The 10 Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 360,526 - 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 2022:

  1. Milwaukee
  2. Brown Deer
  3. Racine
  4. Glendale
  5. Beloit
  6. Fox Point
  7. Sturtevant
  8. Kenosha
  9. Fitchburg
  10. Mount Pleasant

What's the blackest city in Wisconsin? Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Wisconsin for 2022. 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 2022

1. Milwaukee

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 592,649
% African American: 38.27%
# Of African American Residents: 226,809
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.3%
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Milwaukee, WI

2. Brown Deer

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,987
% African American: 27.05%
# Of African American Residents: 3,243
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.64%
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Brown Deer, WI

3. Racine

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 76,893
% African American: 22.2%
# Of African American Residents: 17,073
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.52%
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Racine, WI

4. Glendale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,890
% African American: 14.03%
# Of African American Residents: 1,809
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.92%
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Glendale, WI

Source: Public domain

5. Beloit

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,804
% African American: 12.97%
# Of African American Residents: 4,774
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.53%
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Beloit, WI

6. Fox Point

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,623
% African American: 12.82%
# Of African American Residents: 849
Percent Change Since 2010: 177.45%
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Fox Point, WI

Source: Public domain

7. Sturtevant

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,606
% African American: 12.29%
# Of African American Residents: 812
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.18%
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Sturtevant, WI

8. Kenosha

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 99,767
% African American: 10.24%
# Of African American Residents: 10,212
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.72%
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Kenosha, WI

Source: Public domain

9. Fitchburg

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 30,032
% African American: 8.13%
# Of African American Residents: 2,441
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.87%
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Fitchburg, WI

Source: Public domain

10. Mount Pleasant

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,008
% African American: 7.9%
# Of African American Residents: 2,133
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.12%
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Mount Pleasant, WI

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Wisconsin With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 135 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 38.3% 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 Delafield 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.

Summary: 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. Delafield
  2. Lake Hallie
  3. Edgerton

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Wisconsin

Rank City % African American Population
1 Milwaukee 38.27% 592,649
2 Brown Deer 27.05% 11,987
3 Racine 22.2% 76,893
4 Glendale 14.03% 12,890
5 Beloit 12.97% 36,804
6 Fox Point 12.82% 6,623
7 Sturtevant 12.29% 6,606
8 Kenosha 10.24% 99,767
9 Fitchburg 8.13% 30,032
10 Mount Pleasant 7.9% 27,008
11 Sun Prairie 7.65% 33,954
12 Allouez 6.86% 13,853
13 Madison 6.45% 258,366
14 Wauwatosa 5.65% 48,143
15 West Allis 5.59% 59,861
16 Prairie Du Chien 4.89% 5,605
17 Waupun 4.81% 11,264
18 Whitefish Bay 4.81% 13,890
19 Middleton 4.8% 19,764
20 Franklin 4.75% 36,013
21 Portage 4.73% 10,412
22 Green Bay 4.25% 104,508
23 Caledonia 4.15% 25,182
24 Tomah 3.9% 9,342
25 Greenfield 3.87% 37,117
26 Menomonee Falls 3.85% 37,611
27 Verona 3.66% 13,215
28 Oshkosh 3.66% 66,753
29 Oregon 3.63% 10,513
30 Neenah 3.31% 26,083
31 Waukesha 3.21% 72,419
32 Oak Creek 3.19% 36,321
33 Sheboygan 3.19% 48,153
34 Platteville 3.14% 12,113
35 Whitewater 3.08% 14,762
36 Appleton 3.04% 73,891
37 Chippewa Falls 2.98% 14,197
38 Mcfarland 2.97% 8,845
39 Sparta 2.92% 9,751
40 Fond Du Lac 2.9% 42,944
41 South Milwaukee 2.82% 20,857
42 Janesville 2.63% 64,415
43 Germa 2.57% 20,142
44 Mequon 2.52% 24,357
45 St. Francis 2.51% 9,600
46 Shorewood 2.49% 13,248
47 La Crosse 2.41% 51,543
48 Beaver Dam 2.2% 16,322
49 Oconomowoc 2.04% 16,931
50 Manitowoc 2.03% 32,558
51 Mount Horeb 1.99% 7,494
52 Weston 1.97% 15,139
53 Cudahy 1.93% 18,211
54 Hudson 1.93% 13,912
55 Onalaska 1.9% 18,814
56 West Bend 1.75% 31,587
57 Elm Grove 1.74% 6,156
58 Menasha 1.71% 18,280
59 Plymouth 1.7% 8,654
60 Superior 1.69% 26,260
61 Watertown 1.64% 23,561
62 Monona 1.62% 8,141
63 Milton 1.61% 5,594
64 Ashwaubenon 1.54% 17,130
65 Port Washington 1.47% 11,881
66 Hartford 1.47% 15,228
67 Marinette 1.42% 10,566
68 Greendale 1.41% 14,160
69 Suamico 1.35% 12,890
70 Jefferson 1.34% 8,011
71 Waunakee 1.32% 13,903
72 Holmen 1.32% 10,023
73 Eau Claire 1.32% 68,720
74 Sturgeon Bay 1.31% 8,927
75 Two Rivers 1.28% 11,079
76 New Richmond 1.27% 9,212
77 Menomonie 1.24% 16,479
78 Rhinelander 1.23% 7,617
79 Shawano 1.23% 8,928
80 Little Chute 1.21% 11,704
81 Stevens Point 1.2% 26,144
82 Ashland 1.2% 7,841
83 Baraboo 1.16% 12,133
84 Marshfield 1.11% 18,214
85 Fort Atkinson 1.09% 12,455
86 Hales Corners 1.08% 7,609
87 Waupaca 1.05% 5,916
88 Delavan 1.04% 8,296
89 New Berlin 1.03% 39,794
90 River Falls 1.0% 15,870
91 Wisconsin Rapids 0.98% 17,691
92 Cedarburg 0.97% 11,592
93 Kronenwetter 0.91% 7,891
94 Jackson 0.91% 7,149
95 Pewaukee 0.91% 8,139
96 Howard 0.9% 19,879
97 Stoughton 0.85% 13,146
98 Brookfield 0.81% 38,626
99 Grafton 0.79% 11,718
100 Pleasant Prairie 0.76% 20,969

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Wisconsin with the largest African American population.

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