Blackest Metro Areas (USA)

Below you will see a list of the USA’s 366 metropolitan areas of 50,000 or more residents, ranked by share of the metro population that is Black. [This is a follow-up to The Whitest Metro Areas in the USA and USA Metropolitanization by Race].

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Looking at the USA’s 366 metro areas with over 50,000 residents, we see that:
— 1 is majority Black [0.3% of US metro areas]
— 22 are at least one-third Black (all in the Deep South) [6% of US metro areas]
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— 303 are less than 20% Black [83% of US metro areas]
— 221 are less than 10% Black [60% of metro areas]
— 105 are less than 3% Black [29% of metro areas]
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USA’s Metro Areas (2010), by
% of Metro Area Population that is Black

52.1% Albany, GA
47.8% Pine Bluff, AR
47.7% Jackson, MS
46.9% Sumter, SC
45.7% Memphis, TN-MS-AR
44.7% Rocky Mount, NC
43.5% Macon, GA
42.5% Montgomery, AL
41.4% Florence, SC
40.4% Columbus, GA-AL
39.1% Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA
38.9% Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
36.3% Fayetteville, NC
35.6% Baton Rouge, LA
35.4% Monroe, LA
35.3% Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
34.6% Mobile, AL
34.4% Greenville, NC
34.0% New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
34.0% Valdosta, GA
33.9% Savannah, GA
33.8% Tuscaloosa, AL
33.2% Columbia, SC
32.7% Danville, VA
32.5% Tallahassee, FL
32.4% Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
32.2% Jackson, TN
31.4% Goldsboro, NC
31.3% Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
29.8% Richmond, VA
29.6% Alexandria, LA
28.7% Baltimore-Towson, MD
28.6% Warner Robins, GA
28.3% Hattiesburg, MS
28.2% Birmingham-Hoover, AL
28.0% Salisbury, MD
27.7% Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC
27.1% Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
26.7% Lafayette, LA
25.8% Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
25.5% Greensboro-High Point, NC
24.6% Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
24.3% Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR
24.0% Dover, DE
24.0% Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
24.0% Lake Charles, LA
23.5% Brunswick, GA
23.1% Dothan, AL
22.8% Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
22.7% Auburn-Opelika, AL
22.2% Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
21.8% Jacksonville, FL
21.7% Huntsville, AL
21.0% Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
20.8% Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
20.7% Flint, MI
20.6% Anniston-Oxford, AL
20.6% Spartanburg, SC
20.3% Winston-Salem, NC
20.3% Trenton-Ewing, NJ
20.2% Raleigh-Cary, NC
20.2% Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ
20.1% Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
19.6% Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX
19.6% Pascagoula, MS
19.5% Athens-Clarke County, GA
19.4% Gainesville, FL
19.3% Gulfport-Biloxi, MS
19.0% Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI
18.8% Burlington, NC
18.4% St. Louis, MO-IL \3
18.3% Clarksville, TN-KY
17.9% Tyler, TX
17.8% New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
17.5% Lynchburg, VA
17.5% Lawton, OK
17.4% Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI
17.4% Longview, TX
17.2% Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
17.0% Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL
16.8% Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
16.7% Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC
16.3% Decatur, IL
16.3% Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA
16.2% Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
16.1% Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ
16.0% Anderson, SC
15.6% Jacksonville, NC
15.3% Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
15.2% Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
15.1% Kankakee-Bradley, IL
15.1% Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
15.1% Gadsden, AL
15.0% Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
15.0% Dayton, OH
14.9% Columbus, OH
14.8% Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
14.8% Waco, TX
14.7% Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
14.5% Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI
14.4% Port St. Lucie, FL
14.2% Rome, GA
14.2% Wilmington, NC
13.9% Chattanooga, TN-GA
13.7% Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
13.4% Toledo, OH
13.4% Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC
13.0% Danville, IL
12.8% Roanoke, VA
12.7% New Haven-Milford, CT
12.7% Ann Arbor, MI
12.5% Kansas City, MO-KS
12.5% Charlottesville, VA
12.3% Ocala, FL
12.3% Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL
12.2% Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
12.1% Akron, OH
12.0% Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
11.9% College Station-Bryan, TX
11.9% Lima, OH
11.9% Jonesboro, AR
11.8% Decatur, AL
11.8% Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
11.6% Rochester, NY
11.5% South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
11.4% Palm Coast, FL
11.1% Racine, WI
11.1% Springfield, IL
10.9% Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
10.9% Battle Creek, MI
10.9% Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
10.8% Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL
10.8% Michigan City-La Porte, IN
10.8% Lexington-Fayette, KY
10.8% Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
10.8% Champaign-Urbana, IL
10.6% Elizabethtown, KY
10.6% Rockford, IL
10.5% Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL
10.5% Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
10.4% Oklahoma City, OK
10.2% Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA
10.1% Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY
10.1% Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
10.0% Fort Wayne, IN
9.4% Mansfield, OH
9.3% Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL
9.3% Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
9.2% Wichita Falls, TX
9.1% Columbia, MO
9.1% Peoria, IL
9.0% Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL
