The 10 Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Wisconsin with the largest African American population.

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 364,060 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Wisconsin? Milwaukee took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in wisconsin for 2021. 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 2021

1. Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 594,548
% African American: 38.32%
# Of African American Residents: 227,829
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.86%
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2. Brown Deer

Brown Deer, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,965
% African American: 31.4%
# Of African American Residents: 3,757
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.95%
More on Brown Deer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Racine

Racine, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 77,081
% African American: 22.33%
# Of African American Residents: 17,211
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.28%
More on Racine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,606
% African American: 13.71%
# Of African American Residents: 906
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.29%
More on Sturtevant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Glendale

Glendale, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 12,943
% African American: 13.62%
# Of African American Residents: 1,763
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.68%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Beloit

Beloit, WI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 36,836
% African American: 12.07%
# Of African American Residents: 4,445
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.7%
More on Beloit: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Kenosha

Kenosha, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 99,688
% African American: 10.98%
# Of African American Residents: 10,949
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.64%
More on Kenosha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 29,450
% African American: 9.15%
# Of African American Residents: 2,695
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.07%
More on Fitchburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 33,321
% African American: 8.09%
# Of African American Residents: 2,695
Percent Change Since 2010: 145.89%
More on Sun Prairie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Oregon

Oregon, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,353
% African American: 7.32%
# Of African American Residents: 758
Percent Change Since 2010: 2345.16%
More on Oregon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In wisconsin With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 38.3% 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.

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. Delafield
  2. Edgerton
  3. Sheboygan Falls

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City % African American Population
1 Milwaukee 38.32% 594,548
2 Brown Deer 31.4% 11,965
3 Racine 22.33% 77,081
4 Sturtevant 13.71% 6,606
5 Glendale 13.62% 12,943
6 Beloit 12.07% 36,836
7 Kenosha 10.98% 99,688
8 Fitchburg 9.15% 29,450
9 Sun Prairie 8.09% 33,321
10 Oregon 7.32% 10,353
11 Mount Pleasant 7.23% 26,928
12 Madison 6.89% 254,977
13 West Allis 6.42% 60,025
14 Allouez 5.69% 13,882
15 Wauwatosa 5.25% 47,971
16 Portage 5.11% 10,406
17 Franklin 4.78% 36,064
18 Waupun 4.71% 11,276
19 Whitefish Bay 4.64% 13,972
20 Prairie Du Chien 4.6% 5,635
21 Caledonia 4.49% 25,120
22 Verona 4.3% 13,004
23 Tomah 4.3% 9,383
24 Green Bay 4.11% 104,777
25 Whitewater 3.88% 14,722
26 Greenfield 3.82% 37,099
27 Oak Creek 3.62% 36,066
28 Oshkosh 3.6% 66,773
29 Menomonee Falls 3.58% 37,160
30 Waukesha 3.4% 72,412
31 Appleton 3.24% 74,139
32 Chippewa Falls 3.23% 14,101
33 Platteville 2.98% 12,264
34 Beaver Dam 2.98% 16,345
35 South Milwaukee 2.91% 20,957
36 Sheboygan 2.89% 48,327
37 Shorewood 2.87% 13,290
38 Fox Point 2.75% 6,650
39 Mequon 2.69% 24,144
40 Plymouth 2.68% 8,590
41 St. Francis 2.63% 9,549
42 Fond Du Lac 2.58% 42,909
43 Neenah 2.56% 25,967
44 Sparta 2.53% 9,717
45 Middleton 2.47% 19,487
46 La Crosse 2.41% 51,666
47 Germa 2.4% 20,166
48 Elm Grove 2.39% 6,153
49 Cudahy 2.38% 18,271
50 Mcfarland 2.34% 8,650
51 Richland Center 2.29% 5,019
52 Janesville 2.26% 64,245
53 Weston 2.18% 15,110
54 Hudson 2.17% 13,795
55 Antigo 2.16% 7,780
56 Rhinelander 2.15% 7,570
57 Oconomowoc 1.99% 16,698
58 Superior 1.95% 26,223
59 Sturgeon Bay 1.91% 8,885
60 Manitowoc 1.91% 32,702
61 Ashwaubenon 1.85% 17,149
62 Greendale 1.83% 14,176
63 Mount Horeb 1.83% 7,449
64 West Bend 1.82% 31,596
65 Watertown 1.79% 23,633
66 Hartford 1.6% 14,977
67 Onalaska 1.56% 18,662
68 Howard 1.48% 19,658
69 Pewaukee 1.46% 14,431
70 Pleasant Prairie 1.45% 20,832
71 Stoughton 1.44% 13,097
72 Monona 1.42% 8,122
73 Stevens Point 1.36% 26,229
74 Jackson 1.36% 7,081
75 Menomonie 1.35% 16,408
76 Eau Claire 1.35% 68,187
77 Wisconsin Rapids 1.35% 17,770
78 Fort Atkinson 1.3% 12,443
79 Pewaukee 1.22% 8,164
80 Marinette 1.2% 10,608
81 Shawano 1.19% 8,974
82 Menasha 1.19% 18,114
83 Baraboo 1.18% 12,138
84 New Richmond 1.17% 9,034
85 Ashland 1.17% 7,892
86 Rothschild 1.15% 5,287
87 Jefferson 1.15% 7,991
88 Plover 1.1% 12,803
89 River Falls 1.0% 15,638
90 Brookfield 0.99% 38,358
91 Delavan 0.96% 8,303
92 Holmen 0.95% 9,854
93 Waunakee 0.92% 13,730
94 Hales Corners 0.92% 7,646
95 Waupaca 0.91% 5,952
96 Two Rivers 0.9% 11,154
97 New London 0.84% 6,879
98 Port Washington 0.82% 11,761
99 Altoona 0.8% 7,625
100 Mukwonago 0.8% 8,035

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