These Are The 10 Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 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 2019:

  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. Beloit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Sturtevant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kenosha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sun Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Middleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Wisconsin for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 38.5% 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 Lake Geneva 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.

Milwaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 599,086
% African American: 38.49%
# Of African American Residents: 230,599
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.35%
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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,076
% African American: 29.75%
# Of African American Residents: 3,593
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.98%
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: 77,740
% African American: 21.77%
# Of African American Residents: 16,925
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.39%
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: 12,868
% African American: 14.38%
# Of African American Residents: 1,850
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.23%
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.

Beloit, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,733
% African American: 13.14%
# Of African American Residents: 4,825
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.58%
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.

Sturtevant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,977
% African American: 13.13%
# Of African American Residents: 916
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.34%
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.

Kenosha, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 99,623
% African American: 10.77%
# Of African American Residents: 10,730
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.29%
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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 27,914
% African American: 9.62%
# Of African American Residents: 2,684
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.5%
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: 32,112
% African American: 7.65%
# Of African American Residents: 2,455
Percent Change Since 2010: 124.0%
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.

Middleton, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,951
% African American: 6.66%
# Of African American Residents: 1,263
Percent Change Since 2010: 285.06%
More on Middleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Middleton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States, and a suburb of the state capital, Madison. Middleton’s motto is “The Good Neighbor City.” The population was 17,442 at the 2010 census.

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. Lake Geneva
  2. Hobart
  3. Elm Grove

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City % African American Population
1 Milwaukee 38.49% 599,086
2 Brown Deer 29.75% 12,076
3 Racine 21.77% 77,740
4 Glendale 14.38% 12,868
5 Beloit 13.14% 36,733
6 Sturtevant 13.13% 6,977
7 Kenosha 10.77% 99,623
8 Fitchburg 9.62% 27,914
9 Sun Prairie 7.65% 32,112
10 Middleton 6.66% 18,951
11 Mount Pleasant 6.61% 26,300
12 Madison 6.44% 248,856
13 Waupun 6.22% 11,277
14 Franklin 5.29% 36,295
15 West Allis 5.22% 60,546
16 Oregon 5.15% 10,033
17 Wauwatosa 4.71% 47,687
18 Portage 4.7% 10,321
19 Allouez 4.53% 13,898
20 Prairie Du Chien 4.36% 5,715
21 Oshkosh 3.8% 66,649
22 Fox Point 3.76% 6,706
23 Green Bay 3.71% 104,796
24 Whitewater 3.62% 14,762
25 Tomah 3.62% 9,347
26 Waukesha 3.6% 72,173
27 Oak Creek 3.6% 35,588
28 Stoughton 3.48% 13,058
29 Verona 3.45% 12,465
30 Greenfield 3.27% 37,082
31 Menomonee Falls 2.92% 36,411
32 Caledonia 2.92% 24,803
33 Pleasant Prairie 2.83% 20,552
34 South Milwaukee 2.75% 21,185
35 Cudahy 2.75% 18,350
36 Shorewood 2.73% 13,367
37 Appleton 2.72% 73,832
38 Mequon 2.62% 23,787
39 Sheboygan 2.57% 48,560
40 Whitefish Bay 2.46% 14,099
41 St. Francis 2.45% 9,532
42 Ashwaubenon 2.21% 17,141
43 Hudson 2.08% 13,456
44 Rhinelander 2.05% 7,501
45 Menasha 2.05% 17,945
46 Fond Du Lac 2.05% 42,910
47 Antigo 2.0% 7,817
48 Mcfarland 1.99% 8,235
49 Chippewa Falls 1.98% 13,920
50 Platteville 1.94% 12,194
51 Sparta 1.93% 9,621
52 Germa 1.88% 19,956
53 Milton 1.87% 5,566
54 Janesville 1.85% 63,957
55 La Crosse 1.82% 51,928
56 Oconomowoc 1.76% 16,450
57 Monona 1.75% 7,989
58 Superior 1.73% 26,473
59 West Bend 1.7% 31,656
60 Onalaska 1.56% 18,452
61 Jefferson 1.55% 7,975
62 Greendale 1.53% 14,293
63 Marinette 1.5% 10,729
64 Watertown 1.49% 23,730
65 Elkhorn 1.45% 9,930
66 Weston 1.41% 15,068
67 Wausau 1.38% 38,934
68 Sturgeon Bay 1.3% 8,917
69 Stevens Point 1.29% 26,526
70 Mount Horeb 1.29% 7,383
71 Pewaukee 1.27% 14,112
72 Menomonie 1.21% 16,222
73 Manitowoc 1.21% 32,939
74 Richland Center 1.21% 5,053
75 Wisconsin Rapids 1.18% 17,905
76 Fort Atkinson 1.17% 12,429
77 Cedarburg 1.1% 11,499
78 Neenah 1.1% 25,821
79 Baraboo 1.08% 12,080
80 New Richmond 1.05% 8,761
81 Plymouth 1.05% 8,477
82 Pewaukee 1.02% 8,214
83 Beaver Dam 1.01% 16,346
84 Sussex 1.0% 10,763
85 Brookfield 0.98% 37,943
86 Burlington 0.96% 10,652
87 Howard 0.95% 19,121
88 Eau Claire 0.94% 67,945
89 Ripon 0.87% 7,738
90 Two Rivers 0.85% 11,305
91 River Falls 0.84% 15,256
92 Hartford 0.83% 14,552
93 Lake Mills 0.83% 5,816
94 Shawano 0.8% 9,052
95 Hales Corners 0.75% 7,704
96 Delavan 0.74% 8,383
97 Deforest 0.72% 9,663
98 Holmen 0.72% 9,693
99 New Berlin 0.72% 39,779
100 Mukwonago 0.65% 7,644

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