8.9% Lansing-East Lansing, MI
8.8% Springfield, OH
8.7% Manhattan, KS
8.6% Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL
8.6% Sandusky, OH
8.4% Tulsa, OK
8.4% San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
8.4% Pittsburgh, PA
8.3% Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
8.3% Bowling Green, KY
8.3% Anderson, IN
8.1% Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
8.1% Syracuse, NY
8.0% Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV
7.9% Jackson, MI
7.9% Hot Springs, AR
7.9% Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
7.7% Wichita, KS
7.7% Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
7.6% Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
7.6% Stockton, CA
7.4% Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA
7.4% Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
7.4% Abilene, TX
7.4% Lubbock, TX
7.4% Gainesville, GA
7.4% Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
7.4% Jefferson City, MO
7.3% Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
7.3% Bloomington-Normal, IL
7.2% Hanford-Corcoran, CA
7.2% Erie, PA
7.1% Canton-Massillon, OH
7.1% Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
7.1% Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
6.9% Muncie, IN
6.9% Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
6.8% Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
6.7% Springfield, MA
6.6% Cumberland, MD-WV
6.6% Midland, TX
6.6% Elmira, NY
6.6% San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
6.6% Naples-Marco Island, FL
6.6% North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL
6.6% Topeka, KS
6.4% Knoxville, TN
6.2% Evansville, IN-KY
6.1% Amarillo, TX
6.0% Colorado Springs, CO
6.0% Kingston, NY
5.9% Sherman-Denison, TX
5.8% Kokomo, IN
5.8% Bakersfield-Delano, CA
5.8% Norwich-New London, CT
5.7% Elkhart-Goshen, IN
5.7% Punta Gorda, FL
5.6% Victoria, TX
5.6% York-Hanover, PA
5.6% Denver-Aurora- Broomfield, CO \2
5.6% Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
5.3% Fresno, CA
5.1% St. Joseph, MO-KS
5.1% Utica-Rome, NY
5.1% San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
5.0% Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
5.0% Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
5.0% Janesville, WI
4.9% Reading, PA
4.9% Winchester, VA-WV
4.9% Terre Haute, IN
4.9% Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA
4.8% Charleston, WV
4.7% Ocean City, NJ
4.7% Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
4.6% Madison, WI
4.5% Fairbanks, AK
4.5% Asheville, NC
4.5% Williamsport, PA
4.5% Odessa, TX
4.5% Anchorage, AK
4.3% Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
4.2% Iowa City, IA
4.2% Worcester, MA
4.1% Owensboro, KY
4.0% Ithaca, NY
4.0% San Angelo, TX
4.0% Binghamton, NY
3.9% Lawrence, KS
3.9% Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV
3.9% Merced, CA
3.8% Rochester, MN
3.7% Cleveland, TN
3.7% Lancaster, PA
3.7% Madera-Chowchilla, CA
3.6% Fort Smith, AR-OK
3.6% Johnstown, PA
3.6% Lewiston-Auburn, ME
3.5% Corpus Christi, TX
3.5% Lafayette, IN
3.5% Harrisonburg, VA
3.5% Tucson, AZ
3.4% Cedar Rapids, IA
3.3% Lincoln, NE
3.3% El Centro, CA
3.1% Salinas, CA
3.1% El Paso, TX
3.1% Wheeling, WV-OH
3.0% Morgantown, WV
3.0% Sioux Falls, SD
3.0% State College, PA
2.9% Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA
2.9% Modesto, CA
2.9% St. Cloud, MN
2.9% Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
2.9% Dalton, GA
2.8% Johnson City, TN
2.7% Albuquerque, NM
2.7% Pittsfield, MA
2.7% Dubuque, IA
2.7% Morristown, TN
2.7% Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
2.7% Olympia, WA
2.6% San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
2.6% Yuba City, CA
2.6% Bremerton-Silverdale, WA
2.5% Cheyenne, WY
2.5% Mankato-North Mankato, MN
2.5% Ames, IA
2.4% Bloomington, IN
2.3% Reno-Sparks, NV
2.2% Lebanon, PA
2.2% Sioux City, IA-NE-SD
2.1% Manchester-Nashua, NH
2.1% San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
2.1% Monroe, MI
2.0% Napa, CA
2.0% Honolulu, HI
2.0% Fargo, ND-MN
2.0% Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA
2.0% Pueblo, CO
2.0% Springfield, MO
2.0% Yuma, AZ
1.9% Glens Falls, NY
1.9% Carson City, NV
1.9% Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
1.9% Barnstable Town, MA
1.9% Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA
1.8% Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
1.8% Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
1.8% Green Bay, WI
1.8% Columbus, IN
1.7% Grand Forks, ND-MN
1.7% Spokane, WA
1.7% Las Cruces, NM
1.7% Altoona, PA
1.7% Burlington-South Burlington, VT
1.6% Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME
1.6% Chico, CA
1.6% Bay City, MI
1.6% Visalia-Porterville, CA
1.6% Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
1.5% Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA
1.5% Sheboygan, WI
1.5% Salt Lake City, UT
1.5% Holland-Grand Haven, MI
1.5% Joplin, MO
1.3% Duluth, MN-WI
1.3% Fond du Lac, WI
1.3% La Crosse, WI-MN
1.3% Ogden-Clearfield, UT
1.2% Eau Claire, WI
1.2% Great Falls, MT
1.2% Flagstaff, AZ
1.1% Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
1.1% Rapid City, SD
1.1% Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH
1.0% Yakima, WA
1.0% Salem, OR
1.0% Eugene-Springfield, OR
1.0% Bellingham, WA
1.0% Greeley, CO
0.9% Corvallis, OR
0.9% Boise City-Nampa, ID
0.9% Casper, WY
0.9% Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ
0.9% Santa Fe, NM
0.9% Redding, CA
0.9% Boulder, CO
0.9% Appleton, WI
0.8% Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
0.8% Bangor, ME
0.7% Medford, OR
0.7% Pocatello, ID
0.7% Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA
0.6% Grand Junction, CO
0.6% Billings, MT
0.6% Wausau, WI
0.6% Longview, WA
0.6% St. George, UT
0.6% Logan, UT-ID
0.6% Bismarck, ND
0.6% Prescott, AZ
0.6% Farmington, NM
0.6% McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
0.5% Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
0.5% Laredo, TX
0.5% Idaho Falls, ID
0.5% Provo-Orem, UT
0.4% Bend, OR
0.4% Missoula, MT
0.3% Coeur d’Alene, ID
0.3% Lewiston, ID-WA
0.3% Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA

