% 252,086
12 Oregon 6.35% 10,215
13 Waupun 6.27% 11,296
14 West Allis 5.78% 60,250
15 Allouez 5.17% 13,891
16 Wauwatosa 5.09% 47,882
17 Franklin 5.01% 36,185
18 Portage 4.95% 10,361
19 Middleton 4.9% 19,235
20 Prairie Du Chien 4.74% 5,695
21 Tomah 4.29% 9,349
22 Oshkosh 3.91% 66,610
23 Green Bay 3.91% 104,818
24 Whitewater 3.79% 14,766
25 Greenfield 3.78% 37,083
26 Caledonia 3.78% 24,875
27 Oak Creek 3.64% 35,843
28 Waukesha 3.55% 72,382
29 South Milwaukee 3.46% 21,089
30 Menomonee Falls 3.3% 36,784
31 Cudahy 3.17% 18,349
32 Elm Grove 3.14% 6,172
33 Verona 3.11% 12,743
34 Appleton 3.09% 74,234
35 Sheboygan 3.08% 48,531
36 Shorewood 2.98% 13,344
37 Whitefish Bay 2.9% 14,039
38 Mequon 2.76% 23,984
39 Fond Du Lac 2.59% 42,858
40 Fox Point 2.51% 6,688
41 Ashwaubenon 2.48% 17,181
42 La Crosse 2.42% 51,866
43 Platteville 2.4% 12,301
44 Mcfarland 2.25% 8,492
45 St. Francis 2.16% 9,509
46 Janesville 2.11% 64,128
47 Sparta 2.1% 9,656
48 Beaver Dam 2.07% 16,366
49 Menasha 2.07% 18,075
50 Hartford 2.06% 14,761
51 Germa 2.03% 19,997
52 Rhinelander 1.89% 7,528
53 Hudson 1.88% 13,650
54 Superior 1.77% 26,346
55 Watertown 1.72% 23,677
56 Oconomowoc 1.69% 16,579
57 Mount Horeb 1.66% 7,421
58 Chippewa Falls 1.64% 14,017
59 West Bend 1.61% 31,649
60 Manitowoc 1.61% 32,798
61 Pewaukee 1.57% 14,299
62 Stoughton 1.54% 13,080
63 Antigo 1.53% 7,799
64 Baraboo 1.49% 12,093
65 Sturgeon Bay 1.46% 8,907
66 Marinette 1.45% 10,678
67 Elkhorn 1.44% 9,907
68 Pleasant Prairie 1.39% 20,722
69 Stevens Point 1.34% 26,402
70 Neenah 1.32% 25,886
71 Cedarburg 1.3% 11,501
72 Greendale 1.25% 14,245
73 Weston 1.25% 15,093
74 Ashland 1.23% 7,963
75 Monona 1.23% 8,068
76 Fort Atkinson 1.22% 12,429
77 Brookfield 1.22% 38,151
78 Menomonie 1.2% 16,312
79 Richland Center 1.19% 5,050
80 Hales Corners 1.16% 7,666
81 Pewaukee 1.15% 8,207
82 Wausau 1.12% 38,801
83 Shawano 1.12% 9,009
84 Two Rivers 1.06% 11,219
85 Wisconsin Rapids 1.05% 17,842
86 Milton 1.0% 5,577
87 Eau Claire 0.99% 68,086
88 Jefferson 0.95% 7,964
89 New Richmond 0.92% 8,890
90 Mukwonago 0.89% 7,833
91 Lake Mills 0.89% 5,850
92 Grafton 0.87% 11,627
93 Rothschild 0.85% 5,281
94 River Falls 0.79% 15,467
95 Onalaska 0.78% 18,546
96 Burlington 0.73% 10,758
97 Howard 0.73% 19,396
98 Altoona 0.72% 7,499
99 Delavan 0.72% 8,338
100 Kronenwetter 0.7% 7,665

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