Data Source: The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Population “Table 23: Metropolitan Statistical Areas–Population by Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin”

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9 Responses to Blackest Metro Areas (USA)

  1. Ian says:

    When it comes to race and “vibe”, it’d probably be most accurate to consider Oakland (more black) and San Francisco (not as black) seperately

    • Hail says:

      You’re right, there are a lot of intra-metroplitan-area differences, sometimes very dramatic and sometimes just a few miles from one another.

      — San Fransisco Metro Area : 8.4% Black / 4.34 million total pop.
      Oakland City (within SFMA): 28.0% Black / 0.39 million total pop.

      The scope of this post is to measure metropolitan areas against each other, though, not communities within metro areas.

  2. Vist says:

    Nice work you have done, this is quite useful information.

  3. M.G. says:

    A possible counterpiece to this, I just pulled some census numbers on major American cities (not metro areas) from 1960-2010, to try to get a sense of the city-suburb ‘White Flight’ phenomenon. It’s tough to read too much into the numbers, but they do give a sense of the racial transformation of our big cities over the last half-century.

    • Hail says:

      M.G.,
      Your work is very interesting and well done. I have commented at your site on several points that arise, to me, after viewing your data.

      The data you examine reflect in most cases, intra-metropolitan migrations (whites moving away from an urban core, but ultimately not fleeing the metropolitan area). The scope of my investigation into the Census 2010 data was wider.

      One reason I am interested in data for metropolitan areas as a whole (which is harder to come by) is that city boundaries are often arbitrary and meaningless.

      Take Detroit. The data you cite suggest Detroit is 83% Black. Indeed, the city of Detroit is 83% Black. But “Detroit”, as we typically understand it, is wider than the boundaries of Detroit city. The same is true of every large city now. The boundaries of cities are often anachronisms, delineated in the age of the horse-and-buggy.

      The Detroit metropolitan area is actually only 23% Black (see the original entry above).

  4. Hail says:

    I have expanded the original entry to include all of the USA’s 366 metropolitan areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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  6. Justin says:

    The black population of Arizona has been scyrocketing in the last decade. Transplants from CA, I suspect. Reflected in recent events: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/2012/03/03/20120303tempe-concert-shooting-injures-13-suspects-sought.html

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